Today begins our annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide. Between now and November 26, we will share numerous articles on uncluttered giving that can be used this season. Most of these ideas also will apply to gift giving throughout the year, irrespective of the occasion.
Giving an experience gift ensures there’s nothing for the recipient to unclutter, and it’s a great kind of gift to give to someone who really doesn’t need or want any more stuff. I have a friend who said one of the best gifts she ever got was an annual membership to a local museum.
Last year, Erin provided suggestions for many types of experience gifts — and here are some more ideas. My examples will be U.S.-based, but similar items can probably be found in many other parts of the world.
Here are a few of the tours available in San Francisco; your area may well have equally interesting options.
If you’ve got a golfer on your gift list, you might choose a gift card good at over 4,000 golf courses nationwide.
Spa experiences: massages, facials, pedicures, etc.
Treat someone to some pampering and relaxation! Almost any business offering these services will have a gift certificate available, and sometimes you can buy them online.
Here are just a few examples: Massage LA (which serves Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon); Queen Jane Day Spa (which serves New York City); and Nirvana Holistic Spa (which serves Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon).
Consultations with specialists
If you know the recipient would appreciate such a consultation, it could be a great gift. Give someone a consultation with an image consultant, a garden coach, etc.
Combination gifts: books plus experiences
This can work well for those who don’t want to give a purely intangible gift. Here are a few examples to get you thinking.
Want more gift-giving ideas? Explore Unclutterer’s full 2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide.