Life gets busy. Sometimes a little too busy! But that doesn’t mean you still can’t make time for date night with your partner! Grab your significant other, and check out these fun and creative ways to add date night back into your busy schedule.
1. Embrace fun.
Creative date night ideas can help you stay in the habit of having fun together. Try a new activity, take a risk together, try new cuisines, see a standup comedy show, or ride a rollercoaster — just don’t forget to make fun a part of your busy lives together! Even if you only have a little time, make sure you allow the joy of fun to fill it well.
2. Keep it simple!
When life is busy, a simple date can be easy to fit into your schedule. Or, why not let someone else plan the fun for you? Painting with a Twist offers the perfect date night for busy couples. Whether you’re joining us in the studio or attending a remote event from the comfort of your home, having a plan for the activity you enjoy on your date together makes the night a simple solution — and lets you focus on each other. When it comes to date nights for busy couples, there’s really nothing better.
3. Be social!
Date night ideas for married couples tend to change course — and sometimes social groups — once your single days turn into wedded bliss. While you’re madly in love with each other, don’t forget the joys of being social!
Make new friends at a group event at Painting with a Twist You’ll be surrounded by couples trying something new, creative, and fun! It’s the perfect way to meet new people while still having dedicated date night fun with your special someone.
4. Make it family-friendly.
Whether you’re getting a babysitter for a night on the town or letting the kids in on the fun, date night should make everyone happy! With Painting with a Twist’s virtual events, it’s easy for busy parents to enjoy time together while keeping the whole family involved and engaged.
Date night ideas for busy parents shouldn’t be constrained to a babysitting budget — let the little ones get creative right alongside you! While you enjoy a glass of wine at our guided painting event, let the kids bust out their creative skills and make their own masterpieces.
5. Pop a cork.
Whether you’re balancing busy schedules together, an active family, a new marriage, or you’re a long-time married couple with nothing but time for each other, it’s important to make your date nights together special!
Pop a cork and have a glass of your favorite wine, make time for eye contact, remember to buy each other’s favorite snacks to enjoy throughout the night, lose yourself in the conversation you reserve for special nights together, and remember to celebrate each other — even if it’s just in small ways.
Sometimes, the simplest things make for the best date nights! Keep your next date night simple and fun, and bring your partner to your local Painting with a Twist for a fun and creative date night event you both will remember for years to come!
Snow day leaving you with winter blues and nothing to do? Sure, the fresh powder looks beautiful, but it also means going anywhere is probably out of the question! But you don’t have to let a little snow ruin your day. Maximize your snow day and help ward off cabin fever with these fun indoor activities for winter!
The 5 Best Things to Do When Snowed In
1. Cook or bake: use whatever you have in your home.
If you’re going to spend your winter day as a homebody, you might as well have something yummy to eat! Make your favorite soup (mmm, toasty!), baked dessert (nothing cozies up a space like the smell of freshly baked goodies), or branch out and try a new recipe. If you don’t have tons of groceries or specialty supplies on hand, check out SuperCook to find recipes that work with what you already have. Or, use something you have in plentiful supply — snow! — to make snow cream.
2. Treat yourself to a spa day.
You can’t go anywhere, so you might as well indulge in some relaxing activities to do indoors in the winter. Make a DIY face mask using honey, yogurt, or even oats. Paint your nails, but take it up a notch with a homemade sugar scrub for your dry winter skin (let’s be real, we all have it). Treat yourself to a day of pampering from the comfort of home. You deserve it!
3. Make a dent in a book.
If you’re not up for creative activities to do while you’re stuck at home, opt for something easy. Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a fluffy throw blanket, and curl up with a good book. Let yourself get lost in a storyline or nod off for a nap. We won’t judge you for a winter midday snooze!
4. Channel your inner child with puzzles and games.
When you think about fun indoor activities in winter, don’t forget about old-fashioned fun! Jigsaw puzzles are a relaxing indoor activity for an enjoyable day of solitude. Have roommates or friends who live close by? Grab a deck of cards or bust out a few board games and make memories together while the snow swirls outside.
5. Make your own custom cocktail.
Fancy night out? Not going to happen. Fancy night in? Coming right up! Find a recipe for a cocktail you’ve always wanted to try, or make up your own drink recipe. Start with your favorite wine or liquor, add a mixer, and experiment with different fruits or flavors to create a signature cocktail that’s all your own. Cheers to finding your new favorite indoor activity — and your new mixology skills!
