Giftable experiences in Richmond, VA

Here are our recommendations for memorable presents in the form of experiences.


As City Editor Robin’s mom would say, “give fun, not stuff” this holiday season.

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We love to think our presents will be up on the mantelpiece forever. But let’s face it: some things are destined to add to our closet clutter. (Unless it’s from our ultimate gift guide, of course.)

If you’re looking for some last-minute presents this holiday season, check out our curated list of local giftable experiences so you can sleigh the holidays.

For the foodie

For the nature lover

  • Adopt an animal from Maymont in their name — the symbolic adoption helps to provide a healthy diet, veterinary care, enrichment activities, and habitat maintenance at the park.
  • Let their love bloom with a Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden membership.
  • Make a jellyfish terrarium, wire plant art, or a moss wall at PlantHouse Richmond’s January workshops.

For the artist

For the sports fanatic

  • Up the Roos with season tickets to see the Richmond Kickers play at City Stadium.
  • Make a date at The Diamond to watch the Flying Squirrels — whether you want to snag a few individual tickets or a season pass.
  • Spend an afternoon together on the virtual green at Indoor Golf RVA.

For the adventurer

For the drama lover

  • “Uncle Vanya” is the latest from Richmond Shakes, coming in January to the Dominion Energy Center’s Gottwald Playhouse.
  • Get dinner in the Arts District or Jackson Ward, then see a show at Virginia Repertory Theatre — “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is scheduled for this summer.
  • A subscription to Broadway in Richmond includes season tickets to “Hairspray,” “Hamilton,” and “Hadestown” when they come to the city.

For the lifelong student

We know we left some experiential ideas on the drawing room table. Share with us the experiences you’ve gifted — or would love to receive. 🎁

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