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41 Non-Materialistic Gifts For Any Budget

41 Non Materialistic Gifts (Non-physical gifts) - Almost Zero Waste

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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 41 non-material & non-physical gifts, perfect for family and friends, for Christmas, birthdays, events, or any other 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 8 categories:

  1. Courses
  2. Outdoor activities 
  3. For girlfriend/wife 
  4. For boyfriend/husband
  5. For couples 
  6. For kids 
  7. For your mom/dad (parents)
  8. For anyone in between!

First, a couple of notes before we start:

1) You can find non-materialistic & non physical gifts UNDER $30, UNDER $50 & UNDER $100. Sometimes I will give more than one option, and sometimes, there will be cheaper & more expensive choices.

2) If some gift ideas are too specific, I won’t give a precise example. For example, if I write an Amusement park, I will not share a particular location.

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-material gift. You can choose between:

  • Group class – You can find great meditation classes, discounted for less than $20 at Groupon. Another good place is Eventbrite, where some classes are just $10.
  • Online class – 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 complete beginner course. There are pretty affordable options, so you won’t have to break the bank.

Private courses:

  • 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.

Online courses:

  • 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

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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: 

  • 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.

Udemy:

  • 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:

  • 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

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4. Fitness/Yoga class 

An excellent non-materialistic gift for your more active family members or friends! Here you can also choose between 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  

5. MasterClass

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 (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 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

If you know someone who has a passion for creating art, a drawing course will be an excellent 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

You can surprise someone interested in learning to play a specific instrument. One lesson won’t be enough to learn a lot. So this gift can be more pricey if you consider gifting a couple of classes, 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.
  • Udemy and Skillshare have various classes, too, if you are looking for an online course.

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $20 TO $80

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Non-materialistic gifts ideas: Outdoor activities


9. Hiking

  • 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 

10. National park pass

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

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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 worldwide, from Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, Australia, USA. All packages include accommodation, Yoga, and meditation sessions. Sometimes they have included meals, too.

Note: The cheapest retreats start from as little as $40, but consider that the location is usually – Indonesia, Thailand, Asia.

UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $40 TO $100 

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Non-materialistic gifts: For your girlfriend/wife


13. Cooking class/workshop

A cooking class is an excellent non-materialistic gift if your girlfriend/wife is a foodie. 

UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $35 TO $100

14. Spa/Wellness experience

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

16. Diet & Nutrition courses

If you know that she is interested in nutrition and health, then a Nutrition course might be a fantastic idea. Some ideas include:

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $10 TO $80

17. Dance class

If your girlfriend/wife likes dancing, check some classes nearby. You can also check online courses (Masterclass, Udemy, etc.) The price usually varies.

UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100

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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 training, 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!

UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $25 TO $100

20. Indoor climbing

A membership for indoor climbing is an excellent gift because climbing is so much fun! If your partner is adventurous and likes trying new things, check some climbing centers close to you.

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $25 TO $50

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. In addition, 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


22. Wine tasting 

If you and your boyfriend are wine lovers, then this non-physical gift idea might be perfect for you. Do an online search, or take a quick look here:

UNDER $100. PRICES FOR 2: FROM $80 TO $100

23. Stand-up comedy

Dig a bit and find a good stand-up comedy show in your city. It is an excellent gift for couples, which is often an inexpensive and fun experience. You can also check StubHub and Ticketmaster for fantastic events.

UNDER $50. PRICE FOR 2: FROM $40 TO $90

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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 options. 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 an inexpensive non-physical gift. If you know someone who is not going to the cinema too often, it will be a pleasant surprise, 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

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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 various art classes for kids, such as pottery making, drawing, acting, etc. Check at Kidpass.com for activities in your area. The prices vary depending on the class and where you live, but I’m sure you can find something cool and affordable.

UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $100

28. Music lessons

A fantastic 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.

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $80

29. Conversation starter cards 

Turn a mason jar into a conversation jar by filling it with family conversation starter cards

UNDER $30. PRICE: $10 

30. Amusement park

Not every city has one, but it might be a fun experience gift if there is one nearby. 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

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Non-materialistic gift ideas: For your parents


31. Spa day

A spa day might be an ideal option for an experience gift for your parents.

UNDER $100. PRICES FROM $35 TO $90

32. Museum card 

 A museum membership is a great gift if your parents enjoy art or history.

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $20 TO $60

33. A lovely dinner

A lovely cooked dinner is always a pleasant surprise, especially if you prepare your parent’s favorite dishes. 

UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $20 TO $60

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34. Tickets for a musical (or a local movie theater)

If your folks like musicals, then you can’t go wrong with that. 

UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100

35. Photo album

While this idea is in between materialistic and non-materialistic gifts, I think most parents/grandparents will love it if you create a customized photo book for them with family pictures. 🙂

UNDER $30. PRICES FROM $15 TO $50

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. Look for unique nearby destinations that you can visit and make a small family trip. 

UNDER $50. PRICES FROM $50 TO $100

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Non-material gift ideas for anyone:


37. Gift cards for a favorite (or new) restaurant

If you know that your friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend wants to go to this cool new restaurant, you can surprise them with a gift card. Or, if you know their favorite place, you can’t go wrong by bringing them there.

38. Consumable item

There are SO many excellent consumable items you can gift to someone. The best part is that once the gift is “consumed,” there won’t be anything left to collect dust.

That type of clutter-free gift is fantastic for minimalists, people interested in simple living, last-moment gifts, or people that you don’t know that well. Some consumable gift ideas include: 

For more ideas, check my list with 41 of the best consumable gifts.

39. A trip to another city/country/state

Exploring a new spot, city, or even state is a fantastic non-physical gift that can be pretty affordable, too. Buying a train/bus ticket to somewhere they’ve never been or always wanted to go to is a pretty cool gift idea.

40. A letter

Write a handmade letter and send thoughtful handwritten notes to friends and family. If you need a little help, consider getting the LITTLE LETTERS series – they have tons of different great letters with prompts, ideal for your mum, dad, grandparent, friend, etc. 

41. DIY coupon

DIYing a coupon can be a fun and thoughtful experience gift. It can be for a free homemade meal, free foot or back massage, or a coffee gift card. For example, a friend gifted a coffee gift card to another friend (image below); it was a cute & fantastic gift that was highly appreciated. 

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Sum up

Giving experiences rather than things is frequently much more valuable, and people tend to appreciate it more.

I hope this list of non-materialistic & non-physical gifts gave you some cool & unusual ideas to surprise your close ones. 🙂

Feel free to share in the comments below which is your favorite non-materialistic gift, or if I missed a cool one!

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the list of good suggestions.
    Just a small thing… The reference to the “old folks” in the musical section just doesn’t feel right. Especially because we Old Folks in long-term relationships very often look for non-material gifts.

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