One of the things that drive my nuts is buying a gift that goes unused and takes up valuable space. I don't want to receive that kind of gift, and I don't want to GIVE that kind of gift, either.
I know, I talk a lot about "there's no such thing as perfect." Gift-giving is no exception. So many commercials talk about "the perfect _____________." I hear people say things like, "I can't seem to find the perfect gift for __________________." That's because there isn't one!
When buying gifts think about what you remember most about past Christmases?
Was it the year you went to a cabin for Christmas?
Was it the year you gathered up 20 of your friends
and went caroling?
Was it a ski trip?
In most instances, when I ask this question, I don't hear "It was the year I received...." Most of the time it was an experience that makes the lasting impression.
Stuff won't make you happy -- experiences will...
Experience gifts are a great option for those on your list that are hard to shop for. Yes, they tend to cost a little more, but in most cases, they are worth it. Experience gifts can be done alone but are usually more fun with a friend.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are a few ideas for you to consider:
Tickets: Plays, movies, concerts, air shows, sporting events.
Adventures: Hot air balloon rides, bi-plane sight seeing tours, ski lessons, race car driving opportunities, foreign language lessons
Memberships: Zoos, museums, theme parks, water parks, swimming pools, the gym
Activities: Skating dates, paint your own pottery, photo sessions, cooking lessons, golf lessons, photo classes
Wrapping the gift is important to the whole gift-giving experience. Having a small box to open suggests to the recipient that this was a thoughtful, meaningful gift -- and not just an afterthought.
As you start - or finish- your shopping this year, think about ways you can give the gift of the experience.
Only By His Grace,