Need Fun Activities to Do Indoors in Winter? Painting With a Twist Can Help!
The best indoor winter activities are easy, fun, and memorable. Why not check all of those boxes with a Twist at Home Paint Kit! If you’re tired of being stuck at home on cold winter days, transform your kitchen table into a studio fit for a pajama-loving Picasso.
Order your Twist at Home kit online, and pick up from your local studio or ask about shipping options. Sip and smile your way to an at-home masterpiece when you join a live virtual painting event with Painting with A Twist!
As you enter the new year, you may have a list of resolutions to help you build better habits and make it your best year yet. And although this sentiment can be encouraging in the beginning, you may find yourself feeling frustrated and disappointed in your progress as the months roll along.
Instead, consider changing your list of resolutions to a more “New Year, Self Care” approach. So, ditch those huge resolutions, and switch things up with these simple tips to bring your best self into the new year.
1. Own Your Happy
Often, we lose ourselves in the busyness of our daily lives — work, children, social obligations, relationships, household chores… There’s hardly any time left in the day to do things you enjoy!
This year, promise to dedicate more time for yourself and the activities that truly bring you joy. In essence, own your happiness, elevate yourself, and unapologetically implement your self-care goals for the new year. Try things like:
2. Develop New Habits by Customizing Your Long-Term Goals
This year, take a little time to evaluate yourself, who you’d like to be, and what you’d like to get better at. How does the new you look, act, and speak? Are you a better guitarist, a stronger public speaker, or a successful CEO? Have fun with the process and customize those broad, long-term goals.
If you’d like to become a better reader, for example, break that down into more manageable, bite-sized chunks. Try reading 10 minutes a day, three times a week, and as the year progresses, continue to customize, grow, and expand upon your goal until you’re where you want to be. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Remain patient and be gentle with yourself.
3. Find Your Tribe
Seek out people that fill your proverbial cup. Having a tribe can help alleviate any angst you may feel when trying new things.
Start by making a list of adjectives that best describe you — academic, creative, selfless, ambitious, thrill seeker, etc. — and align that with a community of people that are most similar to you. For example, if one of your attributes is “Nature Enthusiast,” sign up to get your scuba diving license or join a hiking group. You’re sure to meet people along the way that share your enthusiasm for mother nature.
What if you’re more of a creative? Find programs and locations that other artists like yourself might frequent, such as a Painting with a Twist event or music festival. In short, create a safe haven of people that help steer you towards fulfilling your goals of self-care for the new year. Here are a few tips for finding your tribe:
Attend Programs and Meetups in your area
Become more open to spontaneous conversations
Lend a helping hand to others
Join Facebook groups
Frequent places you enjoy
4. Say Yes
That camping trip your friends invited you to might sound more laborious than lying around in your PJs and watching Rom-Coms all weekend, but it doesn’t bring new experiences, closer bonds, or lasting memories. Try being open to new adventures because you truly never know what’s on the other side. And if opting out becomes a habit, you could lose out on some of the greatest joys life has to offer.
Burst through your fears, get out of your comfort zone, and say “Yes!” to new experiences and opportunities you’ve grown comfortable saying “No” to.
Whether your self-care new year’s resolutions involve developing new habits, saying “Yes” to new adventures, or finding your tribe, Painting with a Twist can help you get the ball rolling! Choose a painting event at your local studio, and embark upon the new year with a more creative, happier, and self-assured you!
Some merry music and decorations can help set the mood around the holidays, but it’s even better with a festive drink in your hand! Help get in the holiday spirit with these 10 fun and easy holiday cocktail recipes.
Trade in your usual mimosa for the holiday season. The Poinsettia is one of the simplest (and prettiest!) holiday cranberry cocktail recipes you can make.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
4 oz. prosecco
2 oz. cranberry juice
Pour cranberry juice into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Drop in a few fresh cranberries for a pretty and extra festive touch.
2. Sugar Plum Spritz
Visions of this spritz will be dancing in your head all night! It plays with the flavors found in real sugar plums (contrary to their name, they are not just plums covered in sugar) and has a lovely balance of crisp lightness and warm spice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
8 oz Prosecco, chilled
2 oz Aperol
2 oz sugar plum syrup
1 dash cardamom bitters
Sugar Plum Syrup
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cardamom pods
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Slice the apricot and one plum into quarters. In a saucepan, combine the sliced plums and apricots, honey, water, almond extract, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the honey is dissolved, then turn to low and cook about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain into a container to remove the cardamom, star anise, cinnamon stick and larger fruit pieces, then refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. You can easily make this the day before so it’s ready to mix at cocktail hour!
