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OVER LINE: Experiential gifts
By Lauren Krause | For RedEye
If your friend is really, really good at sitting home on his or her butt, an experiential gift is an awesome way to get up and moving. And hey, they might meet a new hottie or replacement best friend. Wait a second ...
If your friend is really, really good at sitting at home on his or her butt, an experiential gift is an awesome way to get up and moving. And hey, they might meet a new hottie or replacement best friend. Wait a second ...

Home-brew class
$20, Brew Camp (4639 N. Damen Ave. 773-784-2400) or brewcamp.com/s/giftcerts
Any beer snob will agree that home-brewing is a must. Plus, if you play your cards right, your beer-loving friend probably will need a taste-tester.
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Trapeze lessons
$57, TSNY Chicago (5917 N. Broadway) or chicago.trapezeschool.com
TSNY Chicago offers beginner trapeze classes year-round. Give the gift most circus performers would kill for.
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Art Classes
$145-$170, LillStreet Art Center (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. 773-769-4226) or lillstreet.com
Exercise a little creativity when doling out this gift. Choose from eight beginner classes, including ceramics, drawing, knitting or photography.
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Ballroom Dancing
$140/10 group classes, Chicago Dance (415 W. Huron St. 312-337-9503) or chicagodance.com
If you really want to step it up this year, why not impress your significant other with a ballroom dancing class? It worked for Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook," didn't it?
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Cooking Class
$40-$150, The Chopping Block (Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107. 312-644-6360 and 4747 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-472-6700) or thechoppingblock.net
A cooking class is the perfect gift for your friend who only knows how to make mac 'n' cheese.