Do you suffer from owning too much stuff? My family sure does. And I feel like most people in New Jersey do too.

Of course, with the holiday season fast approaching, that stuff-itis is only going to get worse.

Have you ever considered a viable alternative to spending tons of money on tangible gifts?

The headline of this article gives away the punchline here. "Experience" gifts — a trip, an evening of fun, a relaxation day — provide lasting memories, rather than an accumulation of physical objects.

And let me lay a hard truth on you: There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving a gift card, gift certificate, voucher, or even handmade coupon to a friend or family member. As long as it is a thoughtful gift that comes from the heart, your recipient will appreciate and cherish it. And I guarantee the memories of that experience will last a lot longer than stuff.

They are good for last minute surprises too. Pick a destination, print a gift card (if available) and/or personal note, wrap it, and give it. (Tip: Be sure to check Groupon for special deals, discounts, and packages.)

Using my own research and experiences as a starting point, I put together some solid gift ideas that fall in this "experience" category. Going beyond the standard movies and concerts, manicures and massages. I tried to curate a list featuring a variety of price points, target audiences, and locations across New Jersey.

(Having said that, fair warning: In general, experiences are generally pricier than things. Sometimes, they're a lot more expensive.)

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C-List people are not necessarily less important. Think acquaintances, or people that you deal with fairly regularly in your life that you want to show some appreciation for around the holiday season, but not your immediate or extended family.

If you still have to cram in some Christmas shopping for some of these C-Listers, below are ten gift ideas called in by NJ101.5 listeners:

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