Wet the rims of each champagne flute and dip them in sugar. Slice second plum into small wedges and add a wedge to each champagne flute. When the sugar plum syrup is chilled, pour 2-3 oz into each flute. Top each with 1 oz Aperol, a dash of bitters, and 2 oz chilled Prosecco.
750 ml bottle of red wine, such as Garnacha or Pinot Noir
First, prepare your fruit. Dice the apples and pears into small pieces with the skin on. Cut the orange and lemon in halves. Slice one half of each into thin wheels.
Add half of the diced apples, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds to a large pitcher along with the maple syrup and juice from the intact lemon and orange halves. Cush with a muddler or wooden spoon, then stir. Add orange and lemon wheels, diced pear, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and the remaining apples, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. Pour in the cranberry juice, apple cider, brandy, triple sec, and red wine, then stir to combine. Add sparkling water and additional maple syrup to taste. Stir it again to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Chill at least two hours before serving. When ready, ladle it into glasses with plenty of fruit in each one, and enjoy!
4. Red & Green Gin & Tonic
Deck your typical gin & tonic with red cranberries and green rosemary to turn it into a festive affair!
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
4 oz gin
6 oz tonic
2 oz rosemary simple syrup
4-6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6-8 fresh cranberries
To make rosemary simple syrup, combine the water, sugar and rosemary sprigs in a saucepan. Heat until simmering and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Remove the rosemary sprigs. Transfer the syrup to the refrigerator, and chill for about 15 minutes. Make it ahead of time for easier, in-the-moment bartending.
To serve the cocktail, fill two rocks glasses with ice. Pour 1 oz of the sage simple syrup and 2 oz of gin into each glass, then top with 3 oz of tonic. Give it a quick stir. Add a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries to each glass for a festive red and green display!
5. Tangerine-Mint Margarita
With the right ingredients, a margarita can hang with other winter holiday cocktail recipes. Tangerine does the trick in this merry marg!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 oz fresh tangerine juice
4 oz blanco tequila
2 oz triple sec
2 oz lime juice
2 oz simple syrup
2 T sugar
1 T tangerine or lime zest
To make sugar the rim, combine sugar with the zest of a lime or tangerine. Pour it onto a small plate. Wet the rim of 2 to 3 glasses with citrus juice, then dip each into the sugar, turning the glass to cover the rim.
Combine the tangerine juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake to mix and chill ingredients. Pour it into the sugared glass, over ice if preferred. Add a tangerine wheel and mint leaves to garnish.
6. Santa Clausmopolitan
Your guests won’t be able to resist this cleverly-named cocktail by Delish. Leave one out for Santa, and you’re sure to make the Nice List. Ho, ho, ho!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
3 oz vodka
3 oz cranberry juice
½ oz triple sec
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ c fresh cranberries
Lime wedge, for rim
Sugar, for rim
Run a lime wedge around each martini glass, then dip it in sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake until the cocktail shaker is cold. Divide the drinks between rimmed glasses and add cranberries for garnish.
7. Winter Spice Old Fashioned
Add this jolly riff of an Old Fashioned to your repertoire of holiday bourbon cocktail recipes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
2 oz bourbon
½ oz spiced simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
Cinnamon stick for garnish
For Spiced Simple Syrup
1 c brown sugar
1 c water
2 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods
2 whole nutmeg
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
To make spiced simple syrup, combine the water, sugar, and all the spices in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low until simmering and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain out spices. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for about 15 minutes.
In an old-fashioned rocks glass, add the bourbon, spiced simple syrup, and bitters, and stir to combine. Add ice and stir until cool. Squeeze the orange peel to release the oils, and add the peel to the glass along with a cinnamon stick to garnish.
8. Fig & Vanilla Bean Fizz
Tis the season for festive sips! Try this delicious vanilla bean and fig cocktail — it’ll make your and your guests’ list of the best holiday cocktail recipes you’ve ever had!
