Gifting an Experience
When people think about experience gifts, we often remember the things we used to do as kids. Making coupons for a ‘Free Car Wash’ or even a ‘Help with Laundry’ IOU. Although we likely all had good intentions, our Moms rarely cashed in any of the goodies, and arguably our focus was in the wrong place. Experience gifting is a chance to be creative about the time you spend with the people you care about. Here are some suggestions based on the types of people you have in your life.
- The Adventurer
Ranging from day trips to a weekend away, this option may require a larger budget. That being said, if you love to travel, it can be a rewarding gift! Think about places you want to go, and how your family likes to explore. Do you camp? Hike? Climb? Love history? There are so many choices, so choose what works best for you and your loved ones.
- The Athlete
There’s something out there for all fitness levels! Family fun runs, obstacle courses, yoga, archery games, just to name a few! As experiences are becoming more popular many of them offer holiday and gift promotions. If you can't buy it right away, simply print a picture and let them know your intentions.
- The Homebody
Does your homebody enjoy woodworking, cooking, or gardening? These things don’t come with an admission cost but they often require equipment. For the gardener in your life, you could pick up some personalized gardening gloves and let them know that they will have your undivided attention this summer. Cooking or baking? Grab a fun cookbook and pick out a recipe to tackle together.
- The Doer
These types of activities can be fun with larger groups, but don’t feel like you have to pay for everyone. Things like paint night, escape room, glass blowing, and pottery can be entertaining and teach you a new skill. Pick one family member to focus the gift on, and ask other members if they’d want to join. Many of these things range from $20 - $50 a person.
- The Music/Theater Lover
Keep an eye out for local performances, traveling plays, and movie releases. If there is nothing coming to town in the near future, you could give a gift card to a venue and let them choose the show.
One of the reasons why people love receiving gifts is they are flattered by the gesture that the other person has made. Giving the gift of an experience not only shows someone that you care, but also that you want to spend time with them. Happy Holidays everyone!