Outside of the Box Gifts! 50+ Non-Toy & Experience Gift Ideas

Building for Kids Membership
da Vinci Studio, Building for Kids

Want to give a gift this year that is guaranteed to fit and create memories this holiday season? Do you have someone on your list that already has everything and want to find the perfect gift? We’ve got so many ideas to share with you!

The best gifts don’t always fit into a gift box but allow you to support our local small business community in unique ways over the holidays and beyond. Here are some of our favorite experiences for gifting this season!

Membership Gifts

GVK TIP! Many museums offer an additional add-on option with Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network (ACM)/ Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program (ASTC) reciprocal membership. This membership includes free or reduced admission to Children’s and Science museums throughout Wisconsin and across the country makes memberships to these spots the perfect experience gift. Check out the program’s websites for more information.

Indoor Play Area at the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly
Heart of the Valley YMCA, Kimberly


The Farm Door County
The Farm, Sturgeon Bay

Disney on Ice at the Resch Center

Winter Fun

ice skating at The Plaza at Gateway Park & Globe Coffee in Neenah
Ice skating at the Plaza in Neenah

Things to Do

There are so many fun things to do in the Fox Cities and Wisconsin that make perfect gifts and support our local community and small businesses!

Gift cards to enjoy later can be picked up from local businesses and tucked into cards or stockings for a fun surprise. Here are some of our favorite ideas for things to do in the Fox Cities and Wisconsin.

Go Karts at Badger Sports Park in Appleton
Badger Sports Park, Appleton

Subscription Gifts

  • Subscription boxes like Kiwi Crate or Art Box
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Book subscription boxes from Owl Crate or Literati
  • Ad-Free Art Lessons from the popular Art Hub for Kids!
  • Gaming platform live subscriptions—you can find gift cards for these at many local stores to have a physical item to give.
  • Outschool, Domestika, or other online classes.

Special Interest Gifts

What are your best unique gifts? Leave any additional ideas in the comments below!

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