15+ Ideas for Giving Experiences as Gifts Instead of Things


A Better Way to Be

I was a ridiculously fortunate kid. Not like my family was rich, and my sister and I were spoiled, getting everything we wanted, but it’s safe to say Santa was really, really good to us every year. My sister and I would pore over the J.C. Penney Christmas Catalog every fall, carefully circling every item we daydreamed about and tried to get the title perfectly written on our Christmas lists, so there’d be no misunderstandings. We may not have gotten everything we asked for (which I think was for the best), but there was certainly no shortage of incredible, fun things we received (thanks mom, dad and Santa!), and Christmas morning was the best day of the year.

Christmas morning circa 1995. That's me looking prim and proper with a scrunch in my hair and lace on my nightgown. Christmas morning circa 1995. That’s me looking serious about the job of opening presents while being prim and proper with a scrunchie in my hair and lace on my nightgown.

But as I got older, I…

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