Christmas Gift Experiences.

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If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will realise that my mantra of the moment is “Collect Moments – not things”. I really am on a huge clutter clearing time. We buy too many things, and end up throwing so much away. This year, having spoken to my family, we have definitely decided that for us adults it should involve less ‘giving of things’ just for the sake of it. It’s good for the planet, good for our pockets, better for our stress levels and just much more Lagom. (see here if you haven’t heard about Lagom yet). This year I intend giving Christmas Gift Experiences rather than material presents. Now, should I get my Mum a bungee jump? Hmmmm….

Christmas Gift Experiences

Christmas Gift Experiences

Now, I would be daft to include what I really intend to get my family in this post. Some of them do actually take the time to read my blog. Needless to say Bro, I again haven’t got you the yacht that you’ve always desired, nor an experience of a week away on one. Sorry.

Christmas gift experiences needn’t be expensive businesses though. Sometimes the best presents are a promise of your time. Do you know a couple with a small child who would really like a night off to go for a meal or to the cinema? Then why not give a gift of a night babysitting, or longer if you like? (Hint, hint)

Why not give them this gift in the form of an alternative Gift Voucher? Print this one out, and add your gift of time. Maybe you know someone who needs an hour of gardening doing? Or some trousers taking up? etc etc…

But it also got me thinking about gift experiences that I’d love to give to people that I don’t normally buy for. I don’t buy for my closest friends. Over the years we have decided that this is almost tantamount to just swapping £££, so we buy for the children but not each other.

One of the best gifts I was given in recent years was a visit to a falconry centre from my gorgeous OH. We went hawking, met all the owls, and I watched as various birds of prey (even a vulture) flew from about 200 feet away to land on my arm! Beats a budgie, I’ll tell you. In fact I’d probably really bore you with the video footage.

Christmas Gift Experiences - falconry centre
Look at the delight on that face!
So, What Would I Buy For My Friends?

If I did buy for them, I’d love to treat them to a day of their favourite activities.

One friend is a really glamorous lady, fond of the finer things in life. She loves great clothes, make-up, and all things beauty. But she also hides a daredevil side of flying in biplanes, swimming Windermere and trekking up the 3 peaks. For her experience I would choose a tank drive. Honestly babe, it will so suit you!

Another mate loves the outdoors life, and is into walking. She has climbed Snowden not once but TWICE in the last year. I’d treat her to a glamping stay. Like camping, but you can still plug in your hairdryer. Nice one.

For a gift to all of us if I won the lottery I’d buy us all a Spa Weekend. Who doesn’t love a night away with a hot tub?

So you can see why all these experiences would appeal to me more than the usual gift ideas of jumpers, perfume and jewellery. All of those are lovely, but the memories of a day out can last much longer.

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Spoiler Alert!

I am going to buy my little one and niece some gifts. Not many, as they both have everything they need. But we will be clearing out a lot of old toys to make room for the new. Some will go to charity, some will be sold.

My little one is actually getting a wooden play house for outside. I am so excited for this. Hopefully we can make some memories there next summer, and I look forward to showing you all the decorations that I plan to make for her new play place! So really that is more of an experience than a thing, isn’t it?

So, are you going to give Christmas gift experiences instead of material things this year? What ideas do you have? I would love to hear. Do comment below, or contact me on social media.

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28 Replies to “Christmas Gift Experiences.”

  1. Phil says:

    I really like this idea and will be suggesting it to my family for next year!

    The adults in our family do a £35 secret santa rather than buying for everyone… but they all say what they want their secret santa to get them! It’s ludicrous and drives me insane each year and they all just roll their eyes at me!

    #blogcrush

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      We have done that too in the past. It takes all the fun out of giving and receiving!

      Reply
  2. Alice V says:

    I agree with making memories. This year I wanted to focus on “experience” toys and opted for lots of STEM science projects. They love bath bombs so we’re going to learn how to make our own.

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Experiences will be enjoyed so much more than the toys that rapidly get forgotten about. Bath Bombs sound a great idea.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I think an experience is more remembered than a material gift. Thank you for reading.

      Reply
  3. Carol says:

    Experiences are with us for a lifetime. I love the idea of experience gifts and also believe that the gift of self is one of the best. #MMBC

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      They aren’t for everyone. Maybe a tank drive is more you? 🙂 Thank you for reading!

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Grandchildren of a certain age are likely to want experiences over ‘things’ too! Thank you for reading!

      Reply
  4. Jo - Cup of Toast says:

    I agree with this. We are cutting back on buying ‘things’. For his birthday this year we bought our 8 year old an experience day and he loved it! He’s asked for one small present this year for Christmas then books, money for his savings or another day out. He definitely prefers less clutter. #AnythingGoes

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I’m hoping that my little girl grows up liking a less cluttered life too! Thank you for reading!

      Reply
  5. Katie says:

    some really great ideas – love a spa day!
    Thanks for linking to #Ablogginggoodtime

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  6. Stephanie 139a says:

    Totally relate to this – I’ve had memberships to societies such as the RHS and NT for Christmas before, and I’ve enjoyed them so much that I’ve kept them on. Definitely the gift that keeps on giving – thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I think a NT membership should definitely be on our list in future, such a great present.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Totally agree. Though E will be getting some things for Christmas and her birthday which is about 3 weeks later, the biggest present is her wendy house.

      Reply
  7. Tracey Bowden says:

    I love giving and receiving experiences as gifts. My sisters and I regularly gift each other concert tickets and show tickets. For my youngest sisters 30th I took her to London to see Wicked #blogcrush

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I took Mum to see Wicked a few years ago for Mother’s Day. Times like that you never forget, which is why experiences rule. Thank you for reading.

      Reply
  8. Heather Keet says:

    I love gifting experiences. My sister-in-law loves to take her son on a small trip in their area each Christmas break and we love to help with making that happen! #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      They are just the best presents. Moments over things.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I love the ballet, I haven’t been for ages. Hope you get something as lovely this year!

      Reply

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