When it comes to giving gifts, sometimes less is more. That is, less stuff and more experiences!
Experiences can make wonderful gifts for many reasons. They don’t have to be stored, are often shared in the company of friends or other loved ones, and by their very nature create memories that can last a lifetime. Recent research also indicates that spending money on experiences rather than objects actually makes people happier.
Here are some experience gifts that will delight almost anyone on your holiday shopping list…
Local Adventures: Finding an adventure doesn’t always require travel to a remote destination. Try inviting your loved ones to visit your nearest zoo, aquarium, or museum together. Or, maybe staying and even working at a local farm or ranch, going on a scavenger hunt, or going whale-watching is more their speed.
Escape Rooms or Mystery Dinner: Like live-action video games, escape rooms allow people to strategize and solve their way through puzzles and mysteries. Check out services like Groupon and Living Social for coupons and give the gift of intrigue.
Hobby Classes/Workshops: You’re never too old—or too young—to acquire a new skill! Lessons in horseback riding, art, music, dance, cooking, brewing, sports, photography, all expand someone’s horizons and let them explore new interests and hobbies. You can even gift someone a membership to an online learning community such as Lynda.com or courses in foreign languages.
Nature Center or Park Memberships: Local parks are often overlooked, but usually have a devoted staff and awesome events; letting people get up-close and personal with nature. National, state, count, and city parks can be a delightful break from a busy routine.
Online Subscriptions: Online subscriptions to digital versions of favorite magazines are a convenient and environmentally friendly way to keep up on news, hobbies, and niche interests.
Sports Passes: Giving someone a pass to a nearby gym, rink, or golf course is a great a way to support their fitness and health interests. Other ideas: how about passes for indoor rock climbing, bowling, ice skating, golfing, skiing, yoga, or swimming?
Theatre/Concert Tickets: Concerts and live performances are something people tend to remember for years. Support local theater troupes and bands, or seek out their favorite artists or plays.
Zoo Memberships: Zoo memberships, especially to AZA accredited institutions, entitle visitors to free or discounted admission and/or parking. Often, zoo membership also supports conservation programs there, too.
Donations as Gifts: Maybe your loved one cares about a specific cause or organization? Making a donation in your loved one’s name is a unique gift. Giving a gift like this means the gift keeps on giving.
Give the Gift of Green: For people with green thumbs, or for those who simply love nature, give the gift of green this season. Now available for CleanChoice customers to give, customers can help save the forests of Appalachia through our new carbon offsets “green gift” program. A $25 gift of carbon offsets supports the protection and sustainable care of trees in a region that has seen millions of acres destroyed by coal mining and excessive logging.
We hope this blog gives you lots of good ideas about how to give the gift of experience. Gifts like these leave nothing behind except good memories!
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