I love gifts. Any time I find myself in a social situation where I know there’ll be a present or two and some small talk, I’m ecstatic. When I discovered awesome experience gifts, it was like hitting my first little white ball down the fairway. Who doesn’t like experiences? Everyone does!
And who loves Experience gifts but is very hard to shop for? My husband.
Whether it’s a helicopter flying lesson, private ninja lessons, or a culinary tour of the city, experience gifts are better than anything you could buy in a store.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the 22 Best Experience Gifts for your Husband, broken down into the following interest categories. You’re welcome for saving you hours of time 🙂
- Physical Fitness
- Style & Culture
There is a secret part of every man that wants to prove that he can beat the wilderness. To show that he has mastered nature and lived to tell the tale.
1) Wilderness Workshops
If your husband is more of the class-environment learning type, consider gifting a workshop. These all-inclusive classes will teach him essential wilderness skills with focus on true sustainability for both nature and humans.
East Coast USA – Survival Skills Weekend of Workshops
West Coast USA – Adventure Out
2) Basic Survival Training – Can your husband survive… for a weekend?
Any experience that promises to teach “the basics of survival” and also includes the instruction “Do NOT bring food” is bound to offer a true nitty-gritty, off-the-grid survival experience.
Taught by US military retired Special Operations veterans, this weekend is designed for the truly daring and adventure-minded individual.
Assuming your husband comes back alive,
he will likely be 20 lbs lighter and have ‘graduated’ in essential skills such as finding & preparing food/water, building a fire, constructing a shelter, basic first aid, and land navigation.
Cost is around $1,000 and lasts from Friday evening to Monday morning.
An ideal experience gift for the local or stay-at-home wilderness adventurist who is less inclined to completely live off the land, but enjoys a good afternoon in nature.
In the Wilderness Survival Class, REI promises to bulwark participants “10 Outdoor Essential” survival skills. These include navigation tools, headlamps, sun protection, first aid kit, knife use, fire making, shelter, extra food, extra water, and extra clothes.
The class is ~4 hours, costs between $90 – $120, and has a 4.7 star rating.
4) Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology by the Smithsonian (Online Class)
The mission is yours. Especially if your hubby is a major Trekkie.
This online course teaches learners the impact of Star Trek on the history of television, science fiction, and modern space exploration.
Best of all, there are 3 sections of the class. If the gift is a hit, you will have your next 2 gifts for him already ‘beamed’ up.
The class is 7 weeks (1-2 hours/week) and can be purchased for $40 or audited for free.
5) Learn to Fly an Airplane or Helicopter
Flying by helicopter is an incredible way to travel – there’s nothing like flying around in an aircraft that only weighs 1/20th as much as an airplane does!
Learning to fly a helicopter is a rad bucket list item that many men secretly want to experience. Although becoming an expert requires a lot of time and investment, its relatively easy to learn the basics and take to the air with a registered instructor!
6) Learn to Make Infused Vodka
Is your man the type to drink a beer while he works on DIY projects around the house? Why not combine them and give him the opportunity to DIY his Booze?
This kit comes with recipes and instructions on how to make over 70 types of flavored spirits (including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and candy).
It costs ~$45 and ships though Amazon Prime!
7) Extreme Competitive Event: Spartan or Tough Mudder
Compete in an extreme physical athletic event like a spartan or tough mudder.
If your husband is an adventurous and athletic person, this is a great way to create memories with him. You can sign up together and compete in one of these races together. It’s sure to be a fun time!
8) UFC Gym Training
The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world. It has been on the rise since its inception in 1993 and has over 400 events per year.
If your husband is a fan of fighting sports, he would love to take a UFC fighting class. You can find them all over the country. Some of the best known places to take these classes include:
The Ultimate Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
The American Top Team Academy in Coconut Creek, Florida
Team Quest in Temecula, California
9) ‘Rebound’ Trampoline Fitness Class
Give the gift of the latest, hot, fun fitness craze: Rebound Fitness. These on-trampoline work out classes are low impact, and high calorie burn (usually around 1,000 calories an hour). Classes are typically held at community centers, trampoline parks, or in specialized gyms.
There are many types of classes, but they all have two things in common: increasing your heart rate and lots of trampoline jumping.
Classes typically consist of both on and off trampoline activities and cost around $25 for first time attendees.
