It’s that time of year again when Christmas decorations go up in your neighborhood and around town, holiday music can be heard in department stores and restaurants, and Christmas shopping lists are being finalized. Yes, it’s safe to say that the holiday season is upon us.
It’s a great time of year, one that we look forward to each and every time, but sometimes figuring out what to get your sister or parents for Christmas can be, let’s say, a bit challenging. In fact, it’s challenging to figure out what to get for anyone. That’s why we’ve made a little list (checked it twice, of course) to help you with some ideas. One catch: it’s for engaged couples! We know, we know. Not super helpful unless you’re buying for them, but who knows, maybe you’ll get some good ideas anyway.
But if you are buying presents for a newly-engaged couple, check it out. While there are countless options and plenty of pre-wedding gifts to give a couple, we wanted to focus on one them: experiences over things. It’s safe to say we all know the new couple could use a blender in their home, but where’s the fun in that? (Trust us, we love smoothies as much as the next person). So, let’s talk about what experiences can give an engaged couple for Christmas that they’ll remember for years to come.
Yes, this is a thing (and if it isn’t, it needs to be). Traveling together is the epitome of “experiences over things” and what’s better than giving that gift? There are dozens of places to visit before your wedding, with some not-so-far away. Here are some quick, romantic ideas:
Santorini, Greece: You’d be surprised how affordable it is when you get there.
Paris, France: Duh! There’s a reason why it’s the romance capital of the world.
Cartagena, Colombia: An easy flight and a beautiful city.
Asheville, North Carolina: An easy drive, great food, and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
New York, New York: Who wouldn’t want to go on a quick getaway to New York City?
Miami, Florida: Coffee, beach, food, drinks, dance. Repeat. Welcome to Miami.
Now, it’s understandable that you can’t front an entire trip to Europe, but you may be able to help with airline or hotel points, or by leading a crowd-sourcing (read: family-sourcing) campaign to help cover the costs. Anything helps and, at minimum, it provides a catalyst to exploration.
Get Your Learn On
What good are a bunch of new kitchen items if you don’t know how to use them? A great Christmas present for newly engaged couples is to sign them up for a food or wine class. These could range from learning how to make pasta to how to pair French wine with different food. It not only creates a great date night, but many more awesome nights sharing a kitchen together.
The couple not very “foodie” oriented? Totally cool. There are tons of other options, like learning how to create pottery or to paint or yoga classes or rock climbing classes or dancing. The list is endless. Odds are whatever the couple is into there is a class to help them fuel that passion.
The point is, gifts that create an experience tend to have a lasting memory and that memory can be attached to your gift. It’s pretty powerful and can help strengthen relationships for years to come.
If you’re looking to create an awesome memory on the dance floor at a wedding, let us know! We’ve been in this industry a long time and know how to throw a party! Drop Nice Entertainment a line if you’re interested in learning more.