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5 Best Ways to Gift an Experience to Someone in the DMV


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It can be hard to find the right gift for someone you love, especially when they already seem to have everything. Gift them an experience instead! Giving someone the opportunity to make lasting memories is way more special than burdening them with more stuff.


But what if you have no idea what kind of "experiences" are worth gifting? Don't worry, I've found some of the best gift experience ideas you can find in the DMV, and some tips on how to gift an experience successfully!

DMV-Based Gift Experience Ideas

Rage Room Session

If you know someone who needs to release some chaotic energy, this is the perfect place to do it. You can smash things. break glass, destroy furniture, and mangle household items. What's more fun than breaking stuff? Check out this list of rage rooms in the DMV.

Luxury Pampered Photoshoot

At Bovia & Co., we do photoshoots very differently than your average photographer. Of course you get amazing photos, but we also create an indulgent, pampered experience for clients. We send pre-session care packages filled with curated spa products. The actual session comes with options for a professional massage, spa facials, and full glam makeup. Our client closet is outfitted with glamorous, sexy, empowering pieces. Clients walk in the door to a custom playlist, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, this is the one.

Day Spa Trip to Balian Springs

Sometimes the ones we love just need to slow down. If that person you know is always on the go, but constantly complaining about finding time to relax, gift them a trip to Balian Springs. This whale of a day spa recently opened in Northern Virginia and features massage pools, meditation rooms, saunas, and more. You can check out my full review of the spa here.


Tasting Menu at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

Have a foodie on your hands? Send them a gift card to a Michelin-starred restaurant - DC has more than 20 of them! From the food to the service, this is an experience that will be appreciated. See all the Michelin restaurants in DC here.


Wine Tasting in DMV's Wine Regions

Does your person love a glass of wine and a stunning view? Then send them on a drive to one of the DMV's many wineries. This list unfortunately leaves out Prince George's County wineries, but you can find those here.


How to Gift an Experience the Right Way

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  • Keep in mind any limitations they may have or accommodations they'll need: You don't want to book an experience just to find out you can't even participate! Here are some things to consider that you may not have thought of:

  • Do they have any physical disabilities that will limit their ability to participate?

  • Are they an introvert or an extrovert? Will they need or prefer a buddy to come with them?

  • Will they have transportation to get there and back?

  • Do they have any allergies or aversions you should know about before booking?

  • Is their schedule flexible enough to accommodate the experience?

  • Choose an experience you know they'll enjoy: This may seem obvious, but this is not the time to think you're a mind reader. Go with what you know. You don't want to make the investment into something and the person has to awkwardly accept an activity they never showed an interest in. It's totally fine to ask them directly about the gift experience ideas you have for them, but if you want to keep it a surprise, do some active listening with them and consult with others that know them intimately.

  • Minimize extra costs: If you decide to gift an experience to someone, do your best to cover all the costs. And if you can't cover it 100%, make sure the person can budget properly for it. You want the person to enjoy the gift, not stress over how they're going to pay for it.


Give the Gift of the Bovia & Co. Experience

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Want to give someone that cinematic, hair blowing in the wind, gown billowing dreamily moment on camera? Well, we're ready to provide it. At Bovia & Co. we specialize in luxury photoshoot experiences that prioritize your enjoyment. We're all about creating art and providing relaxation. Click here to learn more about our unique portrait photography experiences.


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