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Giving experiences instead of gifts enhances Christmas season

Posted at 9:19 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 22:27:23-05

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

So as you're going through gift ideas, maybe you want to think about experiences instead of tangible items.

The best part -- they can also be inexpensive.

Most 'experience' gifts sound expensive – Vacations, skydiving, concert tickets. But they don't have to break the bank.

“We've been giving gift cards for spa treatments for mothers for many, many, many years,” marketing expert Darrin Duber-Smith said. 

He says many younger adults prefer experiences.

“They want visceral experiences, they want to enjoy,” he said. “It's not just the millennials. It's the Gen X crowd, my generation - that first started going to concerts and music festivals and Costa Rica."

Let's start with inexpensive experiences.

First - coffee gift cards, and a note that says something like, 'let's catch-up. My treat.'

If coffee's not your thing... how about dance lessons?

You can get in a group class in Tulsa $10 a person or a private lesson for about $80.

Tulsa glassblowing school has classes as low as $25, prices increase for more elaborate projects.

Or a gift card for golf – the Flying Tee starts at $20 an hour.

And Riversport in Oklahoma City is having a Black Friday sale for 50 percent off on season passes.

They offer raft trips down rapids along with tubing and river boarding.
If you're not the adrenaline type and are trying to help someone relax, a day at the spa is another option.
You can find facials and massages in a variety of prices -- or full packages for around $300.

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