3 Great Gifts For Your Smartest Friends

What is the ultimate present? A younger you might have prized a specific toy, but when it comes to gifts for grown-ups, experiences top the list. Research tells us that experiential gifts drum up positive anticipation and socially connect us to others, which makes them feel extra special.

For your smartest friends, consider gifting a learning experience. Learning experiences sustain positive anticipation with fresh content and offer endless conversation starters for making new friends. Best of all, they’re actually useful, so every time a giftee uses an idea acquired through their learning experience, they’ll think of you, evoking positive feelings that extend well past the holidays. 

So this year, forego gifting things and opt for something that makes you and your giftee look smart. Here are our top three learning gifts for a smarter 2017. Bonus — all three services offer gift cards you can order online, even when you’re last-minute shopping!

For the Avid Reader: a Scribd subscription

Let’s face it, finding the perfect read can be difficult. That’s where Scribd comes in — it’s the one-stop shop for anyone who loves to read, bringing the best books, audiobooks, magazines, and documents together in one monthly subscription. Whether you want stay in the know on trending topics, explore something new, or escape into a good story, Scribd has everything you want to read. 

For the Improvement Junkie: a Peak subscription

Peak believes that there’s always room to up your cognitive skills, so they make brain training games designed to push you hard with short, intense, fun workouts designed around real life skills. You can challenge the skills that matter to you most with games that test your focus, memory, problem-solving, mental agility and more. Peak’s games unite tech with neuroscience to get you moving purposefully toward your peak potential. 

For the Idea Hunter: a Blinkist subscription

There are so many amazing books out there that it’s impossible to soak up all of the great knowledge inside — or it was ’til now. Blinkist puts the key ideas from the world’s best nonfiction books in a made-for-mobile format you can read or listen to in 15 minutes. Each book-in-blinks unlocks the world of books to make the biggest ideas in business, self-improvement, psychology, and relationships accessible to everyone — no matter how busy they are. 

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