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Why You Should Invest in Experiences Rather Than Things

cool_beer_tour_001Most people spend money they don’t have to buy things they will use but once. Think about the outfits you have only worn once, the gadgets that are gathering dust and the expensive art sitting in the home you’re hardly ever spending time in, because you have to work hard to pay back the credit card debt. Or the expensive car you can only afford to use for your commute to work and back. Alright, perhaps that’s all a bit extreme, but you get my gist.

We’re all in a perpetual pursuit of happiness. We think that things will make us happy. But think back on your three happiest moments and you’ll find that, for the most part, they had to do with things you’ve experienced, and not stuff you bought. It is experiences that we remember, not things.

It’s fair to assume that a physical object lasts longer than a once-off experience. However, according to Dr. Thomas Gilovich, psychology professor at Cornell University, that is a flawed assumption. Dr. Gilovich says that we are happy with things until the novelty wears off and we adapt to having them in our lives. He says that we’d be better off investing our money into experiences, such as sunset boat cruises, learning to make beer or tandem paragliding.

Then why does it feel so good to spend money on things?

cruiseThe Easterlin paradox found that money buys happiness, up to a certain points. However, adaptation affects happiness. In his research, Dr. Gilovich found that people reported feeling about the same amount of happiness when they purchased material or experiential items. However, as time went by, the people reported decreased satisfaction with the material items, and increased satisfaction with the experiences they bought.

Why You Should Buy Experience Gifts

Whereas the novelty of a material item that is always closeby wears off, an unusual experience leaves you hankering for more, thus becoming ingrained in our identity. Thus, experiences become a part of who we are.

Shared experiences are particularly helpful in connecting us to other people. You’re much more likely to feel connected after taking a scenic helicopter flight with someone than you would with someone who also bought a new rug. Experiences become the stories we tell for years to come; the events we relive and bond over.

In a recent article in Experimental Social Psychology, Dr. Golovich and his co-author, Amit Kumar wrote: “By shifting the investments that societies make and the policies they pursue, they can steer large populations to the kinds of experiential pursuits that promote greater happiness.”

Therefore, it makes sense to consider investing in experiences, rather than things when you’re faced with the dilemma as to what gift to buy your spouse, your child, or your employees. Buy them an experience that will become a part of their psyche – a gift that keeps on giving.

#ExperienceGifts #GiftIdeas #ActivityGifts

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Wine Experience Gifts

When I’m looking to purchase gifts for the special people in my life, I always consider buying couples gifts.  It makes more sense and can sometimes be more affordable.  We all like to do something with our partner and wine experiences are something that everyone can enjoy.  So when we think of wine experiences, I can only quickly think of wine tasting which after a while can become very intoxicating and also a bit drab and unoriginal.

It’s very hard to package a wine experience to include wine tasting only and so I’ve been on the hunt to find other wine experiences that my clients would enjoy.  I actually found so many which amazed me.  I’m often blown away by how many different ideas we can come up with when focusing on one concept which in this case are wine experience gifts.  One can enjoy wine tasting with cheese pairing, my sister has even enjoyed wine tasting with soups (offered in winter by one of Cape Town’s top wine estates).  I never thought that a wine experience could include soup but there is such a thing and it’s great.  Then we all know about wine tasting with the pairing of chocolate or wine tasting with food pairing which is by far the most popular.  I was told about the wine tram experience in the Winelands which I’m proud to report my clients can now enjoy.

A wine experience gift is also about learning about the wines, the different types of wines, how they are made, the vineyards, the hazards and all the intricacies that go with the processing and manufacturing of wine.  I’m starting to think that wine can be paired beautifully with any type of substance.  I haven’t heard of curry and wine tasting but who knows that’ll probably be the next unbelievable wine experience gift that one can buy.

The great thing about wine in general is that as long as you are over the age of 18, I cannot think of any adult who doesn’t actually like wine.  So if you’re stuck for the perfect activity gift, then perhaps consider a wine experience gifts for the person or couple whom you are looking to treat.

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Adventure Birthday Gift Experiences for Young Men

When boys reach adolescence, they tend to start tugging at the invisible protective layers we as mothers wrap around them. It starts with creating physical space in order to avoid motherly kisses, while demands for more freedom become a daily battle. It is hard to let go, but they have to eventually learn to become more independent.

Adventure experiences are a great way to make your little boy feel MiddlePagelike the man he sees in the mirror, while still providing you with all the peace of mind your mother heart craves. Better yet, you can hover nearby under the guise of taking pictures…

Whether it is a milestone birthday, or just because, there are many safe ways to provide your son with plenty adventure and a huge confidence boost to boot. When you book an adventure through Celestial Gift Experiences, you can rest assured that it carries The Bucket List Genie’s stamp of approval. Being a mother, you can trust her to only list safe adventures run by accredited, licensed operators who meet safety regulations.

