We are well into the giving season and I can’t help but notice the number of people bustling about shopping malls and department stores searching for the perfect gifts to give their friends and family. As I watch the shopping bags pile up, I can’t help but wonder how many of these gifts will better their recipient in the long run. How many will empower them or help them achieve a satisfying level of personal happiness? Unfortunately, the answer is probably less than I would like but there is hope on the horizon.
Research shows that experience-based gifts are on the rise in certain generations. I know this particular kind of present can be hard to define and even harder to come up with, so I thought I’d do my part and provide you with a list of fulfilling, experience-based gifts that will enhance the creativity and mental longevity of the special people in your life.
Warm Their Hearts With Wellness
The gift of wellness is often overlooked for fear of offending the recipient, but offering someone the chance to improve their health doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are plenty of ways to gift wellness without coming on too strong.
Many health and wellness coaches offer seasonal specials on their services. Consider purchasing a month-long trial with a certified health and wellness coach. The short duration keeps costs within budget for you while providing the giftee with the option to extend at the end of the month. The important thing to remember is that it’s not a gym membership. It’s a chance to work with a professional to improve motivation and define a positive path for the future.
Meet Their Needs With Music
Inspiration comes in many forms, but one of the most popular is music. What better way to inspire the important people in your life than with lyrics and melody? You can choose to go the traditional route and buy concert tickets to a favorite band or show, or you can choose to gift an entirely new experience.
Symphonies and traveling performance shows are beautiful experiences that are easy to enjoy alone or with others. Similarly, Broadway performances or interactive musicals offer a unique experience that can’t be found in a cleverly-wrapped box.
Nurture Them With Nature
The outdoor enthusiasts in your life will appreciate a gift experience that puts them in their element. You can spend countless dollars buying them outerwear and gear, or you could decrease cost and increase memorability by giving the gift of an outdoor experience.
Every nature lover is different, so how you choose to gift the outdoors will vary. Creative ideas include hiking trips or dates, camping weekends, or gardening classes. Truly motivated givers might consider a geocaching event or even a personalized treasure hunt experience.
Choose to skip the bags and boxes this season. Foster creativity and build memories instead with an experienced-based gift that comes from the heart and warms the soul.