Sometimes those experiences might result in a physical product, but when a product can be used (like perishables) or is the perfect match for its recipient, you know that it will be loved and cherished for years.
Enter my top choices for experience gifts in St. John's, Newfoundland, just in time for holiday gifting.
1. Custom Bag from Ragmaw
I've been a fangirl of Megan's custom, one of a kind bags and purses for quite some time (and proudly wear my own custom Ragmaw). Gift Idea: Set up an appointment for your loved one to view and choose a one of a kind Ragmaw bag, OR an appointment to collaborate and make a custom bag. Write a note about this and wrap it all up with Megan's card. You can connect with Megan online, or on Facebook and Instagram where she regularly shares images of her beautiful pieces and a look behind the scenes at her making process.
2. Custom Dress from Melanie Jacqueline
For our Anniversary, my husband (aka husband of the year), set up an appointment with Melanie at Melanie Jacqueline for a custom dress. Words cannot describe how happy I am with it. It was a completely custom experience - choosing my style of dress, fabrics and working with Melanie to create something that is uniquely me.The appointment was a surprise, such a fantastic way to gift an experience.
You can connect with Melanie via her Website or Facebook.
3. Chocolate 101 Workshops at Newfoundland Chocolate Company
A chocolate making class is a completely fun way to spend an evening. We took this class a couple of years ago and I was so impressed with the process + it gave me a whole new appreciation for handmade chocolate (plus you get to take home your DELICIOUS goods). You can find all the chocolate making goodness here.
4. A class with SeaBerry Studios
SeaBerry Studios offers unique workshops and courses on crafting luxurious and nourishing skincare made with kind ingredients. A class with Paula just might be the perfect gift for the person in your life who loves natural skincare and would love to experiment with the process of making his or her own. Workshops vary, but you can see a list of current offerings online, or join the newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming workshops.
5. A Gift Certificate for Lighthouse Picnics
I have travelled the world, and one of my absolute favourite experiences of all time remains right here at home - Lighthouse Picnics or on Facebook. There is something oh-so-magical about sitting on a hillside, overlooking the ocean on a sunny Newfoundland day with an artisan picnic. In my opinion, you just can't go wrong with this as a gift. While technically not in St. John's, the drive to Ferryland makes a perfect day trip.
There are more wonderful things to do in Newfoundland and Labrador - if you love this post, stay tuned for others like it in the future. Want to chime in with your own favourite experience gift in Newfoundland and Labrador? Join the conversation over on the Petit Cadeau Facebook page.