Your Guide to Giving the Gift of Experience in Greater Fort Dodge, Iowa

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28 Nov 2022

Trying to find the perfect gift this holiday season? Follow the research and give the gift of an experience! "Spending on Doing Promotes More Moment-to-Moment Happiness than Spending on Having" was published in the May 2020 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The researchers concluded that people are happier with experiential purchases over material ones, irrespective of when you measure happiness: before, during, or after consumption.

The research supports what we all know to be true: a fun time is the gift that keeps on giving! When gifted an experience, you get the joy of finding out about it, the excitement of anticipation, the fun of the experience, and the satisfaction of lasting memories. Doesn’t this sound perfect?

Greater Fort Dodge has some great local businesses ready to serve up memory-making enjoyment. Nothing could be easier than grabbing a gift certificate today to be well on your way to winning “Best Gifter Ever.” 

Fun for the Whole Family

Fort Frenzy is the Midwest’s most unique event center with a large arcade, go-karts, mini-golf, bumper cars, laser tag, pizza, beer, state-of-the-art events venue with a full bar, and more. Fort Frenzy has something for everybody in the family, no matter the occasion! Give passes, Frenzy Cards, or check out their Stay & Play package with Brookstone Suites! It includes overnight accommodations, complimentary parking, a hot breakfast buffet, use of the Brookstone pool, four all-day passes to Fort Frenzy attractions, a large pizza, and unlimited fountain soda. Be a gift-giving hero with Fort Frenzy experiences!

The Rec, also known as the Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center, is ready to help you reach, excel, and celebrate with four facilities around Fort Dodge! Give a membership to provide family and friends access to cutting-edge exercise equipment, an Olympic-size pool, fitness classes, and youth activities. What could be better than giving the gift of health and fitness with a side of community?
Community Apple Orchard offers a season pass to its Back 40 Playground. This special venue can keep your family busy all day with things to climb, carts to pedal, and goats to pet. There’s even a cow to milk! Visit the sand pile and jumping pillow on your way to take a spin on the Cow Train. This is fun at its most wholesome out in the fresh air and sunshine!

The Gift of Health and Wellness

Give friends and family the nudge they need to prioritize themselves with a gift card for health and wellness services. Let them discover the benefits of massage therapy by a licensed and professionally trained practitioner at Tranquility Touch Massage. Explore specials and see the facilities on their Facebook Page. Tranquility Touch welcomes clients of all ages and adjusts massage therapy treatments according to an individual’s specific condition, physical limitations, and personal needs. 

Next Edge Performance is a health and wellness center that promotes relaxation, maximizing performance, and recovery. They provide services to reduce pain and inflammation, promote health, fitness, wellness, weight loss, healing, and recovery. Their goal is to help everyone improve their health and live a better life. Check out their Fitness Pod, IV therapy, cosmetic Botox, infrared sauna, Oxygen Bar, and more! Follow their Facebook Page for calendars and specials.

Rejuvenate Health and Wellness is a premier wellness clinic offering Botox, dermal fillers, functional medicine, and IV therapy. Check out their bioidentical hormone replacement and weight loss boosts. And did you know, Rejuvenate Health and Wellness will come to your workplace or home for an IV infusion or Botox party? They make it easy to give the gift of better health.

Staycation Holiday

Give some R&R without the travel hassles by booking a stay at one of Greater Fort Dodge’s hotels; find the list here. Contact your favorite to find out how you can give the gift of a staycation! There is just something about crisp, clean sheets, fresh towels, and a change of scenery that can bring on the relaxation.

Golfing Fun

Book time on the simulator, a lesson, or even a party for all of your friends at Golf Central! They sell top-of-the-line products and provide club repair, too. Schedule some FlightScope sessions for the golfer who has everything! This diagnostic tool gives golfers an easy-to-understand look at their swing and ball flight to help them fine-tune their golf game. Give Golf Central a call today for help finding the perfect experience for the golfers on your list!

Arts and Culture

Blanden Memorial Art Museum is the center of art and culture for Fort Dodge and a large area of North Central Iowa. The museum has art classes for all ages that would make fantastic experience gifts. You could also give a membership or book a private tour for your family and friends. The docent-led tours must be scheduled, but they are provided at no cost. The museum offers so many unique (and economical) ways to let those you love get in touch with their artistic sides!
Studio Fusion is “your happy place!” Studio Fusion provides a wide-open space and the tools to create fused glass, pottery, ceramics, canvas art, and more! No appointments are necessary to use the studio to pursue your passion at your own pace and schedule, but classes are also available. Private parties are a great option, and mobile services are available. Give the gift of creativity and time spent together!

Book a Fort Dodge Experience Today!

Avoid clutter, wrong sizes, and duplications by giving the gift of experiences! Your friends and family will feel the joy of anticipation, fresh experiences, and memories made. Be the best gifter ever and book an adventure in Fort Dodge today!
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