13 Unusual Experience Gift Ideas Anyone Would Love

Experience gifts are great for the adventurous spirits in your life, those who have all they want or need, or for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to try some new fun activities. But there are drawbacks that come along with gift experiences - hefty price tags, scheduling stress and even the possibility of causing unwanted social anxiety.

So while it’s all well and good to imagine friends and family having the hot air balloon ride of their life or the ultimate rock climbing excursion, at the end of the day, your wallet and their interest might just not be up for all that these adventures entail. That’s where subscription boxes from the Cratejoy marketplace come in. They provide a unique, inexpensive way to send a monthly experience right to the front door.

Instead of gifting an expensive day at the spa or a monthly cooking class, your loved ones get the spa or cooking class in the mail! We’ve put together a gift guide of some of our favorite monthly gift boxes that make amazing at-home experience gift ideas. With a broad selection of subscriptions to choose from, we've found great budget-friendly options for some of the most popular experience gifts.

1. Deadbolt Mystery Society

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Price: Starts at $22.50

About the Gift Box: The Deadbolt Mystery Society subscription delivers a murder mystery experience straight to you! A popular box that appeals to anyone's competitive spirit, each month brings suspense, entertainment and quality writing with a stand-alone mystery that's filled with immersive scenes and intriguing characters. Working with a group or flying solo, use the hints and clues to unravel each month's mystery.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 1st full week of the month

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2. Best New York Bagel

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Price: Starts at $23.23

About the Gift Box: Bring an authentic New York City deli experience to anyone around the world with Best New York Bagel. From Broadway to the BX, bagels are one of the Big Apple's famed culinary treats, so prepare the cream cheese and lox and unpack a premium mix of bagels in an assortment of the most popular flavors, like cinnamon raisin, everything and plain. Choose from 7 different subscription options for a fresh batch made from the finest ingredients.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. the week the order is received

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3. The Standard - Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

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Price: Starts at $49.00/month

About the Gift Box: While wine tastings are definitely a lot of fun, now might be the perfect time to bring the tasting fun right to the comforts of home. The Standard wine club from He Wines, She Dines can help you create a socially distanced wine tasting, by delivering 3 bottles of affordable and delicious wine each month. Open to find handpicked selections, all packaged securely, and sent along with pairing suggestions, recipes, and an occasional seasonal treat.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month

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4. The HopHeads Beer Club

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Price: Starts at $34.95

About the Gift Box: Instead of spending a small fortune on a local pub crawl, get all the best brews delivered right to the front door. The HopHeads Beer Club delivers the ultimate 12-pack, bringing carefully packaged 12oz craft beers, 3 bottles of each featured beer, along with an info-packed newsletter featuring beer profiles and food pairings. Curated by hoppy beer lovers, get the best IPAs, Pales, Imperial IPLs and more, from American and international brewers!

Shipping: Only ships to eligible states in the U.S. to arrive in the last week of the month

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5. Flavor Noire Inc.

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Price: Starts at $57.99

About the Gift Box: Flavor Noire Inc. is a monthly food tour in a box. A premium subscription box that's perfect for foodies, family members and friends, unpack 9-11 themed items, including everything from recipes and hard-to-find ingredients, to cooking tips, kitchen tools and digital activities, all bringing a unique culinary experience from a different country or region from around the globe.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 3rd of the month

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6. Club Cuvée - Champagne Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

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Price: Starts at $99.00/month

About the Gift Box: Celebrations, breakfast, dinner, between meals, happy or sad, the joys of champagne can be experienced whenever the urge strikes. Give the gift of top-shelf sparkling wine at a fantastic price point with Club Cuvée, a monthly gift box from He Wines, She Dines. Sourced from some of the best estate vineyards throughout Champagne, France and Northern Spain, each box brings 2 delicious bottles, food pairings and recipe suggestions.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month

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7. The Nailed It Box

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Price: Starts at $9.95

About the Gift Box: Just as fun as a trip to the salon at a fraction of the price, the Fearless Nail Art subscription by The Nailed It Box arrives with all that's needed to complete any look. Get all the goods and gear to add trendy nail art to any home mani or pedi, from glitter and decals, to stamping plates and holo powders. Develop new skills and top up the supplies to keep the nails stylish and up-to-date month after month.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 4th-7th of the month

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8. Club Jeroboam - Fine Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

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Price: Starts at $99.00/month

About the Gift Box: Want to give a gift that will help them experience what it would be like to explore family-run vineyards who still use small-batch practices to produce their wines? With Club Jeroboam, you can do just that! They’ll take a quick-and-easy survey to let the experts know the dos and don’ts of their wine preferences, and then they’ll get 3 bottles of some of the finest wines, including reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines, from around the world.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month

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