Plenty of well-conceived research has been performed on objective happiness, which has given rise to interesting studies related to your question. These articles support the popular claim that more happiness can be derived from experiential purchases than material purchases:
"To Do or to Have? That Is the Question" (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Van Boven & Gilovich, 2003):
In two surveys, respondents from
various demographic groups indicated that experiential purchases—those made with the primary intention of acquiring a life experience— made them happier than material purchases. In a follow-up
laboratory experiment, participants experienced more positive feelings after pondering an experiential
purchase than after pondering a material purchase. In another experiment, participants were more likely
to anticipate that experiences would make them happier than material possessions after adopting a
temporally distant, versus a temporally proximate, perspective.
"Experientialism, Materialism, and the Pursuit of Happiness" (Review of General Psychology, Van Boven, 2005):
Respondents to various surveys have indicated that purchases made with the intention of
acquiring life experiences make them happier than purchases made with the intention
of acquiring material possessions. Thinking about experiential purchases has also been
shown to produce more positive feelings than thinking about material purchases. Other
studies suggest that experiential purchases make people happier because they are more
open to positive reinterpretations, are more resistant to disadvantageous comparisons,
and foster successful social relationships more than material purchases.
"Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences" (Journal of Consumer Research, Bhattacharjee & Mogilner, 2014):
Prior research indicates that experiences bring greater happiness than material possessions, but which experiences result in the greatest happiness? (...) Younger people, who view their future as extensive, gain more happiness from extraordinary experiences; however, ordinary experiences become increasingly associated with happiness as people get older, such that they produce as much happiness as extraordinary experiences when individuals have limited time remaining. Self-definition drives these effects: although extraordinary experiences are self-defining throughout one's lifespan, as people get older they increasingly define themselves by the ordinary experiences that comprise their daily lives.