Are you one of those people who panics when gift-giving time rolls around (Christmas, birthdays, etc.)? Never mind running out of ideas, you can’t even come up with any to begin with. Why not consider an “experience” gift? For the uninitiated, experience gifts simply allow you to present to the giftee the opportunity to participate in an adventure. In the past few years “active” offerings have become particularly trendy among folks looking for alternatives to the standard fare. The appeal may lay in the lasting memories these gifts evoke.
The options are limitless, so a good place to start is obviously to think about what the recipient’s interests are. There are many companies dedicated solely to providing experience gifts, and you can choose by category and region. They also offer something for every budget — seriously, every budget. Some exploits will run you less than $100 while others may break the bank at upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Why such a vast range? Because companies such as these afford any and all undertakings imaginable.
There are wine tours, dinner and lunch cruises, and in-home personal chef cooking classes. How about private dance lessons, glass-blowing lessons, sailing lessons, or even fencing lessons? Maybe an historical tour of your favourite city?
For the truly daring, race car driving, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and skydiving are popular options. Or there are aerobatic biplane rides, cave and mountain climbing expeditions, and you could even become a fighter pilot for a day. If you can dream it, it’s available!
Though there really is something for everyone, perhaps the person you have in mind is, shall we say, eccentric? If this is the case and you’re searching for something truly unique, you may need to think outside the box. Why not look into private DJ/beat-making lessons, or perhaps ninja lessons? You could send your sweetheart on an Illuminati or Da Vinci scavenger hunt complete with encrypted clues and actors ready to either help or hinder the search.
If none of these strike your fancy and you have deep pockets (really deep), there are some phenomenal choices at your disposal. If you want to leave them at a loss for words, this can easily be accomplished with at least $100,000 to book a private concert with her favourite musician, or a day with his favourite celebrity. Or, if you want to make that special someone feel like a star in her own right, why not have her star in her own film? With scripts covering a range of genres to choose from, directors, acting coaches, and her own production team to work with — and the ability to choose almost any locale worldwide to shoot her very own movie — this is a present she won’t soon forget.
Despite the scope of experiences mentioned, there’s one that stands out as the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime event. But beware, no gift will ever come close to being as extraordinary — this will be one wild ride. It is offered by leading experience-gift outfit Cloud 9 Living, and is titled Thirteen. If you’ve ever seen the Michael Douglas movie “The Game”, this is the real-life version. Not for the faint-of-heart, Cloud 9 describes this venture as “the secret of a lifetime and the greatest adventure you’ll ever know.”. They claim that “those who have experienced Thirteen are part of an elite society who have solved the greatest game ever created.”. The recipient of this gift can choose to know whether or not it’s real, the experience is customized and entirely unique to the giftee, and it’s said to be both physically and mentally challenging. You’ll be wary of all, not knowing who you can trust or rely on. “Do you have what it takes to outwit the agents, crack open the safe, race through the alleys and discover the secret of Thirteen?”.
By now you should have no doubt that experience gifts are the way to go. They offer something for everyone regardless of personality and interests, and you won’t have to worry about returns or re-gifting. The only foreseeable problem is that with such exciting possibilities, the intended beneficiary may be left out in the cold as you claim the adventure for yourself.