Themed Gifts

Yesterday I wrote about how the last four out of six days all have “names” for them.

Today I feel compelled to talk about “themes” for gifts.

How many of the physical gifts do you actually remember from you life? I remember a few. My first new bike on Christmas Day that I rode it outside that day. A pocket knife that I had been longing for, hidden in the limbs of the tree. The current Trilogy (at the time) of Harry Potter books. They remain unopened and remembered as they were the last gift my father gave me before his passing. Sure I remember other gifts that I got but I believe that is more from looking back over old family photos. Oh and the shower radio my aunt gave me one year. That was a lifesaver in waking me up on those early school mornings.

What do more people remember? Experiences. You know the times you have shared with your family and friends. They may have been epic nights out or crazy outdoor adventures. These are unique times because they are shared experiences where everyone has committed their time to be together. Each person has stopped to focus that time with the people involved and if everyone left their cell phones behind or even turned off, double bonus!

Now most of my gifts are focused around a “theme” for the gift. Certainly my gifts may contain physical items but they are for the sole purpose of being used to contribute to the experience for the  theme that is related to the experience I want to share with the gift recipient. Or maybe I am creating a theme for the recipient to share with a loved one. I find these types of gifts are tons of fun to give. Not only do you get the excitement of giving the actual gift you get the excitement of sharing the gift with them at a later date or hearing about your friends experience with it.

Do they require more thought? Generally.

Are they a little more effort to put together? Sometimes.

Are they more fun to shop for? I think so.

These are now my goto gifts types.

I love sharing my ideas with friends and customers on how to create the experience for their recipient. They can be created for just about anything you can think about. 

Of course I think cycling is the perfect activity to create the experience around. The riding in this area is conducive to lots of different types of themes.

If you need a family activity no problem, activity to do with younger riders got that too.

A romantic weekend away? No problem.

A guys or a girls weekend. No worries.

Want to ride off road, got that covered too.

Over the upcoming days I’ll offer up some ideas and suggestions for themed gifts around each of activities above. Or feel free to reach out to me and I’ll create a personalized suggestions based on your needs.

About Ernest

Ernest is the owner of the Crofton Bike Doctor located in the Village of Waugh Chapel Shopping Center. Ernest has been in the industry since 1989 when he first started to work at the Bike Doctor of Arnold. During that time I developed a love for cycling and retail. I graduated from the University of Maryland and live and ride locally. I enjoy riding off road and on the road as well as doing a little bike touring. As a teenager I did a trip in Maine and then over to Novia Scotia which helped cement my love for riding. Since then I have done tours in the Canyons of Utah as well as several trips along the C&O Canal. Today I have both mountain bikes and road bikes that I enjoy riding. One of the most exciting things now is my wife is beginning to develop a passion for riding and we have begun mountain bike together as well as some light road riding.
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