With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share our favourite type of gifts to both give and receive: experiential gifts!
What is an experiential gift?
An experiential gift is not a physical gift, but rather the gift of a shared experience. It could be a home-cooked, favourite meal, tickets to a favourite sports team, or a weekend getaway. We love giving them to significant others, parents, and friends. In fact, Lily and I give each other an experiential gift every year for our birthdays. We have a tradition of a spa and brunch date that we both look forward to every year. Lots of companies sell prepackaged experiential gifts, but we like to make our own so that we can fine-tune them for the person we are giving them to.
What are some examples of experiential gifts?
- tickets to a concert, play, sporting event, or an art gallery/museum
- spa date
- home-cooked meal
- visit to a winery/brewery
- weekend getaway
- cooking class
- art class
- fitness classes/dance lessons
- kayaking trip
- tasting menu/food and wine tour
- tree-top trekking
Basically, anything you can think of that the person would enjoy would work as an experiential gift. So why do we love giving experiential gifts? Read on to find out!
1) It tells the person that you want to spend time with them
The beauty of an experiential gift is that it tells the person that they are important to you and that you want to make time for them. By scheduling a day in advance for an experiential gift, it sends the message that this person is important enough to make time for. And it also tells the person that they are important enough to make time for in advance. Lily and I are both really busy always so our friends know that if we are making time for them, there is a reason.
2) It’s the gift you can give to someone who has everything
If you have known someone forever, it can be difficult to think of a gift that you haven’t already given them. Also, there is always that person who has everything and doesn’t need anything. Experiential gifts take the guesswork out of getting someone a gift because what you are really giving is the gift of time.
3) Shared experiences strengthen your relationship
Sharing new experiences together helps to strengthen your relationship. Plus, these experiences become stories you can share with each other in the future. If you feel like your relationship, romantic or otherwise, is stuck in a rut, an experiential gift can help you try something new together.
4) They are a gift for you too
Since experiential gifts are all about doing something together, it means you get the gift too!