Since dignify began, I've heard a lot from daughters, moms, sisters, & best friends about how happy they were to find such a “meaningful gift”. As I’ve blogged about shopping “good”, I’ve heard even more on this concept.
There seems to be a real demand in our overstuffed culture for more and less: more of what is thoughtful, meaningful, and lasting; less of what is fleeting, excessive, and wasteful.
Anyhow, more on that fabulous gift guide in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I am now always on the lookout for products, experiences, and ideas that make for great, meaningful gifts.
Gelato Academy?! Say, wha??!!!??
Now, I may have an unreasonable love for frozen treats (cravings in my 3 pregnancies were primarily popsicles, ice cream, & slurpees, respectively), but as far as experiences go, I feel like this should rank highly on anyone’s wish list:
Join us on a culinary tour of the history and process of gelato as you prepare your very own flavour of gelato or sorbetto using our array of ingredients like sicilian pistachio, dark belgian chocolate, madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, or sorbetto flavours made with fresh local produce. Now that's what we call the sweet life!
Approx. 2.5 hours, includes 2 glasses of wine or beer, charcuterie & 4 pints of your custom flavour to take home.
I can literally hardly imagine a more perfect night!
Now, my apologies to everyone reading this who does not live in Calgary, which is most of you (!), but innovative businesses like Fiasco are everywhere, creating fabulous experiences & products that make for a memorable date night or a meaningful gift.
Tell me, are there any unique events like this near you? What are they? When can I come? Comment below!
ps - I may not be able to indulge in the gelato academy just yet (the event is $100pp), so I guess I will just have to settle for this [nudge, nudge, wink, wink, husband, friends, family members...]:
pps - no need for disclosure, I received no sponsorship or incentives from Fiasco for this post - I just got sucked in by their instagram feed and now I am obsessed...
This dignify post draws from Derek Thompson's October 7th article in The Atlantic.
Thompson's article explains the practical challenges in 2021 for consumers as well as for retailers.
Here's how some of these points relate to dignify right now and in the coming months:
Mystery novels have often appealed to people with jobs that are never fully resolved (doctors, pastors, social workers). In this cultural era of many-problems-few-resolutions, reading a good mystery can be a refreshing break.
Our 12-year old daughter is the most avid, prolific reader I know! We teamed up to create a list of mysteries for all ages of independent readers. The recos below are listed with increasing age levels in mind, but no specific age parameters (as a mature, well-read, near-teen, she has read up to Agatha Christie on this list).
Our 11-year old computer is showing creaky signs of age, just about ready to go to sleep (and never wake up). But, we feel that it has served us well. When I compare it to other expenses over the years, the laptop is — at about a $100/year investment — one of our best value-for-dollar belongings.
When shopping for items like this, how do we choose well? How do we discern what brand/style/variety is built to last? Or, how do we determine even if “built to last” is relevant to the purchase?