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19 Gifts For People Who Value Experiences More Than Products

Show 'em there's still plenty to experience, even if their trip to the Amalfi Coast this summer got postponed.

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1. A bucket list journal for couples so they can figure out which trip of a lifetime they're going to go on first. Something tells me that a road trip out west is going to be on the top of their list.

The cover of the bucket list book with a couple standing on rocks overlooking an ocean

2. A 15-in-1 camera lens kit that'll help 'em document all the exciting stuff they do without lugging around a giant camera. Plus, it comes with a tripod to help 'em steady the perfect shot.

The kit

3. And a pair of binoculars to help them get eyes on sights during adventures, plus some wonderful photo ops that'll help them take advantage of that lens kit!

The binoculars

4. An escape room board game because remember when you went to that one last summer? It was so fun! With this, you can join in on the fun of escaping from a mad scientist who, for some odd reason, wants everyone to be a werewolf? OK!

5. A world map that's a chic piece of decor as is, but will help them keep track of their past travels while mulling over which part of the world to scratch off next.

The map

6. Or a stateside scratch-off map they can really knock some stuff out on with some road trips. I own this and as you can see, it's a beauty! It's also a constant reminder about other places I've gotta explore!

US scratch-off map with watercolor design underneath

7. A ticket stub collector box they can mount on their wall or put on their mantel to hold stubs from that Broadway show where they were in the room where it happened or the rock show you drove waaaaay too far to attend but it was 1,000% worth it.

Empty box with clear front that has a ticket image on it so you can see what's inside.

8. Or a ticket notebook that'll let them write down notes like set lists, their friend's best moves in a moshpit, or the band that played the song they never play live.

Open notebook with sections for putting a ticket then writing a note beside it

9. A pair of Vibes concert earplugs to tote along to the next show. They come in a tiny container they can slip in their pocket, are super comfortable to wear, and reduce noise by up to 22 decibels without affecting the sound!

The earplugs

10. A snack box subscription filled with snacks from around the world because they're always so great at bringing back weird snacks from their travels. It's time to return the favor!

Open box with snacks from countries aside from the US

11. A cocktail recipes book that — yes, though they're not super concerned with things — will look mighty fine on their bookshelf when they're not using it for whipping up some delish at-home drinks.

12. And while we're on the subject, a Cuban cocktail–making class through Airbnb Experiences you can join in on from separate places for some group fun without the travel.

Mojito on a serving tray

13. A cheese-making kit so they'll put their very tasty creation where their mouth is next time they talk about the grocery store's lackluster cheese selection.

The kit

14. A write-in menu book to help them collect all sorts of wonderful recipes. Cooking is an experience that pays off very quickly, because then you eat!

The menu book cover

15. An educational constellation project for curious kids ages 5+ who love to tinker and ask questions. With this, they'll build a model system of the sun, earth, and moon.

The kit

16. A crochet beanie kit because they've been meaning to pick up some crafting skills in 2020 but haven't quite figured out their niche! Well, this kit (a collab between Jonah Larson and We Are Knitters) is their chance! Plus, 20% of the sales from this beanie go to the charity Roots Ethiopia.

The kit

17. A LifeStraw, which is really just fancy talk for a personal water filter they can use to drink *directly* from a stream without worrying about water quality. If they spend more time in the great outdoors than indoors, this'll come in handy and help lighten their load.

The life straw

18. Plus an ENO double nest hammock that'll give them the perfect spot to pause and take in that fantastic view they hiked to access.

The hammock and carrying pouch

19. And a guide to starting a podcast in case they've been mulling over that grand idea that they think they could pull of. You'll be the cohost, right?

The book cover