One thing most of us have realized during the pandemic: we could all do with (and did with) less STUFF. What is “stuff,” exactly? Stuff is, “matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied.” For the purposes of this article we are referring to all the stuff that fills your home and your life that you don’t really use, need, want, or even remember—but you have, simply because you do. Gifts you feel bad getting rid of, items of some sentimental value, things you used to use, items you’ve put away and forgotten. Which is why we’ve got a list of gift ideas which are experiences, instead of more stuff. Gifts that won’t take up room on a shelf, on a counter, in a desk, or in the garage. Happy shopping!
Escape Rooms — Conundrum in Redmond has real life and virtual reality escape rooms, as well as axe-throwing and an outdoor adventure game. Bellevue’s Reality Break Escapes has escape rooms, parties, and portable escapes. Puzzle Break offers a big selection of virtual escape rooms available online for up to 6 players; 7+ players can do their virtual team-building experience with no limit to the number of players.
Self-Care — First, consider the recipient’s idea of a self-care experience and put together something as unique as they are. Is it a massage and a facial? Wine tasting with friends? A mani-pedi and alone time at a café? Self care—any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health—is different for each person, so tailor your experience accordingly.
Streaming Service — If your gift recipient loves music, TV, or gaming, a gift to a streaming service they don’t already have would be awesome. Review Geek has a very helpful rundown of the services with gift subscriptions.
Gift Cards to Local Places — Gift cards to local restaurants or swanky movie houses are a terrific way to give a gift while supporting a business that needs the customers. No matter where your special person lives, there are surely fabulous places they love to patronize.