Sure everyone has a list of material things they want or could use but is it the perfect gift? Material items become outdated, outgrown and generally wear out. For me I believe the perfect gift is the gift of experience. Opening a beautifully wrapped gift lasts but a minute, an experience lasts a lifetime.
I ask you do you remember what you got for Christmas two years ago? What about last year? If you received a gift of travel or an experience I am willing to bet you’d remember. I remember my gift from last year…a NASCAR Race Car Driving Experience. My in-laws remember an anniversary gift we gave them, a hot air balloon ride. And I am sure my girls remember their Christmas trips to Florida to snorkel with the manatee. Or the ski trip vacation to the mountains when there was hardly enough snow to ski.
But do either of them remember the Christmas they got ice skates under the tree? What about all of those plush fuzzy stuffed animals ? Or the year it was “I just have to have it!” (Bet they don’t even remember what the item was!)
Then there is my granddaughter, do you think she remembers all of the gifts she has received from me at Christmas? No, but she certainly remembers the geo-caching trip we went on where we encountered a snake and I ran away! Again it is the experience and the adventure that remains with us.
So for this Christmas consider giving the gift of experience and adventure. At the very least consider giving the gift of your time, time to create memories. As an added benefit it helps with the current Made in America campaign!
"You never know when you're making a memory!" --Rickie Lee Jones