This is a Guest Post by Tara Rojas along with Kate Stabrawa. It has wonderful advice as we seek to make Christmas a special time for our families/friends.
Give the Priceless Gift of “Experiences”
- A Day of Doing...Whatever You Want
- Convertible car rental ride, exploration and picnic
- A beautiful night snowshoeing in the mountains
- The opportunity to visit a new part of your city or state
- A house cleaning from yours truly
- Annual membership to the zoo, science museum or art museum for someone wanting a little more culture in her life
- Some local cities are now doing walking tours of gourmet shops (see Denver Gourmet) for the foodie friend
- Teatime for Two with your best girlfriend
- Golf foursome on a beautiful day
- Lasertag or Paintball for a new level of family bonding
- Fly fishing lessons for the husband that watches “River Runs Through It” again and again
- Language lessons for the friend that's always wanted to learn Italian
- Canvas & Cocktails for the friend that wants some artistic inspiration (see, again, a shop in Denver as an example)
- Want to re-create a first date? Work with your spouse's favorite restaurant to make his/her favorite meal.
- Husband's a wine lover? Arrange a private wine tasting at a local vineyard or wine cellar shop
- Wife's been traveling or busy planning all the holiday festivities? Arrange for a magically clean house when your spouse arrives home from work one day.
- Grandma loves to take photos of her new grandchildren? Hire a photographer or visit a local photography shop to set up a few digital camera lessons.
Of course, one of the mainstays of experience gift giving is the opportunity of travel. Many airlines and hotels now make it easy to buy gift certificates. Be sure to also check out any credit card points you may have redeemed. For example, Discovercard has a two-night stay at the Hyatt available for redemption in their rewards offering.