Of course, you should always check whether your son meets the age and size requirements for the specific adventure.

Here are some of the coolest adventures for your son:

5km Table Mountain Scootour – Explore the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the harbour, ocean and city on this guided scooter tour.

Flight Simulator and Intro Flight – Every little boy dreams of becoming a pilot and now you can make it a reality with this flight simulator training, tour to Fire and Rescue Services, and Air Traffic Control, as well as a 30 minute actual introductory flight on-board a Cessna 172.

Private Speedboat Cruise – Let him choose his three best friends and book an adrenaline-fueled speedboat cruise on Hartbeespoort Dam.

Introductory Microlight Flight – This affordable adventure is a great way to get a new perspective of your surroundings, but also an excellent opportunity to learn how to handle a microlight.Fotolia_82455117_XS

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to win your big little hero’s heart, this is your opportunity! Book an adventure birthday experience today!

 

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Gift Ideas: Adrenaline-Fuelled Gifts for Him

In the past number of generations, gifts for him have evolved from soap-on-a-rope to ties, and from aftershave to gadgets. Thanks to the evolution of gift experiences, we now have options to gift the men in our lives more unique, original gifts that create lasting memories.

If you want to win his heart, you need to do more than just search for gifts for him, because not all gifts were created equal, just as no two men are created equal. You need to put in a little more effort, in terms of paying attention to his hobbies, pastimes and lifestyle. Ask yourself:

  • What does he do for work?
  • What shows does he watch on TV? (sports, cars, flying)
  • What does he read?
  • What are some of the items on his bucket list?

These questions should clue you in on the things that are on his mind, and hopefully give you some ideas as to what might make a thoughtful gift for him.

Once you have given thought to these four questions, you can go through Celestial Gifts’ list of gifts for him, where you will find incredible experiences, such as:

  • Drive an F1 SuperCar
  • Quad Bike Safari for Two
  • Drive a Racing Car
  • Light Aircraft Self-Fly
  • High Speed Ferrari Hot Lap
  • Microlight Fly-in Safari
  • New Dad Pamper Package
  • The Ultimate Grooming Experience for Men
  • Beginning Brewing Workshop
  • Range Rover and Jaguar Dynamic Driving Experience
  • Xtreme Flyboard Experience
  • Xtreme Zipline Experience
  • Sandboarding Adventure
  • Harley Davidson Convoy
  • Cessna Scenic Flight
  • Paragliding

And the list goes on and on. These gifts were not available to the general public even a decade or two ago, so it makes sense to take the opportunity to gift him with something spectacular which few men have received before. Imagine how he will boast to everyone about what a catch you are… It’s obviously a gift that offers great returns for you, too!

Stylish Ways to Present Gifts for Him

Once you have decided on the ideal gift, it is time to consider presentation. This is where your personal touch comes in handy. Even a small, inexpensive gift, such as a mug or handmade card, presented with the experience gift voucher will make it just a little more special.

You might also consider monogrammed iPad or phone covers, journals or desk clocks and picture frames for the businessman. Alternatively, if you’d really like to keep the passion alive, why not buy a Playboy Style photoshoot and gift him with the printouts, along with a fun activity voucher. This combination is sure to keep his heart racing and you in his good books forever.

#GreatExperienceGifts #GiftsForHim #ActivityGiftsVouchers

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21st Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Daughter

From the day that she was born, she changed your life irrevocably. From those first toothless grins, to her first steps. From tears on her first day at school, to her first kiss. From rubbing a sore tummy to trying to heal a broken heart. You’ve been together through it all, and every day you pray that you have done everything, when you know full well that you have done your very best. Now you’re here, at the start of yet another milestone – her 21st birthday.

Your little girl is entering adulthood, complete with a home of her own (or sharing with someone – out from under your roof!) and a career. Gone are the days of Barbie dolls, play kitchens and diaries with hearts. She’s no longer a big girl, but rather a woman. That’s why we have put together this list of spectacular 21st birthday gift ideas for your daughter to celebrate this big milestone and set her up for her future.

1. Lifestyle, body, style assessment & colour analysis

A private consultation with a style consultant will ensure that your daughter always dresses with style, even when she’s not dressing up. You’ve taught her that first impressions matter and now you can give her the opportunity to understand exactly how to dress for every occasion – from work interviews, to date nights and social functions.

2. Personal Shopping Experience

Take advantage of a personal shopper who knows what suits your daughter’s personal style and budget. The consultant will teach her the importance of a great fit with cost-effective wardrobe choices to banish bad impulse buys and the importance of shopping for style rather than for fashion.

3. Deluxe Makeover PhotoShoot

Every girl dreams of a makeover and professional photo shoot, which makes this a fantastic 21st birthday gift for your daughter. Facilitated by a team of professional stylists and a studio photographer, this will be a great way for her to get ready for her surprize 21st birthday party.

