Holiday Guide: The gift of experience

A lot of people say “It’s the thought that counts” when it comes to gifts. But let’s be real, that’s only said when you are disappointed that your Porsche-driving, three-face-lifted grandma just gave you another multi-colored Christmas sweater to add to your collection of unwearables. While you can’t force Grandma to stop giving you those itchy presents, you can use this as a lesson to try and make the gifts you give the gift of an experience.


This may seem a little far-fetched, but try something new. Check out, the Web site for a skydiving service in Northern Virginia that offers GW students $15 off their first jump.

Dance classes

Cha-cha! Instead of just watching reruns of “Dancing with the Stars,” find the nearest dance studio and give the gift of a salsa dancing class. Joy of Motion by the Naval Observatory offers tons of dance classes (salsa, flamenco, hip-hop and more) every day of the week with a drop-in class fee of $17. It’s a great gift idea for that special guy or girl.

2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 362-3042

Cooking classes

The best way to anyone’s heart is through his or her stomach, but only if the food is edible. CulinAerie, a culinary school located just blocks from campus, offers a wide range of cooking classes every day of the week, including couples cooking classes. They have over 20 instructors specializing in various cuisines ready to teach you all you need to know. Although classes are a little pricey (around $80), think of it as a class and a meal in one!

1131 14th St. NW
(202) 587-5674

Mem>The Web site offers every imaginable experience gift around, from helicopter rides to glass blowing classes across the country.

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