Best Boston Experiences To Gift This Holiday Season
Tis’ the season…yes, THE season! Go ahead, you have the green light to binge all that music you’ve waited all year to rock out to. Break out the stockings, and the tinsel, and the eggnog. Oh, and the shopping lists! If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of holiday shopping, don’t be! We’re here to help. We are all about gifting experiences – they make amazing gifts and are super easy to get and give. We’ve come up with a long list of awesome Boston-based experiences that you can gift to anyone this holiday season. We’ve got stuff for the eaters and drinkers, the crafters, the learners, the adventurers, the stressed, and more. All you have to do is put a bow on it!
Started by the Willis brothers, Bully Boy Distillers is Boston’s local distillery with a tasting room and cocktail bar open to the public. Once a month they offer cocktail classes led by their lead bartenders that will educate you in basic bartending skills using Bully Boy spirits. The classes also include a tour of the distillery and a drink to start off with. So give someone the gift of mixology and let them start shaking things up!
Give someone the experience of a Bites of Boston walking neighborhood food tour. There are three neighborhoods to choose from – the South End, Chinatown, and Allston. If you have someone who is hungry for food with a side of knowledge then this is the perfect gift. Bites of Boston Food Tours will take you through unique Boston neighborhoods while sharing some fascinating history behind them as well as behind the restaurants and bakeries you will be stopping at along the way to sample bites from. It’s a special chance for someone to eat their way around some of the best restaurants in each neighborhood.
If there’s someone you know whose got the baking part down but needs to sharpen their decorating skills, Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop offers an array of classes that you could sign them up for. From simple cake decorating and buttercream basics to advanced fondant work, air brushing, and sculpting. This is a super fun gift for someone who really wants to get their hands dirty, with frosting that is.
Another really fun gift idea for a group of your friends or family to do together, or just to celebrate the season, is to book a painting workshop with one of Boston’s best food artists, Laurel Greenfield. You choose the design and she will bring all the materials you need. The only thing you need to bring is your creative eye and maybe a bottle of wine, or two…
If you’ve noticed someone’s swing looking rough (no need to name names) or know someone who wants to tweak their skills on the course then give them the gift of a PGA golf lesson with CityGolf Boston. You can book individual or group lessons for different lengths of time and skill levels. Fore!
One of the best experiences to gift someone is that of RELAXATION. Give your loved one a gift certificate for a massage at Exhale Spa and they will be so thankful. Exhale is one of Boston’s best spas and they have a ton of massage options to choose from so the person receiving the gift can soak up their me time with exactly the kind of massage their body needs.
Giving the gift of cheese in any capacity is a win, but take it a step further and give the gift of taking a cheese class at Formaggio Kitchen where some of Boston’s cheese experts will educate (and feed) them on their enormous selection of cheeses. There are two options to choose from: Cheese 101 and Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson. They are beloved by us at Bites of Boston and are featured on our Sweet & Savory South End Tour so we can guarantee this is a great present to give and receive!
For someone who likes to take photos with something other than an iPhone, a digital camera perhaps, then look into getting them a class at Boston Photography Workshops. They hold fantastic classes of all kinds from one-day workshops to private lessons. Say cheeeeeeeese.
For that crafty person in your group, or the person who wishes to be, send them to Bead + Fiber for a class in beading, metalsmith, or fiber. They will learn with fellow crafters how to make beautiful handmade products that they can show off and either give as gifts or enjoy for themselves. We’ll take a scarf please! From knitting basics to candle making…
Everyone loves pasta, but not many know how to make it. It’s actually pretty simple! Give the gift of a homemade pasta making class at the popular Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Somerville. There’s something so satisfying and heart warming about making food from scratch and that is a wonderful gift to give someone!
For a pampering gift, give someone a gift certificate for a special manicure at Boston Nails and Spa. They are well-versed in nail art of all kinds, it’s truly incredible what they can do. The person receiving this gift can tell them what they want and surely the highly-skilled manicurists can make it appear on their nails. This is a gift that people will go wild for!
Milk Street Cooking School Class
Local CSA Subscription
Mei Mei Dumpling Making Class
Dance Show at ICA
Sailing Lesson with Boston Sailing Center
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