About 15 years ago I told my husband "I really do not want any more things in life, I want new experiences." So I signed up for a tap dance class on my birthday. I worked towards travelling more. I learned to do hand stands.
We need things: clothes, utensils, computers for work and communicating with families, and I feel very lucky when I have the things I need.
But what I enjoy most is that which I can physically do and see and hear.
So as the holiday season approaches (or birthdays, anniversaries, bar or bat mitzvahs, confirmations, et cetera) and you think about the recipient of a gift, think about not just giving a thing, but maybe a new experience.