2023 Holiday Wish List

5 Creative SWFL Classes and Experiences You’ll Want to Gift for the Holidays

Create lasting memories while trying something new, like making chocolate or mastering calligraphy.

BY December 1, 2023
Board from Grazing Haus
(Courtesy Grazing Haus)

Pure Bliss

Treat your group to the ultimate girls’ day. Beauty Ritual’s new Fort Myers location offers two-and three-hour private spa parties for up to four, complete with a 45-minute massage and 45-minute facial, Champagne, noshes, and pop-up vendors (like permanent jewelry). The founder’s background as a nurse means she’s as well-versed in the medical as the aesthetic side. While thoroughly indulgent and relaxing, her full roster of treatments—from LED therapy to microneedling to microcurrent—deliver results. From $650 for two people. itsabeautyritual.com

Different Strokes

Help the next generation in your family reclaim the lost art of handwritten notes with a calligraphy workshop. The Lettering Bar’s Kaitlyn Bennett can bring her two-hour, interactive workshops for up to 10 to your home, clubhouse or coffee shop of choice. You provide the tranquil locale, and Kaitlyn selects and provides the supplies and a take-home item you’ll draw upon after practicing your strokes, like an acrylic ornament or sign, which varies by season. “It’s very meditative,” she says. “Once you get the basics down, you just kind of flow through it.” Kaitlyn also plans to host classes per month at a variety of venues around Naples. From $65 per person. theletteringbar.com

Food & Fun

For the consummate host, there are few handier talents than knowing how to style a stunning charcuterie board and mixing up a serious libation. In addition to group classes for up to 18, bona fide charcuterie artist Ali Eck hosts private workshops on board design, cocktail-making, and wine-and-cheese pairing philosophy at her charming Cape Coral shop, Grazing Haus. From $60 per person. grazinghaus.com

Flower Power

You know that stylish friend who loves all things romantic, like fresh-cut flowers in whimsical arrangements throughout their home? Indulge their free spirit with a private arranging class. The master floral artists behind Kaleidoscope Floral—makers of many a show-stopping gala arrangement—show you how to combine a variety of blooms in your home or venue of your choice. From $150 per person. kaleidoscopefloral.shop

A Sweet Treat

Your kitchen-loving partner will be sweet on the chance to pick up the technical skills needed to make treats like truffles, hand-colored molded chocolates and hot cocoa bites during a three-hour class with Southwest Florida cacao master Norman Love. The choco king and his chefs have been teaching the craft for more than 20 years, so they can turn even the most culinarily challenged into a chocolatier. For an extra-indulgent experience, bypass the bimonthly group classes for one-on-one trainings. From $95 per person.  normanloveconfections.com  

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