My 2 Cents: Forget the gadgets! Give the gift of experiences –

A CBS News poll found 73-percent of people thought spending time with friends and family was the best aspect of the holiday season.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Christmas is just 10 days away and if you’re a last-minute shopper like myself, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure. Sometimes I have trouble finding the perfect gift for my loved ones. I want it to be something meaningful or something that they will find useful. Too many times have I gone out and spent tons of money on gadgets and clothing items that go unused or still have the tag on them.  

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A consumer reports article said experiences make the best holiday gifts and studies show quality time with family is worth more than a toy. It turns out most people don’t care about gifts. According to the article, a CBS News poll found 73-percent of people thought spending time with friends and family was the best aspect of the holiday season while four percent said giving and receiving gifts was the best part. 

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Consumer reports said gifting a cooking class or painting workshop can make for a great experience you can share with your loved ones. 

Acts of service can make for great gifts. Help someone with a task they’ve been putting off or wouldn’t spend time on themselves. 

Try giving the gift of relaxation. A facial, massage, or spa day is a great experience especially when they don’t have to pay for it. 

If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, remember trendy gadgets come and go, but experiences last a lifetime. 


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