What do you get a minimalist for Christmas?
When the holidays roll around, we often turn to shops to stock up on things. But for people who live in small spaces, acquiring more physical items can be problematic, even when the gifts come with the best of intentions. When space is at a premium, experiences can make great gifts for any holiday, for children and adults alike.
Here are some tips on giving experiences as gifts:
To get an idea of activities available in your area, try a website that is focused on experience gifts, like Cloud9Living or Excitations. Discount sites like Groupon and Living Social also offer local outings, such as hot air balloon rides, theater tickets or a chance to drive a Lamborghini. Start looking early and check back often to find one that suits your recipient.
Look for something really off the wall. Vayable.com offers a Midnight Street Food Crawl of New York City for $59. In San Francisco, $40 will get you a guided tour where you learn to forage for your own seafood. Or look for classes of a more practical nature, like how to make sushi or mix cocktails.
To save money, create an experience gift instead of buying one. Host craft night for the girls, plan a sleepover for your niece or nephew, or arrange a family photo shoot for your mom. Teach someone a skill they’d like to learn. Plan an elaborate scavenger hunt. Or just set aside some time for a simple pleasure you don’t get to enjoy often, like fishing with Dad.
Consider a trip. I like this post on MrsJanuary.com, where she talks about trying to convince her extended family to forego gifts and use their holiday budgets for a memorable weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Be thoughtful about how you present the gift. If you’re taking your son to his first big-time ball game, wrap up a team cap with the tickets tucked inside. Or, create a coupon and wrap it up in a pretty box.
Give multiple experiences. Michele Horne of New Hampshire Mamas writes about how she gave her husband one year of dates. This can be adapted for children, a parent or a friend. Best of all, it gives you and the recipient something to look forward to long after Jingle Bells has stopped playing at the mall.
Other ideas? Success stories? Experiences that are on your wish list? Please share them in the comments.