My parents and in-laws are impossible to shop for.  They don’t need any more ‘stuff’ (as evidenced by the fact that they are constantly trying to downsize by unloading their stuff on our family!).  So recently, I have shifted gears away from object gifts and towards experiences and charitable gifts instead.  Both parents and in-laws help with childcare, house projects, you name it.  So I very much want to find a way to express some tiny fraction of the gratitude we owe them.  Here are three ways to go beyond the box with gifting this year¾all with a decidedly Provincetown flavor of course!

A Gift of Travel

My in-laws love to travel but they never seem to take a break and get away.  This year, my husband and I are treating them to a weekend away as a huge thank you for hours and hours of babysitting, laundry folding, and support they have given us over the past year.  My in-laws are also quite frugal so when they do travel, they rarely treat themselves.  A weekend stay at the Inn would be a total treat.  The Inn’s offseason special “Escape to Provincetown” Two Night Package is perfect.

A Gift of Giving

Provincetown’s non-profit community is robust to say the least and it is easy to find organizations that match a person’s interest.  There are so many to choose from.  I picked a sampling of five nonprofits that run the gamut from arts and culture to community organizations: Twenty Summers (runs the historic Hawthorne Barn), CASAS (Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter), Outermost Community Radio (WOMR), AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Camp Lightbulb (camp for LGBTQ youth).  You can also check out the Ptown Chamber of Commerce’s list here.

A Gift of Sailing

This one would have to wait until summer (unless of course, you winter in Key West), but why not plan a memorable experience to share with family or friends?  One of my favs is the Schooner Hindu, a beautiful, early 20th century yacht available for daily cruises in the summer or private charters.