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Are you looking for some of the best non materialistic gift ideas?
I’ve got you covered!
In this article, you will find a list of 36 non-material & zero-waste experience gift ideas, perfect for family and friends, for Christmas, birthdays, events/holidays!
This list is ideal if you want to avoid giving materialistic gifts and THINGS that are often left out to collect dust.
I divided the ideas into 7 categories:
- Outdoor activities
- Non-materialistic gifts for girlfriend/wife
- Non-materialistic gifts for husband/boyfriend
- Non-materialistic gifts for couples
- Non-materialistic gifts for kids
- Non-materialistic gifts for your mom/dad
A couple of notes before we start:
1) You can find non-materialistic & experience gifts UNDER $30, UNDER $50 & UNDER $100. Sometimes I will give a few options, and some of them will be more expensive, even if it’s marked “UNDER $30.”
2) If some gift ideas that are too specific, I won’t give an exact example. For example, if I write an Amusement park, I will not share a specific location, as it’s possible that you won’t have the activity near-by.
3) Lastly, take into consideration that the price is possible to vary. This will mainly depend on the area you live in.
Without further ado, let’s begin with the non-materialistic gift ideas!
Non-materialistic gift ideas: Courses
1. Meditation class
If you have a friend or a family member who is into mindfulness, then a meditation course might be a fantastic non-materialistic gift. Some options include:
An app such as Headspace, or an online course on Udemy can be a good option for busy people, or if you are on a budget. Udemy offers enormous discounts on courses, and you can easily find Meditation Classes under $20. An app like Headspace costs $69.99 per year.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $70
2. Language course
You can give a single session or a full beginner course. The best part is that there are pretty affordable options, so you won’t have to break the bank.
Search for near-by tutors at Care.com. The prices per lesson can vary significantly by region, but it is usually between $15-30 per hour.
TakeLessions is another place that offers online, at home, and studio classes. Usually, the online courses are cheaper, but it varies greatly between $30-60 per hour.
Coursera – Offers a certificate, price $49
Udemy – Udemy offers beginners classes, under $20
Groupon – You can find a variety of courses, under $30
Skillshare – The monthly subscription costs just $19, and your person will get the opportunity to browse through hundreds of courses and to pick the most interesting ones!
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $60
3. Online course
There are a few fantastic platforms that offer courses by certified teachers. They will share with you their knowledge on any topic you can think of!
A few online course platforms that I know and recommend are:
Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes.
It is subscription-based, so once you pay, you can browse through all of the different courses.
It is an excellent gift since, in case you don’t get the right class, the person can choose whatever he/she finds more interesting.
Skillshare offers a wide variety of courses including:
– drawing, graphic design, illustration, animation, entrepreneurship, marketing, productivity, wellness, game design, etc.
Skillshare costs $99 if billed annually, or $19 per month.
the global marketplace for teaching and learning, with 130K different courses, and you can find classes in 60+ different languages.
Some of the classes are about:
– business, development, IT & software, personal development, design, marketing, lifestyle, health, music, and more.
The price of each course is between $10-$30.
Coursera offers online courses that last between 4-6 weeks or longer that are 4-6 months.
Top instructors from world-class universities and companies are teaching different topics, including:
– Arts and Humanities, Entrepreneurship, Science, Math, Psychology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Environmental Science and sustainability, and more.
Price starting at $39 PER COURSE, but most courses I found were $49 and $59.
A great plus is that if your person finishes the course until the end, he/she will earn a certificate.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $10 TO $99
4. Fitness/Yoga class
An excellent non-materialistic gift for your more active, family members, or friends!
Like most of the other experience gifts, you have the option of an online class or a class in a yoga studio:
ClassPass – A great way to give someone you love classes at top yoga or fitness studios nearby. ClassPass offer a lot of different plans, such as:
– $39 per month/7 classes
– $59 per month/11 classes
Alomoves – An online platform that offers high-quality yoga classes from some of the most excellent yoga teachers in the world. They create new levels regularly, and the price is:
– $20 per month, or $11 per month (IF you pay $129 for the whole year)
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $59
Each class includes on-demand videos that can be watched at your own pace, a class workbook with optional assignments, and an online student community.
Give someone the opportunity to learn skills from the best masters of their fields. Each class includes online videos and material that can be rewatched, a class workbook, and an online student community.
Masterclass is a bit pricey, $90 per class, but it’s usually worth it, especially if you will give it to someone who loves some of the teachers.
Some famous classes include:
Natalie Portman’s Acting Class
Christina Agulera Singing Class
Gordon Ramsay’s Cooking Class
UNDER $100. PRICE: $90
6. Photography class
A lovely gift for photography enthusiasts. Some places to look for are:
Nikon – They offer online and workshops; price starts from $14
Eventbrite – You can find affordable photography workshops between $30-$80 (+ some cool FREE seminars!)
Skillshare & Udemy – Both of these platforms offer good & online photography classes for less than $20
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $14 TO $80
7. Drawing class
Awesome idea for someone who likes to create art. If you know someone has (or used to have) a passion for it, a drawing course will be a cool non-materialistic gift idea.
You can look for classes in your city, or you can get an online course from Skillshare or Udemy.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $10 TO $60
8. Guitar/Drums course
I’m sure that plenty of people desire to do something, such as learning how to play an instrument.
But most of the time, there is no time or energy for it.
You can surprise someone who fits in this category with guitar/drums (or any other instrument) lessons.
One lesson won’t be enough to learn a lot. So this gift can be more pricey if you consider gifting a couple of lessons, not just one.
