Have you ever second-guessed all those holiday gifts – because you’d like your holiday season to be more about family time, or you’re just not sure the world can take any more stuff?
On top of that, a 2014 study in the US found that 75% of people “probably won’t like” their Christmas gifts.
Still, a lot of us value the thoughtfulness that comes with a gift — someone showing you that they know you closely and have taken the time to come up with something special.
(Want to give someone a sustainable investment portfolio as a gift? Check out the Grünfin gift card.)
Here are six of our favourite thoughtful gift ideas for special occasions that aren’t stuff.
1. A day-hike
Being outdoors with loved ones can make for a great gift – and a memorable day for everyone involved. Try hiking on nearby trails, and don’t forget the thermos.
2. A class for a passion
Make someone’s secret wish come true with guitar lessons or a cooking class. It’s like opening a whole new world of possibilities.
3. Tickets to a show
Whether it’s a concert or play, it’s hard to go wrong with gifting a night out. Even bad experiences, like a terrible movie or an embarrassing comedian, can be fun in the right company.
4. Museum pass
Do they enjoy art or photography? Give them a reason to visit their favourite museum more often.
Young parents appreciate time alone or as a couple more than anything else. Giving them a day off is the perfect gift — they’ll love it. You can have a game night with the kids, while they enjoy a movie night or simply a nice dinner.
Providing a voucher for a home-cooked meal is also a terrific idea. If they can’t go to a restaurant, let the restaurant come to them.
6. An investment option
Instead of spending on a gift today, invest money in someone’s future dreams. By investing sustainably, they’ll also be making a positive impact on the world. This is an especially great gift for someone who hasn’t started saving yet.
Grünfin now offers a gift card just for this, and you can buy it without even having to sign up. You can give it to a friend or family member, even if they don’t invest or have a Grünfin account yet. Helping to set it up can be the thing you do together.
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