Choosing the perfect gift can be a bit like solving a puzzle – you want it to fit just right, reflecting your understanding of the person and making them feel truly special. When it comes to “experience” gifts, this means a delightful exploration of your recipient’s passions and a bit of creativity.
And here are 3 tips to help you out.
Yes, figuring out lesser-known interests means putting in a bit of effort, but it’s totally worth it because chances are your gift will be a thoughtful one.
How do you figure out lesser-known interests? You have options. Try having some real heart-to-hearts, asking about childhood hobbies or dreams. For example, discovering your friend’s childhood fascination with model trains, you surprise them with a private tour of a vintage train museum, really hitting the nostalgia button.
Or, it’s also a good idea to check out their social media for niche interests or activities they might not talk about often. For example, through social media, you learn about a friend’s interest in survival skills and signing them up for a comprehensive tactical skills course with a local expert, you give them a hands-on experience tailored to their hidden passion.
Sustainable joy comes from gifts that keep on giving and so choosing experiences with a lasting impact means your thoughtfulness resonates over an extended period!
So, you want to do things like select experiences that happen annually or seasonally, like a yearly music festival or a unique theater performance. For example, recognizing your partner’s love for jazz, you give them VIP passes to an annual jazz festival so that now there’s a tradition of enjoying world-class performances together every year.
Or maybe go for a workshop series that happens over several weeks, deepening their knowledge in a particular area. For example, for a friend really into sustainable living, you enroll them in a series of eco-friendly workshops covering topics from composting to DIY sustainable home practices.
Local Gems and Unexplored Territories
Why not really commit and seek out local spots or else little-known places and things? Plus, it’s a chance to support local businesses and show off your knowledge of cool niche things.
So take a stroll through local neighborhoods, discovering charming cafes, boutique stores, or unique workshops. For example, instead of a mainstream restaurant, you gift a culinary adventure by arranging for a private dinner hosted by a local chef in their home, introducing them to a new dining experience that really hits the spot.
Or, it’s also a good idea to check in with local bloggers or guides for recommendations beyond the mainstream.
There’s a reason why giving people the gift of an experience instead of something tangible is so popular. Try out these tips to have a better chance of really pulling things off.