Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can often feel like going on a treasure hunt. What to get for the grandmother who already has all the things? Or for a sibling who intimidatingly impeccable taste? Or for a significant other who you’ve already shared so many gift-giving occasions with?
Scouring online shopping, strategizing when to shop without crowds, making lists, rejecting lists, making new lists, sound familiar? It’s the annual gift dance, and this year we’d like to offer a variation to the norm. Consider gifting an experience. Material goods are fun to give and receive, but when you gift an experience, you’re really gifting a memory that has yet to be made. And what could be more beautiful than gifting a precious future memory? Especially one you could be a part of as well!
7 Experiences as Gifts for the Holidays
Here are some of our favorite experiences to gift, in Boston, but you can apply the same concepts anywhere in the world!
1. Cuisine Tour
The way to nearly anyone’s heart is through food, and a city the size of Boston has an abundance of delicious food to taste! Gift your favorite foodie two tickets for a Boston food cuisine tour, where they’ll be treated to some of the tastiest treats and creations across the city.
2. Rowing Lessons
Boston is a city full of passionate rowers, which makes sense since the world’s largest regatta takes place here annually. For the adventurous and fitness minded loved one, gift an indoor, or outdoor, rowing lesson! Who knows, you just may create an avid rower in your family.
3. A Museum Membership
Of all the family members you could go one of two ways with a museum membership. Either gift it to the obvious choice, the studious, book-loving, history buff. Or, on the flip side, gift this to the family member who may not often think of going to a museum, but will happily go explore it with their membership in tow!
4. Craft Beer Tastings
A cute idea for your craft beer loving significant other would be to gift a day of tastings, on you, together! “Hop” around town sipping, savoring and discovering their latest favorite brews.
5. Harbor Cruise
This gift is perfect for the loved one who works constantly, and rarely takes any time for him or herself! The Boston Harbor is a spectacular sight to behold from the shore, and even more spectacular from the sea! There are a variety of different cruises, from mimosas and brunch to sunset cruises.
6. Tickets to See The Red Sox
Every family group has at least one sports fanatic, if not many! The perfect gift for your sports fan could be tickets to see the Red Sox. For the avid baseball fan, the chance to watch a game in Fenway Park, one of the oldest stadiums in the U.S., will be a dream come true.
7. Gift a Trip
Last, but not least, is the gift idea for the extra special person in your life. The person you intend to splurge the most on. Your significant other, parent, best friend, or sibling, will be in absolute shock when you gift them a trip to Boston! A weekend getaway for two, filled with all sorts of experiences and memories! Gift them the chance to stay in the heart of Boston at Copley Square Hotel, walk to all the most delicious restaurants, cute shops, illuminating museums, and iconic Boston sights.
Just wait until you see the look on your loved one’s faces when each opens his or her personalized experiential gift, from you. It will be a memorable holiday season from the gift opening alone, with plenty of future memories left to be created, thanks to you!