Getting gifts is always fun and special. We can always appreciate receiving something from ones we love. However, after many years of gift giving and receiving, you might be feeling like the clutter is starting to pile up. Trinkets, knickknacks, appliances, clothes, home decor, and other sundries that you get as gifts, while always appreciated, can also begin to just become cramped into crawl spaces, corners, and closets instead of being fully loved as they should be. But instead of putting the kibosh on gift-giving altogether, you can still give a thoughtful gift to someone you love that isn’t necessarily a simple object. Instead, opt for giving your friend or family a fun gift that is based around an experience that they enjoy, whether they’re a book lover, a world traveler, a wannabe chef, or just looking to connect with people around them.

1. MasterClass Subscription ($180): Looking to learn something new? There’s no better place to learn than from the experts. MasterClass offers online classes from big names, so you can become a better photographer with Annie Leibovitz or even a better writer with Aaron Sorkin.

2. Uncommon Goods Scratch Map Deluxe ($32+): Sure, the world traveler in your life can always flip through their passport to see where they’ve been, but this unique scratch-off map is a better, more decorative way to show off just how cosmopolitan they are.

3. Sunflora Picnic Backpack ($86): Want to spend a romantic picnic with your honey? Opt for this chic backpack equipped with everything you need for an amazing alfresco meal, then surprise them with a trip to a spot where you can both watch the sunset.

4. Click & Grow Smart Garden ($200): If your friend has a green thumb (or even if they don’t), keeping fresh herbs indoors has never been easier. This smart garden gives plants just the right amount of water, oxygen, nutrients, and light. It’s especially handy for at-home chefs.

5. ModCloth Marvelous Mixologist Cocktail Kit ($30): Know someone who is dying to throw a fancy cocktail party? Set them up with this colorful kit with a shaker, rimming dish, jigger, and juicer so they can serve up some excellent libations. It also goes great with a cocktail recipe book that appeals to your friend or relative’s tastes.

6. R-Evolution Cuisine Molecular Gastronomy Set ($47): Wannabe chefs with a more experimental side can appreciate this molecular gastronomy kit, which lets them try out high-end techniques and make creative dishes.

7. Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs ($16): Moms and daughters of all ages can connect and strengthen their bonds using this journal. Fill out the activities and get to know your mom or daughter on a deeper level.

8. Try The World Subscription Box ($39+): This unique subscription box sends snacks from a different country each month, so your friend can sample flavors they may not have tried before. And hey, it may even inspire an international trip in the upcoming year.

9. YogaWorks Gift Subscription (Price varies): YogaWorks has locations all over the US, so giving this subscription for free classes is a no-brainer for people who have a yoga buff in their life. It also has online classes for busy people who can’t get to the gym every day but definitely want to take some time for daily zen.

10. Instacart Express Delivery ($99/year): Give the gift of time by providing grocery delivery straight to their door. For $99/year, your friend can get essentials from multiple stores on a single order and free shipping on orders over $35. No more store hopping to make sure they have everything needed for dinner or a party.

11. Audible ($15/month): For the busy bookworm, let them enjoy all of their favorite reads in audio form. They can listen to classics, bestsellers, and Audible originals whenever they want, wherever they are.

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