Have you ever felt stumped in the midst of the holiday shopping season?  We’re here to tell you a secret. Are you ready? The gift of experiences are always appreciated. To spark your imagination we’ve prepared this list of nine combinations that are bound to inspire mutual delight.


For the Ducks Fan

Get custom embroidered game gear from Oregon Locker Room and organize a #GoDucks Rose Bowl viewing party for January 1st. You could order in from Jimmy Johns or make your signature wings. Of course a pair of tickets to Pasadena would also be a win win.

For the Foodie you love

Did you know that Ginger’s Kitchenware has an ongoing offering of cooking classes? With a gift certificate to an upcoming class you can be sure of a culinary adventure in the making. Want to embark sooner than later? Wrap up a paella pan and suggest an evening of experimentation.

Gingers Kitchenware in the Old Mill District offers cooking classes in Bend, Oregon

Photo by Lauren DeBell Photography

For your favorite Skate Ski Date

Have you fallen for the ever-challenging and always rewarding activity of Skate Skiing? Why not splurge on new equipment for your beloved at REI. While you’re at it you can plan ahead for weekend outings. Make sure you have a Thermos at the ready as well as a Savory Spice Hot Toddy blend, perfect for an aprés ski treat.

Kick up your heels, together

Find your partner a sweet pair of custom boots at Desperado. Register for Swing Dancing Classes and get ready for dance floor spins and cheeky grins.

Photo by Lauren DeBell Photography

Photo by Lauren DeBell Photography

For the Beach Bound

Winter getaways are a must for many Bendites. A pair of über-comfy flip flops and tickets to your favorite tropical destination would be the tops. If that’s not in the cards, you could always take a visit to Kona Mix Plate to tide you over until your next Hawaiian holiday.

Walk this way

At the Gap there’s a great array of playful leggings and layers. Pick out a favorite pattern for her present. We highly recommend pairing them with the suggestion of a standing date to enjoy the river trail at regular intervals.

Old Mill District in Bend Oregon Photo by Mike Albright

Photo by Mike Albright Photography

For the Young Adventurers

What’s better than sharing your love for the great outdoors with your children? Getting them equipped for future fishing, skiing and outdoor explorations will only lead to good things. Better yet, add a couple of camping dates to your family calendar.

Photo by Lauren Debell Photography

Photo by Lauren Debell Photography

Music lovers take note

Did you know that Old Mill District Gift Certificates are redeemable at the Ticket Mill? Plan ahead for the next season of shows with a Gift Certificate. You could pair it with a note to your favorite music lover requesting that a special evening be reserved for his or her concert of choice.

Dave Matthews Band in the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend Oregon

Photo by Nate Wyeth Photography

For the Wine Curious

Give the gift of a Naked Winery club membership. Enjoying flights are easy in their tasting room. Monthly tastings are encouraged and double-dates allowed.

With over 40 shops, riverside restaurants and trails in the Old Mill District, the possibilities for sharing experiences are unlimited. So go on, make some holiday memories!