20+ Gifts That Get You Out of the House


These gifts are NOT for a homebody! Whether your loved one is a busy body always on the go, or a remote worker looking for new things to do outside of the house, you’ll find a gift on this guide for them! 

A New Grill

We said “get you out of the house”, not out of the yard. Outdoor grilling is an easy way to get out of the house without much fuss. If your loved one already has a grill, consider a membership something like an Omaha Steaks membership to keep the grill fired up year round. 

Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits were a big trend for Christmas last year and we don’t expect 2022 to be any different. Similar to a grill, this gift will give you comfort when the temperatures drop and encourage you to hang out in the back yard all year around. Fire pits also change the aesthetics of your yard and give you that ambient glow for a cozy outdoor evening.

Does the person you’re shopping for already have an outdoor fire pit? Shop these gifts for fire pit lovers or go with the classic: Smores! 

Sidewalk Chalk

You can find sidewalk chalk at just about every store and on Amazon. This inexpensive gift will set you back less than $10 and will get the family outside and drawing! We are not sure who will enjoy this gift more, you or the kids. 

Outdoor Ice Skating

It’s that time of year! Even if you live in Florida, there are outdoor ice skating rinks popping up all around. It’s a fun way to get in the holiday spirit. Enjoy a hot chocolate or a warm cocktail and do a few laps around the rink. Not sure where to skate near you? Google has you covered

Airbnb (or Hotel) Gift Card

Giving the gift of travel is one thing nobody will want to return. The best part of an Airbnb or hotel gift card is that the location options are endless. And if you can’t get away, a staycation is always a fun alternative. Either way, an escape from everyday life is always needed. 

Amusement Park Passes

Amusement parks are a great way to spend an entire day. The rides, the games, the shows, the food…what’s not to love? Plus, many amusement parks do holiday themed events that turn the park into an extra festive time. Typically season passes pay for themselves in two or three trips, but gives the freedom to visit as much as you want. 

Botanical Garden Passes

There is nothing more serene than a walk through a botanical garden. The beautiful colors, the fragrant aromas, and peaceful atmosphere are all sure to calm you down and relax you from your everyday stress. And when they add lights in the winter, it is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 

Zoo or Aquarium Passes

Zoos are a great way to spend a day outside enjoying the sites and sounds of the animals, all while learning a little bit about their habitats. Most zoos allow you to become a member, which oftentimes includes passes and additional perks. If you are not a zoo person, an aquarium is a great indoor alternative and allows you to view all different species of fish even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. 

Museum Passes

The Association of Science and Technology Centers offers a passport program that includes a membership to your local museum and then you can also get free admissions to hundreds of museums across the country. The great thing about museums is that there are so many to choose from. You could enjoy a day at an art museum, go to a history museum, learn at a science museum, or be hands-on at a children's museum. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to have a great time. 

Ski Lift Passes 

If you’re lucky enough to live close to mountains and ski resorts, you can consider getting season passes to a local ski resort. This way you can hit the slopes for a few hours, or all day, and enjoy the crisp winter weather and fresh show as it makes for the perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions.

America the Beautiful National Parks Annual Pass

At only $80, this is the perfect under $100 gift for the outdoor lover. An America the Beautiful pass is your ticket to over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, and national wildlife refuges. Plus, 100% of the proceeds goes to improving and enhancing visitor recreation services. And if you’re looking for another gift to pair with the annual pass, the USGS Store has some great national park maps

Tip: Veterans and those with permanent disabilities can get an America the Beautiful pass for free! 

Sporting Event Tickets

What a better way to get out of the house, than to cheer on your favorite sports team? Professional sporting event tickets can get very expensive, so if you’re looking to keep costs low a great alternative is college sports teams and minor league games. You can still enjoy the same experiences but for a fraction of the price. 

Concert Tickets

There is no better atmosphere than at a concert. I promise giving the gift of live music won’t go unnoticed. Tickets can sell out fast and some artists plan their tour over a year in advance, so keep an eye out and when they go on sale, grab them fast. 

Tip: Since the concert may not be for months, give a CD of the artist as well so you have something to enjoy now and pump you up for the show. 

Drive-In Movie Theater Tickets

What’s more fun than watching a movie in a theater? Watching it on a giant screen from the comfort of your own car! Pack drinks and snacks and enjoy a flick in a drive-in theater. There aren’t many of them around today, so take advantage of them and usually they offer a double feature, so you’ll have hours of entertainment. 

Escape Room! 

Grab your family or a group of friends and put your teamwork to the test. This is a fun way to solve riddles and puzzles to try and escape from a themed room. They are usually an hour long and are packed with fun decor. 

Tip: The scarier the escape room, the quicker you’ll want to get out. 

Laser Tag

What better way to bring you back to your childhood than to play laser tag. You can rent out the place and bring a big group, or just go with a friend and join a team. Either way, you’ll be running, hiding, strategizing, and shooting and are sure to work up a good sweat. 


Bowing is a great activity, especially when the weather outside keeps you inside. Rent those ugly shoes, grab a ball, and roll a strike. You can even do bumper bowling with the kids so nobody rolls a gutter ball. Did we mention most bowling places have black light parties? 


If you’re close enough to go to a star gazing park or observatory, like the Bare Dark Sky Observatory in North Carolina, this is a great gift. Escape the city lights and see more stars than ever before. It’s a peaceful activity that is sure to wow you. 

Spa Voucher

It’s been a long year, what better way to unwind than with a deep tissue massage or facial and manicure? You will be in heaven when you enjoy spa services. They are sure to rejuvenate you and help you start next year all refreshed and ready to go. And if you don’t want to spend the money on a massage, purchase a spa day pass and enjoy the hot tub, sauna, pool, and of course the cucumber water.  

Wine & Paint Class

Test your painting skills, sip wine, and have fun. There are no tests in this class. Just a good time. The best part is that when the class is over, you will have a painting to take home with you and hang on the wall. 

Even more gift ideas to get your loved ones out of the house

  • Classes (fitness/cooking/art/musical instrument/language/etc)
  • Wine tasting/making/vineyard tour
  • Murder Mystery dinner experience
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Psychic reading/tarot reading
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Written by Mike Graner

Mike Graner is the Marketing Manager at Smith.ai. He focuses on engaging content, company updates, and in-person events.

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