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 25-30 minutes for simple syrup
3 oz gin
1 oz fig and vanilla bean simple syrup
4 oz tonic
Fresh figs for garnish
For Fig and Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:
1 c chopped figs
½ c sugar
½ c water
1 vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped
For the simple syrup, add all the ingredients to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the figs break down (about five to seven minutes) while stirring frequently. Let the mixture cool, then strain the liquid.
Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and then pour it into two ice-filled cocktail glasses. Top each with 2 oz tonic. Garnish with sliced figs and thyme sprigs, and serve.
9. Peppermint White Russian
Meet the boozy relative of the Peppermint Mocha! Just as fall goes hand-in-hand with the iconic flavors of a pumpkin spice latte, the holiday season isn’t complete without the classic zing of peppermint. And what better way to get your peppermint fix than in this easy and delicious Peppermint White Russian!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
4 oz vodka
4 oz coffee liqueur
4 oz peppermint schnapps
2 oz cream or half-and-half
Whipped cream (optional)
Mini candy cane
Combine vodka, coffee liqueur, schnapps, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake it until chilled and pour the mixture into a mug or rocks glass. Top it with whipped cream (optional but encouraged) and a candy cane.
10. Classic (Spiked) Eggnog
Last but not least is the pinnacle of all classic holiday beverages: spiked eggnog! Once your eggnog is made, you can add as little or as much “spiked” as you’d like! This recipe uses rum, though it’s more than acceptable to substitute a good bourbon, brandy, or even vodka!
Separate the egg yolks into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add sugar and beat together until mixture is smooth and fluffy.
Combine the milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a saucepan and warm on low heat until steaming (do not simmer or boil), stirring frequently.
While still warm, pour half of the milk mixture very slowly in a thin stream into the egg mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Continue whisking for several minutes after the mixture is incorporated. Then, slowly pour the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan to combine with the remaining milk mixture, stirring constantly to prevent curdling. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Strain out any curdled bits, if any. Stir in the vanilla extract and rum (or omit rum if desired). Chill completely before serving. Pour into mugs or glasses and sprinkle it with cinnamon.
Enjoy Your Holiday Cocktails at Painting with a Twist
The best way to spread holiday cheer is to share your holiday spirit — and spirits! — with the ones you love. Invite your friends to a painting event at your local Painting with a Twist to enjoy your holiday cocktails while you paint a festive painting and share an unforgettable holiday experience!
The season of giving doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. Sometimes the best gift can come in a small package — or no package at all! If you need heartfelt gift ideas for your loved ones, check out these inexpensive and sentimental Christmas gift ideas. They’ll love your thoughtfulness, and they’ll treasure your sweet gift for many years!
Heartfelt Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
If you’re up for trying unique handmade gift ideas, candles are easy to make, and you can personalize them with scents and cute vessels. Purchase small, inexpensive glass jars, or shop at thrift stores for quirky containers — bonus points if they remind you of a specific recipient!
Then, spend an afternoon in the kitchen, making your candles. For an added touch, write a sweet note, and tie it around the top of the jar with colorful twine. They’ll think of you every time they light their candle!
Have you ever looked at an old photo and instantly felt like you were living in the sweet memory that the photo captured? That’s why photos make wonderfully personal handmade gift ideas!
With a few cheap materials and an hour or two of time, you can be well on your way to creating unforgettable, inexpensive, and sentimental Christmas gifts. Try making photo tile coasters for your BFF’s brand new apartment, or whip up some adorable mason jar photo magnets that your S.O. can use to decorate their work cubicle.
Not crafty? Not a problem. DIY heartfelt gift ideas don’t have to be complicated. At Painting with a Twist, you can make something beautiful and unique — no DIY skills required. We’ll provide all the materials, and our talented instructors will take you through simple steps to creating an art piece that you can personalize for your loved one. Create something you’ll be proud to give them. It’ll be extra special because YOU put your heart and time into it!
Custom Gift Baskets
If you need easy sentimental Christmas gift ideas, try custom made gift baskets! We’re not talking about ordering a fruit basket from a fancy retailer here. Put your heart into it and show your loved ones how well you know them.
Start with your mom’s favorite candy or your brother’s favorite beer, and build an inexpensive basket of goodies around that theme. Here’s a hint: dollar stores and secondhand shops often have baskets for cheap! You can even include other favorites of theirs, like snacks (everyone loves snacks, right?!). They’ll be touched that you noticed and remembered their favorite things over the years.
