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Creating Lasting Memories: Tips and Tricks for Giving Experience-Based Gifts


You love giving gifts but want them to be something other than materialistic or boring. What's the best way to show someone that you care without making them feel like they're being bought something? Experience-based gifts! They're not just for special occasions; they can also make a meaningful difference in everyday life. Here are some tips on how to create lasting memories with experience-based gifts:

Give Your Time

Giving time is a great way to show someone you care about them. Whether it's a friend or family member who needs help or volunteering at a local charity, there are many ways you can give of yourself for the good of others.

You might not be able to do everything yourself (or even anything), but there are plenty of opportunities to help in other ways that don't require special skills or experience. For example, Volunteer with an organization like Habitat for Humanity or Big Brothers Big Sisters and spend some time doing volunteer work with the people who need it most. Give back by helping rebuild homes after natural disasters; teach kids life lessons through mentoring programs like Scout Troop 22; mentor young women through Girls Inc.; coach sports teams needing guidance and encouragement; tutor students struggling academically or socially—the possibilities are endless!

Give Experiences Instead of Stuff

Experiences are more meaningful than material gifts. They can be shared, remembered, and enjoyed for years to come. They help you connect with your loved ones in a way that physical objects cannot. And they’re often less expensive than you think—even if you buy experiences as part of an ongoing series of experiences over time, they can still be great ways to celebrate an occasion or holiday!

Give the Gift of Getting Together with Family and Friends

Giving a fun and memorable gift is a great way to celebrate an occasion. A trip to the beach, dinner at an upscale restaurant or bowling alley, or even just driving around town are great ways to spend time together as family and friends.

When planning your getaway, consider the location. Is it near where they live? Where do they work? Do they have kids who can participate in activities with you on your day off? If so, consider these factors when choosing where you'll go!

Another thing I've noticed is that people don't always think about how far away from home it needs to be—and if this isn't something someone can afford right now (or ever), then don't worry about it too much! It's still worth remembering, though: If there was no reason why someone couldn't visit during their break from work/school etc., perhaps try calling ahead first before booking anything online because sometimes airlines charge extra money for travel outside certain zones; however, if no one answers then simply call back again later once everything has settled down enough, so everything goes smoothly without any mishaps happening along the way like losing luggage somewhere along its journey across continents after being picked up by another company instead due either lackadaisical security protocols implemented within airports themselves.

Create lasting memories instead of adding to clutter.

Experiences are more memorable than material things. Experiences are more likely to be shared with others and lend themselves well to being shared on social media, making them even more memorable.

Finally, experiences are less likely to be discarded because another item can't replace them in the same category. I.e., an experience cannot be replaced by another yoga class or dinner at your favorite restaurant repeatedly (unless you're paying for it).

Check out Groupon and LivingSocial.

Groupon and LivingSocial are two of the best places to find deals on experiences. You can find deals on spa treatments, restaurants, and classes. You can also find deals on experiences like hiking, camping, and sightseeing.

Decide on a budget.

When choosing an experience, consider the cost of travel, food, and other expenses (like souvenirs). If you are paying for multiple people to get together in one place and do something fun together, ensure everyone knows about this beforehand so they can plan accordingly.

Look at who you're buying for.

  • Consider their interests and hobbies. If a person has a particular interest, knowing what they like to do in their free time can be beneficial. The same goes for hobbies; if someone loves cooking, consider giving them something related to food.
  • Consider their age and stage in life. Generally, people tend to grow out of certain things as they age (for example, board games). This doesn't mean that all gifts need to be geared towards this age group—but if you're looking for something more specific than "gifts for kids" or "gifts for teens," then consider what stage in life your recipient is at now (e.g., elementary school student vs. college freshman) so that you can make sure that their gift will still resonate with them when they receive it later on down the road!
  • Who else might be interested in receiving gifts from your recipient's perspective? If someone has multiple friends who also want something similar but don't know yet whether yours honestly would want such an item too (which would be easy enough because their names are included), then maybe sending them along just one copy would suffice instead of sending three documents.

