Portrait & Headshot Photographer • Plymouth, New Hampshire

Five Unique Experience-based Gift Ideas

Many people I talk with are interested in giving experiences as gifts this season, so I’ve put together a short list of unique gift experiences.  These businesses are owned by some kick-a** women entrepreneurs who are eager to share their creative talents and energy with you.

If you’d like to meet these women and find out more,  then come to the Open Studio and Holiday Bazaar event at Maundy Mitchell Photography, in downtown Plymouth, NH, on December 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy food, drink and holiday spirit. You can buy gift certificates at the Open Studio as well as on-line, over the phone or in person.

1.  Maker’s Weekend with Liz Hallen – River’s Bend Woodworking Studio

Photo, courtesy River’s Bend Woodworking

Experience the pleasure of working with wood and creating something you love. In the Maker’s Weekend class, you will learn how to hand cut dovetails, learn about layout and design and get to know and use many kinds of handtools.  We’ll break for lunch at Biederman’s Deli, where you can enjoy fresh homemade soups and sandwiches.  This fun class is designed for those who have always wanted to learn woodworking and those who are new to woodworking. By the end of the weekend you will have completed a beautiful, dovetailed, lidded box that will last a lifetime.

“I do this to participate in beauty and to share that with others.” – Liz Hallen, fine woodworker/business owner

Cost: $450 (includes all materials, and lunch)

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: River’s Bend Woodworking Studio, LLC

17 Railroad Square, Plymouth


To Book or Buy a Gift Certificate: lizhallen@riversbendwood.com



2.  Helicopter Tour over the White Mountains with Stacey Berger – White Mountains Helicopter

Photos, courtesy White Mountains Helicopter

Go above and beyond with your gift giving this year.  Give the gift of flight!  White Mountains Helicopter offers personalized helicopter experiences over the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, perfect for the adventure lover on your list.

“I do this because I want to create awe.”  – Stacey Berger, pilot/business owner

Cost: $90 and up

Location: Warren, NH

To Book or Buy a Gift Certificate:  visit www.flywm.com


3.  Individual Meditation Instruction with Darlene Nadeau – Aviva Wellness

Darlene Nadeau, Aviva Wellness


Learn to relax into your inner center of peace and stillness. You will reduce stress, calm your nervous system, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Your instruction is thoughtfully designed to align with your unique nature and support your highest priorities.  One session may be all you need to begin a healthy and life-changing practice.

“I love to help people discover their deep inner stillness that naturally resides within.” – Darlene Nadeau, meditation & yoga instructor/life coach/business owner

Cost: $65, one-hour session

Location: AVIVA Wellness Center, 3 Binks Hill, Plymouth, NH.

To Book or Buy a Gift Certificate: call 603-493-1478 or email: dncoach@yahoo.com


4.  An in-depth Re-imagining of Your Home with Sara Holland – Sara Holland & Company

Image courtesy Sara Holland & Company

Make your home more lovely, comfortable, or valuable with a lifestyle consultation.  During this two-hour session at your home you’ll share with Sara your lifestyle needs and wants, as well as what you love and what you’d like to change about your home. She’ll discuss ideas for staging and renovation, market trends, curb appeal and lifestyle goals. Sara will then provide you with a detailed road map to creating your ideal home, complete with resources, that you can reference as you transform your house into home.  This would be a perfect gift any homeowner.

“I do this because I want to help people live a better life.” – Sara Holland, Realtor/business owner

Cost: $250

Includes: two-Hour Home Visit & Consultation Report

Location: Your Home

To Book or Buy a Gift Certificate: call 603-210-4444  or email: sara@sarahollandco.com



5.  Portrait Experience with Maundy Mitchell – Maundy Mitchell Photography

 Experience a magazine-style photo session. It’s a day of pampering with professional hair and make-up styling and guidance throughout. It’s a special day out that you can enjoy on your own, with your partner, mother, daughter, sister or a best friend.

Whether you would like to celebrate a milestone or boost your confidence with a little makeover, treat yourself or your loved one to a photo shoot – you will surely enjoy this experience.

About two weeks after your session, you’ll return to the studio to choose your portraits.You will leave that day with the portraits you love, portraits that will be cherished by you and those who love you for generations.

“I do this to help people see their own beauty.” – Maundy Mitchell, portrait photographer/business owner

Cost:  session fees start at $350, portrait collections start at $1,200

Location: Maundy Mitchell Photography

2 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH

To Book or Buy a Gift Certificate:  email maundy@maundymitchell.com