When is comes to holiday gifts, I like to give experiences rather than toys. With three boys, we already have an arsenal of weapons and an army of action figures. Our basement planet has seen galactic battles where Jedi are helped out by green army men, Harry Potter and a Rescue Hero police cruiser, all while Civilization plays on the big screen.
Rather than put together another gift guide of the hottest toys on the market, this guide features some of the hottest experiential presents, as well as ones that inspire travel and exploration. As nice as it is to open that toy or sweater, having something to look forward to after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over is more exciting. Here are some gift ideas that keep giving even after the decorations have been put away.
The Present: The book 100+ Free and Cheap Things to do in Atlanta
Where to get it: Online
Cost: $4.99 if ordered by Dec. 16!
A little shameless self-promotion. My book, 100+ Free and Cheap Things to do in Atlanta makes a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift for teachers, bus drivers, etc. Whether the intended is new to Atlanta or lived here forever, I guarantee you’ll find places and deals you didn’t know existed right in your backyard and how to visit them for free! As a special holiday promotion, order by Dec. 16 and get 50% off the retail price of $9.99. So order before Dec. 16 and get 100+ Free and Cheap Things to do in Atlanta for only $4.99! For bulk orders of 5 or more books, email sue (at) fieldtripswithsue.com for bulk shipping rates.
The Present: An experience from Great American Days
Where to Get it: www.GreatAmericanDays.com
Cost: Varies by experience
Not everyone has the time to shop for experiential gifts, especially the really interesting and different ones. Great American Days is an experiential gift company that’s a one-stop shopping location for a wide variety of experiences that cater to anyone. The prices are the same as going directly to the operator and a gift package with all the details including a ‘how-to book’ and ‘what happens on the day’ is included. There is no need to book the experience when you buy, the gift recipient can contact Great American Days directly and work out all the details. If the recipient doesn’t like your gift – say hang gliding isn’t for them, but wine school sounds like a blast, they can exchange it for something else without having to take anything back to the store. All of Great American Days partners are pre-selected for quality and are regularly audited by an independent reviewer (Feefo.com) to make sure the experience is all it should be.
The Present: Chopper’s Kids Club (ages 12 and under; membership term Jan-Dec)
Where to get it: Order online at gwinnettbraves.com
The Atlanta Braves Kids Club has a similar package.
Cost: NEW members pay $20 for the first child then $15 for each additional child
What to wrap: Order by December 14th and receive a welcome letter and membership certificate signed by Chopper the Groundhog.
The 2013 Chopper’s Kids Club package includes:
- One (1) FREE Infield Box ticket to all TEN G-Braves Sunday Home Games ($150 value)
- April/May/June game times are 2:05pm and July/August game times are 5:05pm
- Families are encouraged to participate in Catch on the Field before the game
- Priority pass to be 1st in line for Kids Run the Bases after every Sunday game
- FREE Jump Pass for the Inflatables until 1st pitch, then Discounted Passes available during the game on Sundays
- 10% Discount in the Team Store on Sundays
- FREE Kids Club T-Shirt
- FREE Membership Card and Certificate
- End of the Year Team Autograph Session
- Additional Events and Field Trips throughout the Year
- Additional Incentives based on Attendance: Pregame High Five Tunnel, Autographed Baseball, Take Me Out to the Ballgame Performance, Team of the Night and more!
The Present: A membership to an Atlanta Area Attraction such as LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Where to get it: Go to the attraction website under membership
Cost: Costs vary. A family membership to LEGOLAND is $216. A family membership to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is $125. A family membership to the High Museum of Art is $95. A family membership to the Center for Puppetry Arts is $90.
What to Wrap: Choose a LEGO Santa keychain or a similar item at the LEGO Store to wrap up with your membership.
What’s better than a day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center? A year long membership to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center as many times as you’d like. If LEGOLAND isn’t your style, how about the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The High Museum of Art or the Center for Puppetry Arts? (or just a ticket) . Many Atlanta attractions, like the Children’s Museum of Atlanta have reciprocal memberships – meaning your membership at the Atlanta attraction can be used for admission (or discounts) at similar attractions in other cities. Can’t swing the family membership fee? Get a single ticket. The child’s parents can upgrade the ticket to a membership on the day they visit. Most memberships pay for themselves with two visits, so if the recipient enjoys their visit, it makes sense to upgrade for the price of an additional admission to get a year’s worth of activities.
The Present: Show Tickets like Broadway in Atlanta Series or Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Where to get it: Ticketmaster.com (Broadway in Atlanta) (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus)
Cost: Ticket prices vary. Visit Goldstar for discounts.
To get 20% off Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Tickets go to Ticketmaster and use codes (codes good through Dec. 15, online only, non VIP seats)
- Code for Philips – Philips13
- Code for Duluth – AAG13
See our other gift guides too:
- Passports with Purpose: Win three days and two nights in the Coca-Cola Suite at the Omni CNN Center, attraction tickets and swim with the whale sharks!
- Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get Kids for Christmas
- Need some help wrapping your experiential gift? Here are some ideas on How to Wrap an Experiential Gift.