GIFTS OF SER­VICE, GIFTS OF EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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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.

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