4. Learn to Make Sushi for One

One of the biggest drags about living on your own, is having to cook for yourself. However, everyone loves sushi, so send her to sushi lessons. You know that old adage about teaching a man to fish – well, if you teach a girl how to prepare sushi, she will eat for life.

5. Night Spa & Dinner for One

Another important lesson that is important to solidify in your newly adult daughter, is to get by on her own. There’s no better way to learn this valuable life lesson than by a night spa and dinner for one experience. She will be pampered from head to toe with a full body massage, hot stone therapy and a foot spa, as well as a delectable dinner and snacks.

Introduce your daughter to the finer things in life, and that’s what she will always strive for with these lovely 21st birthday gifts for your daughter.

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Decadent Taste Experiences for Discerning Individuals

Let’s face it – sometimes it’s impossible to buy a gift that really has the “wow” factor. If you’re tired of spending year after year trolling the malls in search for a ‘different’ soap-on-a-rope or a gift set that will truly pamper your loved one – read this post for some inspiration. I promise you won’t get that look that screams “Ah, thanks. I’ll add this one to the collection at the very back of my cupboard.”

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” – Oscar Wilde

Why You Should Consider Changing to Gift Experiences

When we buy gifts, we want it to last forever (or as close to forever as possible), but there’s no point in buying something that doesn’t truly make an impact on the receiver. Remember – the secret to truly gifting is to let go. It’s not about how it makes you feel, but rather about how the receiver feels.

Oftentimes, we would take someone out to dinner on their birthday, and that’s most often appreciated, but it doesn’t give us (the giver) that fulfilled feeling. Yet, that’s probably the nicest thing you can do for a discerning birthday boy or girl. Many special moments are created around food:

  • Baking cookies with your granny when you were a child
  • Your mom’s roast chicken Sunday lunches
  • Your first date at an Italian restaurant
  • The canapes at a work party
  • Christmas lunch at home with the whole family

You might as well get in on the act and buy that special person a taste experience. Whether it’s a birthday, mother’s day, father’s day or graduation gift, there are many ways to create lasting memories through spectacular experiences.

“Taste is a mystery.” – Daniel Mendelsohn

Great Examples of Taste Gift Experiences

Know someone who is always in search of a good espresso? Now they can enjoy their favourite cuppa on-the-go whenever and wherever. Traveling on the road? No problem. Camping? No problem! The Handpresso Wild Hybrid Instant Espresso Maker uses ESE pods and grounds and doesn’t require electricity. You’ll be in their mind every time they enjoy a hit of their favourite blend.

Other, more hands-on, memorable taste gift experiences that will make a huge impact, include cooking lessons (including a romantic cooking evening for two) and sushi lessons. Don’t want to slave away in the kitchen? How about discovering the history and taste of chocolate, or a chocolate tasting and lunch for two?

Every beer lover will love trying his hand at beer making, so buy him a DIY craft beer brew kit, or a DIY microbrewery craft beer kit and a decent bag of biltong on the side. You’ll be his favourite person for life.

If you know where to look, gifts will never be boring again. All you need to keep in mind is the receiver’s personal preferences and then you can match it to an ever-expanding range of taste gift experiences on Celestial Gifts.

#GiftExperiences #GiftVouchers #GreatExperienceGifts

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50TH BIRTHDAY GIFTS
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Some Brilliant 50th Birthday Gifts Ideas

When a loved one reaches the age of 50, it is usually an exciting period for everyone close to her.   As such, it is important to spend some time thinking about the most appropriate gift idea that will get her really excited. Unfortunately many people draw a blank when it comes to picking the most suitable 50th birthday gifts ideas for their loved ones.  Experience and activity gift ideas are some of the best choices since they involve memorable activities that will be remembered for a long time. Furthermore, they put a smile on the face of the receiver. Below are some fantastic birthday gift ideas for your loved ones who get to this glorious stage of life.

For a lady, the age of 50 marks yet another chapter in her life and as such you can incorporate some birthday gift ideas that are filled with excitement and fun. Some good examples are driving and flying which will no doubt prove to be chilling and exciting experiences. There is a wide choice of automobiles to select from which range from rally cars, trucks to off-road vehicles. However, if the birthday girl fancies flying then the most appealing and perfect gift will be flying a light aircraft.

Another excellent idea entails taking your loved one on a holiday trip to a unique destination or a retreat. This is a good way to relax while enjoying nature and the beautiful surroundings. Moreover, it will be an experience that will not be easily forgotten.

For the food lovers, dining in a fancy location is a superb idea. However, if food preparation is one of her hobbies, then a romantic cooking evening will work out really well since food has a way of bringing people closer and making them more attached to each other. These are good 50th birthday gifts ideas for ladies who attain this glorious age. Furthermore, the experiences and the activities will truly be memorable.

