What do you get for the loved one who has everything? If you’re stumped finding gifts this holiday season for everyone on your list, maybe it’s time to get creative. Here are six local gift ideas that will spare you some wrapping paper but bring plenty of smiles.
Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton, N.J.
609-586-0616 | groundsforsculpture.org
Though it’s located in the heart of Central New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture secludes more than 270 pieces crafted by new and renowned artists with thousands of trees and flowers… and even a few resident peacocks. Offering an escape for art aficionados, nature lovers, families, and casual visitors alike, the maze-like park displays creativity in every corner. Memberships allow year-round general admission to the park, gallery and ever-changing exhibitions, one-time guest passes, discounts on ticketed events, and access to exclusive members-only trips, as well as discounts on Grounds for Sculpture’s three on-site restaurants: Rat’s Restaurant, the Van Gogh Café, and the Peacock Café.
Vault Brewing Company – Yardley, Pa.
267-573-4291 | vaultbrewing.ticketleap.com
You could gift the beer enthusiasts in your life a quality craft beer. Or, you could go above and beyond the norm and provide them with the chance to see how such brews are crafted. Sitting right on Main Street in Yardley, Pa., Vault Brewing Company offers tours and tasting sessions for the beer lovers in everyone’s inner circle. These hour-long, afternoon tours, launched every Saturday, serve groups of up to 10 the chance to take a behind-the-bar look at the speakeasy-style brewpub, and of course, take a sip of the 310-gallon brewery’s finished product.
Hand and Stone – Langhorne, Pa.
267-563-8599 | handandstonelanghorne.com
Know any busy women (or men, for that matter) too swept up in everyday life to carve out some me-time? Give them the nudge they need to pamper themselves by sending them to Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa. The spa’s long service menu includes deep tissue massages, hot stone massages, exfoliation treatments, and aromatherapy, but its licensed massage therapists and estheticians can customize any treatment to meet any unique needs. Gift cards purchased in-spa never expire and may be used at any location in the United States, making it an easy purchase for out-of-towners coming home for the holidays. From $49.95
Princeton Photo Workshop – Princeton, N.J.
609-921-3519 | princetondigitalphotoworkshop.com
Sometimes it’s tough to find gifts creative enough for the artsy folks in your life. This year, you can help loved ones learn a new skill with a gift certificate for photography classes. At Princeton Photo Workshop, students may choose to get to know their digital SLR camera, learn about HDR photography, take an Adobe Lightroom course, become a better sports photographer, experience private instruction, or even take a photo field trip to locations such as New York City and Philadelphia. This is a gift that will not only create memories, but will help loved ones learn how to capture new memories in the best possible lighting. From $49
Spirit Cruises – Philadelphia, Pa.
866-455-3866 | spiritcruises.com
It does not sound easy to arrange a romantic cruise for a sweet couple in your life, but a gift certificate for Spirit Cruises allows you to give two individuals one simple yet unforgettable experience. Gift certificates may be redeemed for lunch or dinner cruises aboard Spirit of Philadelphia. Departing from Penn’s Landing, the ride reveals sweeping views of the Philadelphia skyline from a new perspective while enjoying onboard entertainment and delicious food and drink. To make the evening feel particularly special, guests may indicate if they are celebrating a special occasion.