A Walk (or Drive) Down Memory Lane
Sometimes the best heartfelt gift ideas aren’t a physical gift at all. For your S.O. or best friend, consider creating a one-of-a-kind holiday scavenger hunt!
You can include unique spots to see festive lights or a place to stop for hot cocoa, but be sure you have landmarks that are significant to your friendship or relationship.
The holidays are an excellent time to reflect on what we’re grateful for. Take time to revisit your favorite memories with your loved ones with thoughtfully written scavenger hunt riddles or clues.
A Day of Fun Together
There’s no better gift than making new memories together! For sentimental Christmas gift ideas that don’t require any wrapping paper, treat your loved one to a new experience together, such as a holiday paint party at Painting with a Twist. You can enjoy your favorite wine — and each other’s company! — then, gift each other your paintings after the event and have a tangible reminder of your cherished time together. Find an event you’ll both love at your local Painting with a Twist studio!
The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of year, but that’s certainly not always the case! Between the holiday shopping rush, scheduling time to visit all of your loved ones, and all of that extra traffic from seasonal travelers, you might not be feeling as much holiday cheer as you’d like. But don’t let it wear you down! Check out these tips to help you slow down and boost your mental health through the holiday season.
Schedule In Your “Me Time”
While you’re planning all of the fun, festive activities you’re going to do during your precious holiday time, don’t forget to schedule in some time to just take care of yourself!
In a season chock full of wonderful indulgences, sleep is something that’s often in short supply. Whether you’re staying up late to spend time with visiting relatives or waking up early with excited kids or early plans, you might find yourself burning the candle at both ends during the holidays.
And as any cranky toddler will gladly demonstrate, being tired is a surefire way to make you irritable and generally not feeling your best. Prioritize plenty of time for those Z’s, and your mental health during the holidays will thank you for it!
Plan Fun Activities to Connect With Friends
There’s really nothing more mood-boosting than sharing a laugh or a heart-to-heart with your favorite people. While everyone is off work and embracing their holiday cheer, plan a few fun (and unique!) activities to bond over.
A painting event at Painting with a Twist is the perfect way to bring everyone together — and with our new Zen Collection, everyone will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Listen to calming music, sip your favorite adult beverage, and paint a beautiful, calming painting with the help of our instructors.
When Things Get Stressful, Keep It Simple
Many people approach the holidays with a to-do list as long as their expectations. If you find yourself getting stressed, try to scale back your tasks and your standards, and just keep things simple.
You don’t need to serve an 8-course meal, send out the most flawless holiday cards, or purchase the most elaborate gifts. The holidays are a time to focus on relationships and gratitude, and everything else is extra. Let it go!
Embrace Those Endorphins.
It’s hard to fit in exercise when there is so much fun stuff going on — and eating leftover pie for breakfast sounds way better than going for a jog. However, breaking a sweat really can do wonders for your mental health.
Making time for 30 minutes of exercise a day can help create a positive mindset and rosier outlook in general. If you’re looking for tips on how to help seasonal affective disorder, you’ll be happy to know that exercise also checks that box!
Set Healthy Boundaries
From start to finish, the entire holiday season is filled with various obligations. From work parties to school parties to holiday shopping to holiday cooking to festivities with your family, your in-laws, your friends – it’s exhausting just thinking about it all!
One of the best things you can do is identify when you need to create boundaries, and then learn how to stand by them. It is ok to say no to an invitation or a request when you’re feeling drained. It is more than ok to take care of yourself!
The holidays are joyful, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stressful, too. Take a break from the holiday hustle and grind with a visit to a Painting with a Twist studio near you! Bring your favorite beverage and relax as our instructors guide you through creating your very own painting to help you recharge your mental health.
Making a gift list for the holidays, but finding yourself a bit stumped on the perfect present for the pet-owner in your life? Maybe you’ve considered getting a tutu for their puppy or high-quality bird food for their Cockatiel. Or was it a Cockatoo?
Why not skip the generic presents altogether, and opt for a personalized custom painting of their pet? A DIY Paint Your Pet gift can send a message of consideration and effort, and your favorite animal lover is sure to cherish it for years to come!
