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Quality time: The gift we all need

Gift-giving has long been my love language. Yet, in recent times, I’ve found myself leaning more toward a different love language: quality time. Most of us have enough stuff, and anything we desire is just a click away. What’s truly precious, however, is time, and the memories we make together.

In the wake of the pandemic, we’ve found ourselves facing a loneliness epidemic, making this desire for connection more pronounced than ever. Plus, the holiday season, traditionally a time for togetherness, paradoxically often feels isolating. So it’s crucial, this month more than ever, to spend quality time with family and friends—and if you don’t have any friends, get out to a community social event and make some!

As you consider what gifts to give your loved ones this Christmas, ditch the big-box items that likely will be replaced with the next big thing a few short months into 2024. Instead, opt for gifting experiences.

HERE ARE SOME EXCITING EXPERIENCES TO GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS:

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS

With so many great museums, children’s discovery centers and aquariums here on the Coast, this is an ideal gift that keeps on giving.

GIFT CARD TO A NEW RESTAURANT

To really make it an experience, pick somewhere they’ve never been before.

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

From Crafts & Cocktails to Wood & Wine to Paint & Sip; it’s fun to mix hands-on activities with lively libations.

AFTERNOON TEA

Grab a three-tier tray, some mini desserts and tea, and host your girlfriends for a fancy tea party — or visit one of the tea shops or popups that offer them.

PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

Get them a gift certificate to capture their family.

SPORTING EVENT TICKETS

Pair the tickets with game day gear or food/drink money.

A STAYCATION

See the Coast in a new way by staying in one of our many gorgeous boutique hotels and visiting spots you’ve never been before.

COOKING CLASS

Many local caterers and eateries offer culinary instruction at their establishment or in your home. Buy a gift card, or work with them to host a class for your own group.

DANCE LESSONS

This is a great way to connect with your significant other. Ballroom dance classes and others are a surprisingly great time.

HOST A CHRISTMAS GATHERING

You don’t even have to host it at your home. There are micro venues that offer pre-decorated holiday parties.

This Christmas, let’s shift our focus from the material to the memorable. Memories, unlike material possessions, endure and can be cherished forever. Memories will travel with you wherever you go, enriching your life and connecting you with others in meaningful ways. And we all could use a little more connection (in real life).


Looking for fun and unique experiences to share with your loved ones this December? You can find a Gulf Coast Christmas Season Checklist at gathergulfcoast.com/christmas

Written by Alexa Harrison

Alexa Harrison is the owner of Gather Gulf Coast, where she works to empower women-owned small businesses through collaboration on pop-up community events. Follow along on Instagram @gathergulfocast.

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