Adding gifts to your wedding registry is a ton of fun, but new experiences shared with your partner create memories that last a lifetime. If you’re looking for something unique for your upcoming nuptials (or you just don’t want five people to give you a toaster), add a few experience gifts for couples. Whether you consider yourselves an adventurous couple or you just love learning new things, experience gifts are a fabulous alternative to typical items like a gravy boat.
Check out this list of the top 10 experience gifts for couples to do together that you can enjoy after you tie the knot to give your marriage an added sense of fun and adventure.
1. Learn to Cook with a Fun Cooking Class
Even if you usually turn to the microwave or takeout for dinner, take a cooking class together. Not only will cooking class add fun to your everyday life, but they’re also a great way to bond as a couple. Who knows, you might discover that your partner is the next Gordon Ramsey! Cooking classes will spice up your home life and your marriage. Get started with a useful starter kit like a complete Cuisinart nonstick cookware set to help you on your way.
2. Explore the Great Outdoors with a Trip to a National Park
From camping trips to hikes in the woods, spending time in nature is one of many simple experience gifts for couples that can take different forms. Enjoy these moments with your spouse by taking a trip to your favorite National Park. Or keep things simple with a visit to local hiking trails. Bring a camera along and take some fabulous photos of the two of you enjoying nature. Once you’ve settled on the perfect spot, enjoy relaxing in this durable hammock from Wise Owl Outfitters.
If you're looking for more gift ideas that have to do with the great outdoors, check out this guide for the best wedding gifts for outdoorsy couples.
3. Enroll in Yoga Classes
Yoga is good for the body and mind, and there’s no reason why you and your other half can’t enjoy it together. Sign up as a couple for a local yoga class so you can stretch and do deep breathing exercises as a pair. With a little practice, you’ll both feel more limber and relaxed, which can do wonders for your marriage. When you head out to the class, make sure you take a quality yoga mat with you like this durable Premium Fitness/Yoga Mat that comes in a few different colors.
4. Float High in a Hot Air Balloon
Get romantic with your different experience gifts for couples, like a peaceful trip above the clouds in a colorful hot air balloon. Many areas of the country offer hot air balloon tours so you can get a bird’s eye view of the world below. These tours are a great way to experience something new together, and many outfitters offer couples-only tours so you can enjoy the moment alone. Afterward, celebrate your new experience with a sip of wine and some snacks. Be sure to take the Verona Wine & Cheese Picnic Basket with you so you can carry everything straight from your car to your picnicking spot.
5. Go Paddle Boarding
The sport of paddle boarding has become all the rage in recent years, so why not try it out together? This fun sport will have you standing and paddling your way through waterways as you explore nature in a whole new way. Even if you’ve never tried paddle boarding before, you can enroll in a few beginner classes together. Once you feel confident, try the Bestway Hydro-Force Wave Edge Paddle Board that comes in a pack of two so you’ll each have your own to enjoy.
6. Wine Tasting
A wine tasting is one of the best experience gifts for couples. Why? What’s more romantic than expanding your palate with the one you love? It's the perfect bucket list item to cross off with your partner. Beautiful vineyards and tasteful aromas will not only bring you a new appreciation of wine but a new adventure with your significant other. Besides, you don't need to visit Napa Valley for great wine. Many local wineries exist across the country, there is probably one closer to you than you think! Since the leisurely nature of wine tasting makes for a long afternoon, we recommend bringing a tote with plenty of space, like Dooney & Bourke 's tote so you have room for a fresh bottle of wine.
7. Theme Park
What's more exhilarating than love? Roller Coasters! All (corny) jokes aside, theme parks are the perfect place to let out your inner child and explore with your fiance. If you prefer less stomach churning rides, it still is plenty of fun to grab some cotton candy and hop on the Ferris Wheel. Just make sure to stay hydrated, since most theme park visits tend to include a lot of walking. Most parks (like Disney World) have fill-up stations. A water bottle with a loop-top like the Hydro Flask Water Bottle is easy to hook on to your backpack- making it the perfect amusement park accessory.
8. Go Horseback Riding
Some experience gifts for couples are like fairy tales — but in real life! Horseback riding is not only extremely romantic, but it is also an inexpensive adventure that you can experience with your partner. With a quick Google search, you will find a ranch or farm near you that offers an aided ride with your partner. They might even have a couples package! Make sure you are prepared — bring lightweight glasses, like SUNGAIT Ultra Lightweight Polarized Sunglasses to ensure the sun doesn’t block your vision.
9. Spa Day
Simply taking the time to relax and unwind is an experience within itself! While you can books couples treatments at a real spa, you don’t need to leave your home for a spa day. Amazon has plenty of “Spa Kits” that include everything you need to properly pamper yourselves. One of our favorites is this unisex bath and body gift basket — the earthy scent is perfect for him and her. Plus it includes a wooden massager and bath salt that would be an amazing touch to an already dreamy night staying in.
10. Ice Skating
Whether you and your honey are pros or novices, ice skating is always a great experience gift for couples who want a fun switch from dinner and a movie. Even if temperatures are not exactly below freezing, there are many ice skating arenas that offer Skating Hours. If you want to make it a monthly trip, you can save money by bringing your own skates like these American Athletic Tricot Lined Skates from Amazon.
While gifts are always wonderful to receive, experience gifts for couples mean spending and sharing time together that will take your relationship to a whole new level. From cooking and yoga classes to ice skating together, there’s always something amazing you can experience and explore together.
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