Give the Gift of experience this season. Sure, it’s always nice to have something to unwrap on Christmas morning. But once that gift is open, where did the fun go? Instead of a thing, why not give the gift of an experience this holiday? With these thoughtful ideas, you can give the Haitian in your life a memory to cherish forever.

A Gift that Gives Back There’s no better way to say you care about someone and Haiti than the gift of Charity. Through Unicef you can donate money in someone’s name that will go directly to earthquake relief in Haiti. The area is still recovering from the devastation that took a toll in 2017. Through this gift, you will know that you and the person you’re gifting are both taking part in the rebuilding efforts.

The Gift of Dance What’s more festive and fun than turning up the music and dancing? With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to put on those dancing shoes and take up a dance class–and learn about the Haitian culture as well. With websites like CourseHorse, you can search for Haitian dance classes in your area and schedule a date and time for the fan of dance in  your life.

Feeding the Soul They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, so appeal to the foodie you love with some homemade Haitian cooking classes. Have a favorite Haitian restaurant in your neighborhood? Give them a call and see if they offer a private lesson, or perhaps a private meal for two. Look online to see if there are any kitchens offering classes in your area. Cindy Similien-Johnson, the author of bestselling cookbook Cook Like a Haitian has classes online for easy-to-make recipes.

Live Music Sing sounds of rejoice because the beloved Haitian artist Emeline Michel is performing live this Spring with several dates scheduled in Florida and New York. Fans can enjoy a night of music they won’t soon forget. Music fills the heart with melodies and this Haitian songstress is sure not to disappoint. You just might be their favorite gift giver with tickets to one of her shows.

Learning the Language Do you have someone on your list who has always yearned to learn or perfect the Creole language of their ancestors or relatives? The Haitian Creole Institute offers a handful of classes at different levels. Whether they’re being introduced to it or brushing up on their skills, you’ll be presenting the gift of learning. How smart.

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