Studies have proven that, over time, people tend to value experiences and memories far more than physical mementos and possessions. This is why "experience gifts" are such a booming market right now. Twenty years ago, there were no experience gifts, there was only taking a friend out to dinner, a movie, skydiving or what have you. Today, the idea of experience gifts is catching on in part thanks to the Internet. You can't take your online friend who lives three states away out to learn how to ride a horse, but you can still fund the experience.
Cloud 9 Living is the current market leader in the U.S. for this type of gift. Here's what sets it apart from the competition:
First of all, Cloud 9 Living offers a very easy way to give great experience gifts. You simply buy the experience in an all-in-one package, give it to your friend, who in turn books the appropriate reservations and proceeds to enjoy the gift.
Secondly is the wide range of gifts available. No matter what kind of experience your friend will enjoy, Cloud 9 Living offers it. One category, for instance, is devoted to air-themed gifts. Experiences like skydiving and taking introductory flight lessons have always been popular and make for incredible and unforgettable gifts.
Finally, the gifts are actually quite affordable. Many of the experiences offered through Cloud 9 Living are the sort of thing that people would love to do if only they had the money. It's kind of funny to acknowledge that a lot of these experiences are far, far less expensive than the general public seems to think. That your friend will think that you must have spent a fortune on his stock car ride-along only makes the gift that much better.
The packages that the company offers are subject to change in experience and price, of course. You're not going to be taking surfing lessons during hurricane season, for instance. However, there are some mainstays that Cloud 9 Living offers more or less all year round.
These include some of the more popular experiences like motorcycle rentals, wine and food events, and lessons in fun skills like cooking, fencing, martial arts and even DJing and beatmaking. Other experiences are less intensive and more about pampering or simply treating your friend to the funner and finer things in life, such as spa trips, VIP passes to athletic events and private yacht chartering.
Experience gifts offer a much deeper and more lasting way to tell someone you care than by simply gifting a box with trinkets inside. Wine will be drunk and jewelry dulls over time, but researchers have shown that people actually tend to enjoy their memories more with each passing day. Experience gifts will truly only get better with age.