Giving Experiential Gifts Is So Much Better Than Material Gifts

Giving Experiential Gifts Is So Much Better Than Material Gifts

What extra value does stuff give you in your life?

One of the best Christmases I ever experienced was traveling to Mexico with my family. Instead of exchanging a ton of gifts, we simply decided to go on a family trip and spend quality time together. The older I get, the more I appreciate experiential gifts or celebrations. It seems obvious to value experiences more than material possessions, but I think when we Christmas or gift shop, we automatically think about what items were going to gift. In the end, experiences are immeasurably more valuable than accumulating material possessions.

Especially in American culture, we place so much weight and importance on stuff.

Many of us have way more than we will ever need. What extra value does stuff have in your life? There are memories that will last the rest of your life, whereas possessions won't always last forever. The memories give you something to look back on and treasure. Spending time with the people you love is so much more important in the long run.

This holiday season as Christmas rolls around again, I implore you to consider being creative with the gifts you give one another. Maybe you could send your parents on that vacation they've been waiting to go on or help a friend cross something off of their bucket list. If nothing else, you are gifting the people you love the ability to take part in (hopefully) enriching, cultural experiences that will make a positive impact on who they are as a person. Maybe even an exciting story emerges from the experience.

Some of the best gifts I've received include tickets to concerts, shows, and vacations.

Not only did I take part in an enriching experience, but I did it with loved friends and family. Perhaps a gifted experience could be as simple as an art class or taking a friend somewhere to hike and do a picnic lunch. I love that giving these types of gifts requires you to think more deeply about who that person really is and what sort of experiences would positively impact them. Plus, let's be real- once our short time on Earth ends, worldly possessions have no meaning anymore. I like to think that memories and experiences stay with us eternally.

This Christmas, consider gifting your friends and family an experience rather than giving them another material possession. Even beyond the holiday season, consider doing this for any gift-giving occasion as long as it makes sense. In reality, experiences are worth so much more than things.

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11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

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14. Wine not?

15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

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