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Trips, Tours, and Passes: Why You Should Gift Experiences This Holiday

Nov 7, 2023 | Activities & Adventure, Cougar Ridge Lodge, Our Blog | 0 comments

The holiday season is upon us. That means time spent with family, holiday festivities, home-cooked meals—and lots of shopping! Most people have at least one person on their holiday shopping list who’s impossible to buy for. They have everything, want nothing, and often take the longest to shop for. But before you pick up a generic candle or a gift card, there’s another option you need to consider.

Experience-based gifts are a great choice for anyone on your list. You won’t need to worry about buying something they already have. You can personalize your gift, and choose something unique that your friend or loved one is certain to enjoy.

There are tons of different types of experience-based gifts to choose from. Tours, trips, passes to national parks or state parks, or maybe a stay at Cougar Ridge, the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer—the options are endless.

If you’re thinking about skipping the fuzzy socks and coffee mugs this season, keep reading. We’re breaking down a few reasons why experience-based gifts are the better alternative.

They’ll Make Your Recipients Much Happier

In the same way that a holiday sweater won’t lead to lasting memories, they’ll only provide so much happiness in the moment as well. While it may be a gift that your recipient has been wanting for a while, most gifts don’t have a very long shelf-life.

But the gift of an incredible experience provides far more happiness. When they open their gift, they’ll not only be excited, but they’ll start looking forward to the day that they get to use it. They’ll then get to enjoy the gift, and cherish the memories and photographs for years to come!

They Encourage Spending Time Together

Odds are that the experience you’re giving isn’t something that the recipient will enjoy alone. Whether it’s a stay in the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer or an off-road Jeep ride, many experience-based gifts are ones that are designed to be shared with family or friends.

Experience-based gifts are an even better choice when you give them to multiple people at once. Book your whole family a stay at The Grand Lodge at Cougar Ridge. Treat a couple to a romantic stay in a private villa. Or, gift a family an annual pass to the national parks or to Southern Utah State Parks that they can use for adventure all year long! 

They’ll Open Up Your Kids’ Eyes to the World

Experience-based gifts like tours or a resort stay aren’t just a great choice for the adults in your life. Kids can get in on the fun, too.

When you give experience gifts to kids, you’ll be giving them more than just a little bit of fun. You’ll also have a unique chance to open up their eyes to the world around them. They’ll get to experience new things, learn new skills, and see the world in a way they may not have had a chance to see yet. You might just introduce the child to a brand new favorite hobby in the process!

They Last Forever

Even the best material gifts don’t last forever. We grow out of clothes, or they get worn out with wear. Scented candles can only be burned for so long. Candy and other food items disappear quickly, leaving nothing behind.

And when you give your friends or loved ones tickets or reservations, those will get used up too. The difference is that the memories created during a vacation or a day of fun will last forever. It’s unlikely you’ll look back and remember all of those times you wore that sweater. But you will remember horseback riding, stargazing in the desert, or taking that thrilling off-road Jeep tour.

From a Stay at the Best Mountain Home Lodge Utah Has to Heart-Pounding Off-Road Tours

Experience-based gifts are a fun and unique way to cross every person off your shopping list this holiday season. Not only are they perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person, they’re also certain to be a hit for families, couples, kids, and everyone in between.

When it comes to experience-based gifts, you have a lot of options to choose from. In Torrey, Utah, there are tons of tours in nearby Capitol Reef as well as in the many Southern Utah State Parks in the area. You could book a luxurious stay in the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer, at The Grand Lodge at Cougar Ridge. Or, if you already have a stay booked at lodges in Utah, upgrade your stay with tickets for a Bonfire Party or a private backyard BBQ. 

If you’re thinking about gifting someone a stay at Cougar Ridge, now is a great time. With our Winter in Capitol Reef sale, you can save 40 percent off your stay of four or more nights. Book now to take advantage of these savings!

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