The hardest gift to get can be for your significant other (or someone similarly close). My latest thing with my husband is getting him/us experiences (either as a couple’s activity or a “get some baby-free time to yourself, love!”). One of our favorite things that we did this year was use a Groupon for Paint Nite. (There are a lot of companies doing the same thing around the country — a friend in the South is a big fan of Painting and Pinot; I’ve seen other mentions of similar companies in my parents’ home town of Cleveland, Ohio.) The basic idea: you go to a bar, get to drink, and an artist takes you through a painting s/he has done, step by step; at the end of the night you go home with your version of the original painting. You get all the supplies you need, and did I mention there’s wine? My husband and I come from vastly different artistic backgrounds — I can barely draw a circle, whereas he nearly went to art school for college — and we both had a bang up time. Admittedly, we have two copies of the same painting now (mine is on the left, his is on the right — it’s supposed to be a dark horizon at night) but the experience was more fun. Other ideas in this line of thinking: a gift certificate for a 2- or 3-hour cooking, bartending, or wine tasting class; a tour of the city (I’m a big fan of Context Tours after an amazing afternoon spent learning about the gardens of Paris; I may have to get the hubs an architecture tour of NYC) — NYC certainly has eating/drinking tours aplenty. Ladies, have you found any other good classes, either through Groupon, word of mouth, or other things? Two tickets to Paint Nite run $130 (less if you find a Groupon or something, obviously). Paint Nite
Update: Sean from Paint Nite commented below and is offering 45% off classes with code “DrunkenSanta” if you buy tickets before January 1. Woo hoo!