Experiential Giving

6 Reasons Why Gifting Experiences over things, is the Real Deal.

We’ve just come through the Mother’s Day/Father’s Day double header of gift giving. We all bought some stuff, wrapped it up, signed cards and served it up with a side of the bacon, eggs and hash browns. Exhale.

What did you get your mom or dad this year?

Moms and dads, what did you get? And where did you put your new things?

In our house, dad got a monogramed bath robe and an electric toothbrush. (I think the toothbrush is out of the box, but the robe hasn’t moved). Moving forward there’s birthdays, graduations, weddings, summer party hostess gifts, house warming pressies … It’s time to switch it up and do better in the gifting department.

The science is in. Experiences trump things. Here’s why:

Experiences make us far happier that things. They show more thought and care and the idea of the experience gives us something to look forward to. Fun fact – the increase in happiness touches both the

2. Gifts of self-care lower stress, allow time for meditation and set the stage for positive visualization. Flowers look and smell great but are dead in a few days. Forgotten.

3. Experiential gifts are 100% ethical. Completely sustainable, no child labor, no contributions to the landfill, no clutter, no plastic to dispose of! Not a fun fact – at our current rate of consumption, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. (E. MacArthur, The Guardian).

4. Experiential gifts create memories. Give a ‘first time’ float experience or purchase a shareable multi pack. Be at the front of someone’s mind every month, with a float membership. Get your people out of their comfort zone and into something different!

5. The shine of an experiential gift lasts longer and shines brighter than a material object. We get used to our things, but we remember experiences long after they’ve happened.

6. An experience contributes to our identity. We might love our stuff, but it remains separate from us. Things stay on our shelves or inside our closets. Experiences become a part of us. “We are the sum total of our experiences” B.J.Neblett

Cut the clutter and waste. Invest in memories. Give experiential gifts.



Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller is a lifestyle writer whose articles and blogs feature interesting people, places and businesses. A former educator, she is a community volunteer and loves living and writing in the Okanagan. [email protected]