It's widely established that the experiences we have are much better for our happiness than the things we own. When you buy something physical your enjoyment of that thing diminishes over time. When you have a good experience however, the memory of that experience is just as sweet far into the future. Experiences don't age, go bad, or lose value over time.

It's easy to see why experience gifts are one of the fastest growing types of gift to give. Experience gifts are easier to get right and don't have to cost an arm and leg. Many types of experience gifts are free. Let's take a look at some of the most popular experience gifts.

  • Hiking: “Birthday hikes” are a growing trend. A hike can range from a leisurely stroll through the woods to an exhilarating workout. It has been showing that looking at natural landscapes for a short period of time can have many of the same benefits of meditation.
  • Spa Days: Spa Gifts can range from a relatively low cost massage to a luxurious weekend getaway. Spa's can be enjoyed alone or in groups and make for a great experience gift.
  • Stay-cation: Most people dream of visiting exotic locations but never think to explore their own city. Taking someone on an adventure to a lesser known part of town can be thrilling and cost effective experience gift.
  • Music Gifts: Concert tickets are a great experience gift if you know what music the recipient likes best. An easy way to find the right concert ticket is to check the social media of the person your buying for. Most people list their favorite music right in their profiles. Check for tickets at least three months into the future as they probably won't have already bought a ticket. They will be anticipating the concert every day until it happens and talking about it for weeks after.

Experience gifts are usually a good bet for memories that last. Just make sure you get the right kind of experience for the right type of person and any gift you choose will be appreciated.

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