I’m pretty lucky. Life is comfortable for me. So, goodness knows, I have plenty of stuff. I spend most of my year trying to organize, sort through, dispose of the stuff that always seems to accumulate. Many of my friends and loved ones feel the same. And we are at the phase in our lives where, chances are, we have already gotten our parents all of the obvious gifts. I mean, how many ties and nice socks can I buy my father? So this year, I’m shifting away from spending on “stuff”—I’m all about the experiences instead. Here are three ways to go beyond the box with gifting this year¾all with a decidedly Provincetown flavor of course!
A Gift of Travel
I love to treat my in-laws with the gift of travel. This year, my husband and I are treating them to a weekend away as a huge thank you for hours and hours of babysitting, laundry folding, and support they have given us. My in-laws are also quite frugal so when they do travel, they rarely treat themselves. A weekend stay at the Guesthouse would be a total treat.
A Gift of Giving
Provincetown’s non-profit community is robust to say the least and it is easy to find organizations that match a person’s interest. There are so many to choose from. I picked a sampling of five nonprofits that run the gamut from arts and culture to community organizations: Twenty Summers (runs the historic Hawthorne Barn), CASAS (Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter), Outermost Community Radio (WOMR), AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Camp Lightbulb (camp for LGBTQ youth). You can also check out the Ptown Chamber of Commerce’s list here.
A Gift of Sailing
This one would have to wait until summer (unless of course, you winter in Key West), but why not plan a memorable experience to share with family or friends? One of my favs is the Schooner Hindu, a beautiful, early 20th century yacht available for daily cruises in the summer or private charters.