The Most Meaningful Gift You Could Give
PRIME Magazine|December 2018 - January 2019
The Most Meaningful Gift You Could Give

Year end is everyone’s favourite holiday and shopping season but finding that perfect gift can be challenging. Should it be perfume or a spa break? The latest bestseller novel or a romantic weekend in Bali? From learning holidays to glamping and pampering, a travel gift can be most refreshing and different. So for this holiday season, instead of buying your loved one a gadget, consider giving a getaway.

Jean Tsai

Rather than buying sneakers, spring for an escape. Trips rather than things, can bring lifelong memories from the myriad of experiences that one encounters on a journey - making the gift of travel one of the most meaningful ones that you can give, but, of course, it can be the most complicated to organize and package. Where to begin? Here are some tips to help you get it right and some ideas to inspire you to create that unforgettable getaway gift.

Before you begin your search for that perfect trip, do consider the following about the giftee: do they prefer to travel alone or with a group of like-minded friends? Does he or she like to travel trouble-free from home to holiday spot and back? How long a trip can their schedule accommodate? What sort of weather do they enjoy the most? Do they already own the right wardrobe and gear/accessories for that holiday? Are they physically fit or do they need special care such as dietary needs and medical assistance? Do they travel light or with a ton of luggage?

In addition to the above logistics, there are also personal preferences to uncover. Does he or she have interests and hobbies that can be further enhanced with a trip e.g love for music, history, art, antiques, sports, nature, architecture and, of course, the all-time favourites of culinary and commercial pastimes i.e. eating and shopping or are they incessantly curious individuals who love new experiences encompassing some or all of the aforementioned?

GIFT CARDS FOR TRIPS AND TRAVEL

If you are not sure of any of the above, the simplest travel gift is simply to create a gift card telling the recipient that you are giving them a trip of their lifetime. Go online and download a template for your gift card at https://www.123certificates.com/gift.php telling them what you’re giving them and then make good on the promise later when the two of you have time to map out the journey.

For those who are quite independent and who love DIY trips one can present prepaid gift cards e.g. US carriers like American, Delta and SouthWest sell both traditional plastic cards shipped via delivery service or virtual gift cards that arrive via email. Even Airbnb and Uber have gift cards via Amazon. Gift cards for places to stay are also available if you want to present your gift in a series of cards.

Check out I-escape’s collection of 1,500 chic places which range from boutique hotels, stunning villas and rental apartments to stylish B&Bs, charming guesthouses, safari lodges and eco retreats. More information can be found online at www.i-escape. com. Another portfolio of hand-picked places to stay around the world can be found on Cool stays – you will find lighthouses, boats, even buses plus villas, cottages and city hotels. More information can be found online at www.coolstays.com.

For those who subscribe to the philosophy of lifelong learning Skyros specialises in learning holidays and covers a wide range of skills, from art to singing, writing to windsurfing – all done on the beautiful Greek island of Skyros or at the Isle of Wight.

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