Finding the right gift for that person who has it all or for a minimalist can be a daunting task. These people simply don’t want or need more “stuff” to clutter their homes. So, what can you get them instead? How about an experience that they can enjoy with you? This type of gift is doubly rewarding — not only will you be giving them a memorable experience, you’ll also be giving them the gift of time with you.
Cooking Class: Nibblins, 229 Market Street
A cooking class is the perfect gift for a person who loves good food and learning new culinary skills. Nibblins offers learning experiences for cooks of every level, including basic skills classes for beginners to more complicated sessions, such as an advanced sushi classes. Nibblins’ schedule also boasts theme nights, such as “Date Night” or “Girls Night Out.” These classes are designed for a fun outing where you can try your hand at whipping up a dish while sipping on a nice glass of wine or a cool brew. Gift certificates are available.
Paint a Picture: Paint Nite Winchester (Held in Various Locations)
Would someone you know be interested in unleashing their inner Picasso? Would a few cocktails help them to get in touch with their artistic side? Then take them out to one of Paint Nite Winchester’s sip and paint sessions that are held in different restaurants and other venues throughout the greater Winchester area. Sessions are about two hours long and encourage “mixing paint and cocktails for a picture perfect nite on the town.” No prior painting experience is necessary, as the instructors will show you step-by-step how to create your own artistic masterpiece. For more information and a list of classes, check out Paint Nite Winchester’s Facebook page.
Ride Off Into the Sunset: Rocking S Ranch, 564 Glaize Orchard Road
Do you know someone who loves horses and/or spending time out in nature? Then why not take them for a ride at the Rocking S Ranch where the two of you can explore the beautiful foothills and ridges of the Shenandoah Valley astride gentle steeds? You can choose from one-hour or one-and-half-hour-long rides. The ranch also offers riding lessons if you and your “pardner” decide that riding is your thing and you would really like to bring out more of your inner cowboy. Reservations are required and gift certificates are available.
Create Your Own Pottery: Polka Dot Pot, 157 N. Loudoun Street
The Polka Dot Pot is an art studio where you can give the gift of creativity. At this studio, you can spend time with a friend or family member learning how to create interesting items that you can display in your homes, such as a unique pottery piece or board art. The Polka Dot Pot also offers glass fusing classes, where you and your friend(s) will use broken pieces of glass to create colorful, beautiful art. The studio sells gift certificates from $10 to $100, and walk-ins are welcome, as well.