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Creative and Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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By , January 30, 2014 12:02 pm

Whether you love getting in the romantic spirit or despite the “Hallmark holiday”, February 14th is just around the corner. There’s nothing wrong with giving flowers, chocolate, or jewelry to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. But why not give the gift of an experience that you can do together to bring you closer together?

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At FunSherpa, we have a variety of romantic gifts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any time of year to show your loved one that you care. These are a few of the creatively romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas that we’re most excited about this year:

Relaxing and Romantic Boat Cruises

What better way to kick back and relax with the one you love than from the comfort of a luxury boat with crashing waves setting the mood for romance? Kick Valentine’s Day off right with a morning skyline cruise to feel the fresh morning breeze on your skin and marvel at the beauty of the skyline and a colorful sunrise. If your sweetheart isn’t a morning person, try an afternoon delight cruise to watch fishermen reel in their catches and let the tranquil water relieve your daily stresses.

Food and Wine Tastings

Treat your sweetheart’s palate to the luxurious and gourmet with a food and wine tasting. Purchase a wine tasting and food pairing experiential gift and learn about chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinor noir,cabernet sauvignon, and other fine wines. These fun and informative tasting sessions pair wines with cheese, beets, fruits, chocolates, and other delicious foods that complement the flavors of wine. To add a little culture and exercise to your tasting experience, try a food and cultural walking tour. You and your better half can eat your way through the city’s most celebrated culinary landmarks and go behind the scenes to sample some of the city’s lesser-known cuisine.

Horseback Riding Lessons

If your valentine loves to try new activities, consider taking a horseback riding lesson together. Horseback riding has a certain old world charm to it that brings you back to a simpler time and place. Escape the hectic hustle of city life and feel the serenity of a well-groomed trail and nature at its finest. If this is your first time riding a horse, you’ll probably want to sign up for a guided lesson to ensure the safety of you and your horse.

Horse riding on Broad Sands

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The best gifts are those that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Don’t settle for generic, tried-and-true gifts this Valentine’s Day. Carriage rides, kayak tours, chocolate tastings, and dance lessons are also great ideas for any occasion. Give the gift of experience and build memories with your loved one that will last a lifetime.

Tap Into Your Creative Side with Crafty Classes This Winter!

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By , December 3, 2013 4:24 pm

Depending on where you live, the winter months can be dreary, gray, and drain your spirits. However, winter is also the perfect time to tap into your creative side and learn a new craft! And with holiday season just around the corner, maybe you can muster up some homemade gifts that are meaningful, affordable, and completely one-of-a-kind.

To get started, we’d like to offer you a little inspiration. And even if crafting isn’t your thing, FunSherpa’s creative classes make great gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers. Check out some of these clever, quirky classes for all skill levels, and say goodbye to the winter blues.

sewing class

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Sewing Classes

Sewing machines are complicated pieces of machinery, so it never hurts to take a beginner’s class if haven’t used one before.  Most sewing classes last a couple hours and teach you how to make a pillow, an apron, a skirt, or even a handbag. Most beginner classes include the cost of a sewing machine rental as well, so you won’t be responsible for providing your own.

Knitting Classes

Why splurge on pricey scarves and hats this winter when you can make your own? Knitting is a relaxing activity that you can do anywhere, even while watching your favorite television shows on the couch! Beginner knitting classes teach you how to cast off, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off. Knitted items make great holiday gifts as well.

Glass Blowing and Fusing Classes

Most of us don’t have glass design equipment at home so you’ll need to take a class to discover the art and science behind glass blowing and glass fusing. In glassblowing classes, experienced teachers work with students to learn gathering, centering, blocking, color application, and proper shop etiquette. You can also take a glass fusing class to learn the ancient art of cutting, shaping, collage, and assembly with a small kiln.

Pottery Making

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Pottery Classes

Learn to make bowls, cups, and vases that you can actually use around your home! The best kind of pottery classes feature in-depth one-on-one instructor to help you create unique pieces of your own pottery. Since the art of pottery takes a lot of practice, many studios offer package deals for several weeks or months to improve upon your skills.

Jewelry Making Classes

Whether you love wearing jewelry or are interested in starting a side business, jewelry making classes can teach you the basics of beautiful jewelry crafting and design. Some jewelry classes focus on bead work, while others teach you silver-smithing techniques like sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting.

Not all of us grew up being crafty, but its never too late to learn a new skill and find a new hobby that you love. Craft hobbies keep the hands busy, the mind engaged, and are lifelong gifts that keep on giving.

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