Article and Photos by Michelle Farnsworth
Ya wanna know what’s trending? To avoid the trend! Buck the system, and literally color outside the lines.
Let me tell you a little story: in the early days of my marriage and motherhood, my husband, honey-pie, sweetie Richard, would consistently order me flowers. I love flowers. I always want fresh flowers around my home. To this day I purchase flowers for myself. But I made the mistake of remarking to him, ”Maybe get me something different next time?”
Richard became the Seinfeld Soup Guy: ”NO MORE FLOWERS FOR YOU.”
But even then, I was trying to get loved ones to be more creative in their gift giving endeavors. Not to follow the masses; I guess it’s the Gemini in me.
Well then, you’re thinking, what’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea, Ms. Smartie Pants?
Hold onto your noggins, cuz you’re going to love what I have in mind.
My top ideas involve combining activities with supporting local, small businesses. Your recipients will be surprised, small businesses will get a boost, and YOU are crowned, “BEST GIFT GIVER!”
Here are my top three picks:
Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC) Adult Classes. I have personally attended many of these classes, and they are just a great way to spend an evening. Classes are taught by professional artists. New classes have been scheduled, from clay to painting to metal sculpting, and watercolor—there’s sure to be something you and your mamma, auntie, cousin, or sister would enjoy. Classes can be found at www.bismarckdac.com.
Paint Your Pet Class at Blue Sky Bismarck. If you know me, you know my Boston Terrier, Frankie, is my best pal. (He was lovingly adopted from Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue, which is another gift idea—adopt a pet!) I recently took a class from Nicole Gagner, a local artist. Nicole sketches out a rough draft of your pet from your provided photograph, and when you attend the class, your canvas is ready for you to paint. It’s like paint-by-numbers for adults! In addition to that class, Blue Sky Bismarck hosts an entirely different set of classes than its upstairs neighbor, BDAC. Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/blueskybismarck to see a list of classes.
Stella’s on Main in Bismarck. I took a pillow making class that was relaxing, fun, and super easy to do. Basically, owner D’arcie Weekes-Malsam does all the work for you. You show up, choose your stencil, and dab on some paint! Ta-dah! There are also paint-your-own wall clocks, wooden trays, and succulent bar classes to attend. Go to stellasnd.com or their Facebook page: facebook.com/stellasnorthdakota for all the information you need to register.
So get creative, explore your community, learn a new hobby, and grab your loved one for an adventure they’ll always treasure and never forget.
Michelle Farnsworth is a local writer and owner of her own Younique Makeup and Skincare business. Two humans, one fur baby, and her husband, Richard, occupy her free time.