Gift giving can be a big undertaking. It’s easy to get frantic around the holidays because we all care about our loved ones and want to give them the best gifts possible. The right gift can show just how much you care. It can be emblematic of the special relationship you share with that person and carry with it a real significance. It’s no wonder people agonize over what to get for each other. Everyone wants to be remembered as the person who gave the most thoughtful gift anyone has ever received, but let’s be honest, most gifts don’t make that cut.
Material gifts can be wonderful, but the truth is, the majority of them are forgotten after a few months. It takes an out-of-this-world material gift to withstand the test of time, and even then the excitement wears off. But experiences give people an opportunity to create lasting memories. Think about the last gift you received. Maybe you remember it, but it took you a minute to think of it, right? On the other hand, I’m sure the last time you spent the day doing something fun with the people you love still brings a smile to your face.
That’s why at GO DREAM we believe in gifting experiences, not things. It’s experiences that make life worth living, bring people together, and make memories that can be revisited for years to come.
This holiday season we will be introducing the GO DREAM Holiday Gift Guide. If you’re not sure how to find that elusive perfect gift, we’ll be here with suggestions to inspire you. Expect more guides from us throughout the season to help you shop by price point, personality, type of experience, and more. Circle back to the GO DREAM blog or sign up for our newsletter to get notifications every time we post a gift guide. We’ll help you find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list.
To kick off the gifting season, here are some of our favorite experiences that make for totally unforgettable gifts.
There’s nothing quite as comforting as homemade chocolate. When I was growing up, my grandma used to bring a box of handmade chocolates with her every year when she visited for Christmas. She and her friend Ruby would make them together in her kitchen and share them with their friends and family. It was impossible not to feel the love and warmth that radiated off of each little chocolate box. And with this chocolate making workshop at JoMart Chocolates, you can replicate those warm and cozy Christmas feelings. JoMart Chocolates has been family run in Brooklyn for three generations, and they’re ready to pass on their expertise on homemade treats to you.
This is one of those experiences that you have to see to believe. If you’ve ever fantasized about flying on a hover board Marty McFly style (which, let’s face it, we all have), you might be closer to living that dream than you realize. It’s the perfect gift for anyone with a sense of fun and adventure—because really, who wouldn’t love flying over the water on a hover board?
I think we all watched Eleven floating in the sensory deprivation tank in Stranger Things and thought to ourselves, “Huh, besides the whole astral projecting into the Upside Down thing, this seems pretty cool!” Thankfully, in real life, you won’t see any trauma-inducing monsters. You just get the complete darkness and weightlessness. Free yourself from gravity, the confines of your body, and everything in the outside world. In a sensory deprivation tank, you’ll experience total relaxation in a way you never thought possible.
Becoming a pilot is one of those romantic notions that a lot of us reserve for our daydreams. What if I had decided to go to flight school instead, and spent my days in the clouds, jet-setting around the world? Even if full-time pilot isn’t in the cards for you, you can still follow your dream of soaring through the air. In this 60-minute flight lesson, you’ll fly a plane by yourself (under the supervision of a trained pilot, of course). Plus, you can bring a couple of your friends along for the ride as passengers.
Experiences may make the best gifts, but it’s still nice to have something to unwrap so you can savor the surprise. That’s why GO DREAM offers gift box delivery for all of our experiences. If you use the code GIFT10 at checkout, we’ll even throw in free gift-wrapping and a handwritten card. Happy gifting!