In an age when clearing clutter has become a national pastime, lots of people are realizing they simply don’t want more stuff.
A 2018 Eventbrite survey showed that 63% of adults would rather have experiences over things. It’s a trend worth bearing in mind as the season of gifting ramps up.
Etiquette expert Lizzie Post says there are ways to give gift cards, cash and experiences graciously and thoughtfully — especially if you ask your giftees for ideas. “So if you know that they like to cook, if you know that they like a particular sport or hobby, those are good places to start,” Post says.
Another approach is to gift something you love that you think the recipient would also appreciate. “We humans like to share the things we like. We recognize that we all have really truly different tastes and preferences and, and get excited about different things,” Post says. Think about what your recipient might find interesting — concert or theater tickets, a restaurant gift certificate, a spa day — and gift away.