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Top Trend for 2014: Giving Experiences Instead of Things

This holiday season, ditch the long lines and toss out the fruit cakes – the hot new gifts for 2014 are not things – they are experiences.  IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates its proceeds to worthy causes, is offering a wide variety of one-of-a-kind experiences to give for the holidays. From at-home dinner parties prepared by master chefs to a balloon expedition over Mt. Everest, IfOnly offers discerning gift-givers the perfect opportunity to select and give memorable experiences, while also supporting worthy causes.

“Do you remember what you received for Christmas a few years ago?  It is hard for me too,” said Trevor Traina, founder, IfOnly.  “The best gifts are those one-of-a-kind experiences that we remember over and over again. That’s what we think the holidays should be about – wonderful experiences, fond memories, and the opportunity to help others.  Through the IfOnly marketplace, you can buy the perfect gift for your loved one, while, at the same time, supporting an important cause.”

More and more, consumers are seeking out memorable experiences over material items. Indeed, according to a 2013 American Express LifeTwist study, 72 percent of people would prefer to spend their money on experiences rather than things.  The same survey found that 70 percent of people feel that embracing new experiences makes them feel fulfilled while 56 percent say that giving back makes them feel successful. 

IfOnly offers unique gifts for the holidays with a curated selection of extraordinary experiences and items. The purchase of each experience benefits a select cause that has been carefully vetted by IfOnly.  This Black Friday, November 28th, let the masses go to the malls while you shop online for the perfect experiential gift.  Starting at midnight, IfOnly will launch “99 Best Gifts for the Holidays” a specially curated selection of experiences benefiting hundreds of charities such as The National Kidney Foundation, Tipping Point, and the American Red Cross. Or, if you prefer to get a jump on the holiday gift-giving season, IfOnly is offering incredible one-of-a-kind experiences and specialty items, including:

Balloon Ride Over Mt. Everest: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon over the summit of Mt. Everest with veteran pilot Chris Dewhirst, the first person ever to accomplish this feat. Other spectacular balloon rides are also available, such as riding over the Grand Canyon and Byron Bay. Starting at $2,900.

Acclaimed Chef Cooking Tips: Wouldn’t it be fabulous to call upon the expertise of a celebrity chef while you prepare for your next dinner party?  With this experience, you can simply email celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello with your cooking questions and needs, and he will respond with careful details to guide you through creating a perfect meal!  Starting at $750. In addition, Michael also has a bouquet garni available with an exclusive recipe.  Full of rosemary, lavender, and sage, the bouquet garni will bring Michael’s distinct and irresistible combination of Italian flavor and California cuisine to your own home for $40.

Party with a Rockstar: Go front row or backstage with sought-after, sold out music experiences from Cher, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and more, plus memorabilia signed by the bands. Starting at $750.

The Constellation Chocolate Collection: 21 beautifully-packaged artisanal chocolates from an all-star lineup of Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chefs, including Josh Skenes, Gary Danko, Traci des Jardins, Michael Tusk, and more. Tour the kitchens of some of the leading chefs in the world with this limited-edition box. Starting at $32.

Acclaimed Chefs: One of IfOnly’s luminary chefs, such as Michael Chiarello, Alice Waters, or Tyler Florence will prepare a personalized dinner or a fun, interactive cooking party for you and your guests in the relaxed setting of your own home.  In-Home Chef experiences are also available starting at only $110 per person, perfect for holiday entertaining.

Get Published in the Huffington Post & HQ Tour: An incredible experience for an aspiring writer!  Write a guest column for the Huffington Post, tour the New York headquarters with a special guest, and meet the editors. Starting at $1,000.

IfOnly offers thousands of experiences and if you don’t see your “IfOnly,” the concierge team will design a unique offering just for your special someone. For personalized gifts, email concierge@ifonly.com.

About IfOnly

IfOnly delivers extraordinary experiences for good.  Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Trevor Traina, founder/CEO of San Francisco-based e-commerce startup Traina Interactive Corporation, IfOnly is a premium experiential marketplace that offers exclusive experiences to members who are passionate about food, wine, sports, entertainment, and travel.  IfOnly partners with A-list luminaries to curate dream experiences at every price point, with a trusted cause benefiting from each purchase.

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