Here in the Bumgarner household, we just finished up a busy celebration season full of birthdays. Add to that mother’s day and father’s day, one is quickly out of gift ideas.
This year, after a month of birthdays and celebrations, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. My answer? “I just want time with my family doing what I love!” My husband responded as any unconvinced husband would “that’s cliche Marija, you don't really mean it”. But it is true! What I really want are experiences and moments that will be cherished. Time with my family, experiences exploring and feeding my curiosity, and time relaxing.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from a minimalist. I have asked for and received gifts that I love and still cherish. For the most though, the novelty of new things quickly fades; while memories of our times together always stay with us. Travel is a vehicle to wonderful experiences and memories. However, whether it is a trip, like my husband and I have committed to each year in lieu of anniversary gifts, or a relaxing spa day or brunch and a day on the water - all experiences count just as much as traveling to far flung places.
No, we didn’t go on a surprise or planned trip for my birthday this year. I enjoyed a Sunday brunch (my favorite meal) with my family followed by time on the water and a relaxing afternoon and ice-cream adventure with my girl!
So, the next time you aren't sure what to get someone, maybe an experience is the answer! A romantic getaway or a girlfriends trip? A family adventure or a vacation in lieu of gifts or even holiday celebrations?
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