GIFTS OF SERVICE, GIFTS OF EXPERIENCE
Instead of gifting an item, consider a gift that makes someone’s life richer, or creates a lasting memory. A massage, a day at the spa or music or language lessons are a few examples. Gifts of service also can include tasks you do yourself for the gift recipient, rather than paying another person to handle. For example, a younger person could offer an older relative a series of computer or smartphone lessons, or tackle a difficult landscaping job.
Some time to recuperate from the stress of daily life can be a terrific gift. Locally, the Red Door Spa at theMysticMarriott, Vitality Spa in Old Saybrook, the Spa at Norwich Inn and theWater’s Edge Resort and Spa at Westbrook all offer a variety of services for singles and couples, including skin treatments and massage. Elemis Spa atMohegan Sun features a pool and exercise room, while the Spa at Grand Lake in Lebanon offers aqua fitness and meditation in addition to traditional services. Many spas also host special wellness classes and workshops.
A gift can also be something you experience together— for example, a painting night at the Drunken Palette in New London; a pottery class; museum, concert or theater tickets; or passes to laser tag, paintball, or a trampoline park.