With excess cash in short supply these days, no-one wants to feel like a gift given is unappreciated. Ensure the people on your gift-giving list enjoy themselves by giving an experience instead of stuff.
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Money-wise weblog The Simple Dollar suggests experience-based gift-giving is not only easier on the wallet, but will create a better experience for the recipient. The post offers a few reasons why:
Aside from the fact that it's less expensive than giving traditional material gifts, giving experiences works for three reasons.
First, it doesn't give a material item that the other person will have to deal with. It's not going to wind up needing maintenance or taking up storage space in their home or requiring a trip to customer service.
Second, it will stand out in a positive way in comparison to the items they receive. When you receive several items for Christmas, something distinct like this will definitely stand out from the crowd. Most of the "experience" gifts I've ever received still stand out for me.
Third, it often allows you to experience the gift together. If the gift is an event you can both participate in, it becomes a shared memory, something far beyond what a material gift can offer.
In our own gift-giving experiences, we've given dinners, movie tickets, zoo passes, and more manual labour than you can shake a stick at. Not only does it lighten your load for transporting or mailing gifts to their final destination, it usually requires a little more thought than standing in an aisle and deciding which gift your friends and family would appreciate more: smelly bath and body lotion, or hastily-signed gift card.
Hit up The Simple Dollar for a few ideas for kids and adults alike, when it comes to giving gifts of this nature.
Giving Experiences, Not Things, This Holiday Season [The Simple Dollar ]