How to Spot a Pet-Lover
Are you trying to determine if a personalized pet painting is the right gift for the pet owner in your life? Here are a few ways to tell that you have a true pet fanatic on your hands:
If they refer to their pets as “fur babies”
If they own one or several “Fur Parent” coffee mugs
If they frequently volunteer at animal shelters
If they dress their pets up in outfits or costumes
Pets require patience, care, and a strong sense of responsibility, and in turn, they give us unconditional love, constant companionship, emotional support, and so much more. It’s no wonder your pet-owner deems them part of the family. Because, well, that’s just what they are — family! Embrace your loved one’s honorary relative with one of the best Christmas gifts for pet lovers out there — a commemorative Paint Your Pet masterpiece.
What is Paint Your Pet
During a Paint Your Pet event, you’ll be joined by one of our talented artist instructors in a fun and exciting art studio. They’ll help you every step of the way as you create a unique work of art catered to your favorite pet-owner and their furry, scaly, hooved, or even quilled companion.
Paint your masterpiece using your own color scheme and art style to create a perfectly personalized Christmas gift that matches the decor of its final placement in your pet lover’s home. Our events are also designed to meet the needs of individuals that don’t have a background in painting, so there’s no need to worry if you’re not a canvas and paint guru. We’ll help you through every step of the painting process.
How to Join a Paint Your Pet Event
To reserve a Paint Your Pet event, find an event at a convenient location near you, make a reservation, and send us a picture of the adorable creature you’d like to paint. Before your arrival, our artists will pre-sketch the pet on the surface of your choosing. All that’s left to do is grab your favorite beverage and have a great time, all while creating your very thoughtful and very personalized pet Christmas gift.
Ways to Gift Paint Your Pet
Would your loved one enjoy painting their own pet? You can gift them an experience instead by inviting them to join you at the event. Not only does this option allow them to create their very own pet dedication, but the happy memories they’ll make while sipping and painting won’t be forgotten.
If you’d prefer to paint the pet yourself, that’s okay too! Come and enjoy the gift of pure, unadulterated satisfaction that can only come from swiping a paintbrush over a clean, bare canvas as you create a fantastic gift for that amazing person.
Are you having trouble getting everyone together for the holidays? Between inclement weather and holiday traffic, it can be difficult to expect everyone over for your holiday party. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share in the seasonal tradition of exchanging gifts! Virtual events are an awesome alternative to meeting in-person. Here are some great gift ideas that’ll be a hit at any holiday party!
How To Do A Virtual Gift Exchange
A virtual gift exchange is a wonderful way for your family, friends, and coworkers to enjoy time together, regardless of where they’re located. But before buying a single present, you’ll need to be sure you know how to do a virtual gift exchange, especially if you’ve never hosted one.
With a quick online search, you’ll find a number of free gift exchange sites that’ll help facilitate this process. These tools really simplify the name-swapping, and let participants create their own wish lists and personalized recommendations.
Chat with your fellow gifters and agree on a price limit for your swap, like $25 plus shipping to the recipient’s home. This creates an even playing field for everyone and eases any anxious feelings around how much to spend. Participants should wait to open their gifts until they’re with everyone at the virtual party — and don’t forget to try and guess who each present is from!
15 gift ideas everyone will love
Thanks to the wish lists provided by gift exchange sites, you’ll definitely have some solid ideas about what to buy your recipient. But if you’d rather send them something a little unexpected, we’ve compiled a list of unique yet practical gifts that are sure to surprise and delight!
Gifts for Family Members
1. Essential oil diffuser
Diffusers are perfect for taking in soothing scents throughout the entire day. All your family members will need to do is add water and their favorite essential oil to create a spa-like atmosphere right in their own home.
2. Gourmet food items
The holidays are for indulging, and sending your family a variety of gourmet foods is one of the best ways to do exactly that. To stay on budget, send small jars that’ll let them sample a number of different spreads, dips, honey, nut butters, and so on.
3. Wood board painting
Painting with a Twist is all about helping you make something unique, like a giftable (and fully customizable) wood board painting. When you visit your local studio, a Painting with a Twist artist will guide you through creating a one-of-a-kind piece, sure to be cherished by whoever opens it at your virtual Christmas gift exchange.
Gifts for friends
1. Yoga mat
It’s safe to say 2020 has brought about some unexpected challenges and stressors for just about everyone. What better way to help a friend unwind and get grounded going into the new year than with a brand new yoga mat!
A candle isn’t the most out-of-the-box item on our list, which is why you should look for one that not only smells great but has a dual purpose once it’s burned. For example, there are plenty of candles whose containers can be cleaned to double as a drinking glass or a small planter. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive two gifts in one?
