We had a significant birthday in the family this week. Ending in zero. No, not mine, that's next week.
Anyhoo, as a present we organised a session at Oresome in Hull. You start with a strip of silver and finish three hours later with a really nice ring that you made yourself. It turns out that the process is more complex than you might think, and gives you a lot of respect for people who make things like this.
It seems that the trend today is for experiences rather than just buying stuff. I reckon that this kind of thing does both. They are lovely folk at Oresome and took the trouble to make the event even more special for our lucky birthday person. And apparently you get to use a hammer, which is always good. Strongly recommended.