Christmas gift

Experience Gifts Make a Lasting Memory

The research is out: giving your loved ones a memorable experience is a better Christmas gift than material goods.

Studies have shown that gift recipients receive more lasting happiness from an experience than from unwrapping a typical Christmas gift, like a book or a piece of jewelry. With that in mind, this year you should consider giving a Christmas gift that’ll provide a lasting memory to a special someone. Guided trips, concert tickets, and cooking classes all make for a fantastic Christmas gift. And lucky for Seattle shoppers, there are plenty of opportunities to find these one-of-a-kind experiences for local recipients.

3 Christmas Gift Ideas

Cooking Classes

Cooking classes work great for lots of folks, whether they’re beginners or experienced at-home cooks. Local offerings include topics like knife skills, pie baking, cheese-making, and more. The most respected venues in Seattle include Hipcooks, with beginner and expert classes involving organic ingredients whenever possible; Hot Stove Society, a project of restaurant mogul Tom Douglas; and The Pantry, a top-notch option with a vast range of classes.

Christmas gift cooking classes

Outdoor Excursions

With Seattle’s abundance of outdoor opportunities, it’s no wonder there are also a plethora of great companies willing to guide the uninitiated in activities like kayaking, foraging, whitewater rafting, and more.

Tried-and-true companies to look into include outdoor retailer REI, which offers a range of local and international guided trips; Field Trip Society, whose trips and classes include cooking, truffle hunting, and urban walks, and Evergreen Escapes, which offers day trips and multi-day adventures to national parks and more.

Christmas gift adventure

Rental Ideas and More

Your experiential gift doesn’t need to be a pre-packaged experience. Consider building your own outing through a combination of gift certificates involving restaurants, wineries, indoor skydiving, and other rentals like bikes, stand-up paddleboards, or kayaks. A range of local businesses offer rentals like these, and many will sell a gift certificate for the price of the experience.

Christmas gift rentals

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Megan Hill

Megan Hill is a freelance food, outdoors, and travel writer living in Seattle. She writes for a wide variety of print and online publications, including Edible Seattle, Eater Seattle, and Northwest Travel & Life. You can read more from her at and follow her on Twitter @MeganHillWriter

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