“Experience gifts, when well-chosen, can provide a lot of delight with zero clutter.”
– Jeri Dansky
Studies show you get the biggest bang for your buck, in terms of happiness, by buying experiences rather than material goods, so consider experience gifts for the holidays.
- Tickets to Events.
- Memberships (zoo, museum, aquarium, pool).
- Movie tickets.
- Activity gift certificates (miniature golf, roller skating, skydiving, race-car driving).
- Tickets to shows.
- Gift certificates for massage, manicure or spa services.
- A camp or retreat.
- Personal shopper consultation.
- Food or drink club membership (wine- or fruit-of-the-month, for example)
- Restaurant Gift Certificates.
- Coupons for your services (housecleaning, yard work, cooking, home repairs, babysitting, grocery shopping).
- Coupons for fun activities with you (maybe playing a board game together if the recipient is your child, perhaps a more intimate activity if the recipient is your significant other).
- Plane tickets or trip packages.
- For a child, a fun day with a friend.
- For someone you don’t see often enough, simply spending quality time together is a wonderful gift.
- Material goods that make an experience possible, such as craft supplies or sports equipment.
- Crawls/Tours. These can be alcohol related (like pub crawls, winery tours and whiskey tastings) or not (like yarn crawls, food tours and chocolate tastings).