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Gift Giving Guide From a Professional Organizer

A gift giving guide from a professional organizer filled with out of the box experience gift ideas for everyone on your list.

I like giving experience gifts. They bring people together, don’t require shelf space and are often remembered far longer than anything contained in a box. For these reasons, I’m offering this gift giving guide filled with out of the box experience gift ideas for everyone on your list. It can be as easy as visiting a website and purchasing a gift certificate. The receivers of your gift can arrange a time that suits their schedule. For a central source to find experience gifts in the Chicago area visit Funsherpa online.

Experience Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

For book lovers, visit Anderson’s Bookstore website to see what authors will be visiting the Naperville, Ill. store. Pre-purchase a book, get tickets and attend the live event to get the book signed by the author.

For teachers, hand-written cards from students with a thoughtful message are always a favorite. Add a gift certificate for a 30-minute Chicago Jet Boat experience and let the teacher unwind in a fun and exciting way.

For families, give a visit to the Chicago Skydeck at Willis Tower. They will experience great views and interactive exhibits. Beware. The Ledge is not for the faint hearted. 

Another great choice for friends is the Tall Ship Sailing Adventure.

For Foodies, check out the Chicago Food Planet Tours. Pick any of a number of food tours of the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Chinatown neighborhoods for $45.  These tours offer culinary fun for those who enjoy food and historic Chicago neighborhoods.

Other out of the box experience gift ideas are:

Tai Chi classes in Chicago, Naperville, or Hanover Park. 

Introduction to Polo in Wauconda, Ill. If you can sit on a horse, you are welcomed.

Private tennis class in Evanston at Robert Owens' tennis school.

Body, Hands and Feet Spa package in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

A hot air balloon ride to see the best and most beautiful views of the Chicago area.

Wrap the certificate in a pretty box and you will be giving the people you care for an experience to remember. We offer gift certificates at Clutter Coach as well. Invite your friends and family over to share stories in the comfort of your well organized home. Or give this gift to a friend or family member who you know will just love it. Enjoy the holidays!

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