Give the Gift of Experiences This Christmas

December 8, 2015 Blog 0 Comments

Although Christmas shopping is supposed to be fun, the task of selecting unique and useful Christmas gifts can often be a source of anxiety. In fact, the pressure of trying to find the “perfect” gift can sometimes turn what would normally be a joyous occasion into a tedious drudgery.

But interestingly enough, research has repeatedly shown that people tend to enjoy experiences more than things, and that sometimes the best gift you can give someone is not something they can hold in their hand; it’s those unique experiences or fond memories that people tend to treasure more than any tangible item. With that in mind, here are some great experience gift ideas to help you do just that.

  1. Annual membership to a zoo, aquarium, museum, or nature center.

Most zoos, aquariums, museums, and nature centers can’t be fully explored in one trip (unless you plan on completely wearing yourself out). So, giving the gift of an annual pass to these types of popular destinations can guarantee your loved one plenty of time to explore all that they have to offer.

This type of gift is especially valuable for people who have young children, as they can plan multiple “family field trips” that can focus on different aspects of these fascinating places each time they go. The great thing about it is that most membership packages include more than just free admission into the facility; many times they will offer special members-only discounts on related merchandise, as well as invitations to special members-only previews and/or exhibitions.

  1. Season tickets or a subscription to a concert or theater series.

This gift is a guaranteed win for the live entertainment junkie. Several theaters offer holiday promotions and subscriptions that are hard to beat, but even if you miss the time window for purchasing tickets for the whole season or a package of shows, you can still buy tickets in advance for multiple upcoming shows.

  1. An escape room experience.

If you want to give your loved one a fun and unforgettable experience, buy them a gift card to Houdini’s Room Escape. This exhilarating experience will call upon their inner Sherlock Holmes, as they’ll be required to work with a group of friends or family members to figure out how to escape a locked and themed room before the 60-minute time limit expires.

What makes the escape room experience so fun is that it’s a lot like a treasure hunt. You have to search the room for clues and objects that will give you the steps you need to take in order to earn your freedom, all while trying to beat the clock. Houdini’s Room Escape has gift cards available year-round that make a perfect gift for your favorite thrill-seeker.

While giving the gift of experiences is somewhat outside of the typical “Christmas protocol,” it’s a great way to offer someone a valuable deposit in their memory bank. Keep the above ideas in mind this Christmas in order to give someone a gift that can enrich their life and make great memories at the same time.