Gift Guide For Experiences Instead of “Things”

We all know someone who literally has everything they need and want. So what do you get those people for a Christmas gift? With a world full of so many things, why not gift experiences. A great option that keeps on giving after Christmas Day and after the newness of a present wears off. Here are the options that I have come up with that would make great experiences!

Admission To Fun Activities

Gift a one-time ticket to any where your recipient loves to visit. Or some where the person may want to visit, but a little out of their price range. Museums, exhibits, the zoo, amusement parks, or local attractions. Or even a certificate for a massage for a day. I know I personally love visiting art exhibits, museums and amusement parks. These places always make for a great day.

 Food Experiences

Gifting cooking lessons isn’t saying that the person you love is a horrible cook. This would be such a fun experience. The ability to try foods you might not otherwise try to cook and learning to appreciate the process of cooking and the experience of eating the meal. I’ve been dying to try some of the classes that Hickory Nut Gap Farm offers. It seems enticing to try something I could never do in my own kitchen. If classes are not available or just perfect for the person you are gifting, try gifting a gift card to a restaurant the person has been wanting to try, their favorite place or something that may be out of their element.

Lessons To Learn Something New

Something you know someone has always wanted to try? Whether it be a new language, an art class or advancing on their hobbies.

Tickets To One Time Events

Think sporting events, concerts, plays, ballet and musicals. I have received tickets for shows, games and the ballet for several different holidays and they have been amazing. I’ve had to wait until the actual events and the excitement has only built. The only downside to this is that you have to choose a date for it, but most tickets you can get in enough advance that someone can plan for this event.

Getaways and Travel

In order to do this you must really know the person you are doing this for. You have to know where they would love to travel to, where they would love to stay and when would be a good time to book the trip. It doesn’t have to be a grand vacation. It could be a weekend getaway or a night away. Sometimes it’s just fun and exciting to get away from home for a while. This past year for my birthday, Andrew gifted me with a trip to Chattanooga. It was only for a night but it was amazing. And totally worth the drive.

Camping Adventure

If someone can handle a night or weekend away without staying in a hotel I highly suggest the gift of camping. To be one with nature, no cell service, to be in silence, sleep under the stars; all amazing things and can do wonder for your health. I have gifted this adventure before and though I got a kink in my neck, had to shower with shoes on and got extremely cold at night, nothing beats bourbon under the stars by a fire. Or how peaceful I felt.

Season Passes To Favorite Places

A gift that lasts for a whole year. A pass to someone’s favorite place or even just an extremely fun place which they can use over and over again for a year! I have annual passes to the Biltmore Estate and think they are well worth the investment. Most places it is cheaper than two visits. You can get them to just about anywhere that requires an admission fee. From the national park services to amusement parks to local area attractions. I have gifted amusement park passes before and were a huge hit. Plus it was a gift that kept on giving all Summer long. I would actually love to get annual passes to Grandfather Mountain!

Hopefully this got you thinking about gift giving in a different way. Go explore fun things that you can give to your loved ones that won’t be shoved in a drawer soon.

 

 

 

Perfect Dress and Luxury Gift: Yana K

I love a good versatile piece, we all know this by know. Versatility is the key to getting the most out of your wardrobe without spending a fortune every single season. So is investment pieces.

I have been following along with fashion designer Yana K for some time now and am even more in love with the designer and her designs after meeting the designer at a local pop up shop and of course, finally investing in one of her pieces. At the meet up, I love her explanation behind her designs. she has created a line of clothing for all women, for every stage of her life, so she can feel amazing. She doesn’t want us to have to think too much on looking amazing in her clothes. She wants us to feel amazing. She wants us to be comfortable. And most of all, she has created her dresses as a one size fits most situation so we aren’t focusing on the number in the tag. All of these are things I can get behind.

I walked away with this dress knowing that I can wear it all Fall, Winter and Spring long with it’s versatility. The quality is going to make it last season to season, and probably my most reached for piece. This piece looks great on it’s own, cinched with a belt, draped with a cozy cardigan or a little more edgy with a leather jacket. I wore this dress after taking photos to a large art and craft show at the agriculture center in Asheville. I got so many compliments and also was as comfy as the women in their sweatpants. Win Win in my book.

Seriously, you want to add one of these babies to your Christmas wishlist now. Or gift one to yourself or someone you really love that loves fashion. I know I have another dress on my wishlist currently like this one. Because if you are going to ask for a piece of clothing for Christmas, make it an investment piece that I can guarantee you will feel amazing in.

Shop The Look:

Dress // Similar Booties // Belt // White Cardigan // Similar Leather Jacket // Bag // Necklace

 

Gifts For The Grad

Gifts For The Grad

 

Graduation is right around the corner and it’s time to think about what to purchase for your favorite grad. Cash is always a great option for any grad, but sometimes a useful gift is just as nice. I would be more than happy to receive any of these for a graduation gift myself so I thought I would share what grads would really like!

  1. Gift Cards {Image via}- Gift cards are a great thing to have especially when you are strapped for cash or want something that you necessarily wouldn’t want to spend your money on. When getting gift cards you have to think about the grad. Will they need a new wardrobe for their new job? Will they be driving a lot? Will they be moving in to their first place? You also have to think about the location of the grad. You can purchase a metro card for someone moving or living in the city or a certificate for public transportation. Other great gift cards are spas, clothing/department stores, coffee shops, Amazon (you can enter to win a $50.00 one HERE), gas cards, restaurants, grocery stores or just a regular Visa gift card. You could also get membership cards to gyms or places like Sam’s to alleviate that cost for the Grad for the year.
  2. iPad– The days of lugging around a laptop are over especially if the grad will be on the go or have a busy life after graduation. I would opt for a mini version so it’s easy to fit in a bag. Even if the grad is going to need to be writing up a bunch of stuff and still use a laptop these are great for on the go stuff and great for meetings.
  3. Books– Books are a great personal gift. And there are a ton of options. You can choose something that would fit the grad’s career choice, their passion and interests, an inspirational book or simply a classic. Writing a note in the book is also a huge plus.
  4. Jewelry– Graduating generally means elevating style or simplifying style. I think a great piece of jewelry that can be dressed up or down (essentially an everyday piece) is a great graduation gift. These earrings are from a fair trade, ethical company so providing something that actually gives back makes the gift a little more special. For guys I would opt for a sleek watch.
  5. Business Card Holder– Now is the time when your favorite grad is going to have meetings, promote their selves and need to be in contact with important people. Business cards need to be handy and easy to retrieve on short notice. So that the cards are not tossed all over the bottom of their bag or next to their credit cards, a holder keeps everything in place and convenient. There are a ton of these options out there. I love leather ones and would go for a leather one for a guy.
  6. Quality Bag– The days of spending a bit of money on bags from Target or Forever 21 that tear and peel in a months time need to be over. Your grad is a grown up now and needs to have investment pieces. A good quality leather bag is an investment piece that will last and worth the money. For a grad I would look for classic styles, neutral colors, a spacious bag and one with sturdy straps. Perfect for work, travel and everyday.
  7. Business Cards {image via}– Your grad is or needs to be professional now and have their info handy at any given time. So business cards are a great gift. Most business card companies like Moo or Vista Print don’t offer gift cards so you would need to let the grad design their own card and then pay.
  8. Stamps– Even though our world is so digital I never realized the importance of stamps until I was an adult. You need them for sending out important documents, thank you cards, your resume, cards and sometimes just random things. It’s always great to have some handy so it would be a great add on to any graduation gift.