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Best And Most Unique Gifts For Husband

Are you looking for the best and most unique gifts for husband to spoil your man with? The good news is that, there are a host of gift experiences and activities that will put a smile on your husband’s face. Here are a couple of some of the best and most unique gift experiences and activities that are ideal for your husband.

Taking an adventurous trip

This is the one of the most common gifts for husband. Even if your husband isn’t that outgoing, you can convenience him into taking an adventurous trip. The beauty of having such a trip is that, you will both of you see part of your country that you have never seen before. Secondly, the memories of the trip will remained etched in your husband’s mind particularly if he see some beautiful scenery and meet great people during the trip.

Going to a concert show

Going to a great concert show together with your husband can make him happier in a manner that you could never have imagined. As you are watching your favorite concert, you can curdle each other to show affection and also increase happiness. A concert show is quiet inexpensive and you will only part with a few dollars.

Having supper at a luxurious hotel

It is also among the best gifts for husband although you will be required to part with a substantial amount of your money. Make sure you pay for the meals if you want your husband to feel luxurious and appreciated. It will surely be one of his favorite memories.

Having a hot air balloon ride

This is arguably the best and most unique gifts for husband. Regardless of whether your husband has ever had a hot balloon ride before, there is absolutely no doubt that he will surely love the experience. Hot air balloon rides are extremely peaceful thanks to the fact that hot air balloons are remarkably quiet when they are up in the sky. It will be such a lovely experience if both of you flew over a beautiful valley especially early in the morning.

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Fun Gifts For Your Wife

If your wife is one of those people who just has one of everything, then it’s time to start thinking about gift experiences that you can give her. These are a lot of fun because they give people the chance to do things that they would not ordinarily do otherwise. Check out some fun experiences that would make an outstanding gift for your wife!

Parasailing for Two — If you want to drive down for a romantic day at the shore, one great surprise in the “Gifts for Wife” category that you can spring when you get there is gift certificate for a parasailing adventure. Most companies offer one- and two-persona harnesses, and as long as you are fairly close in weight, the two of you can go up together and watch the sea shrink beneath you, as you sail along behind the boat.

Cooking Classes for Couples — If your idea of “Gifts for Wife” is a little more culinary, many specialty grocers offer cooking classes in the evenings to bring in couples after a long day at work. The classes help the grocers out, because people who take the classes often end up shopping there more, but getting out of your own kitchen and working together on a delicious meal (instead of fighting over who is going to do the dishes) and give you two an enjoyable evening.

Couples Massage — There’s nothing like a massage to ease out the tensions of the past weeks and months. If you order a couples massage, you can either have one masseuse soothe her first and then turn to you, or you can have a pair of masseuses working on you both so that you experience the relaxation together, and you’ll hit a “Gifts for Wife” home run.

Painting Classes for Couples — Even if neither one of you is going to be the nation’s next Gainsborough, learning a little about painting can be a lot of fun. Signing up together and learning side by side gives you a chance to pick up a new skill together and have something to talk about besides the same old drudgery of work.

Any of these gifts for your wife can recharge your relationship and boost your sense of romance together. Give one or more of these a try today!

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Connect with me on Google+ Odette Butcher

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The Best Gift Experiences for Your Mom

Every sane person knows just what a mother is worth, and no gift on earth can show just how much you love and appreciate her. It nonetheless does not hurt to try, and to be a little bit different.  Do not give the usual gifts for mom like chocolate and flowers; give her the experience of her lifetime, the experience she has always longed for.

Here are some great ideas:

Gifting travel – Travelling with your mother is a great way to spend quality time.  It lets her kick back and relax and just let go of all her worries and daily duties for a while and just enjoy the moment. Take her sightseeing.  To make it unique, try travelling at sea on to say a cruise ship, or if time and money do not permit you that, take her around in a hot air balloon.  She will love it.

Cooking classes – Mother’s dishes are the best. Moms love to cook, and giving them a new recipe is definitely one of the best gifts for mom. Take her for cooking classes alongside other moms and you, where she can mingle and learn a new recipe. Afterwards, take her out for a meal in one of her favorite restaurants and order her favorite dish for her. Later on, get her everything she needs to try out her new cooking skills and the love between you will grow even stronger.

Pampering – You know your mother and she knows you, and hence it is only natural that you know what she likes, detests and what she longs for and for some reason just cannot get.  Surprise her by giving her what she has always wanted, and try to concentrate on something that will be of use to her for a long time. This way, her desires will be fulfilled and every time she sees her new gifts, she will always remember you.

The objective at the end of the day is to give your mom a long-term gift or sweet memory, and only you and those close to her can know what will best please her, and whatever you get for her will surely be one of the best gifts for mom.

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