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6 Incredible "Experiences" to Give as Gifts

The best way to create long lasting memories may be to gift an experience rather than an object or thing.

By
Cheryl Butler
3-minute read

According to the most recent survey, the average American spends $271 per kid for Christmas. For some families, that's small potatoes, and for others, that figure is breaking the bank. If you're not wanting to purchase more "stuff" to clutter up your family's life this holiday season, perhaps focusing on gifting "experiences" for your loved ones is the way to go.

Here are a few ideas that can't necessarily be unwrapped but will create long-lasting memories once they are experienced:

1.) Give the Gift of Learning

Pick up a new skill as family. Sign up the whole group for art classes, a baking lesson, or maybe even surfing. If you live in a colder climate, look into skiing or snow shoeing for the group. Maybe your kids are budding photographers, and you can all take a class in photography and the very popular dibble and dabble paint classes have lots of local opportunities for families as well as adult venues.

2.) Give the Gift of Renewal

Life comes at us quickly and often hard and heavy. One of the greatest gifts you can give to a cherished friend or loved one is the opportunity to refresh and renew—and even better, is giving that gift to yourself.  Check out the first ever QDT Live event, Whole Life 360: Your Total Mind Body Reboot, taking place on March 12, 2016 in Montclair, New Jersey. You're in for a treat and a complete mind and body makeover including intimate workshops, keynote presentations, and panel discussions with top-notch speakers. In addition to the great content, you’ll receive complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the day.  Sign up now for the early-bird special!

3.) Give the Gift of Gratitude

When you live your life from a place of gratitude for what you have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have, you open yourself to being so much more. Happiness never flows from that of lack or negativity. Give yourself the gift of gratitude this holiday season. It will change your life forever.

4.) Create a Christmas Trap

One of the most exciting moments of the holiday season are those exhilarating seconds between kids waking up and actually heading to the Christmas tree to tear into their magical gifts. The Christmas Trap is a series of obstacles parents build between their children's door and the Christmas Tree. The tradition began over 50 years ago as a simple trick to keep the children in bed longer on Christmas morning. This year, strategize some fun booby traps that will make getting to the tree take a bit longer but will also add to the pure anticipation of the most magical of days: Christmas morning!

5.) Give the Gift of Culture

If you are really stuck and searching for the ultimate experience to gift a loved one with this holiday season, check out the hundreds of unique experiences on Vayable.com.  Vayable is a new way to experience local culture. Vayable is a place to discover unique, cultural experiences from design, photography and street art experiences, to ethnic food tours, private dinners hosted by locals, back roads wine tastings and underground history, sightseeing and immersive cultural exchange.  There's something for every family on Vayable.

6.) Give a Mystery Ride

Life can become so predictable. We get stuck in ruts and routines simply because we have to maintain such orderly lifestyles for our work and school lives. Shake it up this year and gift some incredible family time in the way of some intriguing field trips—with the catch that the family won't have any prior knowledge as to where you are taking them until you hit the road.  You can offer up clues along the way or keep them guessing until the very end. Mystery rides can be as simple as a trip to a local museum and then out for a fun-family dinner or something more elaborate such as a weekend away at a nearby resort.  Whatever you opt for, you can make the experience really enticing and memorable which will leave your family feeling on top of the world well after the last Christmas decorations have been packed up for the year.

No matter what your budget this holiday season—let your family unwrap the gift of an unforgettable experience rather than the same old, same old. And don't forget—you'll be able to enjoy this gift just as much as your family does.

What experiences have you given as gifts? Let me know on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!

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