Experience Dallas with these Alternative Gift Ideas


I am a Mom in Dallas blessed with great friends and family. My coffee table book selection, picture frame collection and scented candle displays in my home can attest to how well loved I am. The gifting staples add beauty and memories to my home – and they’re everywhere.

One thing I’m always looking for more of with my nearest and dearest is quality time and new experiences. With so many fun classes and adventures available in Dallas, I am resolving to begin gifting my family and friends with a unique class or activity together as often as possible. New skills acquired or at least new memories made are promised in these experience-focused gifts from local Dallas businesses. 

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The Mozzarella Company

Does your Mom bake her own pies from scratch? Does your Dad keep his homemade brisket rub recipe under lock and key? The heavy hitters in the kitchen in your life are ready to make their own mozzarella with the fun classes available at this Deep Ellum cheese shop! There are wine pairing options for those in need of some liquid courage or cheese making trips to Tuscany and Ireland for the people in your life you really want to impress. 

Design Roots Calligraphy Classes 

For your friend who always has a sentimental note in the mail or takes her annual holiday card’s production to new heights every year. These fun classes start simple, focusing on hand lettering and envelope work for practical (and fun!) use. Heather, a Frisco mom, is passionate about showing you how fun the art of calligraphy can be! 

Exotic Skittles Dream Car Drive 

Leave the carpool machine at home and get behind the wheel of some of the most exotic cars – Mercedes, Ferrari and Lamborghini included – for four hours off track. This is such a fun activity for your most Thelma and Louise of friends, a day adventure with your Dad or a way to show your spouse you’ve still got it for an anniversary adventure. 

The Green Lotus Spa 

Dallas is home to some high end spas, but it’s a lesser known fact that the winner of the Best Eco Friendly Spa by the World Spa International Summit is right off of Central Expressway. Take your annual spa day with friends up a notch with a Crystal Chakra Balancing or Total Body Stretching session at this totally unique and locally owned spa. Pick up some mind and body wellness practices for your daily life and enjoy the zen room with fresh tea before your appointment. 

Do you have a favorite way to gift someone some special time together? Share it in a comment below! 

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Lilly, Dallas born and bred, was fortunate to live outside of Texas at a young age to know there’s nothing quite like the world class cultural melting pot, big ideas and small town hospitality of her native city. From the biggest landmarks to the smallest taco stands, Lilly has enjoyed sharing her favorite parts of the city and her family’s journey navigating life in it at her blog, Pancakes and Beet Juice. A note to the joy that’s found in balance of life’s rich and healthy pleasures, Pancakes and Beet Juice and Lilly’s writing at Dallas Mom’s Blog cover topics ranging from food, fitness, family and enjoying new experiences in the city and beyond. Her love for Dallas and adventure is only made more fun by seeing old favorites again through the eyes of her daughter, Heidi, welcomed via open domestic adoption. The days are long but the years are short, and the whole mess is documented through various filters at her Instagram page.


  1. Absolutely LOVE these ideas. We are all about experiences in our family so these will be incorporated to my gift options soon 😉 I’ve also done classes and concerts at the Arboretum as gifts to my aunt and my hubby, which were greatly enjoyed.


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