Your husband will love learning how to become a ninja! These lessons are fun and exciting, and will make him feel like a kid again! The best part is that you don’t even need any prior experience with martial arts or weapons training in order to take these classes. Just sign him up, and watch as he masters all of the different moves.
11) Daddy Daughter or Son Date
Sometimes, dads just want to spend time with their children, so why not go on a daddy daughter or daddy son date? When you go out together, it gives you the chance to talk about each other’s day and enjoy each other’s company.
It could be something as simple as going out for dinner, or it could be something more elaborate such as taking him out to a baseball game or concert. The important thing is that the two of you are having fun together while spending quality time together.
12) Father’s Ed: A Hilarious Course for New Dads
Father’s Ed is a series of videos that teach dads how to be better parents and prepare for arrival of a newborn baby.
The videos are short, sweet, and easy to digest. They’re also surprisingly informative. Covering topics like how to change a diaper and how to burp your baby — two things that can be pretty intimidating for new dads (and moms!). There is also an entire section on picking out baby clothes and accessories — everything from onesies to strollers.
STYLE & CULTURE
13) Charm Classes
If your husband is shy or awkward around other people, charm is a skill that will allow him to improve relationships with family members, co-workers, and even strangers. It gives the ability to have a magnetic personality. It might seem like an unusual gift, but its actually one of the best gifts to give your husband!
14) Live Popular Movie Concerts – Live Film with Symphony
Harry Potter. Gladiator. Jurassic Park. Thought you had seen the movie? Think again.
Most city or state symphonies will offer a few concerts each season where they accompany a popular film with live movie soundtrack music. Yes, the whole movie.
The audio is incredible, the fans are enthusiastic (costumes are fairly common, to say the least), and the ambiance is dramatically stunning. A truly memorable experience.
Tickets can range between $40 – $150 dollars depending on the film, location, and quality of orchestra.
With a max speed limit of 200 MPH, this experience gift will not slow your husband down. Feel the thrill of driving one of the fastest cars on the planet!
Driving training, a personal professional instructor, and racing completion certificate are included in the package.
Prices start at $299 and increase based on the number of laps and type of car chosen.
16) Private Museum Tour for Two w/Dinner
Experience the magic of a private museum tour for two with a private guide. You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to enjoy these tours! Your guide will be there to explain everything and answer any questions that may come up during your tour. Plus, you can explore as much or as little as you’d like since there’s no time limit on this experience.
This is an amazing gift idea for any couple looking for something unique to do together!
17) Culinary Tour of Your City
If your husband is a foodie or loves cooking, then this is the perfect gift for him. You can take him on a culinary tour around your city and learn about each restaurant’s history and cuisine style from the chefs themselves! This is such a fun way to spend time together and it’s something that he will remember forever!
If your husband is a foodie, then indulge his hobby with an online culinary class. You can pick a class that focuses on a specific cuisine or just something fun like chocolate.
If you know his favorite kind of food or drink, then you can get him something that goes along with it such as appetizers, bread making, or alcoholic beverage crafting.
19) Tickets for his Dream Team
If your husband is dedicated to a specific sports team, getickets to his favorite team’s game is an easy win! Take the experience to a whole new level by adding an autographed jersey or other special memorabilia from his favorite team to the gift.
20) Peripheral Popular Sports Activities
If your husband is a sports fan, there are plenty of unique experiences he’s likely watched on TV that would be better enjoyed in-person. A few examples include, attending a League’s Draft, watching the Super Bowl Victory Parade, or visiting a specific sport’s hall of fame.
21) Specialized or Infrequent Sporting Events
If you live in a small town and there aren’t many opportunities to attend Specialized or Infrequent Sporting Event like Wimbledon, Indy 500, masters final day, L’Alpe d’Huez in the Tour de France. Why not gift some tickets for his birthday?
One part athleticism, one part creativity, and a pinch of insanity. If you’ve never been to a Red Bull Extreme sporting event you are definitely missing out on quality entertainment.
Over the years, the Red Bull team has created a category of their own: Extreme versions of Extreme sports. Think of it as a few steps more extreme than the xGames.
A few noteworthy events over the years include, obstacle course speed skating, stylized ski jump landing in a pool of icy water, airplane switching trick-skydiving, and DIY winter snow skate boarding.
You have to see it to believe it. And you have to be there to see it.
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