The holidays can be stressful finding the perfect gift for everyone while making sure that you haven’t left anyone off your list. We all have that one person who is notoriously hard to buy for during the holidays when most of us would be ecstatic to receive a brand-new Louis Vuitton bag - HINT HINT Santa. For that special person who has it all, loves to give more than receive or is just plain hard to buy for try giving experiences. Think about it, our lives are full of to-do list and constant stimulation from technology. When was the last time someone had your undivided attention? Well here are a few gifts that will be an experience to give and receive.
Have you ever wondered where you were from? Take a look at your family tree and learn something new. “Your DNA was passed down from your parents—and their parents and so on. Variants can be linked to certain health conditions, traits and ancestry groups. Your genetic data is analyzed, and "23 and Me" generates your personalized reports based on well-established scientific and medical research.”- 23 and Me.
Do you have a hard time verbalizing how you feel about a loved one? Well write it down and add a few pictures too! https://lovebookonline.com/ allows you to personalize a book to help you do just that! Your loved one will have your affections written down and you will have all the feels when you see their face light up as they read their book.
It’s one thing to give a donation to an organization in someone’s name, but it’s another to roll up your sleeves and serve someone. This year many families lost everything because of the numerous natural disasters. Volunteers of America allows you to adopt a family. “The Adopt A Family program, which begins each year in early September and runs through the end of December, has been serving those in need across since 1993. In the 24-year history of this special program, hope and joy – along with toys, clothing, and meals – have been brought to children, seniors, and veterans during the season that is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. Sponsors (individuals, families, teams, organizations, businesses) adopt families for the holidays, providing at least one new toy and one new outfit for each child in the family, as well as a special holiday meal. Many sponsors provide much more!” - Volunteers of America
Impromptu Road trip
Who doesn’t love an awesome road trip or a first-class flight?! Variety is the spice of life; shake things up and take your loved one somewhere new. Maybe there’s a place or event that they have had their eye on? Go see their favorite performer or to that Michelin-starred restaurant they’ve been drooling over. Whatever you do remember to be present because your presence is a present.