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Giving Experience Gifts

Do You Prefer "Experience" Gifts or Physical Presents?

I was talking to some pals about "experience" gifts vs. physical presents that you can keep and it seems that everyone has a different opinion. Some think "experience" gifts (like a nice dinner out) create memories which will last you a lifetime but others prefer physical items to have and to hold.

I see the allure of having physical mementos as memories fade more easily, but it's all a matter of preference. And then, there are some that prefer both! What about you — what type of gift would you prefer to receive?

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testadura67 testadura67 5 years
If I have to choose, experience gifts always win, but last year there was a painting a local artist did that I fell in love with and gazed adoringly at for months, and my boyfriend got a bunch of my friends to pitch and in and buy it for me. It was probably the greatest thing ever.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I like a combo of both. An experience combined with a little token that commemorates it.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I like both, as long as it's something I really enjoy. For that, the giver probably has to know me very well. My favorite gifts are unexpected ones, either when someone happens to get it exactly right, or when they remembered something I said a while ago.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I like both, as long as it's something I really enjoy. For that, the giver probably has to know me very well. My favorite gifts are unexpected ones, either when someone happens to get it exactly right, or when they remembered something I said a while ago.
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