Outside the Box: Eight No-Wrap Gift Ideas (The New York Times)

A growing number of companies make it easy to give the gift of experiences. How about an annual pass for access to places like Grand Canyon National Park, seen here? (Photo credit: Grand Canyon NPS)

Several companies now make it easy to give the gift of experiences. How about an annual pass for access to state and national parks? (Photo credit: Grand Canyon NPS)

Consume, consume, consume. That message is about as easy to ignore this time of year as the sight of a plump, red-suited man tromping over a crest of new-fallen snow.

[….] A growing number of companies are making it easier to give the gift of local experiences rather than things. The following ideas go easy on the resources required for wrapping, packaging, manufacturing and shipping (not to mention operation and eventual disposal) in favor of outdoor adventure, local activities, good food, learning and entertainment.

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