Yes, it's called the giving season, but who says that “giving" always has to mean toys, clothes or just more stuff? Experience gifts for kids, from museum memberships to sporting passes, can give your kids more than just another object for their playroom. It can create memories, help build skills and provide fun for the entire family.

While the pandemic has made experiences a little trickier, you can totally still find a perfect gift. Many places offer reservations or specific time slots now to ensure social distancing—just be sure to double check that before sending to your favorite little one!

We asked what are the best experience gifts for kids instead of toys, and you told us. Here are some of the best experience gifts to give:

1. A book bundle or subscription to Highlights or Bravery Mag

2. Gift card to restaurant (or takeout) for the family

3. Enrollment in the Elf Prep Academy, Santa's exclusive school to train new elves. It's a cookie-baking, tree-decorating and sleigh repairing good time!

4. Kid-friendly cooking set for home 

5. Streaming services for a year—we love Disney+

6. Trip to the bookstore to pick out new books

7. Local + national state park passes for a year

8. Plane or train ticket to visit someone special (grandma, aunt, etc.)

9. Pass to an art museum

10. Cooking class for kids. The Kid's Table offers virtual options!

11. A farm stay

12. Meditation subscription

13. Pottery making classes (or one of these fab at-home kits)

14. Out of country airfare + accommodation (if you want to be truly indulgent)

15. Swim lessons

16. A podcast subscription

17. Subscription box

18. A train ride to somewhere they've never been

19. Musical instrument + lessons

20. Flower or herb seeds to plant a garden

21. Ballet classes + tutu (Or sign them up for Dancely. Designed for kiddos age 2-8, this app puts a dance party in your pocket (or on your TV). Choose from over 100+ instructor-led videos and kid-friendly songs featuring songwriters who have written music for companies such as Marvel, Netflix & Disney for screen time without guilt.)

22. Ceramic painting class

23. Payment for summer camp or a virtual camp they want to attend

24. A language learning app or software

25. Zoo membership

26. Indoor rock climbing experience

27. A camera to use for adventures

28. Horseback riding lesson

29. Tickets + gear for sports team

30. Gift for charity, let the child decide where to give

31. Miniature golf adventure

32. Indoor climbing excursion

33. Mommy + me music classes

34. Tickets for Disney on Ice

35. Passes to the local waterpark

36. Children's theater season passes

37. Music class gift card

38. Camping gear for a weekend away

39. A hot air balloon ride

40. Subscription to Little Passports

41. Year fees for school

42. Full session for new sport (gymnastics, football camp, etc.)

43. Materials to build terrarium

44. Game night bundle

45. Season pass to attraction (Disneyland, Island of Adventure, etc.)

46. YMCA family pass

47. Movie gift card for the local theatre (some are offering reservations)

48. Volunteer trip (Toys for Tots, food bank, etc.)

49. Trampoline jump passes

50. Donation to future college fund

51. Aquarium yearly pass

52. "Adopt" a wild animal with World Wildlife's symbolic species adoptions. Choose from a wide variety of species and the giftee will receive a photo, adoption certificate and even a cuddly plush pal to match.

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