With all the extra time we’re spending at home these days, ‘real’ shoes have almost become obsolete. Search for a pair of slippers with extra features like fleece lining or memory foam for the ultimate in warmth and comfort.
Gifts for coworkers
1. French press
A French press is the perfect gift for that coworker who needs caffeine to fuel their day. There are plenty of affordable styles to choose from, so if your budget allows for it, complete the gift with a bag of coffee beans, as well.
2. Stainless steel tumbler
Stainless steel tumblers maintain a consistent temperature better than most other materials, which means beverages stay hotter or colder for longer. Look for a size and style the recipient will want to take with them wherever they go.
3. Portable Bluetooth speaker
A portable speaker is a great companion while working from home, enjoying a day at the beach, and everything in between. Its compact size and ease of use means your coworker can jam to their favorite playlist from just about anywhere.
Gifts for white elephant
1. Wireless karaoke mic
What’s more fun than putting on a performance in your living room? After downloading a karaoke app, users can connect to the microphone via Bluetooth, and then it’s time to belt out their best tune. Despite its simple setup, this gift is guaranteed to provide hours of lighthearted entertainment.
2. Disposable camera
Add a little nostalgia to your virtual white elephant gift exchange with a cute disposable camera that’ll remind them of simpler times. The recipient can snap pics of their best holiday moments, or save the camera to take with them on a future trip.
3. Silly socks
A pair of silly socks is a sure way to put a smile on someone’s face! Whether it’s donuts, dinosaurs, or a pop culture print, this whimsical gift will offer a laugh and serve as a great talking point whenever they’re worn.
Gifts for anonymous exchange
1. Reusable shopping bags
Reusable bags are not only an easy step in being more sustainable, but they’re an inexpensive gift that’ll get regular use. Look for bags that’ll hold up to some wear and tear so they can go on any number of errands or excursions.
2. Painting with a Twist gift card
A gift card to Painting with a Twist is really an opportunity for an amazing night out, filled with tons of laughter and memorable moments. Give someone the chance to explore their creativity and take home an original artwork at the end of the evening!
3. Throw blanket
Throw blankets are truly multipurpose — they can wrap themselves up while reading a book, enjoying a Netflix marathon, or during a car ride on a cold day. Your best bet is to buy one in a neutral shade (like gray or cream) that’ll complement anyone’s home interior.
Wrap Up Your Gift List at Painting with a Twist
A thoughtful gift can go a long way, and few gifts are more engaging or rewarding than a new experience! With a Painting with a Twist gift card, recipients can choose from thousands of paintings and studios all over the country where they’re bound to make memories they’ll hold onto for years to come.
It’s getting dangerously close to the holidays, and your chances to get everyone together are getting slimmer by the day. If you’re short on time, don’t stress! Check out these last-minute holiday gathering ideas for everything from family get-togethers to workplace holiday parties.
Last-Minute Holiday Party Ideas for Your Friend Group
When planning a last-minute holiday gathering, you may not have time to plan a menu, grocery shop, and cook. But you still need party ideas that’ll get your friends in the spirit! Why not keep things classy — and oh so easy — with a wine and charcuterie night. Most grocery stores carry delicious varieties of cheese and sliced meats, so all you’ll have to do is choose the perfect wine pairings and serve up a few courses of stylish charcuterie.
Even if the weather outside is frightful, you can still enjoy a delightful night out with friends. If you’d rather not host in your home, find a venue for a small private party instead. You can reserve a room at your favorite local restaurant, host a white elephant gift exchange, or book your own holiday-themed private paint party, complete with your favorite drinks and appetizers. The best part? You don’t have to clean up at the end of the night!
Family Holiday Gathering Ideas
Can’t wait to see your loved ones this holiday season, but you haven’t planned any activities to do with your out-of-town guests while they’re here? Don’t fret — we can help. Check out these fun and easy activities you can do from the comfort of your own home!
Set up your own hot cocoa bar.
Set up a hot cocoa bar in your house, complete with every topping you can dream up. Then, grab your perfect cup of cocoa, put on your holiday jammies (bonus points if they match!), and enjoy a holiday movie marathon in the living room. Or, craft your holiday hearts out with a festive Twist at Home painting kit.
Play some holiday charades.
This is an easy one to set up. Just write the names of your favorite holiday movie characters on cards, set a phone timer, and enjoy some laughs together.
