Here are some non-thing gift ideas for Christmas

Special experiences are always in stock

If you're worried your presents won't reach their destination in time or you're just out of idea, here are some experiential gifts that are out of the box and always in stock.

SAN ANTONIO – Stumped for a great and personal gift idea or just can’t find what you’re looking for? Experiential gifts out of the box and guaranteed to be in stock.

Instead of toys or video games, Sarah Peterson suggests her relatives give her three sons something a little different.

“I like to encourage giving them something like a class,” she said. “So, they’ve helped pay for swim classes.”

Considering supply chain snags this year, the time may be right for unconventional gifts.

“If you’re worried about getting your gift in time or being able to even find a gift, you can consider gift cards, you can consider online subscriptions,” said Consumer Reports’ Angela Lashbrook. “It’s not as impersonal as you may think it is.”

A busy friend or relative may appreciate a meal kit service. Many contain quality ingredients and easy recipes.

If you know someone who could use a little more zen in their life, consider a subscription to a meditation app like Calm Pzizz, or Headspace. A gift card to Spafinder lets the recipient book a massage at a local spa of their choice.

For the friend who loves fitness, a subscription to Classpass gives access to gym classes at local fitness studios or online.

For the gift or knowledge, there are subscriptions to Masterclass, Wondrium, or Skillshare. Loved ones can take online classes taught by experts in everything from art to zoology.

For nature lovers, there’s a national parks pass for $80. That gives access to more than 100 national parks, monuments and battlefields for a year.

And, don’t forget passes or memberships to local places like the Witte Museum, the Doseum or the San Antonio Zoo.

Another thoughtful idea is to donate to a preferred charity in someone’s name.


About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.