Back in 2015 I shared that my best purchase of 2014 was a pair of noise canceling headphones (those things seriously changed my life). When reflecting on 2016 I realized that I didn't have any really big purchases, partly due to the fact that for the first half of the year I wasn't doing any clothing shopping. After some thought I've decided to share a purchase I made that wasn't physical.
The gift I got my family for Christmas was better than I could have anticipated. I bought us tickets to go to Amazing Escape Room! While this chain is located in California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, there are similar establishments across the country. You and your group are put in a themed room and have an hour to escape. There are tons of puzzles and locks to get through and it is so. much. fun. We absolutely loved it and this gift kept in line with my minimalist gift guide. Spending on experiences is always worth it.
If you get the chance to go I would reccommend the Forest room at the Montclair location and the Time Travel room at the Princeton location. My family and I successfully completed the Forest room (my mother was the MVP) and Joe and I got close to getting through the Time Travel room. Having more people is definitely helpful because there are so many puzzles and having more hands allows you to work on many simultaneously.