Plan out a holiday scavenger hunt.
Divide your guests into teams and have everyone search for things like rainbow twinkle lights, menorahs in windows, or the yard with the most inflatable décor. The team that finds the most items from your list is the winner!
Play holiday-themed digital games.
Download a holiday-themed game — like Christmas Jeopardy or the smartphone game Heads Up — and gather around your TV or another device for a fun evening that requires zero prep work.
Play a “Candy Canes” card game.
Ever played Spoons with a deck of cards and a few spoons? Try playing with candy canes instead for a fun and festive feel!
Host a gingerbread contest.
When it comes to classic family games for holiday gatherings, a friendly gingerbread competition can’t be beat. Bake gingerbread people or get ambitious with gingerbread houses. The only prep required for you, the host, is some grocery shopping for colorful candy and premade frosting!
Holiday Get Together Ideas for Your Office Crew
Hosting a last-minute holiday office party doesn’t have to be complicated! Get everyone together for some fun and simple group activities, like an office superlatives award ceremony, complete with a trophy or certificate for each winner to make things official. The goofier the award titles, the better! Serve premade cake from a local bakery or have everyone bring a favorite holiday snack or treat to share so you don’t have to worry about catering.
If you’d rather get out of the office, try a holiday party with a twist instead! After all, you and your colleagues have worked hard this year, and you deserve a little social time to celebrate the holidays. Book a private paint party for your corporate team at your local Painting with a Twist studio to get everyone out of the office and into the holiday spirit.
Last-Minute Holiday Parties are Easy at Painting with a Twist
When planning a last-minute holiday gathering, there’s no need to stress over the details. Just invite your guests to join a holiday-themed painting event or private party at your local Painting with a Twist. Bring your favorite festive wine or cocktails, your best ugly sweater, and your holiday spirit—we’ll handle the rest!
You’ve trimmed the tree, strung the lights, and hung the garland, but is something still missing? Check out these colorful holiday paintings you can bring home to fill every space with cheerful holiday colors.
Clark’s Station Wagon
Bring your favorite holiday movie into your home decor with the Clark’s Station Wagon painting! This festive nod to a holiday favorite would go perfectly on a mantle over your Christmas stockings hung with care.
Don’t see all of these painting events offered at your local studio? Painting with a Twist can help you to uncork your creative side with private group painting parties! In private parties, your group can select any winter holiday paintings from our massive art library. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to a private holiday paint and sip where everyone walks away with more holiday cheer!
A Bright Christmas
This colorful painting is one you can enjoy year after year! Bring an array of colors to any wall in your home with A Bright Christmas. The landscape style helps this painting naturally adapt to your existing decor, while the northern-lights styled background adds gorgeous pops of color. And here’s the secret — you can choose any background colors you like! Want things brighter? How about a little more muted? Simply grab your brush, and work in colors that make you feel holiday joy!
While the lights on the tree make this painting feel tailored for the holiday season, you can opt to leave the tree a little more bare to turn this holiday painting into a beautiful landscape that you can leave hung up year-round!
Snowmen are a tried and true staple of easy holiday paintings, and Farmhouse Frosty is no exception! This simple holiday painting goes easy on the effort but high on the wow-factor.
Perfect for a holiday paint party with friends, Farmhouse Frosty becomes a wonderful decor piece as a shelf display or wall hanging. Frosty pairs well with Clark’s Station Wagon and the Fancy Monogrammed Ornament. Farmhouse Frosty keeps the holiday festivities rolling all through the winter months, so it’s a perfect painting to add to your all-season decor!
Personalized Holiday Pickup
Make your art exclusively yours by adding the personalization of your family’s name! Your Personalized Holiday Pickup painting is a perfect all-season decor addition. This winter holiday painting is a cozy, classic addition to your mantle or entryway.
It pairs perfectly with Colorful Pumpkins and the Rustic Reindeer Set to create an all-season art display that captures the season’s glow with special reindeer highlights for the yuletide! Choose a holiday paint and sip group painting party to complete all three pieces for your winter cheer this year!
No matter the painting, Painting with a Twist is here to help you celebrate the season. Start the festivities with a night off, and take your holiday color palette in your own hands with help from Painting with a Twist! Join a holiday-themed painting event near you, and get creative with as much green and red — or whatever holiday colors you choose — as your cheerful heart desires!