Take a second and think back to around this time last year. You were likely prepping for holiday time, anticipating parties and togetherness with family, food and friends.
The mood was hustle and bustle to shop and not let anything go un-perfected for the upcoming holidays. And so it goes again this year...
Year after year the prep for the Holidays is busy, sometimes stressful and before you know it all of that focus has led to time that has come and gone.
This is a great case for experiences as gifts. Once the dust of the Holiday settles, you are thrown back into work and routine. This year, instead of heading to the local big box store to buy gift cards for the closest restaurant chain, try buying a portion of, or an entire experience for your loved ones.
A Cornell University Study finds that, "The satisfaction we get from buying vacations, bikes for exercise and other experiences starts high and keeps growing. The initial high we feel from acquiring a flashy car or megascreen TV, on the other hand, trails off rather quickly…" "Your experiences are inherently less comparative, they're less subject to and less undermined by invidious social comparisons," said professor of psychology Thomas Gilovich, who published the study with Travis J. Carter, Ph.D. '10, in a recent issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
This experience can be as simple as a local vineyard tour, or as complex as international travel. They key is to give the recipient the chance to make memories of a lifetime and relish in your gift for years to come!
We may just have a subtle suggestion on a great destination! St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island's sandy shores in under 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.