It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the holidays. Seasonal decor, gifts you have to end up returning, a few extra pounds. Why add more stuff to your list?

Want some foolproof gift ideas that ship without any packaging and are guaranteed 100% plastic-free? Give the gift of an experience.

A fancy new haircut

Treat your loved one to a trip to the salon and new look for their locks. Make sure you pick somewhere really nice where they give 10-minute head massages and offer you a cappuccino when you sit down.

Dinner at a delicious restaurant

No one can complain about being taken out to dinner at a great restaurant. Tag along and they’ll get a bonus gift of quality time with Y-O-U.

Tickets to a movie, show or concert

There’s nothing quite like sitting (or standing) in the dark and watching someone else entertain you.

Brewery or winery tour

If the tour sucks, at least there’s alcohol at the end, right?

Cooking class

Cooking classes are one of those things we say we want to do, but never actually get around to doing. And that’s why they make a great gift!

Secondhand shopping spree

Treat your loved one to a shopping spree that’s also eco-friendly. Spend a day hitting all the best thrift stores and buy up all the goodies they pick out. Here are some great tips to keep in mind before you head out.

Unique activity like an archery class

For that person in your life who wants to feel like they’re in GOT. Treat them to a unique class like archery or fencing.

A fun workout class (and brunch after)

It’s true, working out can be fun! Pick something active yet creative like a dance class or rock climbing. Sweeten the deal with avocado toast and mimosas after.  

Yoga studio membership

Perfect for the yogi. Find out where they practice and renew their membership, or get them one at your favorite studio if they don’t already have one.

Compost pickup service

Got a friend who’s interested in zero waste and composting? Make it easy for them and treat them to a compost pickup service. Here’s a great resource on service near you. 

Diaper cleaning service for a new mother

Cloth diapers are a wonderful eco alternative to disposable diapers, and are growing in popularity. There are amazing services that pick up diapers for cleaning and drop off clean ones like this one in NYC. Research services in your area for an amazing zero waste gift. 

A massage club membership

A massage is the perfect gift for your go go go friend who deserves (and needs) to slow down and be pampered. This NYC business offers a monthly massage membership which is brilliant. 

A pampering old-fashioned shave

Who doesn’t want to feel like Don Draper for a hot second? For those with facial hair, a fancy shave is as luxurious as it gets. We love this barber shop based in NYC, LA and Chicago. 

Experience gifts are not just amazing because you don’t have to purchase any physical items, you can spend time with the people you love, build memories, and enjoy each other’s company. Because, after all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

 

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