Do you want to create a memory for your child this Christmas that will last a lifetime? Giving the gift of an experience this Holiday.
With Christmas 2017 just weeks away, many of us are wondering what to buy for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters. Of course, there is always Fingerlings, Lego Boost, Hatchimals Surprise, and Teddy Ruxpin this Holiday. The problem is that most of these things end up unused or in the trash in a matter of months. How about giving the gift of an experience this holiday to your child or grandchild?
Rather than wasting time and money on something that will end up thrown away, think about gifting your young one an experience instead. Recent research is showing that an experience can have much greater impact than a material possession.
In 2014, Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, found that experiential adventures, such as travel, concerts, or exhibits, were far more powerful in shaping our lives and boosting our happiness than any commercial, material goods. Specifically, the study found:
- Experiences formed a greater part of self-identity than material possessions
- Experiences are evaluated differently to invoke fewer comparisons than consumption purchases.
- Experiences enhanced social bonds between people.
Friendships are very important to a happy life and sharing those experiences with others strengthen bonds in ways that sharing possessions never could. Further, Gilovich writes “what we might call the story value of a purchase is greater for experiences than our material possessions. We feel more compelled to talk about our experiences and we get more out of doing it”.
Gift ideas for your Child for Christmas
For those of you who are thinking of gifting your child or grandchild this Holiday Season, we have suggestions for you. These are not only limited to just to options within Fresno, suggestions include destinations within a few hours of Fresno.
- Chaffee Zoo – Purchase an annual membership and take your child or grandchild on an adventure throughout the year.
- Discovery Center – A fun place with a cactus garden and hands-on science displays.
- Monterey Bay aquariums – This is more in line with a day trip but a memorable one at that. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
- Amusement Parks – There is Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios for kids of all ages. For the older ones, there is Magic Mountain.
- Los Angeles Museum of Natural History – This is a great idea for a long day or weekend trip as you would need that much time to see everything. They have everything ranging from a large dinosaur display to hands-on science exhibits to a real space shuttle.
- National Parks – We live within hours of three amazing parks, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia national parks. This is a great option if you are into camping and enjoying the outdoors.
In talking with parents about their memories of their childhoods, it is experiences such as camping trips, family reunions and vacations that come up rather than toys or possessions.
This list should be a good starting point. I am sure that you can find more on your own. Please let me know any ideas you have for experiences for your children and grandchildren. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.