If traveling the aisles of stores isn’t giving you any great ideas for the person who has it all, try giving that person an experience instead. Giving the gift of an experience will help create memories that will last a lifetime. The bonus perk is that you know it isn’t something they already have and will return!
Here are some great gift ideas to help you with everyone on your list.
21c Museum Hotel
The wall of the falling letters at 21c is probably one of the most photographed things in Louisville, and for good reason! The museum is free to wander, but the artwork is as good as any paid outpost. Pair a browse through the galleries with dinner and drinks at the attached Proof, or get a room and make it into a proper staycation. Alternatively, if you’re really feeling fancy, consider gifting a trip to a 21c in another city. The hotel now has locations in Lexington, Cincinnati, Bentonville, Oklahoma City and Durham. Each has its own distinct flare, but all embrace Southern hospitality.
MORE INFO: 21cmuseumhotels.com
Louisville Science Center
Whether it’s tickets for the family to visit one time or a season pass, families will appreciate the chance to check out the newly renovated Louisville Science Center. Children and adults will have fun exploring the three floors filled with hands-on activities all while learning about the world around them.
MORE INFO: kysciencecenter.org.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Kentucky is known for its bourbon, so take your bourbon lover on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to see how his/her favorite drink is crafted and to get a chance to taste it. There are nine local historic distilleries, so you can visit one or many. Admission is minimal at many of the locations, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Heaven Hill and more. You must be 21 or older to participate in the tastings, but anyone can tour. This gift can be grouped together with a bottle of bourbon to let the receiver know about all the deliciousness that awaits on the trail.
MORE INFO: kybourbontrail.com
For everything mom has done for you, do something extra special for her and offer her a day of pampering. Give her a gift certificate for a massage and/or facial. Both will leave her happy, relaxed and rejuvenated. Massage Envy is one local option, with many area locations.
MORE INFO: massageenvy.com
Derby Dinner Playhouse
For the special couple in your life, offer them dinner and a play with Derby Dinner Playhouse tickets. Derby Dinner is located in Clarksville, Indiana, just a short drive from Louisville. Visitors get to enjoy a buffet dinner with actors as their waiters before the show. Diners stay in their seats to watch the show, which will take place just feet from where they are sitting. Every seat is a good one at Derby Dinner! Upcoming shows include “Sister Act” and “Run for Your Wife.”
MORE INFO: derbydinner.com
If you don’t have money this holiday season, offer a service instead! For those with children, offer to babysit while the parents have a date night. For those without children, offer a skill of yours to help them, such as painting a room, cooking a meal, cleaning the house, etc. VT
STORY BY TARA SCHMELZ