What Everyone Wants this Year: A Heartfelt Experience

What Everyone Wants this Year: A Heartfelt Experience

Does this conversation sound familiar to you?
“What do you want for Christmas?”
“Oh geez. I don’t need anything. What do you want?”
“Me either… Hmmm, could you use another flannel shirt??”

Now cue you wandering around a dozen stores stressing out because you don’t know what to get that special someone. You know they don’t actually need anything – they told you so! But this is the season of giving. And the smile of the receivers face is a gift for you too. You want this present to be extra special.

Everyone loves to give a perfectly wrapped (or bagged!) gift. And while most of us have enough “stuff”, there is something that we can offer our friends and family that will encourage smiles much beyond the gift exchange.

Gifts don’t have to be material things – they can be experiences too. And science is behind this shopping trip. It has been studied that experiences are much more intrinsically fulfilling and provide more lasting happiness than material possessions. As they say, memories last a lifetime 🙂

Whether it’s a museum membership, tickets to a ball game or concert, a cooking class, special dinner out, or mini vacation, you can be sure that your gift will be appreciated and enjoyed.

My mom and I actually had this very same discussion on our way back from the Savage River Lodge (located in Frostburg MD) a few weeks ago. Our trip was business, as we had headed to the property for a Select Registry regional meeting, but hey – it was our first overnight in a YURT! And our time there proved to be “glamping” at its finest. Our experience was so unique and fabulous that we decided from now on our family’s gift exchange would take a different route: overnight accommodations at the receiver’s property of choice – and free babysitting for the night. Doesn’t that sound marvelous? I’m already excited for next year!

In the meantime we wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases – and a very Happy New Year!


In celebration of the gift of experiences, The Jacqueline House is offering a gift certificate special until December 24th – For every $100 you purchase as a gift certificate you will also receive $25 more for free.
If you have any questions about this sale or The Jacqueline House, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Jacqueline House is a family owned and operated bed and breakfast where guests can relax on a private weekend getaway, celebrate an intimate family event in our event space, or participate in team building activities as a business retreat location. Inquiries can be answered via email at thejacquelinehouse@gmail.com or by phone at (724) 901-7059.

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  1. Thelma smith December 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Katanga, this is a good suggestion for Christmas giving or Birthdays as well. Very well put. Hope you have a funhouse all the time in 2017, hope to be one of your guests, We will let you know when.

  2. Christine December 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    My husband and I enjoyed our second stay at the jacqueline house! My mom and her husband have been taking the grandkids on birthday trips for years…in lieu of a gift. The amount of $ is greater than a boxed gift but the memories are priceless. This year my family decided to plan an evening away with the kids/cousins rather than exchange gifts…we’ll plan a night in January and perhaps begin a new tradition. I think your plan is perfect!

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