experienceTHIS Offers a Solution to the Problem of Unwanted Gifts

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San Francisco entrepreneur and adventurer, James Dilworth, believes he has a solution to gift buying blunders. His business, experienceTHIS.us makes it easier for people to give experiences as gifts.

How often have you received a gift that you didn't want? How often have you given one? San Francisco entrepreneur and adventurer, James Dilworth, believes he has a solution to gift buying blunders. His business, experienceTHIS.us makes it easier for people to give experiences as gifts. With suggestions such as skydiving or a restful day of pampering at a spa, James is offering a variety of options to make gift giving easier this holiday season.

"Experiences are much more likely to be appreciated than tangible gifts," explains James. "Many people in this day and age already have almost everything they could possibly need. Shopping for such people is getting harder and harder. If you buy your significant other a cashmere sweater, or a fancy pen, will it really make a difference in their lives? Probably not. But, send that same person scuba diving, or horseback riding, and they'll remember it forever."

experienceTHIS.us works with dozens of local activity providers to offer a wide range of experiences from scuba diving to sailing, massages, and even cooking classes for singles. Each experience comes well-presented, in a convenient and colorful gift-pack. Included in the pack is a thorough illustrated description of the activity, with a voucher to be redeemed for the experience."

"We've thoroughly researched each activity, and are working with the most professional providers in the Bay Area," says James. "Sending your loved one skydiving involves a fair amount of research to find out which outfits are reputable, professional and safe. And, then if you buy a gift certificate, it's often just a tatty piece of paper. We've taken the hard work out, and we present everything beautifully in our gift packs."

Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing School is quick to praise the concept. "experienceTHIS has taken the effort to understand what makes a good gift experience, and they present the experiences well." experienceTHIS.us offers an 'Introduction to Sailing' experience, and a longer 'Weekend Sailing Course' through OCSC. "When you receive a sailing gift, you're introduced to a whole new world of excitement and friends. It's hard to go wrong with a gift like that."

James expects the ease, flexibility and higher perceived value of experiences to be obvious in comparison to tangible gifts. Many people can easily relate to the disappointment of receiving an unwanted gift, or the guilt at finding out you've given one. Unless you're lucky enough to catch a hint, buying gifts can be a stressful activity. Will the gift be liked? Is it thoughtful? Will it be memorable? Giving the wrong gift isn't just a waste of money and time; it can also create hurt feelings because you've shown you don't know the person well enough.

"It's much harder to go wrong with experiences. We offer something for everyone," explains James. "And if you still manage to give an unwanted experience, we allow the recipient to exchange their activity for something that excites them. So, if you really goof up, and buy a skydiving voucher for your girlfriend who is afraid of heights, she can easily exchange it for 'A Day at the Spa'"

Business owners and managers will especially like the flexibility of the vouchers that are valid for a range of activities. The ‘gold, 'silver', and ‘bronze’ experience packs can be redeemed for activities that range from exhilarating to the relaxing. These are ideal for employers who want to be fair, yet still be personal.

More great experience gift ideas can be found online at http://www.experienceTHIS.us/

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