When it comes to gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag!
Homemade holiday presents are a great way to save money and show others your appreciation. Consider gifting a group experience like a family trip, concert tickets or season passes to your favorite ski resort or amusement park.
The anticipation leading up to a family trip, event, or experience even has the potential to provide happiness itself, making it the gift that truly keeps on giving! Happiness in anticipation, happiness during the experience, and happiness in the memories.
Here are positive results of sharing family time and experiences:
- bonding within the family
- fewer behavioral problems in children
- a stronger sense of identity
- a sense of security for children
- higher rates of academic success
- lower rates of violence
Families today value experiences over things and possessions. And that’s what makes season passes the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Here are some great season passes examples for this year’s Christmas gift shopping.
Snow Trails – Ohio’s premier resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
The Ohio Pass for skiing. The Ohio Pass is a regional pass offered through the Epic Pass Program that provides access to four resorts in Ohio. If you are planning to ski Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, or Mad River Mountain definitely consider this pass.
Kings Island – For five decades, Kings Island has been the premier entertainment destination in the Midwest for literally millions of families seeking the best in rides, live entertainment, food, and Cincinnati events, all in a magical amusement park setting.
Cedar Point – Cedar Point is more than roller coasters. It’s more than thrill rides. It’s more than the mile-long sandy beach where our rich history began. Cedar Point is where moments, memories, and connections are made. These connections last for generations and are built on tradition – traditions that began more than 150 years ago.
And consider these ideas for those that like a slower pace.
Columbus Zoo – Membership entitles you to free, year-round admission and many other exclusive perks.
Cincinnati Zoo And Aquarium – Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Home of the world-famous hippo Fiona. They are a family-friendly Zoo committed to inspiring visitors with wildlife and saving species.
Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo – Explore 18 reservations spanning more than 24,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks, and a nationally-acclaimed zoo.
The Wilds – The #2 Best Safari Park in North America. The Wilds is a winner in the 2022 USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards!
Zoombezi Bay – Surf into the wildest water park ever by purchasing a Gold Individual membership or Zoombezi Bay Season Pass.
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame – Get free admission, membership merchandise, invites to members-only events and so much more by joining the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Pro Football Hall of Fame – An exhilarating museum and attraction, the Hall of Fame pays tribute to the talents and triumphs of pro football’s greatest legends.
Even if you’ve already purchased gifts for this year, consider adding some experiences as well. Or slowly transitioning to more experience-based gifts over time. Family time and memories are worth so much more than gifts. And statistically, giving experiences like season passes may help reduce your stress levels and contribute to family bonding.