Experiences, Not Things, This Holiday
Give Experiences, Instead of Things This Season. Here are some Clever Gift Ideas
By Max Hartshorne
There’s no greater gift than the gift of travel. Treat your loved one, family member or friend to a Gift Experience voucher from Historic Hotels of Europe — redeemable at any of the participating properties – and give them precious memories to last a lifetime.
The lucky recipient will be able to use their gift to fund a spectacular trip of their choice: diving into a world of history, tradition, and grandeur at one of our castles, palaces, spa hotels, villas, or country houses. They will be amazed by the choices available in the collection.
The voucher is valid for five years from the date of issue – meaning that they will have plenty of time to plan their perfect adventure.
Price: from 50 € – 1.500 € Historic Hotels website
How About New England Inns, Too?
A New England Inns & Resorts gift card, valid at more than 300 inns and resorts throughout New England, makes a perfect holiday gift for jet setters.
Whether gifting towards a staycation or road trip, or in hopes of future travel plans, there are plenty of options as purchased gift cards never expire.
NEIRA’s lodging options range from the largest New England luxury resorts to the most romantic, intimate bed and breakfasts throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Properties may differ in size and scope, but the tie that binds them together is genuine care for guests.
Gift cards can be redeemed at any current New England Inns & Resorts member.. Gift cards from New England Inns & Resorts can be issued in the amount of the purchaser’s choice and are typically processed within one business day.
When making a reservation, the recipient must notify the property that they will be using a New England Inns and Resorts gift card and present the card at check-in.
Instead of traditional national, government, and religious holidays, this 2021 calendar lists 128 environmental and social days to inspire you to take action all year long. Give your favorite activist the tools they need to reach out and take action every day.
The Katherine Homes Calendar is made in the USA with soy-based inks and biodegradable yet durable recycled Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, and it includes original artwork by Katherine.
Keep Fit While Traveling, Anywhere You’re Going
ClassPass gift cards make the perfect gift for the nomad in your life! If life takes them away this gift lets them bring their fitness routine with them on their travels.
ClassPass offers the largest network of fitness classes, wellness experiences, and beauty appointments, all with one membership. Gift cards are available in any amount or currency and can be redeemed for a variety of in-person and virtual classes including yoga, boxing, cycling, HIIT, Pilates, as well as wellness and beauty treatments including massages, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and more. Classes/appointments can be accessed remotely and around the world as you travel!
Tell a Loved One a Story with Photos by Tellinga
Tellinga (like telling a story) creates personalized hand-drawn greeting cards that tell your story through snail mail. Story recipients receive illustrated stories about themselves based on unique preferences.
It can be fun, dramatic, thoughtful… anything! You can choose different durations, from a day to a week to more.
Learn a New Language While You Wait to Travel Again
While the holidays are usually a time for traveling and vacation, our current limitations call for creativity. So—how exactly might one experience the world from home?
TakeLessons offers numerous cultural learning opportunities in one-on-one online learning sessions. The world is your classroom.
Users can learn a foreign language, local dance, cuisine, regional artforms—you name it, TakeLessons has an expert. In 2019, over 20 million students took classes from TakeLessons, with Spanish, Korean, and Japanese ranked in the top ten. TakeLessons.com is now offering gift memberships for the holidays, starting at $50.
TakeLessons Gift Memberships can be used to find a teacher and schedule classes on the platform (over 300 subjects to choose from), including private lessons and TakeLessons Live, an affordable package of language and music classes that is perfect for students.
How About a Round of Golf at Pebble Beach?
The bucket list gift. For the golfers on your list who have seen and done it all, up your gift-giving game with a golf getaway at the legendary Pebble Beach Resorts, where the temperate California climate makes golf a four-season affair.
Spring for a round or two on one of the resort’s championship courses and accommodations in The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, or the expansive, four-bedroom Fairway One at The Lodge, overlooking the iconic first hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Shred App Solves the Closed Gym Problem
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that there has never been a greater opportunity to get in shape. With many gyms remaining closed and work-from-home becoming the new normal, people are utilizing unique strategies to stay fit, focused, and fierce.
Presenting the ultimate fitness app, Shred. Whether you’re an advanced shredder looking for new ways to challenge yourself, or a novice just exploring ways to move around — Shred has an option for everyone including uniquely customizable training styles, celebrity training partners, accurate progress tracking, and much more.
With a free 7-day trial and the support of a digital community across the nation ramping up to the holiday season – now could not be a better time to take advantage of the next generation of fitness.
Download Shred at the Apple Store or Google
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