Give the Gift of a New Skill with Curious.com

curious_logo_tagline-a853e7806acb6cb4df49af90f7f8ca2aDon’t get desperate and give a last minute basket of shower gel to that person on your list who has everything and needs nothing. Instead, opt for a unique gift of a new skill through Curious.com. Better yet, forget the gift giving and learn your own new skills in 2015. It’s an easy, achievable resolution that makes you feel better about yourself than an unused gym membership.

Here’s the deal with Curious.com: it’s a fun, online learning site with over 10,000 video lessons taught by over 1,000 teachers on subjects from crafting to beer brewing to learning music to makeup tips to cutting granite for countertops. There is something for everyone and the lessons run from 15 minutes to several hours. Learn how to fund a startup while lounging around in yoga pants with a glass of wine.

When I’ve tried to conquer something new, I search the Internet for videos and generally come up successful. The only problem is that the videos are made with good intention, but generally with poor execution. That means I have to listen to the heavy breathing from the instructor or watch something that goes in and out of blurriness while the person holds the camera and tries to instruct. But hey, you get what you pay for.

Curious.com classes costs money. There are some free classes and videos on the site, but most classes charge a small fee (beginning at $9.99). The price is worth it as the videos are professionally done, and it’s more that a quick tutorial. These are real classes where you can go back and rewatch as many times as you like, interact with instructors, get support, and upload projects. It’s a real community. Also, they’ve teamed with Sunset Magazine staffers to teach Sunset Seminars that would appeal to fans of the magazine and those who have interests in related subjects, like the Essentials of Wine.

This is the time to try or give as a gift Curious.com. There is a holiday special with 50% all classes. Are you buying someone an awesome gift of a DSLR camera? Give them a class on how to work their new camera for under $20. There is a gift option – just click on the gift icon and you can add a personal message and set a delivery date. Simple!

If saving 50% off wasn’t enough, join now using this link for $25 worth of Curious credits.

I recently took the O’Neil Sisters’ class on how to make a floating bead necklace. If you’ve ever considered learning jewelry making, I highly recommend any of the O’Neil Sisters’ classes.

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Disclosure: I was given $100 in Curious credits recently after an event. All opinions are my own. I’m thinking about taking ukulele lessons first.

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