The Gift of Experience


Gift giving can be stressful. As a mom, you want to make sure your family members are happy with the gift they have received. When I was growing up, my mother always had a rule for giving gifts during the holiday season. Everyone in my immediate family got at the very least four gifts. Depending on which list you made, of course. A gift you want, a gift you need, a gift to wear, and a gift to read.

We played a game to guess which one was which. This helped me find the perfect gift throughout the years, for even the pickiest of recipients. Giving gifts has become my favorite part of the holidays. No matter the celebration, I can always find something that wows. 

Now with my own children, I find it easier to use my mother’s strategy to help find the perfect gifts. However, with limited space to fill with toys and material things, I have had to find alternatives. Unique gifts have become a new trend in my home. A few years ago, I started giving the gift of experience. Making memories, and essentially filling the space in your heart, seems like a much better gift than something to fill the space in a home. 

Here are some unique ways to give the gift of experience this holiday season.

Who doesn’t love a spa day?! The perfect gift for anyone in need of pampering, there are tons of amazing spas and salons in Westchester to indulge. Groupon always has sales for massages, facials, or other relaxing treatments well within your price limit. You can also find a favorite nail salon and get a gift certificate for a mani/pedi in a pinch. 

There are so many local breweries and wineries in Westchester that always do tastings and samplings. For around $40, you can send someone with a date to stay warm in the cold winter. Even better, some places, such as Captain Lawrence, also have food to pair with the local spirits. 

Speaking of food, you can always grab a gift card to a favorite local spot. It is a bit of a last resort for me, as I love to try new places and share what I have found. However, it is just as fun to cook at home. There are tons of meal kit services that deliver farm-fresh ingredients straight to your door. You can grab a few month subscription for reasonable prices and let your family choose what they want to learn to make. Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated are some of the companies that offer a month free when you buy a 3 month subscription. 

Of course there is always that one family member that can’t cook anything and these meal kit deliveries would not help them out. Also on Groupon, there are a ton of local cooking classes that you can send your family members to. To make life that much easier, send a special couple you know to enjoy cooking and learning together.

My husband is a huge fan of sports, any and all kinds. I have been known to grab him a pair of tickets to see some of his favorite teams locally. To make it really special, grab a tee-shirt, or hat representing the home team and show your pride! Don’t forget the Westchester Knicks basketball season is beginning and always a fun time, not too far from home. 

The Paramount Theater and Tarrytown Music Hall, offer a variety of shows for those that are not sports fanatics. With affordable tickets and a variety in artists that preform, there is sure to be something fun for someone on your gifting list. Whether it’s music, comedy shows, or and off Broadway rendition, you can find it in Westchester. 

Don’t forget there are tons of unique exercise and art classes you can gift as well! With so many options, we hope this helps you cover everyone on your list. 

What unique gifts are you giving this year?