“You can get really imaginative and creative with the ‘experiences’ you give”
Christmas is literally around the corner! As usual, I can’t believe that another year is almost over but time flies when you’re having fun!!
Like a lot of people, I love this time of year as it is the perfect excuse to spend quality time with family and/or friends, eat good food, laugh loads and of course exchange presents.
Things vs Experiences at Christmas Time
Sadly, the real meaning of Christmas seems to have lost significance in this day and age and a lot of emphasis is put on presents. Things. Things that will soon lose novelty and end up as junk and in the landfill. I say it’s time to give up the pointless junk and focus more on the love and life experience.
Not to say that giving presents is a bad thing but maybe just to put a bit more thought into what you are giving. I absolutely love giving gifts to others and not just at Christmas time but all throughout the year. It brings me genuine joy! As a general rule, I like to give practical gifts, ones that can really be used to their fullest.
Since I’m on the other side of the world to home this year and have no idea who I’ll be spending Christmas with, I am not planning to buy any gifts at all. However if I was at home, I would definitely be taking my new zero waste and minimalist lifestyle into consideration and buying as little ‘tangible’ gifts as possible.
Instead of buying ‘things’, I would be buying ‘experiences’ for my loved ones. Something to create lasting memories and maybe even learn some new skills and gain new interests and hobbies.
Here are a bunch of zero waste Christmas experience gift ideas –
1. Tickets to the circus, a concert or a show.
2. A tailored day out for your loved one. For example – breakfast, museum/art gallery, lunch and boat cruise.
3. Yoga classes
4. A meditation course
5. Learn to trapeze
6. Take your loved one on a hike in your local bush, forest, beach (this is completely free!!)
7. ‘How to make perfume’ class
8. A ‘Discover Scuba Dive’ experience, the perfect introduction to scuba diving
10. Outdoor/indoor rock climbing passes
11. Abseiling passes
12. Art/craft classes – pottery, fine art, painting, jewellery, photography, the list goes on
13. An online DIY natural body care and beauty products course – I purchased this for my mum last year and she loves it – School of Natural Skincare
14. A weekend away to the beach, forest or anywhere that is a great place to explore which isn’t home
15. Rally car driving experience
16. White water rafting experience
17. Offer to teach a new skill in the form of a gift card – for example, I know how to make macrame jewellery and can teach that as a gift (include materials)
18. Cooking classes – especially of their favourite cuisine
19. Plan a camping trip – whether it’s in your backyard or away in the bush/beach
20. A tour of your loved one’s favourite brewery or distillery
This is just a short list and I’ve tried to come up with a range of ideas but you can get really imaginative and creative with the ‘experiences’ you give. It’s also a great way to get to know your loved ones even better. Ask questions, do a little investigating into what they might have wanted to do for a long time but never got around to doing and then BAM! give them what they’ve dreamed off. And you can be sure that your gift will be truly appreciated.
Merry Christmas and happy gift giving!!
Love Kat xx