Beyond boring envelopes: 10 creative ways to wrap an experience
Nobody needs another Christmas sweater. If you want to spread holiday cheer this year, give an experience. Research shows that purchasing activities, like bike tours or rock climbing classes, creates more happiness than buying more stuff. But how do you put a bow on a workshop or a vacation? There isn't anything to wrap and giving a piece of paper in an envelope often feels kind of lame. Don’t worry—we’ve got you and those intangible gifts covered. Here are 10 creative ways to present an experience.
1. Give a musical note
Slip the details of a dance class (or any musical gift) inside an album cover or place the gift certificate in a box and wrap it in sheet music.
2. Guide the way
Place the description of a city tour in a relevant guidebook or folded map. Highlight some of the tour’s stops on the map or mark the pages in the guidebook.
3. Put a bow on it
Tie up a walking tour or fun run with shoelaces or use climbing rope as ribbon for a climbing class.
4. Make 'em search for it
Make word search wrapping paper that includes words that describe the experience.
5. Pack it up
If you’re giving a trip, you’ve got a world of gifting possibilities. Insert a brief description of the trip into a luggage tag or passport holder. Or wrap the itinerary along with a useful travel item, such as a travel pillow or a set of travel-sized toiletries. You could also buy a travel journal or a book about the destination and inscribe the first page with details about the getaway.
6. Woodsy wrapping
For a camping or hiking trip, make the package a gift, too. Tuck the details inside of a backpack, canteen, or an enamelware mug. Or wrap it in a bandana or a plaid wool shirt. Want to keep it simple but personal? Describe the upcoming trip on the first page of a Field Notes notebook.
7. Slice of paradise
Giving a jungle, forest, or beach escape? Attach a gift card to a plant that looks like a mini version of what they’ll be hiking through or lounging under. Or use a tree cutting as a gift topper.
8. Spell it out
Turn the gift box into a game. Wrap a box of Scrabble tiles that the recipient must rearrange to spell out the activity.
9. A Tisket a tasket, a green and red basket
Deliver a wine or food tour in a picnic basket. Or package it with other al fresco gear, such as a picnic blanket or utensil set.
10. Message in a bottle
Write out multiple options on slips of paper and put them in small glass bottles. Let the recipient choose which activity they want to do.