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7 SPECTACULAR | Experiential Inspired Local Gifts


Looking for a fun and unique gift this holiday season? Why not give the gift of an experience at one of these local area establishments? From wine-inspired activities and cooking classes to belly dancing, candle making and grill-your-own, here are 7 Spectacular Gift Giving Experience you and yours will love.

1. Fox Valley Winery

OSWEGO–Give the gift of participation in the world of wine through a Fox Valley Winery Wine Club Gift Membership. The perfect gift for wine lovers and clients. Whether you prefer red, white, dry or sweet, you’ll find the perfect wine for your palate. Also enjoy experiences such as making your own wine labels, tasting rooms, and art classes such as painting and Gingerbread House Making.

2. Marche

GLEN ELLYN–Spread the love (and the curd) with an ongoing series of classes designed to widen your appreciation for all things fromage. This gift is appropriate for the novice to the cheese whiz. Marche classes are structured yet informal and include class outline, tasting notes and plenty of cheese and wine. Classes range from making your own charcuterie boards, cheese boards, appetizers, and more, etc.

3. Spirits & Spice

OAK BROOK–Take your taste buds on a flavor tour and learn to make custom cocktails, participate in sample whiskey or tequila experiences, and appreciate weekly wine tastings with the gift of spirits and spice at ongoing Oak Brook events.

4. Raksanna

NAPERVILLE/AURORA–Mysterious, sensuous, and beautiful are words used to describe belly dancing. This art form has steadily grown in popularity and encourages a new-found freedom and self acceptance through the oldest recorded dance of humanity. This gift of fun offers an award-winning experience that runs year-round for beginners and up.

5. Indigo Creations

NAPERVILLE–Relax, restore, and be inspired through unique events such as candle making. Learn about the science of candle making with this hands-on experience, and go home with a homemade candle to burn or gift. Choose from at least four phthalate free, non-toxic fragrances.

6. The Water Bar

ST. CHARLES–The Water Bar is a fully vegan, gluten free and peanut free eatery for people of all walks of life. Here to make allergy sensitive eating the new norm; while providing fun and engaging EATERTAINMENT experiences such as Paint & Pour events, Cupcake Decorating, and Mocktail Classes.

7. Gyu-Kaku

NAPERVILLE–Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ (yakiniku) restaurant concept brought to you from Japan. Yakiniku's literal translation is grilled meat such as beef, chicken, pork, and seafood! Customers are most excited for the experience of grilling their orders at their own individual table while enjoying an ice cold mug of beer or authentic sake.