That’s why you can combine the paid lesson with some awesome free guitar lessons for beginners.
You can find a list that Ben from Strummingly collected, with some great options.
TakeLessions.com offers online, at-home, and studio classes. The online classes are cheaper, but it often varies.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $20 TO $80
Non-materialistic gifts ideas: Outdoor activities
If you want to give an experience gift for a more outdoor person, some ideas include:
All Trails: “AllTrails helps people explore the outdoors with the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps. It includes trail reviews and photos from a community of 10 million registered hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners.” $2.50 per month, $29.99 per year
Cloud9Living has hiking deals for $35 – $95.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $30 TO $95
National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands is an annual pass, valid for one full year from the month of purchase.
There’s no limit on the number of sites you can see, and each Pass covers entrance or standard fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle.
UNDER $100. PRICE: $85
11. Ski Pass
A perfect idea for ski enthusiasts.
Even though this experience gift might end up more pricey, it will be highly appreciated by a ski lover.
Research and find the most convenient and affordable deal that will fit your budget.
Take a look at some ski resorts here. (USA based)
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $60 to $100
12. Yoga Retreat
There are many affordable options all over the world, from Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, Australia, USA. All packages include accommodation, Yoga, and meditation sessions. Sometimes they include meals, too.
Note: The cheapest retreats start from as little as $40, but take into consideration that the location is usually – Indonesia, Thailand, Asia.
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $40 TO $100
14. Spa/Wellness experience – UNDER $50
Can you think of a person who will say ‘’No’’ to a wellness day including massages, and relaxation? I’m not sure I can think of someone!
It is a fantastic gift for almost anyone, and usually, there are great affordable packages.
You can do a quick search online, and you might find some pretty good deals.
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $35 TO $90
15. Concert tickets
Another experience gift that it is hard to go wrong with.
If you know someone’s favorite artist is coming to town, get him/her concert tickets!
The price is usually affordable, and the gift will be highly appreciated.
Take a look at:
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100
17. Dance class
No explanation needed here, if your girlfriend/wife likes dancing, then you can check some classes nearby.
You can also check online classes (Masterclass, Udemy, etc.) The price usually varies, but a few that I found are –
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100
Non-materialistic gift ideas: For your boyfriend/husband
18. Tickets for a sports game
Most guys will love this gift, especially if it’s for a game with some of their favorite teams or players.
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $15 TO $90
19. A personal trainer
If your boyfriend/husband is a guy member and having some goals, you can get him a personal trainer at the gym.
This will motivate him to reach his goals, and he will get a bit of insight into his training. Pretty cool!
Paying for a few sessions won’t break the bank, too.
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $25 TO $100
21. Indoor skydiving
A gift card for Indoor Skydiving is a fantastic gift for any age. You can easily find Indoor Skydiving locations around the country. Most centers allow participants as young as three years old.
You can directly e-mail a gift card to the person you want to surprise.
Iflyworld: 2 flights for one person – starting from $49
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $49 TO $80
Non-materialistic gift ideas: For couples
24. Escape room
Escape rooms challenge participants to solve puzzles with their teammates to get out of the room.
Each escape room is unique and has its theme – from spy adventures and casino heists to prison breaks, haunted houses, desert islands, and more.
Most cities host several escape room companies. Do a quick search and find what is available for you.
See the top 10 Escape Rooms in the US on Tripadvisor.
UNDER $50. PRICE FOR 2: FROM $45 TO $90
25. Movie tickets
Movie tickets are probably the ultimate and affordable gift for couples of all ages. It is cheap, and it might not be an extremely unusual gift.
Still, if you are not going to the cinema too often, it will be a pleasant experience gift, especially if you pick a kick-ass movie.
Check online, or at Eventful what’s currently in the cinemas.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $20 TO $50
Non-materialistic gift ideas: For kids
26. A new sport
Kids love to try new things, so consider getting a class for a new sport. It can be swimming, football, gymnastics, etc.
If you want to find something close by, you can check Thumbtack.com. Just write your zip code and the activity, and see what will appear.
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $80
27. Art class
There are a variety of different art classes for kids, such as pottery making, drawing, acting, etc. Check at Kidpass.com for activities in your area.
The prices vary from class to class, and city to city, but I’m sure you can find something in the range of:
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $100
28. Music lessons
An awesome experience gift idea for kids, too. They can either learn how to play a specific instrument, or it can be a singing class.
You can check your local area for classes, or check my ideas above (in the second section: “Courses”)
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $80
30. Amusement park
Not every city has one, but if there is one nearby, it might be a fun experience gift. Try to see if you have some close-by options.
Check this article, with the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the US.
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100
Non-materialistic gift ideas: For your parents
31. Spa day
Most parents don’t have the time to go to a spa – they will often find an excuse or something “more important”. So a spa day might be an ideal option for an experience gift.
UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $35 TO $90
33. A lovely dinner
A nice cooked dinner is always a pleasant surprise, especially if you prepare your parent’s favorite dishes.
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $60
34. Tickets for a musical
If your old folks like musicals, then you can’t go wrong with that.
UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100
35. A gift certificate for a local movie theater
If you have no time and no ideas, this is a quick and excellent option for any events or ages.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $30
36. Day trip
A day trip to a nearby location can be a fantastic gift that will be remembered much better than some material gift.
Find cool destinations that you can visit and make a small family trip.
UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $60 TO $100
As you can see, you can give plenty of unusual non-materialistic & experience gifts that won’t break the bank.
Giving experiences rather than things is frequently much more valuable, and people tend to appreciate it more.