The Gift of Experience

As you read this, know that one of my love languages is gifting! I love curating a thoughtful gift that really makes the recipient feel loved. That's easiest for me when I spontaneously give; when I see a need and can give in the moment. Holidays are harder for me. When I need to come up with the perfect gift, on the spot, while also considering what the person might receive from others, that feels like disappointment waiting to happen. The mounting pressure coupled with the time it takes to curate gifts is intense. So this year, our family is shifting toward doing more experiences.



The joy of watching my kids open their gifts doesn't last nearly as long as doing an activity together as a family. Memories made as a family with multiple generations are much more special than items that will lose their sparkle. Plus honestly, at this age my kids love the first box they open. They want to stay with that and not be pulled away to open more boxes. All of it is overwhelming!


Experience ideas for young children:

Baking together

Going to the library to read new books

Spending the night in a hotel to swim & order pizza

Zoo trip

A new board game

Day date with grandparents

New game to play together

Scavenger hunt

Go to the park

Try a trampoline park

Have a yes day

Go stargazing

Play in the mud

Create an obstacle course with chalk on the garage floor

Ask your kids what they want to do, then join with enthusiasm!

Create a new tradition


Experience ideas for adults:

Massage

Family photography session

State Park membership pass

Vehicle detail

Car wash vouchers

House cleaning service

Lottery ticket

House of Colour Appointment

Monthly subscription for new wines, cheese, or meals



Day date ideas:


Find a fancy recipe, buy the groceries, and figure out how to cook it together

Casino to play the penny machines

Lunch & a movie

Escape room

Drive around like the good 'ol days or have a plan and take a road trip

Ice skating

Sledding

Snowmobiling

Ice fishing

Bowling

Go for a hike, or around here go for a walk

Picnic on the living room floor, it's much warmer than outside right now!

Book a hotel room to enjoy the clean and quiet

Finish a puzzle

Stay home and be alone


If Kyle got me any of these, let's say I would not turn them down:

Lash appointment

Brow appointment

Nail appointment

Massage

Facial

All added up into one spa day ;)


TIME is such an underrated gift. Giving the gift of uninterrupted, fully attentive time is what lasting memories are made of. Think back on your fondest memories, what stands out to you? What scenes do you remember with the people you love the most?


As the holiday prep mounts and the keeping up with the Joneses feelings creep in, I will ground myself in the relationships I can cultivate with my family and the joy I can spread with the Christmas spirit. I will remind myself that this magical season is for giving, indeed, giving of time, love, and cheer.