Every year we focus on stuff. What if this year you focused on gifts that include experiences? Having an amazing experience, that’s a gift of time, togetherness, or fun, can be a new way to celebrate the holidays. In this year when your holiday may be a “new normal,” experiences can make it easier to skip the inside decorations and make the most of time together. Here’s a round up of the best organizing experiences for you, your family and your colleagues.
“Animal encounter” at your local zoo or aquarium
When your home is under construction, it’s a great time to get everyone out from under foot. An “animal encounter” takes you behind the scenes at a location you may already be a member. It’s a one of a kind experience for your animal lover.
A day of “winter fun”
A sunny southern city, Houston has plenty of options for a day of winter fun. Discovery Green ice skating, viewing Zoo lights, or taking in the lights at Santa’s Wonderland can all be extra fun during December.
Attending a dress up, special performance
Each year, Houstonians treat their families to The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel’s Messiah, or Mannheim Steamroller. These special outings give your family a holiday boost too.
Learn a new skill
Have you or your family wanted to learn a new skill? What about cooking class together, skiing, or golf? A gift certificate for a class can give you and your family the opportunity for a test run.
Host a family get together at a painting or pottery spot, such as MudPie, Pinot’s Palette and the Rustic Brush. All of these offer holiday options to creatively party.
Is your family or are your colleagues up for challenging competitive fun? The Escape Room, laser tag or paint ball might suit you all for an afternoon of collective, competitive play.
A gift you give each other
There may be one big wish your family or colleagues have and that’s a gift you give each other. It’s as small as coupon book of small, weekly chores. It’s as big as creating a photo book from all your iphone, Facebook or other spots. There are endless options including making a special cake or dinner for a friend or family. We all have a special something we can do for another.
I hope this list inspires you this holiday season to give more than stuff. Give a memory!