It seems that the older I get, the more I understand the appeal of the “experience” gift. Perhaps it’s the fact that with age comes the sense that time is slipping away from us. Perhaps it’s an understanding that our memories and shared experiences are far more valuable than any sweater or (gasp) new pair of shoes.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good present, wrapped in beautiful paper, adorned with ribbon, its contents a wonderful mystery. But the experience gift provides us with that magical combination of time and memories. And recent research tells us that experience gifts lead to far great happiness and satisfaction than material gifts.

Many of our clients come to us through gifts, particularly during the holiday season. People love that the 11stories Experience is a unique and thoughtful gift, and they feel confident that we will work with them to create a personalized experience and guide them through the whole process with great care.

So just how do you present the experience gift?

First, you can rest assured that we will provide the perfect gift certificate, customized and foil stamped. Next, we recommend you wrap the gift certificate in a lovely envelope or box. Don’t be afraid to go big here – break out your best wrapping paper and fancy ribbon, cover your box in glitter and sparkles, make sure they know that there is something special inside. Finally, we recommend you include a hand-written card. Use this as an opportunity to let your gift recipient know how excited you are to have their stories recorded, tell them what this project means to you and how excited you are to be able to share their book.

And remember, you can’t go wrong with a gift that tells someone how much you care about them. Happy storytelling!