Shopping for holiday gifts doesn’t have to be stressful, especially when you can turn to your own backyard for inspiration. If a unique gift for Miami lovers, like a functional cell phone case emblazoned with the Downtown skyline, won’t do, perhaps a Miami experience is more the kind of present you’re looking for. Culled from top picks of things to do in Miami and our favorite things to do in winter in Miami, our list of Miami experiences to give as gifts has something for everyone.
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Gift these incredible Miami experiences
Find yourself the proud owner of a gas-powered wok following Hurricane Irma? Enroll in Eleanor Hoh’s interactive cooking classes, where you’ll learn to make quick and delicious meals in the versatile vessel. Hoh’s classes, which take place at test kitchens and designer showrooms around town, are intimate and engaging—and conclude with eating and drinking. She’s even devised a nifty starter kit should you feel inspired to continue the fun at home.
Like being fluent in Spanish and maneuvering a car like a NASCAR driver, knowing how to salsa dance is crucial to surviving in Miami. Salsa Lovers will teach your bud how to two-step, brace for a rueda and more.
For the insatiable foodie friend, book them a spot on a Little Havana food tour. These interactive walks through the Latin ’hood are led by bilingual guides and include tastings and transportation.
Feed their love of DIY with a pottery making class led by the pros at Ceramics League of Miami. Courses range in size and subject matter, extending beyond simple pots to tile making, wheel throwing and sculpture building. Single-day workshops and longer courses are also available.
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