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Try something new this holiday season! Try gifting a Madison Experience!

Book a food tour – you won’t leave hungry

Madison has an incredible food scene. We might be biased, but I think food experts like Candice Wagner, Jordan and Mike @MidwestMunchers would probably agree! Of coarse its always an option to gift a loved one something like a nice dinner out or a Food Fight gift card. But what if we could go one step further and get them a food tour experience!?

You’re in luck, Madison Eats is here for you! They work exclusively with locally-owned restaurants, chefs and businesses to create memorable and delicious experiences. They have a few different tours to choose from and they all sound DE-LISH!

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Get Crafty in Downtown Madison

Located in downtown Madison, WI, just off the capitol square, Revel provides a space for both experienced craft-o-holics and beginners. They offer special event workshops that feature a specific project AND what is known as the “Craft Bar”. The Craft Bar features a rotating set of projects that feature glitter, sequence, paint, and more! (Crafts are good for all skill levels and with step by step instructions, you can follow them directly or get creative and try your own variations.)

Currently at Revel, they have a set of really fun holiday projects, perfect for gifting! Grab your friends and loved ones and enjoy a night out getting creative.

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Make your own home decor!

HomeGoods is great, but isn’t it so much more meaningful to make your own art? Signs by Caitlin offers a creative outlet with over 350 designs to choose from! They offer both private and public workshops where you get to choose your own adventure! Their home base workshop is in Verona, WI but they also host workshops all around Madison where you can attend a paint-your-own-sign event.

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Learn new skills in the kitchen

Cooking classes make such a fun gift! A couple years back, my boyfriend and I couldn’t figure out something to get for his mom…  Aren’t parents so hard to shop for? We’ve heard that a lot of parents enjoy gifts that involve spending time with their kids, so Andrew ended up taking her to a cooking class and they had so much fun doing something new together!

Sur La Table is a shop/kitchen located in the Hilldale Mall and they offer A TON of cooking classes. The diverse food options they offer are incredible. This would make such a fun gift experience for anyone who wants to learn more about cooking. Beware: Even looking at the class options is making my mouth water!

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Make your own custom candles

We haven’t had a chance to go to Paddywax yet, but we have seen how fun it looks on social media and can’t wait to go! It’s a new shop the just opened in the Hilldale Mall and it’s a “Candle Bar”. You get to pick your vessel, your fragrance, and then you get to make your own candle to take home! Sounds pretty darn amazing. And one thing that I love about this is that you don’t have to buy all the supplies, make a mess in your house, OR stumble through the directions. The staff is there to help you through the process and it sounds like a dream come true.

Make your own scents for the holiday season (and any season, really!) and gift this experience to your friends and family!

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A night out with ON-SITE childcare

ParentSquad is on a mission to help moms and dads find time to focus on themselves. They partner with local establishments to offer unique and hassle-free social experiences for parents with fun and safe ON-SITE CHILDCARE. Yes —  you heard that right! What could be better?

In 2020, they are debuting a Date Night Club where parents can join to receive a monthly date night with on-site childcare. (Locations, Restaurants, & Entertainment facilities change monthly). Memberships can be purchased starting Black Friday at www.ParentSquadEvents.com/datenightclub

Follow ParentSquad on Instagram or Facebook or join their email list to stay up to date about events.

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Get your DIY on, without the DIY

Founded by a former art teacher, you’ll be in good hands with The Mad Makery. They have a fun variety of projects and host workshops around the Madison area. The Mad Makery provides wonderful events where adults and kids can make quality artwork and home decor. They offer a great experience where you can try something new with your family and friends and walk away with something you’re proud of. (PS. If you can’t make an event in-person, try The Mad Makery’s craft kits, and set up your own little experience at home!)

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Try your hands at baking and decorating

I don’t know what I would do without our local bake shop, Vanilla Bean. Located (conveniently) between our office and home, I have made many stops for my cookie supplies. While we recommend this shop to any baker, the main reason we are adding this to our list is for their decorating classes. From buttercream to royal icing, they offer 7 different classes you can attend. Call to check on their availability!

And for those of your already wondering… no @pixelstosugar does not offer classes ;)

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