Discover Experiences to Give as Gifts This Holiday Season


By John Montesi

The holidays always roll around unexpectedly; it happens every year. Thanksgiving yields to Black Friday, and suddenly Christmas decorations are up. You’re left scrambling for unique gift ideas for the special people in your life. There’s a lot of pressure to figure out what they already have, what they’ll use, and what will be outdated by the time Christmas morning rolls around. This year, consider some new experiences to give as gifts. Experiential gifts can include the whole family, and the memories you make will be timeless. Here’s a look at some unique gift ideas that will charm anyone in your life.

Around the Corner or Across the Country

The Wyndham Hotel Group now covers more hotel brands than ever, and they can all be accessed with the same gift card. Whether you want to send someone on a staycation across town or are looking to bundle airfare with a hotel package, there is a property for every place and budget. And sometimes, a change of scenery is the greatest gift you can give.

The Journey is More Important Than the Destination

No matter where you plan to send your giftee, be mindful of the journey to get there. Is a road trip a gift or a burden? What about flying? These considerations can maximize the effect of your unique gift ideas—and even make the journey part of the destination. By stringing together a great destination and a memorable way to get there, you can create an experience that begins the moment they walk out the front door.

Look up the route via Google Maps and find some noteworthy stops along the way. Then, you can put together a packet that has a treasure hunt feel, adding an extra bit of fun. What happens if you map a route and click “Avoid Highways”? From roadside fruit stands to state parks, and historical attractions to whacky museums and oddities, sometimes giving people a concrete destination and suggestions on how to get there can become a much larger gift than just a place to stay for a few nights.

Montesi's car by the water

You Don’t Need to Leave Home at All

Is traveling impractical or out of the budget for your loved ones? There are plenty of experiences to give as gifts that take place right in their hometown. Give the gift of a play, sports game, or concert you know they’ll love. Other experiences can be delivered right to their door. Whether you purchase a movie streaming service or a few new home goods, such as a special cocktail set or popcorn maker, you can encourage people to slow down and appreciate time together—whether as friends, family, or a romantic date night.

In an era when most gift guides focus on fleeting fads in technology, a little bit of creativity can help you dream up some of the best experiences to give as gifts, making this year’s holiday the most memorable ever.


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