HOT Ideas For What To Gift Your Fathers, Graduates And Everyone


By Sarah Lawrence

Clothes, candles, body wash, gift cards – with graduations, Father’s Day and summer celebrations right around the corner, ‘tis the season for gifting teachers, grads, dads and everyone on your list!

While you might be tempted to hit the mall for some of the old standbys, I want to challenge you to try another way of gifting.

Join me for some hip tips on how to give experiences instead of stuff this year!

Research suggests that experiences make us happier than things do. Making the shift between doing and having can make things easier on you and more enjoyable for the people on your list.

Before you start, it’s important to think about your gift recipients. To give experiences instead of stuff, you need to know your tribe.

  • Nature and animal lovers, consider memberships/passes to zoos, botanical gardens or state parks.  
  • For the curious, the artists and the philosophers on your list, try museums, galleries, poetry nights, theater or a series of local lectures.  
  • The possibilities for music lovers are endless: concert tickets, music subscription services, music lessons, a night out at a local jazz club, etc., etc.
  • Adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers love passes to amusement parks, rock climbing and ropes courses, hiking, biking and water adventures.
  • The health nuts on your list are sure to appreciate sessions with energy practitioners, personal chefs and holistic health coaches; this crew may also be open to retreats and road trips to restaurants that specialize in unique eats.
  • Families on your list: water parks, museums, mini golf passes, tickets to a show, paint-your-own-pottery night passes, group cooking lessons… you name it.  
  • People with kids provide a special opportunity for gifting. Whatever you gift, think about adding in your services as a babysitter so mom and dad can really enjoy their experience.
  • The elderly and infirmed in your tribe will appreciate your time. Give the gift of you. Or give the gift of service – maybe in the form of plow, lawn or meal service. Making life easier helps reduce stress and frees up these spirits to explore more of the things that they enjoy rather than mundane tasks.
  • Teachers. These people may leap at your gift of time and expertise. What do you know or what do you do that may be relatable to the subject or grade? Enrichment opportunities aren’t always within budget for teachers, so seeing how you can be a spark is a win/win. Sometimes it’s as simple as offering to photocopy, collate or stuff folders. Gift an hour of your time weekly or monthly and see what happens.

Tailoring gifts to the people on your list might seem daunting, but it’s an excellent way to connect and show that you care enough to think of something that will complement their personalities and passions.  

When in doubt, draw from your most precious resource. Giving and gifting your time can be both simple and rewarding. Make a meal together, make a date for a walk or a hike, treat your tribe to coffee once a month or a soup soiree, get creative and color or do karaoke.

Unleash your creative juices and get gifting. All you really need is already at your fingertips. Risk it. Shift the gift. You’ve got this!


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Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coach at Sarah Lawrence Health
Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.

Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
Sarah Lawrence


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