Add These Experiences to Your Shopping List for Happier Recipients

Gift recipients will be happier with experiences, like yoga classes, than things according to recent research.

As we all rush around to buy gifts for loved ones on our Christmas lists, it might be wise to take the advice of Cornell psychologist, Dr. Thomas Gilovich—buy experiences, not things.

Seems things only satisfy us for a while, once we adapt to them. Experiences on the other hand linger and provide a residual glow as we remember them, talk about them, and incorporate them into our identity.

With that in mind, here are some suggestions for experiences you can purchase right here in Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation. Gift certificates purchased online can be used towards tennis lessons as well as recreation classes and activities. This is a one-size-fits-all gift as offerings range from Fairy Tale Ballet to Boomer Bootcamp. 503.675.2549

Step It Up Studios. Got a Dancing With the Stars fan on your gift list? How about a gift certificate to Lake Oswego’s very own ballroom dancing studio. There’s an online special for 6 lessons for $129, but you can also walk in and talk with the owner, Kristy Higgins, to arrange the right package for your recipient.503.744.0105

Lake Theater & Café. Perfect for movie and/or music buffs who can cash in their gift certificate for first run films, popular Music Monday concerts, and/or food in the café. Available online in amounts from $10-$100.

Twist Yoga. Give them something to help them unwind from the holiday hoopla. Classes in this locally owned boutique studio run the gamut from Restorative Yin to Hot Power and Twist Shred (a combo of power plus High Intensity Interval Training plus core plus cardio). Gift cards can be purchased online. 503.303.4195

Rumi Simone. Here’s another way for them to unwind. Treat them to a spa or salon treatment from this downtown Lake Oswego retreat. Choose from a wide assortment of services including facials and massages, including a menu of treatments for men. 503.699.8899.

Nic and Figs. This community gathering spot offers “the gift of making.” A gift certificate here will provide your recipient the opportunity to learn how to cook, sew, knit, make jewelry, bake, even mix her own cocktails! Gift cards are available to purchase online in amounts ranging from $25 to $100. 503.479.8596.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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