I guarantee you know someone in your circle who loves taking classes. Who am I kidding? I’m one of them. I love learning new things, working with my hands, and expanding my skills. And for the person who has everything (and is therefore impossible to buy for), experience-based gifts are usually a perfect choice.
Giving the gift of local classes is also a wonderful way to support San Diego County small business owners who are doing great things and to create more connections in our vibrant community.
Heart and Trotter
Heart and Trotter Butchery & Sausage Making Classes
Your gift recipient can learn their way around meat with butchery and sausage making classes from the experts at Heart & Trotter.
Gift classes on butchery are $150 and sausage making classes are $75. You can purchase gift class cards at their shop or online at heartandtrotter.com.
Wild Willow Farming 101 Course
The Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming course offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply how to grow more of their own food. Classes are available in Winter 2019 (Jan 5 to Feb 16), Spring 2019 (Mar 16 to Apr 27), Summer 2019 (Jun 15 to Jul 27), and Fall 2019 (Sep 28 to Nov 9).
The cost is $700 for 6-week course and you can sign-up at the farm or online at sandiegoroots.org.
You & Yours Cocktail Classes
Held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, give your loved ones the gift of learning how to mix up drinks like a pro. An hour long, hands-on introduction to cocktail basics class is offered at local distillery You & Yours where attendees will learn how to measure, shake, stir and pour drinks while mastering two classic cocktails. They will also hear a brief history of the drinks being made. Tools and ingredients will be provided. Attendees must be 21 years of age.
Book a gift seat in an upcoming class for $45 at the distillery or online.
Canine Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson at SUP Pups California
Consider this a gift for your furry friend, or the friend who is crazy about their pup. This gift give dog and owner a one-hour private SUP lesson out on the water with Instructor Sam & her dingo, Jack. The lessons include human and dog life vests, paddle board rental, the instruction, and GoPro action shots.
Book a lesson for $60 at sandiegosuprentals.com.
Hands on Mead Making Workshop at Golden Coast Mead
This is a good one for those who like the old school and the obscure. The class will feature a hands-on introduction to making this ancient fermented beverage. The mead making master will guide the class step by step through the mead making process while attendees create their own batch to take home. They will cover the topics of equipment, ingredients, nutrients, and how to carry on experimenting at home after the class, which includes a flight of four two-ounce mead tasters, lunch, ingredients and equipment to make a gallon of mead.
Spots are limited, so sign up for your $60 gift class online asap.