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5 Reasons to Give Experiences Not Gifts

We're firm believers that experiences are better than physical gifts, and now it's time for us to convert you too.

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Here at Days Out, we’re big believers that experience gifts are far more valuable than physical items.

But we couldn’t just rely on our own opinions... So, we asked you lot. And here’s what you had to say:

On LinkedIn, everyone who voted chose an experiential gift.

And on Instagram 89% of voters chose an experiential gift.

Now, we can’t argue with those numbers.

Why we love experience gifts

Look at this guy - he's clearly having the time of his life.

The thing about experiential gifts, is that there’s something for everybody. Whether you like scary things, adrenaline kicks or I’m a Celeb (or a million other things), there’s bound to be something for you.

Quick Idea’s (to get the creative juices flowing):

A lot of people would be mistaken in thinking that all experience days out have to be extravagant, we’re here to prove that really isn’t the case. Something as simple as a day out to the aquarium can mean as much (if not more than) a five-star spa day.

Cuts Down On Waste

With the world becoming more environmentally aware, we’re seeing less people buying needless material goods – and that works for gifting too.

Whether you decide to ditch physical gifts completely, or take a 50/50 approach, you’ll be having a positive impact either way.

Business Waste found that the packaging for toys and gifts is discarded in approximately 100 million black bags every year - we don't know about you, but if we can avoid contributing to that waste, we definitely will do.

Quality Time

Time spent together is time spent well if you ask us. Experiential gifts allow you to spend more time with your loved ones – so really, what’s not to like?

It's a great way to connect with friends, family and those you may not have seen for a while.

Why not learn how to plan a suprise romantic day out for your partner? Fill the day with all of their favourite things and really celebrate them.

Memories Last Forever

Material things never last (unless it’s a Le Creuset pan) but memories really can last forever. You’ll probably never remember who bought you that fuzzy jumper, but you’ll always remember the day out you had with your friend at Warwick Castle, ice skating in an open-air rink. Do you understand what we’re getting at?

A Gift You Share

Very few gifts allow you to share them with others, but an experience is a great way to 'share' a gift. They come with stories, anecdotes and normally some cute Insta pics.

So, just remember if you’re gifting someone an experience you’ll be there for, you’re kind of getting yourself a present too – what’s not to like?

You’re Not Limited

When you gift an experience, it can be healthy, educational, cultural or delicious – you're really not limited.

Why not take your foodie friend to one of our favourite UK foodie cities? You can book breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all the above).

Lacking inspo for some experience gifts? Here are our favourite days out for adults (they're not boring, promise) and our ultimate guide for planning a scavenger hunt.

At Days Out, you can book the UK’s best attractions (y’know the proper FOMO inducing ones?) -- we know where’s perfect for you. Find your next adventure.