Maybe it’s just me, but it’s hard to be creative for Christmas gifts when nearly everyone is selling the same electronic toys. Instead of acquiring another screen to look at, find the gift of experience on Groupon. Wherever you live, you can find new adventures in your own home town for everyone on your list.
Pamper and Polish
For the nicest on your list, find a spa near that caters to what you’re looking for: A body wrap, gua sha or a full scrub and pedicure. While going to a spa is usually a splurge, Groupon makes this an experience you can afford to give away. The nice thing about Groupon is that every experience comes with helpful reviews. I’m always curious about acupuncture, and with Groupon, I’m more game to try out something new.
A New Thrill
An experience gift offers you the opportunity to nudge someone to do something that they would enjoy and may never have gotten for themselves. There’s not much that’s more memorable than skydiving, a white water rafting tour or a trip around the race track with an experienced driver. The one I want to get for myself is a high gliding experience! Groupon offers all kinds of adrenaline pumping opportunities, usually half off of the going rate.
Perhaps your loved one has always wanted to learn ballroom dancing but hasn’t had time to sign up for a class. A class is a unique gift that allows a person to put themselves first. There are probably so many classes you didn’t even know existed — chocolate making courses, firearms training, kickboxing and cooking classes. Some experiences are for one lesson and others are a set.
Fun for Kids
Give your kids something to look forward to with an experience gift to a waterpark or a trampoline warehouse. There are more off-the-beaten-path experiences, too, like a safari park tour, an archery lesson or perhaps tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters.
How about a romantic sleigh ride for two? There are plenty of experiences that could be a gift of a date with your significant other. Wine tastings and distillery tours are very popular on Groupon, but I might opt for a haunted history walk just to get to know my own town a little bit better. I’d also recommend Groupon for an affordable staycation, with tons of hotels to choose from at huge savings. You can pick from well-known three and four star hotels, or get bigger savings with a “top-secret” choice, where you’ll find out the name of the hotel after purchase.
Groupon is a wealth of great gift ideas for a range of prices. You will get even more when you shop with Rakuten. At the time of writing, you can earn 12% Cash Back on your Groupon purchases! It’s almost like you’re giving yourself a gift at the same time.
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.