The Brooklyn Gift Guide: What to Buy for Every Type of Person in Your Life 

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5 Gifts of Personal Betterment

Singing Lessons!
Do you have someone on your list who styles themselves as a bit of a singer? Do they get drunk and pull out the guitar and warble out the first half of two or three Neutral Milk Hotel songs? Give them (and yourself) the gift of song: Brooklyn Voice Lessons, in Boerum Hill, is a good place to start...

Ice Skating at Aviator Arena
Ice skating is great. It's fun, it's great exercise (particularly for THE ASS AREA OF THE BODY), and now that Brooklyn is going to have an NHL hockey team, it is most assuredly the new hotness. Give the gift of lessons this year at Aviator Arena in Mill Basin, and your giftee will be ready to debut his or her moves at the new outdoor rinks in the fancy McCarren Park and Prospect Park next winter.

3rd Ward Lessons in Everything
We love the good people of 3rd Ward, and all the awesome classes they offer. We recently took a perfume-blending class (true story) and it was a heady trip into a world of patchouli and sandalwood, jasmine and orange flower absolute. Sure, some things (mushroom essence) smelled like a mixture of soy sauce and a dirty toilet, but most of the fragrant essential oils we sampled smelled amazing... And if perfume isn't your thing, than metal-working most likely is; and that's why we love 3rd Ward, because they offer both.

The Gift of Not Being So Dumb, at Brooklyn Brainery
Hey dummy! Are you tired of the people in your life being dumb! Give the gift of smartitude with classes at the Brooklyn Brainery. We absolutely love that these guys offer, concurrently, classes in Greek, Making Holiday Cocktails, Medieval Crime and Punishment (not a how-to, btw), and Tree Identification. Basically, taken together, those classes would comprise our ideal mate.

Learn to Cook at Brooklyn Kitchen
This is one of those presents that everyone can enjoy! Does your giftee live in Brooklyn, but not really know how to cook? Sorry, but that just want cut it, not anymore. Brooklyn Kitchen offers some crazy-rad courses: knife skills, sausage-making, brewing, Vietnamese street food, KNIFE SKILLS PEOPLE.


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