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Holiday Gift Guide: Experience gifts

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What better way to say, "I'm thinking of you this holiday," than with a gift that keeps on giving? Let that special someone on your list experience something new ... maybe exciting ... maybe a craft ... or maybe pure entertainment.

1. Do you have two left feet? Get into the groove with ballroom dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Columbia. Learn the salsa, waltz, cha cha and more! Dancecolumbia.com

2. Located on a 150-acre working farm in Clarksville, Tin Lizzie Wineworks offers three different winemaking packages for making premium quality wine complete with custom labels. Prices vary depending on the package. Tinlizziewineworks.com

3. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts on your gift list will love adventures and tours from Terrapin Adventures in Savage. Exciting activities include ziplines, horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing and many more. Terrapinadventures.com

4. Aspiring chefs and foodies alike will jump at the chance to spend a day with Chef Michel Tersiguel of the eponymous French country restaurant in Ellicott City. Join the chef at 5 a.m. as he tours the Jessup Wholesale Seafood & Produce Market and help him prepare for the day. End your once-in-a-lifetime experience with a chef's menu for two. $425 at Tersiguels.com

5. Who says you have to travel to Broadway for quality live entertainment? The only professional theater company in Howard County, Rep Stage is housed on the campus of Howard Community College. Performances for the 2011-2012 season include "Yellowman" and "Las Meninas." Repstage.org

6. Perhaps wine isn't your choice of beverage? Then learn how to make your own beer at Maryland Homebrew's brewmaking classes. Beginners and whole grain brewing classes are held once a month and cost about $20 per person. MDHB.com

7. The ClayGround at Savage Mill offers ceramics classes by appointment Wednesday through Saturday. Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome, according to owner Charlene Randolph. Learn the techniques of handbuilding and wheel throwing to create a vase, bowl, plate or other project. $40 per project, glazing included. claygroundonline.com

8. The nonprofit Baltimore County Sailing Center offers classes in sailing for adults. Instructors certified by US Sailing teach the basics of the sport, starting with drills on land and then in the water at Hawk Cove, in Essex, using two-person JY-15 boats. Lessons take place four consecutive Sundays for four hours each day. $299. bcsailing.org

9. Learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind-off through knitting and crocheting classes at Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville. Class projects include a button hole scarf, a hat, sweaters, fingerless mitts, damask, shawls, socks and even a class specializing in "fixing mistakes." $30-$85 depending on the type of class and project. cloverhillyarn.com

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