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The Gift of Experience

This Month, Beauty and Well Being is offering a short list of fun experiences that will help you gather healthy and fun ideas for your friends and family.

It’s Christmas morning, and beautifully wrapped gifts sit beneath your tree, waiting to be opened by excited hands. Sitting on the other side of the room, you silently hope the presents you spent all of December searching for will fulfill everyone’s wishes. Somehow, though, without fail, every Christmas brings a new collection of unused belts, vases, sweaters and more to be stacked, gathering dust, in our garages and closets.

But wait, what if, instead of buying objects and material presents, we listened carefully to our loved ones’ hopes and give them the gift of an experience? Two years ago, for a big birthday, I received a two-hour trapeze class for a friend and me. It was the craziest, most enjoyable gift I had received in years. This is just one example of gifting an experience, but these gifts can come in many forms. Gift a certificate for a dinner for two in a new restaurant, an appointment for an excellent massage, a cooking class with a friend or simply a magazine or box subscription.

This Month, Beauty and Well Being is offering a short list of fun experiences that will help you gather healthy and fun ideas for your friends and family.

If you are looking for a gift box for the foodies you know, get a subscription at Try The World. Every month they will receive a box full of interesting food from all over the world.

FOR THE FOOD LOVERS

Blue Apron is one of many companies that deliver simple, healthy recipes and the precise ingredients you need to make them. They offer different plans for two or four people with options to deliver two to four meals each week, starting at $60. What you might not know is that they offer wine, too. They will deliver 6 bottles per month to pair with their food deliveries, and their healthy meals flavorful and delicious. Subscription can be terminated at any time. This season, give a family member or friend the gift of this tasty food experience; they will be grateful to you every time they enjoy their delicious meals.

For healthy snacks delivered to your door, try NatureBox. Starting as low as $7 for a box of 3 healthy snacks, it’s another great gift to help people more easily enjoy healthy food.

Let’s not forget the gift of a cooking class. Send your loved ones to traditional cooking school and learn the secrets of Moroccan spices or the taste of a delicious Vietnamese pho soup. Or even better, you can have a chef come to your home and teach you her recipes. Chef Melinda Tracy is a farm to table chef who cooks delicious vegan food, and she works for yoga retreats and offers classes and catering.

If you are looking for a gift box for the foodies you know, get a subscription at Try The World. Every month they will receive a box full of interesting food from all over the world. And for your friends who love to cook new things, you can’t go wrong with RawSpiceBar. Every month they’ll send them a box, or ‘flavor kit,’ equipped with globally themed spices and recipes to use them with.

FOR THE HEALTHY CREW

Many yoga schools offer passes and gift cards. Find a yoga studio near your friend’s home and call them to see if the style matches your expectations. Or you can buy a subscription to an online yoga website when dark days and snow make you want to workout at home. For a safe choice, pick a massage certificate or a day package at a spa. Japanese spas offer mineral baths that restore balance and energy.

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FOR THE ADVENTURERS

This one is about digging into those old dreams and getting the adrenaline flowing as you pursue new experiences. Imagine a trapeze class, skydiving, a scuba dive baptism, a clown class or any fun, off the beaten path activity that will satisfy the adrenaline junkies in your life. Many national parks offer memberships so your friends can go explore the beauty of nature.

Kids adore arts and crafts that tap into their creativity and imagination. Green Kid Crafts and Kiwi Crate deliver packages of science, art and exploration crafts for your kids to learn while having fun.

FOR KIDS

So many kids adore arts and crafts that tap into their creativity and imagination. Green Kid Crafts and Kiwi Crate deliver packages of science, art and exploration crafts for your kids to learn while having fun.

You can also offer them a membership to their favorite museum so they can enjoy special openings and workshops. For kids away at college, Pijon Box offers self-care subscription boxes filled with fun, useful and tasty items that will feel caring and uplifting.

FOR EVERYONE ELSE

MoviePass is a dream-come-true for movie lovers. For $30 per month, you can offer a membership to go see as many movies in theaters as you want.

For book lovers, GiftLit offers many subscriptions for all ages to get great books selected based on your preferences.

For more ideas and reviews of gift boxes filled with just about anything you can imagine, check out the blog site A Year of Boxes. Any experience you pick will be the right gift if you choose with love and compassion, and that’s all we really need this holiday season.

Anne-Sophie Devouassoux

Anne-Sophie is a French born adventurer who grew up skiing, dancing and cooking. She started making her own beauty products at age 17 and since then has been passionate about health, beauty and nature. She lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation and enjoys the eclectic restaurant scene of the city. As a teacher she is very curious and loves learning new skills.

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