You might have already heard holiday music playing on the radio. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it, the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday followed closely by Cyber Monday. However, don’t just go out and blindly spend your money buying gifts. Instead, why not buy a gift of experience for friends and family and gifts that give back for acquaintances?
Gifts of Experience
Rather than just buying a mundane present that may or may not clutter up your friend’s home, why not instead give the gift of experience? Does your friend have a favorite group he has always wanted to see perform? Why not buy Stone Roses tickets if that is the group he has always wanted to see?
If you are looking for something even more creative than watching a favorite band, why not give the gift of experience through Cloud 9 Living? If your friend dreams of race cars, why not buy the gift of a stock car ride along in Pocono? What about a hang gliding lesson?
With gifts of experience, your friends and family will remember them for a lifetime, unlike “stuff” that may clutter their homes.
Gifts That Give Back
Every holiday season, there are those we are obligated to buy for such as babysitters, teachers, mail carriers, hair dressers and doormen, to name a few. If you are going to buy a gift for them anyway, why not buy a gift that gives back? Many restaurants offer specials: if you buy a certain amount in gift cards, you earn a certain amount in bonus gift cards. For instance, at R.A. Sushi, buy $200 in gift cards and get $60 in additional gift cards. This is a great way to stretch your budget or to treat yourself. Buy gift cards totaling $200, and then spend the bonus $60 sometime on yourself.
Most restaurants offer smaller deals such as buy $50 worth of gift cards and get $10 in bonus gift cards. Just a warning, the bonus gift cards often expire a month or two after the new year, so make sure to read the fine print.
We all have to buy gifts this holiday season. Why not make them memorable by giving experiences rather than “stuff”. For those who you have to give a more impersonal gift, why not get something back yourself?
Post by Melissa