Tired of the Clutter? Here are 50+ Experience Gifts

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Are you looking for Christmas gifts that keep on giving long after the holiday? Giving someone the gift of an experience is one that will last and will not fill your home with clutter, and we have tons of Spartanburg experience gift ideas for you! Whether you are looking for Spartanburg area memberships or Spartanburg classes to gift someone you love, you’ve come to the right place!

As a mom, I have a love/hate relationship with gifts. Honestly, I love receiving a good gift. Who doesn’t? And, I love when I give my kids something they will treasure. The problem is that sometimes the holiday season turns into a season of mass consumerism with my kids receiving tons (and tons) of toys and gadgets. Many of which my kids seldom even play with! I am over having my home filled with plastic stuff, and I am asking friends and family to please give my kids the gift of experience.

Experience gifts are gifts that keep on giving. Choosing to pay for my child to take theater classes or hold a membership to the Greenville Zoo will bring more worthwhile experiences than playing with the latest gadget ever will. With that being said, sometimes it is hard to think of what experience to give as a gift. That’s where we come in. We’ve come up with over fifty ideas for experience gifts. So when grandparents and aunts and uncles start asking what to get your kid for Christmas, just send them this list!

Disclaimer: This list does include advertisers, partners, in addition to other businesses that we recommend. It does not include paid listings. This list contains affiliate links at no cost to you.

Local Memberships

We have some pretty amazing membership options in the Upstate. Many memberships provide unlimited visits during the year. Trust me. Parents love these as gifts for their kids! Remember, this list is just for informational purposes and we can’t guarantee pricing. We have provided links to the original sources where you can find the most current information.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – While this museum’s Spartanburg location is geared for younger children (5 years and under), the membership is reciprocal and can be used at both the Greenville museum and the Spartanburg museum. All the parents rejoice!

The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg – Any kid and their parents will be thrilled with a YMCA membership because it means they have access to all the YMCA fun!

Big Air Trampoline Park – The indoor trampoline park in Spartanburg is a super fun place to visit, but it can add up quickly. That’s why families love the monthly membership packages that include daily 2-hour jump sessions.

Shipwreck Cove – Go ahead and purchase a season pass to Shipwreck Cove waterpark in Duncan and parents and kids will be thanking you for making summer wet and wild!

Pool Memberships – Even though it is too cold to swim right now, you can always plan ahead. Purchase a family pool membership so the kids can enjoy the pool all summer long.

Nearby Memberships

In addition to the local membership options, we are also including memberships for nearby places in nearby Greenville. Many Spartanburg families regularly visit the following Greenville venues:

Greenville Zoo – Greenville Zoo memberships include extra perks such as guest tickets and it’s a reciprocal membership which means that you can use your membership to get into other participating zoos at a discounted or free price.

Roper Mountain Science Center – RMSC memberships include a monthly Saturday program (2nd Saturday), weekly planetarium shows, and discounts on other services. This membership is also reciprocal. You can read about how this family saved over $100 on vacation one year by using their membership on trips around the country.

Rec N Crew Pass – These memberships include Greenville’s water parks and The Pavilion which includes an indoor ice skating rink. You can also purchase a season pass to one of the waterparks for a lower cost.

Event Tickets

My kids love going to live shows, but they can be expensive. That’s why I love receiving event tickets to upcoming shows and concerts. You can treat just the kids, the whole family, or plan a special evening for the grandparents and their grandkids. Since we can’t list all the upcoming events, we have provided you with a list of the most popular venues for live events in the Upstate.

Spartanburg Little Theatre – Local theatre company that performs shows for various age groups

Spartanburg Youth Theatre – Local youth theatre that performs shows for kids by kids

Ballet Spartanburg – Performs beautiful ballet at Chapman Cultural Center

Greer Cultural Center – Venue for music concerts and Greer Children’s Theatre performances

Swamp Rabbits Tickets – If someone is a hockey fan, a ticket to see the Greenville Swamp Rabbits play is a great idea.

Greenville Drive Tickets – Likewise, baseball fans will love a gift to cheer on the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field.

Greenville Triumph – One of the Upstate’s newest teams, the Greenville Triumph soccer team wows fans young and old.

College Sports Tickets – Cheer on a hometown team with tickets to a local college’s sporting events. Local school include Clemson, USC Upstate, Wofford, and Converse.

Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium – Hosts a variety of live events such as Charlie Brown Christmas and Disney Junior Live

Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Hosts a variety of music concerts including major artists and events such as Disney on Ice and Monster Jam(located in Greenville)

Peace Center – A performance venue offering concerts and theatre performances such as the Broadway Series (located in Greenville)

Day Trip Gifts

Spartanburg is situated nearby several major tourist attractions – many of which only take approximately 1.5 hours to visit. Purchase a gift card to a nearby attraction and the family will be gifted with quality time and lasting memories.

Biltmore Estate – Tour this historic home (aka mansion estate) in Asheville

Dollywood – The beloved theme park is only three hours from Spartanburg and is fun for the whole family. Dollywood’s Splash Country is also amazing in the summer. (Read our review!)

Georgia Aquarium – A huge aquarium located in Atlanta

WNC Nature Center – An outdoor nature center located in Asheville

Discovery Place – A science museum located in Charlotte

Carowinds – A theme park located in Concord (Charlotte area)

Hands On! Children’s Museum – A children’s museum in Hendersonville

Mountain Play Lodge – An indoor play space for children in Arden

Local Classes

Purchasing a class is a great way to have fun learning. While this list is not comprehensive it includes several of our favorite options on Kidding Around Spartanburg!

Spartanburg Youth Theatre – Offers theatre classes for kids preschool – high school (Closed for 2020-2021 season)

Plate 108 – Offers cooking classes for kids and culinary camps at its Greer location

Gymboree Play & Music – Offers baby music classes at its Greer location. They also offer a free trial class.

Sylvan Learning Center – In addition to tutoring, Sylvan Learning Center also offers Robotics for Kids.

Creating Artists for Tomorrow – Offers after-school art classes for children

Spartanburg Science Center Lego Robotics Club – Offers after-school Lego robotics clubs for kids 6-12 years old

Musikgarten at Lawson Academy for the Arts – Offers music classes for kids 0-7 years old at Converse College

Spartanburg Art Museum – Offers art classes from preschool through adult classes at Chapman Cultural Center

For even more ideas, see The Ultimate Guide to Kids Activities in Spartanburg, which will help you find:

  • Martial Arts Classes
  • Ballet Classes
  • Gymnastics and Cheer Classes
  • Equestrian Experiences
  • and more!

Local Experiences

But, wait! There’s even more! Here are some other unique experiences kids and parents will appreciate receiving as a gift.

Big E Gaffney – Movies, putt putt, bowling, ropes course, and more

East Main Arts – Offers a variety of adult paint and wine parties, as well as family arts and costumed character appearances

Hearts of Clay – A Spartanburg local favorite. This is a spot to make personalized art and pottery.

South Carolina State Parks Pass – State Park Passports are great for families who love the outdoors. You can get an All Park Passport for only $99, which provides admission for everyone in the vehicle to any state park.

Spartanburg County Historical Association – Support your local historical association by purchasing a membership, which will provide you with free or discounted admission to properties and special events

Summer Camp – Another way to plan ahead is to purchase a summer camp for a child in your life. Stay tuned as Kidding Around Spartanburg updates and releases summer camps for 2021.

BMW Zentrum Guided Factory Tour – You can schedule a tour for those 12 years and older

Greenville Culinary Tours – The foodies in your life will love the gift of the At The Chef’s Table Culinary Tour which takes guests to several Greenville restaurants and offers a behind the scenes look at some of the most popular restaurants

Other Non-Toy, Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

On top of all the other ideas, we have a few more ideas that will not add to the clutter.

Photography – Book a local photographer to capture photographs of your family – and don’t forget to print them out to give to the gift recipient!

Nail or Spa Gift Certificates – A spa gift certificate is another excellent choice – especially for busy moms

Subscription Boxes – Subscription boxes are all the rage and there are a ton to choose from! Most subscription boxes allow you to choose the increment (monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly). Plus, they offer them for kids and adults.

Attractions or Dining Value Guide – The Attractions Book features coupons for Spartanburg. It supports local businesses and the coupons are quite good. It would make an excellent stocking stuffer! Ask around as many schools and non-profits sell this book as a fundraiser.

Meal Delivery Services / Grocery Delivery – Help out a busy family by paying the fee for a meal delivery or grocery delivery service such as Shipt (for groceries) or Hello Fresh (for meals). See 19 Game-Changing Services for Grocery Shopping in Spartanburg for ideas.

Streaming Services Subscriptions (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling) – Help a family cut the cord by paying for a subscription to a streaming tv service.

Gift cards to local restaurants – My family always loves receiving gift cards to local restaurants since we don’t eat out often. In addition to the many chain restaurant gift card options, most local Spartanburg restaurants offer gift cards as well.

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.
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