Create a Memory Book

The next step is to create a memory book. You can use an old scrapbook or photo book, but any keepsake will do. This is a great way to document your relationship with your partner and their family and friends. If you have children, this could even become a keepsake for them when they grow up so that they can look back on their childhood memories with pride and excitement!

Think ahead to other gifts they might receive.

  • Think ahead to other gifts they might receive.
  • Consider the cost of the experience. Will it be worth it? Is there a way to make it less expensive, or does it need to be more expensive for them?
  • Consider how much time they will spend on it (and whether you can help them). If you're giving an experience-based present as part of an event, consider whether you could include some tickets or passes that would allow them access to another event later in life—or even allow them entry into all future events held by your company/organization. This will ensure that they don't regret not being able to participate in specific opportunities down the line!

Consider your shared history.

Think about your shared history. Your partner or significant other might have a different idea of what makes for a great gift then you do, and listening to them is essential. If possible, ask them what their favorite moment was growing up or during their childhood; if they don't want to talk about it, go ahead and ask anyway—they may appreciate being given the opportunity!

Ask yourself: What do I want my partner to remember me by? We all know that memories comprise details and experiences that make us feel good about ourselves—and even better when someone else can share those moments.

Think about where they want to go.

When deciding which experience to gift, think about where the person wants to go. If they've been before and loved it, consider a return trip. If not, they would like to visit somewhere new or unusual.

Think about where your recipient has been before—maybe he or she loves hiking in the mountains but has no good memories of exploring cities or countries with you. Consider buying him or her tickets for an airline flight (or even renting one) so that he or she can escape from the city while still enjoying all its beauty!

If money is tight, but you still want something special-looking as a gift, consider buying personalized travel posters instead of just generic ones printed off an internet site; these make great gifts because they're affordable yet look high-quality enough that people will want them displayed around their homes after receiving them!

Consider the effort required for the experience.

  • Consider the effort required for the experience.
  • Think about how much time and effort is required.
  • Consider the age of the person you're buying for and their physical and mental abilities (e.g., whether they can handle being active during a hike). Also, consider where you're giving this gift: if it requires traveling or staying overnight, think about how far away from home it is—will your friend be happy with spending several hours on an activity like this? How much money do you want to spend on something like this?

Look for a deal, but be wary of potential hidden fees.

When you’re looking for last-minute deals, it can be tempting to book the cheapest option possible. However, this isn't always a good idea. While you may save money on the initial cost of your gift and shipping fees, other potential hidden costs could come up later:

  • Cancellation fees - If your friend or loved one has to cancel their trip due to an illness or emergency, they may be unable to use their experience gift (or at least not comfortably). At this point, it's best practice not only to look into how much cancellation costs will be but also to consider buying something else instead if need be.
  • Service fees - Some companies charge service fees when they deliver experiences via mail order rather than bringing them directly into stores as theme parks do; these can range anywhere between $10-$50 depending on what kind of experience is being delivered (and who delivers it).

Experience-based gifts are more meaningful than material ones!

In the world of experience-based gifting, you can give something that’s not only an excellent gift for the recipient but also a good one for yourself!

Because these gifts are usually more personal and memorable than those made from physical materials (like clothes or food), so they often cost less money. This makes them an excellent choice if you want to give something original and unique without spending too much money on your loved ones' happiness or feelings of excitement at receiving their new possessions—which means they're perfect for anyone who doesn't want anything too flashy or gaudy in their lives!


Hopefully, this article has inspired you to give a more meaningful gift next year. We know it's easy to feel like giving material gifts is the only way to go, but we also want you to remember that experiential gifts are equally important. The truth is that everyone loves receiving something they've never had before—and this will always be true even if they have everything on their wish list! So don't get stuck in the gift-giving rut; think about how to make those experiences last longer than one holiday season.

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