Finding physical, material gifts for your grandparents can be challenging because as people get older, they need less and less. Many of the hobbies they used to enjoy aren’t practical for them anymore because of their age.
Also, they’ve been around for a while, so most things that they needed or wanted, they’ve already purchased at some point.
Finally, a lot of the gifts that are meant for grandparents just aren’t fun or exciting to give.
Sure, your grandparents may need a life alert system and medical bracelets, but who wants to give or receive presents like that?
Make your gift-giving to grandparents a little easier this year by giving them an experience to share together rather than some material thing.
Jazzing It Up a Little: Tall Ship Jazz Sail, Manhattan, NY
Although your grandparents probably aren’t old enough to have lived through the jazz age, that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate some great jazz. Send them out for a night on the town with this tall ship jazz sail experience.
They’ll climb aboard the Clipper City, New York City’s only tall ship, for a gorgeous night on the water, taking in the stunning views of Manhattan at night and enjoying some of the most acclaimed artists’ exciting jazz music.
They can dance; they can drink, or they can just sit back and enjoy the evening. Either way, it’ll certainly be a night to remember.
Nothing’s Better than Brunch: Sunday Brunch cruise, New London, CT
If you’re looking for a lovely, relaxing experience for your grandparents, send them to brunch on the deck of the Mystic Whaler, a 110-foot schooner that’ll sail them around the coast of Fishers Island South.
It’s a three-hour tour that includes a delicious brunch menu, a relaxing day under the sun and on the water and a lot of gorgeous scenery. They’ll see the beautiful water, the scenic coastline and some of Connecticut’s most famous lighthouses along the shore.
They’ll also get the opportunity to take the wooden wheel and be captain for a time if they feel like it.
For the Country Folks: Soldier Hollow Horseback Riding, Midway, UT
If your grandparents are from the country or just enjoy horseback riding, this is the experience gift for them. They’ll spend the day on the backs of gentle, calm, beautiful horses, exploring the southern slope of the historic Soldier Hollow Valley.
They’ll get to experience a lot of beautiful wildlife and nature, see the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics and take in gorgeous views of Mt. Timpanogos, the Deer Creek Reservoir and the Wasatch Mountains.
When they get to the top, they’ll be at the site of an original Ute Indian hunting camp.
Help Keep Them Active: Snowshoeing Tour, Park City, UT
This snowshoeing tour of the gorgeous mountains of Park City, Utah is for the grandparents who’re still active and get excited about outdoor activities. It’s a guided tour, and they can choose from two options: a peaceful walk through the snow-covered woods or a more active, aerobic tour of the mountains.
Park City features literally hundreds of miles of trails, many of which are taken care of and kept up by the Mountain Trails Foundation for an optimal tour experience. They’ll get to take in the gorgeous scenery and maybe even catch a glimpse of some winter wildlife.
It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Groove: Private Dance Lessons, Hollywood, CA or Koreatown, CA
It doesn’t matter how old a person is, it’s never too late to learn to dance. Whether your grandparents have four left feet between them or are actually quite suave on the dance floor, these lessons can help improve their moves.
They’ll receive a custom, private lesson with a professional dance instructor that will focus specifically on their dance goals, needs, strengths and weaknesses. They’ll learn about foot placement, technique, body structure and rhythm and can choose between learning the Tango or learning swing, salsa, Latin or ballroom dancing.
Let Them Ghost You: Date Night Pottery Class, Hopkins, MN
Unless your grandparents are the type of people who’re already pretty artistic, creative and active in the arts, this is probably going to be a new, unique experience for them. They’ll be paired with a private instructor who’s been teaching classes for over ten years, and together, they’ll create something beautiful, personal and special.
Whether they’re pottery pros or have never sat down at a potter’s wheel, they’ll have a great time, and they’ll actually bring home something pretty at the end of the night. Best of all, everything they’ll need is included in the price.
Send Them off in the Sunset: Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise, Boston, MA
This is a great option for the grandparents who’re just trying to experience a little more beauty in their lives. The 90-minute tour is facilitated by a company with over 80 years of experience in the industry.
Your grandparents can sit back, relax and watch the sun go down as they cruise past such sights as the Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument, Boston Light, Charlestown Navy Yard, Harbor Islands National Park and the oldest manned lighthouse in the entire United States.
The tour guide will give them some history and fun facts about each, and the two of them can share a romantic evening as the sun goes down for the night.
For the Grandparents Who Like to Fish: Guided Fly Fishing, Ohiopyle, PA
For the grandparents who prefer the simple things in life, this guided fly fishing tour of the Youghiogheny River will be just the thing for them. They’ll meet up early with their own, private guide, and they’ll spend the day on the river, taking in some of the most gorgeous scenery and, of course, reeling in some of the largest trout imaginable.
The guide is a local to the area who’ll take them to all the best spots on the river.
For All Their Aches and Pains: Couples Massage, Fort Lauderdale, FL
There aren’t many people out there who don’t enjoy a good massage, and the older people get and the more aches and pains they have, the more appealing a massage becomes. Give your grandparents the ultimate relaxation experience with this invigorating couples massage.
They can choose between a deep tissue massage or a Swedish massage in the comfort of their own private couples’ massage suite. Not only does the massage feel great, it can also have some real benefits to your grandparents’ health including increased circulation, improved muscle tone and even firmer skin.
Plus, it’s just nice for them to have some time together being pampered.
A Blast from the Past: Prohibition beer Tour, Chicago, IL
It’s hard to find grandparents today who lived through the age of Prohibition, but even though your grandparents might not have experienced the real thing, they can certainly get a history lesson about it with this tour.
The tour lasts about three and a half hours and will take your grandparents to some of the most famous former speakeasies in Chicago. They’ll learn about how each speakeasy operated during Prohibition and about some of the most notorious criminals and bootleggers of the time.
They’ll also get to taste each location’s signature beer and may even leave the tour a little tipsy.
Have you ever purchased an experience gift for your grandparents?
If so, what was it, and how did they enjoy it? If not, what types of experiences do you think your grandparents would enjoy doing together?
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