Oh yes you did! You promised your sister you’d run that 5k with her and now you’re all planning how healthy and awesome you’ll both be in the new year, and you’re throwing around words like “kale”, “hamstrings”, “personal trainer”.
I would love it if someone gifted me a personal trainer session or 3. Or a yoga class. How cool to give someone a gift to urge them on in their healthy endeavors, whether it is the intention to exercise, the desire to learn something new, or even just the desire to be a nice person for a change.
Give the gift of volunteering with someone. Not only does volunteering help others and feel wonderful, when you do it with someone else you get to bond in a very cool way. VolunteerMatch.org matches you up with volunteering ideas based on where you live, what sort of volunteer work you want to do, and even if you’d rather volunteer virtually. Find a great place near you to volunteer with a friend!
Many trainers offer different packages, and if you know someone who really wants to get their ass in shape this year, working with a trainer can make all the difference in following through with their good intentions. Check out reviews on Yelp, call a local gym and ask about their different trainers, or ask people you know for a recommendation.
Give someone the gift of a photo class. If you know an amateur photographer who wants to bump up their skills but maybe doesn’t have a ton of time to go take a class somewhere, buy them a virtual class! Craftsy has some good photo class options to choose from, including a food photography class I’m signing up for. Ahem. For myself.
This is sort of a no-brainer, right? Doesn’t everyone want to Talk like Ted? I know I could certainly use some help in this department so I stop sounding like an embarrassed 10 year old girl. See it here: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
And then again maybe the person’s resolution is to get out of the house more and meet new people? A real, live class can be perfect for this, especially a cooking class! If you live in the Chicago, LA, or New York areas, check out CourseHorse for a TON of class listings. I recently attending their launch party in Chicago, and learned about whiskey, did a little fencing, saw how to skin a salmon, and joined in a drum circle. Awesome.
My list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of an online knitting class. I learned to knit by cherry picking YouTube videos, and I wish I had had a whole online beginning knitting class to take. CreativeBug is your place if you’re looking for an idea for that craft yarny friend of yours who wants to learn to knit or refine his or her techniques.
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