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Buy The Gift Of Experiences Instead Of More Stuff

November 3, 2016
The Rock Ranch

For the last few years I’ve liked the idea of giving the gift of experiences vs more stuff.  Maybe it’s because my kids are getting older and don’t want a bunch of toys. Maybe I’m realizing that my days are numbered with them before they head off on their own and I want to do more with them.  I saw something online a few years ago that made me think.  There are 940 Saturdays from the time your kid is born until they turn 18.  They doesn’t sound like much.  In fact, the last few Saturdays flew by and I can’t get them back!  After I read that, I got the mindset that we are going to do as much stuff as possible!  We have traveled all over and have done all sorts of stuff locally because I want to.  Should I be more responsible sometimes?  Sure.  No denying that.  No worries though, I’m not going to care!

I’m listing some experiences you can buy this year for Christmas if you want to add a few to your list!  This is great for Grandparents also if they are looking to buy family gifts or gifts that can be enjoyed all year!  Most of the experiences I’m listing are in Georgia but the idea is universal and something similar can be found most anywhere!

Historic Banning Mills

Banning Mills is so close to home that it’s almost embarrassing that I have never been there!  It’s been on my list for a long time but I have yet to make it there!  It’s home of the Worlds Longest Zipline according to their website.  They also have many options for lodging so you can make a weekend trip out of it!  The scenery is beautiful.  They also have a treehouse that you can stay in!  Insert jazz hands here!  I want to stay in a treehouse!  My friends have visited Historic Banning Mills and have enjoyed it very much.

Secluded Intown Treehouse

This is such a cool treehouse and according to the website it was recently named Airbnb’s #1 most wished-for listing worldwide!  I’ve had this on my wish list for a while also.  Is anyone else noticing that I may actually be writing out my own personal Christmas list?  It feels like I am.  The treehouse has three different rooms connected by rope bridges.  It sleeps two and it’s dreamy.  I first saw this on Treehouse Masters and loved it.  It’s in Atlanta and would make a cool gift my a spouse or treehouse lover!

The Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Seriously, this has been on the top of my list for a while now and I just have not managed to get there.  This is a perfect place to take my family.  I personally love Porsches and honestly should be driving one daily if all were right in my world.  My son would love to do the Porsche driving simulators and there is a lovely restaurant there for my daughter who is a foodie.  The simulators are $60 for 60 minutes or $35 for 30 minutes.  There is also a driving school if you really have some money that you would like to spend on someone this Christmas!  Update:  I recently visited and it was great!  Check out the pictures and details here!

North Georgia Ultimate Canopy Tours and Camping Teepees

My friends have camped in the teepees and really liked it.  I have not yet.  I need to get out more,  it looks like so much fun.  The teepees range from sleeping two people to ten people with beds!  Activities include zipline, disc golf, geocaching, cornhole, tetherball, hiking and many more.  This looks like it could be a fun weekend trip!

Xtreme Xperience

Xtreme Xperience

We have been to Xtreme Xperience four times in the past because my family loves everything about cars.  We have always had a great time.  The people who run Xtreme Xpereince are awesome, it’s very well-organized and you can tell that they love what they do!  You can drive supercars around a track.  My husband drove a Ferrari and loved it.  Since my son was underage he rode with a professional driver in some of his dream cars!  I also chose to ride with a professional driver in a Corvette.  It was so much fun!  I also rode in the lead car, I think it was a Mustang that year.  That is also a lot of fun and a more affordable way to get out there.  Xtreme Xperience usually comes to Atlanta in the spring and fall.  They go to many tracks across the country.  I would highly recommend this as a gift!

Xtreme Xperience

Tank Town USA 

We recently went to Tank Town for my husband’s birthday and he loved it.  It was a great experience.  Check out all the details and more pictures in this post!  This would make a great gift for a kid that loves tanks or for almost any man in your life.  Actually, it works for almost anyone!  I was kinda jealous that I didn’t get to drive the tank so it’s on my list to go back!

Tank Town USA

The Cook’s Warehouse

Cooking classes make a great gift for kids or adults.  My daughter took a few classes from The Cook’s Warehouse and loved them.  They also have classes for couples and themed classes.  Also, locally there are classes at Sur La Table and The Cooking School at Irwin Street.

The Cook's Warehouse

Skydive Georgia

Kerry and I went skydiving years ago and I must say it was one of the coolest experiences ever.  I would love to do this again!  If you go be sure to pay the extra cash to have the video made!  It was fun to go back and watch it.

Happy Birthday!

Conestoga Wagon Camping at The Rock Ranch

We camped in the Conestoga wagons years ago with friends and it was so much fun!  If you like the idea of camping but don’t want to do all the work then this is for you!  They have the firewood set up for you, lanterns, picnic tables, paper and matches, clean port-a-potties, folding tables with paper towels, cups, hand washing water and drinking water.  The wagons have bunk beds.  We went on a hayride around the beautiful property and enjoyed all there is to do at Rock Ranch.

The Rock Ranch

Biplane Over Atlanta

I have seen this biplane in the skies over Atlanta many times and I love it.  You can get a 20 minute tour over Atlanta for one person for $175 or two people for $225!  If you are reading this and would love to buy me a gift please see the link above.  I adore airplanes!

A trip to Camp No Counselors

Camp No Counselors is a camp for grown ups!  They have locations all over the country.  It would make a great gift for a lot of people.  I’m adding this to my list of things to do.

The Inn at Serenbe

Serenbe is lovely and relaxing.  I’ve never stayed at the Inn but guess what…it’s on the list!  There is plenty to do at Serenbe and plenty of restaurants to try.  Check out this post from our last visit.  This would make a good gift for a spouse.


Stone Mountain Park or the Zoo

Yearly passes to Stone Mountain Park or the zoo would make great gifts for families with younger kids.  We had passes to both in the past.  I really enjoyed the Stone Mountain pass.  There is a lot to do at Stone Mountain year round.  We stayed at the hotel at Stone Mountain for Fourth of July.  It was pretty nice not to fight the traffic after the fireworks show.  Also, there are summer camps at the zoo that would make a great gift for a kid!

Stone Mountain

Other great gift ideas:

Cleaning service for a few months, monthly subscription boxes, music lessons, camping at a state park, concert tickets, a night at a cool hotel, dinner at a really nice restaurant, subscription to Hello Fresh,  summer camps for kids or sporting event tickets.

I hope you have enjoyed this summary of experiences!  I might have a part two of this because honestly there are so many adventures out there vs buying more crap that just clutters your house and you will toss in a few years anyways!


Buy The Gift of Experiences Instead Of More Stuff



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1 Comment

  • Reply BOB November 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I TOTALLY agree! Thanks for a great post and my own To-Do list.

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