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OEV Holiday Season shopping for... the Experiential Tourist

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

December is officially here and that means, shopping season is too. As we all make our lists and check them twice, there are always those people in life that either have everything, want nothing, or are simply impossible to shop for. Thus far, we’ve covered the many options to be found in Old East Village for the Gastro Aficionados, the Culture Cultivators, and the Fashion Forward. But what about those people who simply aren’t that easy to pinpoint? Why give the gift of experience we say!

If that special someone in your life is repeatedly in the market for a new skill, a way to create something by hand, or content for their ever-growing social media followers, read on and see all the ways to please the Experiential Tourist this season!

Fire things up…

Ever thought about a blacksmith class or custom metal work piece for that special someone? Well, think about getting in touch with the masters at Fire & Iron Custom Metal Work. Offering both custom designs and experiential activities, look no further than this OEV staple workshop. They will return 20% of your gift certificate purchased back in Construction Dollars and accept them for payment too!

Making things happen at Fire & Iron

Glass ornaments, yes please…

Join local artist Hannan Fayad at City Rest at 629 Dundas for an evening of ornament making! Learn about the process of fused glass with that special someone or make some gifts to give away, no matter the route you take, it will be the perfect addition to this holiday season. Spots are still available for the December 17 workshop, click right here for details!

Beautiful pieces from Hannan Fayad Glass

Cocktails all round…

Give the gift of learning with Paradigm Spirits. With their physical distillery opening at 100 Kellogg Lane on December 3, they also come to you! The full experience can be enjoyed from home with their cocktail classes and you can learn more right here!

Where it all begins at Paradigm Spirits

Life’s a stage…

Ruth Noonan - Acting Coach, is one of the latest additions to the Somerville 630 family. As a director, choreographer, and acting coach for youth age 12+, Ruth offers one-on-one coaching services for all the future Oscar winners out there. Find out more about her services right here.

Ready, set, learn at Ruth Noonan!

Roast with the best of them...

Did you know that Fire Roasted Coffee offers introductory classes for roasting coffee at home? Yep! Learn the fundamentals of roasting, what to look for and smell, equipment to use and more. Plus! Enjoy a variety of tastings throughout the class and pick 1lb of green beans to take home to put everything just learned to work! Find out more about dates and booking right here.

Ready for the roastin'

Okay, once more, we’ve covered a lot of ground and have hopefully provided you with plenty of options to brighten the season of every bon vivant, of all ages, in your life. Be sure to check out all the great shops and restaurants in OEV this season and stay tuned for more perfect gifts for that special (and specific!) someone this holiday.

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Feature image via Facebook / @HannanFayadGlassArtist

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