The Gift of Experience Comes in a Beautiful Package
Take a second and think back to around this time last year. Here, let us help. You were likely surrounded by family, food and friends. The mood was holiday-ish and you were ferociously giving or preparing to exchange gifts with everyone around you.
Now, what did you receive? Do you remember?
Ok, mental test, do you remember the vacations / mini-trips you took last year? Maybe it was a trip to the local theater for a play, or a concert or big league baseball game. Or, maybe you traveled to a foreign land or simply just a stay-cation at a local hotel. Chances are you not only remember where you went but can visualize and tell a story of the experience in vivid detail.
This is a great case for experiences as gifts. This year, instead of heading to the local big box store to buy gift cards for the closest restaurant chain, or worse yet, a gift card to that said big box store, 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!
Best wishes and Season's Greetings from St. George's Caye Resort!
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.