No disrespect to Santa, but he’s doing things all wrong. Ya, we freaking said it.
Instead of flying around the planet lugging a heavy sack of gifts, he should take a page out of our notebook and start giving people experiences. The kinds of fun activities that create memories and ignite new passions among friends, without saddling anybody with a closet full of unused junk. (Don't pretend like you're still going to take up calligraphy.)
But fine, even experiences require the right STUFF. But that's why we let you borrow it and then come pick it up when you're done. In fact, we’ve got a gift guide to help you pair the right experience to the right giftee in your life. We even have a Santa suit if you want to look the part.
The Mom Gift
She gave you life, and now you’re going to improve hers with everything needed to achieve enlightenment... or at least an outstanding downward dog. The Yoga Basics Bundle comes with everything Mom will need to get started. Except the hot teacher from hot yoga.
The Life Partner Gift
photo by, Jen Rachel Negoescu
As nice as new toys and fancy baubles can be, all this person really wants is some memorable time spent with you. So you’ll do some leg-work and find the right setting to be alone in nature together. Our Glamping Bundle and a few add-ons will do the rest.
The Obligatory Boss Gift
Remember, you’re not kissing up by gifting your boss the Travel Essentials Bundle that makes business trips so much easier. You’re merely helping get them onto the plane faster so they can’t call you every fifteen minutes. Machiavelli has nothing on you.
The Sibling Gift
Yes, you’re the kind of heroic person that’s getting your closest living relative some quality time with a Nintendo Switch Bundle. But the kindness ends once Mario Kart begins.
The I Think We’re Dating Gift
Step 1) Secure our Pasta Night Bundle. Step 2) Invite them over for a romantic night of flirtatious pasta-making, wine and candlelight. Step 3) Do that Lady & the Tramp thing with a noodle. 4) Or don’t. 5.) Maybe, don't.
The Dad Gift
Bring out pops’ inner James Bond with the Elyx Deluxe Martini Bundle, coming with an attractive, limited-edition copper-plated shaker, bar tools and coupes. Playfully threatening him in a lengthy speech until he escapes can only serve to heighten the whole effect.
The Best Friend Gift
You provide the Road Trip Bundle and the weekend destination. They’ll provide the kind of jokes only the two of you get. You’ll both walk away with memories and the urge to do it again soon.
The Relative You Didn’t Call All Year Gift
You were busy. They were busy. We were all busy. But it’s cool. Especially once they’re making pizzas in their backyard with the Pizza Oven Bundle and reflecting on your thoughtfulness. Pizza heals all wounds.
The IT Person Who Saved Your Life Gift
They were there when you needed them and, let’s face it, you will probably need them again. And they’ll show up even quicker in 2019, after you have the Laser Tag Bundle delivered to their department to blow off some steam for a few days. Nerd down. We repeat, nerd down.
The Person With Resolutions Gift
You know your drinking buddy is trying to be healthy in the New Year. So giving them the Eat Your Veggies Bundle will get them on the right track with items like a steam basket, food processor, salad spinner and veggie cookbook. You’ll simply take happy hour off for awhile, well, not YOU. Your friend. You're perfect, don't change.
The Crush Gift
You like them. You even like them like them. And as we all know, there’s only one way to win somebody’s affection in this day and age: fried chicken and waffles. No, seriously it’s the only way. Words are meaningless.
You're still here? You made it through this exhaustive, comprehensive list?! Good for you...now get to experiential gift giving!