Organize + Energize: Give Experiences Instead of Things This Holiday Season
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
This holiday season, think about giving experiences, rather than things. Here are 6 ways you can give experiences.
Spa gift cards. Most people that are disorganized are overwhelmed and stressed. Find out what spa they like to go to and purchase a gift card for a facial, massage, manicure, etc.
Fitness gift cards. Do they like to work out? Find out where they take classes and purchase them a pass for a few classes!
Take them to dinner. How often do you get to see each other? Plan a night out at their favorite restaurant and enjoy the food and time together. Or, if you’d like, give them a gift card to dinner that they can use with their significant other. You could also take them to a play or movie they’ve wanted to see.
Book a weekend seasonal getaway. When’s the last time you enjoyed some fun times together? You could go skiing in the winter or plan a staycation in a town in your state, or a beach weekend in the summer or foliage trip in the fall.
Do they want to learn a new skill? Maybe they’ve been talking about taking up knitting, photography, or painting. Find out if they’ve been doing research and contact that business to see if they offer gift cards.
Give the gift of organization. You knew I couldn’t leave this out. When people are disorganized and surrounded by chaos, the last thing they need is more stuff coming into the home. If they’ve been hinting that they need help, talk with them about giving them a gift card and if they’re on board, give them the gift of this experience.
There are so many other experiences you could give, but these are just a few to get you thinking. Before you rush out to purchase gifts this holiday, really think about the people on your list. Are you wasting money on things that are going to get thrown in the back of the closet? Most people that don’t like what they receive feel guilty about getting rid of it. So, it stays in their home taking up space and energy. Be mindful of what you’re purchasing this holiday and think about if buying an experience will be better and I bet the answer will be, yes!
I have one very important tip for you. If you’re receiving an abundance of gift cards, be sure to have a system to contain them. It can be as simple as storing them in a labeled envelope and keeping it stored in a designated space. If you receive a gift card, it goes in the envelope right away. If you have a large amount of them, you can buy a mini accordion file and categorize the cards and label them. You can label them restaurants, beauty, retail, etc. Whichever system you choose, it’s just important that you have a system. I’ve found over thousands of gift cards in homes, hidden everywhere. The majority of people forget they even had them! A good system will solve this problem.
Related Slideshow: 25 New England Fall Getaways - 2017
This Bed & Breakfast is located right in the historic district of Newport, Rhode Island. Each room is unique and complete with amenities like imported linens, spa showers and fireplaces. It’s just steps away from the Newport Cliff Walk, providing excellent views of the Atlantic. Don’t miss the seasonal gourmet breakfast!
Across Southern New England
The Coastal Wine Trail is a nonprofit group of 14 wineries that are spread throughout Southeastern New England.
Vineyards on the trail include Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut, Travessia Winery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery in Westport, Massachusetts and Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
The heart of the trail is less than three hours from New York City and 90 minutes from Boston.
Check out the super cool Boston Museum of Science and their brand new lightning exhibit.
Plus, don't miss out on their upcoming football exhibit titled "Gridiron Glory" and of course their Imax films.
You're guaranteed to be in the museum all day and likely never get bored.
All exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Need your fix of Sam Adams Oktoberfest?
Take a FREE tour of Sam Adams Brewery, and see where some of the best beer is made. Learn about the history of Sam Adams beer, how it's made, experience the entire craft brew process, and of course, try some samples.
The tour departs every 45 minutes and lasts about an hour.
Block Island, RI
It may be October but it is not too late to get over to Block Island and explore all that it has to offer.
To make it easier to get around, rent a bike
Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and winding paths.
What is cooler than riding a segway around the city of Boston? It is hard to think of something.
A one hour tour cost $60, while a two hour tour will cost you $90, but you will see Boston in a different way then ever before.
Boston Segway tours is located at 364 Boylston street.
If you’re a couple that digs the art scene, a trip to Burlington, VT to spend a nice weekend at Made INN Vermont may be right up your alley. A self-proclaimed “urban-chic, historic” B&B, their rooms have one wall painted with black chalkboard paint (and come with colored chalk) so you can add your own personal decorations.They also come with rotating vintage toys, vinyl albums, and vintage art for guests to enjoy.
