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Beyond the Bow: Experiential and Motivational Gifting Trends in 2014

(BPT) - Do you want to give more than a present that gets a smile and then ends-up stored in a closet? This year, people have a new mindset for holiday giving and it embraces the idea that gifts can help motivate people to do the things they have always wanted to do. From tools that help someone complete their first marathon to activities that bring the family together, consider these gift ideas with greater meaning for the jolliest holiday yet.

Give a membership: Memberships are a fantastic gift idea because they provide enjoyment all year long. For families, memberships to a science museum or zoo let them make loads of memories. For the golf guru, gift a membership to the nearest golf club. For the health nut, pay for a membership at the hot new health club she’s been talking about. For the foodie, gift a CSA share – Community Supported Agriculture programs that provide fresh local produce weekly or monthly.

Give a goal: A gift that helps someone complete a goal has a lot of meaning. For the keen runner who has always wanted to complete a 10K, the TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch is perfect. It features a built-in Heart Rate Monitor to accurately measure your heart rate, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap. The watch also has a built-in GPS receiver that provides real-time running information at a glance, so your favorite runner can track their distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as they run. Learn more at

Give a good time: Everyone loves to look forward to doing something special. This year, gift an experience that will have loved ones counting down the days until it happens. Tickets to a special theater performance or awesome concert are sure to be appreciated. Other experiential gift ideas include vouchers for a hot air balloon ride or special tasting at the city’s hottest new restaurant.

Give girl time: Do you have a resolution to spend more time with the girls next year? Then give a gift so all the ladies cans get together. For example, start a book club by gifting the same novel to all your friends, and include an invitation meet up and discuss the book over appetizers after the holidays. Perhaps join a wine of the month club and have your friends over for sampling after every delivery. Finally, hire an instructor for a private class at your house just for your ladies – from yoga to painting to massage, it’s a fun way to bond and experience new things together.

Give guy time: Life gets busy, which means guy time seems to fall by the wayside. Give a gift to your guy friends that means more man time in the new year. For example, plan a golf outing at an awesome local course. Another fun idea is to rent a cabin for a weekend escape. Know a good brew house in the city? Get all your buds together and schedule a private tour complete with tastings.

Give a golf edge: Know someone who loves to golf? Give their game an edge by gifting a few professional lessons to tune up that swing. In addition, your favorite golfer will be the envy of the clubhouse when you gift a TomTom Golfer GPS watch. Sleek and sophisticated, this GPS watch uses graphics to clearly show accurate distances to hazards and layups and the best approach to the green. It also contains key golf course data from more than 34,000 golf courses across the globe on its extra-large screen. 

Give a getaway: Whether for a full week or just a day, a getaway is a wonderful way to bond and decompress after the holidays. Go big with a full-fledged vacation for the entire family, or keep it simple with a romantic weekend with your sweetie at a bed and breakfast. For a quick escape before the kids head back to school, simply get a hotel for an evening and let the kids splash as much as they desire.

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