In our family, our favorite gift to give is one of experience. To fully engage in a gift is memorable and thoughtful. It’s not something that the recipient will throw away, re-gift or lose interest later in life. In our humble opinion, its the perfect gift and here are a few ideas that have been extremely successful and fun!
Georgia has found the perfect combination for her son-in-law’s gift – quality coffee and tickets to a concert. She has gifted once in lifetime experiences such as Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman and George Strait. Although these are large headlining tours, any concert at any venue will be well received. Tip: Make sure you know your gift recipient’s musical tastes!
University of Georgia – Athletic Event
Really, you could insert any college institution or pro team into the headline. Our family bleeds red and black so we gift tickets to a variety of sporting events, not just football. Last year, Daughter and Hubby took their cousins to the University of Georgia Gym Dogs meet and had a blast. The entire day was centered around visiting Athens, exploring the UGA campus and dining downtown. The meet was enjoyed by everyone, especially their 10 year old cousin who met each Gym Dog and received an autographed poster. An experience that you can’t really place a price tag on! Plus, they introduced their young cousin to UGA traditions like ringing the Victory Bell!
Cousins and Daughter enjoying the “Pink Out” gymnastic meet at the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!
Daughter teaching Cousin how to ring the Victory Bell on North Campus, UGA.
Our community has a talented, local theater, the Historic Holly Theater, that provides top-notch productions year round. For Daughter’s in-laws, she usually purchasing tickets for the entire family to attend their Christmas play or concert. The theater sits in beautiful Downtown Dahlonega and during the winter months, the small town is draped in white twinkle lights and provides a festive backdrop. The family dines at one of the local restaurants, bundles up to walk around downtown and concludes the evening with the holiday production.
This gift is well received year round – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries!
Downtown Dahlonega, GA at Christmas
Botanical Garden Season Pass
If you have a gardener in your family, this is the gift that keeps on giving! In the North Georgia area, we have two outstanding public gardens, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Gibbs Gardens. Daughter’s mother-in-law, who isn’t exactly an avid gardener, received a family season pass to the new Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Gainesville location. Why? She loves to walk! And this gift gave her another setting to walk her crazy marathon treks in a peaceful, calm setting. The family pass also allows her to bring her husband and grandchildren to the gardens and special events.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens also hosts a magical Garden Lights: Holiday Nights through January 9th. It is spectacular!
We have a few tried and true experiences that we like to gift and we are expanding with two new gift options this year.
This has been an option for several years. We just never pulled the trigger on purchasing the classes until Daughter’s friend attended and raved about the class. The cooking classes we are looking at are located at Sur La Table, but Williams-Sonoma and other stores offer classes. We can’t give away the recipient yet but we can imagine the two guests will have a great time laughing and cooking!
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Daughter and her Hubby are proud aunt and uncle to 7 year old triplets. Two girls and one boy. You may know, 7 year olds have A LOT of energy! So this year, the crew will be gifted a day of jumping at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Daughter, Hubby, Cousin J and any other brave soul will treat these crazy, lovable kids to a day of jumping, flipping, dunking and any other gymnastics move! It should be a grand time as long as one of the adults doesn’t end up in the hospital.
Have you given a great experience gift? Let us know! Come back tomorrow to see our picks for your Secret Santas!
~georgia & daughter