If you're looking for a special present for a parent's birthday, anniversary, or another holiday, opting for unique gift experiences is a wonderful choice. It's no secret that when you have a family, your world expands. For better or worse, that can mean that you tend to accumulate more and more possessions. If you're shopping for a gift for a parent who has already received gifts from a wedding registry and a baby shower or two, chances are they don't need any more belongings to fill their home with. When you look instead to gift experiences that will introduce them to fun and rewarding creative activities, you can be sure your gift will be deeply appreciated.
Whether you're shopping for unique gifts for mom or gifts for dad, booking them into arts, crafts, and cooking workshops is the best choice because you're giving them an opportunity to invest in their wellbeing. The feelings of tranquility, peace, and inspiration don't come in wrapped boxes, but with gift experiences, those feelings are exactly what the recipient is getting! And, in addition to a fun afternoon exploring a new creative outlet or rekindled passion, your recipient might develop a new hobby they'll be keen to continue pursuing.
Our diverse range of creative workshops ensures there are plenty of options for gift experience ideas. Explore the worlds of painting, DIY candles, pizza making, and much more! To get you started, here are some unique gift ideas that will be sure to delight any parent.
1. Experiment with flavors at cooking classes
Whether you're looking for in-person culinary classes to check out in the Bay Area or New York City, or online cooking classes you can enjoy from the comfort of home, we've got you covered. With a range of cooking classes that take on everything from making homemade pasta to rolling fresh sushi (and even offbeat activities like decorating desserts to look like sushi!) there is truly something for every taste. If you know a pair of new parents who used to love dining out but now need to transition to cooking more at home, our classes make a wonderful gift idea for couples like this because they are typically completely beginner-friendly.
2. Learn fun cocktails to make at home
What's the best compliment to a homemade meal? A delicious cocktail, of course! Even the best parents can use a beverage to take the edge off from time to time, and with our mixology classes, they can learn some of the best cocktails to make at home.
If you're looking for a unique anniversary gift for a couple who are wrapped up in parenting, treat them to a virtual cocktail class where they get live expert instruction and all the ingredients shipped to them in a handy DIY kit. They can learn how to make the perfect margarita, martini, or even a unique seasonal cocktail.
3. Decorate with DIY moss art
Getting into nature is a great way to boost your wellbeing. For parents with family responsibilities, it's not always possible to get out and commune with the forest as much as they might like. If you know a nature-loving mom and are looking for a special gift for her, booking her into a DIY moss wall art class gives her a chance to make a cool piece of home decor that brings a bit of mother nature inside. This gifting experience is something that a parent might love to do with their child of any age, as the texture of moss is quite fun and interesting to engage with.
4. Discover how to grow herbs
When you're looking for gifts for the man who has everything, you've got to think outside the gift box. Introducing a dad to a new hobby is a great option because it gives him something to do, not just something to unwrap and put on a shelf. Our workshops in how to grow herbs include everything necessary to start a collection of plants that can be used to add fresh seasoning to many a meal. They also present an opportunity for learning how to make your own herbal tea blends and add super-fresh ingredients to cocktails.
5. Make handmade pottery
A pottery making class is one of the best and most unique gift experiences for a parent who has been feeling stressed lately. By booking them into a class at a local pottery studio, you'll give them the chance to relax and sink their hands into cool clay, which provides a calming and grounding effect. Even if they have never made any handmade pottery before, they can learn pottery wheel for beginners and create bowls, mugs, and many other functional vessels.
Pottery classes are a gifting experience that is calming and therapeutic. The recipient might even develop it into their new favorite hobby!
6. Explore resin art
Searching for Christmas gift ideas for a mom who has everything? When it comes to personalized gifts for her, gifting the experience of a resin art class lets her create a unique piece of artwork that she can hang on the wall or use as a functional object, such as a cutting board or resin art geode coasters.
At our classes, students learn how to use resin, including safety information and demonstrations of how the process works. With guidance from friendly instructors, students learn to feel comfortable experimenting with colors to create unique pieces of artwork they can be proud of, even if before class they had no idea what resin crafts entailed. Looking for more creative unique gift experiences? Check out these cool projects.
7. Learn how to make chocolate
Chocolate making classes are unique gift experiences that are fun, educational, and, of course, delicious. They make wonderful gifts for mothers who already enjoy baking but haven't ventured into the world of making fudge or truffles yet. Our hands-on chocolate making workshops, offered both in-person and online, demystify the process of how to temper chocolate and create delicious homemade treats that the whole family can enjoy.
If you know a parent who is more into eating chocolate than learning how to make it, one of our chocolate tasting events makes for a gifting experience they'll be able to sit back and savor. Sometimes, that's exactly the experience a parent who has everything needs!