We all have those people that we have no idea what to buy for Christmas so we just get something with not much thought so we can add a tick off the list; admit you have done it … I have done it (I don’t do it anymore) … as long as that gift is under the tree you have done your job right – no wrong! If you are faced with a dilemma like this at Christmas why not think about looking to buy experiences? It seems that buying someone an experience vs stuff (generally stuff they really don’t need or want vs an experience such as tickets to a show, a night at their favourite restaurant, or a massage pamper may actually make people happier and more satisfied that just wrapping up that no thought jocks and socks gift. I have always been a believer in experience giving vs stuff giving but why are so many others unconverted when experience gifts are the bomb? We are constantly bombarded with marketing & advertising images which usually involves “wrapping” a physical present as a gift. Hopefully I can convert some people as I for one am sick of crappy landfill presents – it’s not the thought that counts because let’s face it there hasn’t been much thought … it’s just the tick off the list for a present under the tree! Let’s think about experience gifts and why they are great:
- Everyone needs something to look forward too
- Scientists found we get more value from experiences
- We are social beings we connect with other people not stuff
- Mum …. she got more than me … it’s not fair!
- Invest in memories and save landfill