Why Experiences Make Great Gifts

With Valentine’s Day coming up, roses may be red, but creating experiences together are golden! This holiday, why not opt for the unexpected? Here are just a few reasons why an experience gift is a great way to go.

1. It’s Really Fun!

You already know what your loved ones enjoy doing so they’re going to have a good time. Whether it’s a round of golf, tickets to a show, or something they’ve always wanted to try, you’re helping them create a fun memory.  For my husband’s birthday one year, I gifted him the experience of flying a small plane in our hometown. You might think that sounds expensive, but it was cheaper than a candlelit dinner - around $75!  Plus, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

2. It’s a Win-Win for Both of You

Many of the best moments in life are the experiences we share with family and friends. There’s an instant grin nostalgia over concerts together, road trips and festivals. Why not gift an event that you can enjoy together? For one Valentine’s Day, my husband and I took to the streets of Denver for a World Cup Big Air Snowboarding event right in the middle of the city. It was awesome watching incredible athletes show off their skills while we sipped on brews from the beer tent. Not only was this a great way to get out together, but it created a memory we’ll always cherish.

3. Deal Sites Offer Inexpensive & Local Options

It’s easy to find fun things to do with great websites like Groupon and Living Social. Often times, there are a surplus of ideas, plus they are at a discounted rate. From cooking classes to music festivals to test-driving exotic cars, there really is something for everyone.

4. It’s a Great Chance to Try Something New

Maybe your loved one has always wanted to try a pottery class, take guitar lessons, or try out that new rock climbing gym. Gifting these experiences show that you care about their interests while helping to fulfill them. For the more adventurous, you can even try a new activity like skydiving or indoor scuba diving.

Experience gifts offer more than fun moments – they give you new insights, quality time together and really cool memories. What experience are you excited to gift?