8 Experiential Wedding Gifts – The New York Times

As the world slowly reopens after more than a year of Covid quarantine mandates, many brides and grooms are eager to get out of their homes, to try new things and to revisit pastimes.

Instead of kitchen items that will never get used or tchotchkes that take up space, now is the time for family and friends to gift experiences, whether they be vacations or neon-sign-making classes or even a wellness-clinic membership.

The following experiential gift ideas come from four experts who are well versed in the sorts of activities and endeavors that newlyweds appreciate most. These presents can create memories, inspire new hobbies and give couples the chance to have more quality time.

Tara Lewis

Ms. Lewis is a trend expert at Yelp, an online directory and app used to search and review local businesses.

Private Magic Show, prices vary by location and individual entertainers, but can begin at about $250 per show and include tricks ranging from mind-reading to fire-eating.

Melissa Mash

Ms. Mash is a founder and the chief executive of Dagne Dover, a performance-based accessories brand.