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: Chopper’s Kids Club (ages 12 and under; membership term Jan-Dec)
Where to get it: Order online at gwinnettbraves.com
Cost: NEW members pay $20 for the first child then $15 for each additional child
What to wrap: A baseball hat or wiffleball set
The 2013 Chopper’s Kids Club package includes:
- One (1) FREE Infield Box ticket to all 2014 G-Braves Sunday Home Games. All games are scheduled for 2:05 PM. Families are encouraged to participate in “Catch on the Field” prior to the game.
- Priority Pass to be the first in line for “Kids Run the Bases” after every Sunday game
- FREE Jump Pass for the Kids Inflatables Area valid until the first pitch, then Discounted Passes available during each Sunday game
- 10% discount in the Team Store on Sundays
- A FREE Kids Club T-Shirt for the 2014 Season
- Exclusive Membership Card and Certificate
- End of the Season Team Autograph Session
- Special Events and Field Trips throughout the ENTIRE year
- Attendance-based Incentives: Pre-Game High Five Tunnell, Autographed Baseball, Take Me Out to the Ball Game Performance, Team of the Night, Honorary Bat Kid, Surprise Visits from Chopper and more!
I love this gift. Not only is it a fun puzzle book, but it gets you outside exploring some of Atlanta’s best parks and neighborhoods. It comes with a pencil and compass, so you have everything you need for a fun afternoon.
The Present: A membership to an Atlanta Area Attraction
Where to get it: Go to the attraction website under membership
Cost: Costs vary. A family membership to LEGOLAND Discovery Center is $180. A family membership to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is $100. 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: Visit the museum store to find a special gift associated with the attraction
What’s better than a day at one of Atlanta’s great attractions? A year long membership so you can visit as many times as you’d like. 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
Where to get it: Ticketmaster.com (Broadway in Atlanta)
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
Discount Tickets: Visit Goldstar for discounts on popular shows
What to Wrap: For a Broadway show, show CD. For the Circus, order a program from the Ringling Store.
See our other gift guides too:
- Passports with Purpose: Win a two nights stay at the Marriott Evergreen Resort at Stone Mountain Park with breakfast for two each morning and four Mountain Family Park Passes to Stone Mountain Park. Expiration Date: 12/30/2014.
- 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.