If you’re in the middle of holiday shopping, you may already be burned out by trying to find that “perfect” gift for everyone on your list. Consider taking another route: giving experiences over traditional gifts. Not only is it less stressful, but bestowing an experience brings with it other gifts — great memories.
A survey done by Eventbrite found 63% of adults ages 18-65+ would rather receive an experience over a material gift. So how to choose an activity that’s just right?
Start by setting a budget so you can gauge options in your price range. Here are some options in varying price ranges to consider.
What woman (or man) doesn’t like to get pampered? Giving a spa experience, whether it’s a massage, facial, or an entire spa day, is a gift anyone can appreciate. While there may not be much for them to unwrap with this one, they’ll love you for giving the gift of relaxation, especially after a long and stressful holiday season.
Why not give a music lesson or two to your children or other children on your list? It will be enough to get them started to see if they really like it. Schedule too hectic to shuttle to and from on-site lessons? Consider options like Fender Play, where your kids can learn from home at times convenient to you both.
Museum or Local Attraction Passes
We all know going to a museum or amusement park isn’t cheap, whether paying for one ticket or an entire family. That’s why passes to museums, amusement parks, zoos and local attractions make great gifts. Even tickets to the movie theater are a great idea. Depending on your budget, season passes and annual memberships, which often come with special perks, are thoughtful options.
Cooking Classes or Dance Lessons
Have family members or friends who are transfixed to the TV when cooking or dancing shows are airing? Gifts that will speak to their inner chef and or tap dancer are lessons that will see them living out these fantasies. Parents know lessons towards amping up special skills can get pricey, so getting instruction as a gift can help kids decide if their aspirations are something they truly want to pursue.
Concert or Theater Tickets
Concert, dance or theatre tickets can be expensive; one of the reasons many people don’t splurge for them. It’s also one of the reasons why they make great holiday gifts. The memories made from attending a performance can far outweigh a material gift. The same holds true for kids. From ice skating shows to seeing their favorite boy band on stage, tickets to these events make for great experiences.
Give Bucket List Experiences
Do you know someone who’s always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon or go parasailing? These “bucket list” type experiences are wow-worthy. If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do too, you can also gift one to yourself and join the recipient for a fun bonding experience.