Each morning guests are treated to a gourmet, cooked-to-order Vermont breakfast that supports local farms and producers. On top of all of this, they boast views of downtown Burlington, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountain
North Adams, Massachusetts
What was once a series of dilapidated Victorian-era row houses, is now one of the most innovative and romantic hotels in the Berkshires.
As part of the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (MassMoCA), The Porches Inn features unique designs and bold colors, while still paying homage to the generations of mill workers' families who once lived there.
Set directly in the middle of the White Mountains and Lake District of New Hampshire, this finely decorated 1896 Victorian house provides a desirable intimate and cozy getaway. With six bedrooms, five of which are pet friendly, as well as six custom suites that include double whirlpool baths, the Glynn House provides for couples who are interested in romantic adventures or a laid back weekend.
Passengers experience a sense of adventure and history on the Mount Washington Cog Railway's 3-hour guided train tour to the highest peak in the Northeast.
With approximately one hour to spend at the 6,288 foot summit, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a trip to Old Sturbridge Village as they celebrate the Harvest with Apple and Ag days beginning October 7.
Guests will learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and field preparation.
Guests will also learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.
A beautiful brick estate in the Berkshires of Lenox, MA, the Cranwell Resort is great for luxury. As a guest there, you have the option of pre-ordering treats for your room like chocolate covered strawberries, locally brewed beers, and flowers – or maybe a pleasant surprise for your significant other. There are plenty of dining options that strive to use fresh and locally produced ingredients.
With options for golf, skiing, and ice skating, Cranwell is a great option for anyone and for pretty much any time of the season.
Fruitlands Museum annual Harvest Festival begins on Sunday, October 8 and is free with museum admission.
During the festival, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Native American gardening and how local Native peoples prepared for the winter long ago.
Who doesn't love Teddy Bears? Assuming that you do, plan a trip to Vermont and take a tour of the Vermont, Teddy Bear Factory and see how the bears are made.
Tours run seven days a week and children under 12 are FREE. The tours take about an hour and 15 minutes.
Pamper your mind, body, and soul at the Daniel Webster Inn and Spa.
Head over to the nearby Heritage Museum and Gardens for some wonderful exhibits.
One of the more popular attractions is the Carousel Gallery.
The working carousel was designed by Charles Looff in 1908. Rides are unlimited with the price of admission.
A brand new Hall of Fame class, including Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal, were just inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Head over and check out their plaques, along with the rest of the legends that call the Hall of Fame their home.
The Hall of Fame is open Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Organize + Energize: 10 Ways to Stay Focused at Work
- Organize + Energize: 7 Mini Habits to Practice on a Daily Basis
- Organize + Energize: It’s Time to Refresh and Recharge!
- Organize + Energize: 5 Tips to Organize Your Messy Car
- Organize + Energize: Can Being Organized Really Help You Lose Weight?
- Organize + Energize: 2 Projects to Tackle This Summer
- Organize + Energize: Organize Your Business Cards
- Organize + Energize: Is Your Cluttered Bedroom Killing Your Mood?
- Organize + Energize: 9 Tips to Organize Your Email
- Organize + Energize: 6 Reasons You Should Hire a Pro to Help With Your Disorganization
- Organize + Energize: Are Your Magazines Collecting Dust?
- Organize + Energize: 9 Ways to Get Your Kids Organized for Back to School
- Organize + Energize: 3 Organizing Rrojects to Tackle This Fall
- Organize + Energize: 4 Reasons Why I don’t Post Before & After Pictures
- Organize + Energize: Organize Your Medical Files in 5 Easy Steps
- Organize + Energize: 8 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Home
- Organize + Energize: 7 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Kitchen for the Holidays
- Organize + Energize: Are You a Procrastinator?
- Organize + Energize: 9 Organizing Systems You’ll Need When Starting a Business
- Organize + Energize: Be Prepared 5 Ways to Contain Kid’s Paper Clutter
- Organize + Energize: Back to School - Create a Homework Space
- Organize + Energize: Are Your Kids Following Your Lead & Becoming Disorganized?
- Organize & Energize: 7 Ways to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
- Organize + Energize: Overwhelmed? You’re Not Alone