The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to buy gifts for friends, family, clients and others. We all have that person on our list that is extremely hard to check off. This could either be someone who has everything or someone who you don’t know very well. Rather than give them something that doesn’t seem too personable, like a fruit basket, here’s 5 different ideas. Not only are these gifts unique but they also help support local businesses and will give the person who receives it a chance to experience some of the many great things Charlotte has to offer.
1. Theater Tickets
A great gift to buy someone who loves entertainment is theater tickets. The gift recipient’s taste in music and other arts might be different than yours, so the best people to buy tickets for are those you know well, such as family or close friends.
However, if you really want to buy tickets for a client or someone you don’t know very well, a Blumenthal gift certificate can make the perfect gift. The recipient can apply their certificate towards the purchase of any ticket on sale on the CarolinaTix system, from Broadway hits at the Belk Theater to comedy shows at the Knight Theater and many other events at venues across Charlotte. Gift certificates can be purchased online or in the lobby at Belk Theater’s Box office.
2. Restaurant Tour
For the foodie in your life, a Charlotte restaurant tour will make a great holiday gift. Feast Food Tours offers tours of restaurants in three Charlotte neighborhoods: Historic South End, Uptown and NoDa. During the tour, participants have the opportunity to sample dishes from a variety of locally owned restaurants. The tours are very small at around 12 people or less. Tours start at $55 per guest and gift certificates are available so recipients have the option of choosing which tour they would like to attend. Visit their website at FeastFoodTours.com to purchase a gift certificate.
3. BrewPublik Subscription
A craft beer club subscription to local delivery service, BREWPUBLIK, can make a great holiday present for a beer connoisseur. The company offers subscriptions starting at $20 a month for 12 craft beers (bottles or cans). The beers they will receive each month is based on a “taste profile” each customer creates when they begin their subscription. To purchase a subscription, visit BREWPUBLIK’s website BrewPublik.com.
4. Workout Pass
It’s not easy to lose weight during the holidays, but the right present can help keep fitness goals on track. For your fit friend or family member, you may want to consider getting them a pass to a local cycling studio. This is a great way for them to try a new form of exercise and they will start the new year off on the right foot. I highly recommend a pass to First Wind Cycling & Fitness. Prices start at $20 per class. For more information, visit their website at FirstWindCycling.com.
5. Pay for a Skill Pop Class
SkillPop is a new and innovative way for people to learn new skills. Class topics range from marketing to photography and are very affordable. According to SkillPop’s website, classes are taught by “established local experts looking to share their skills, and each class is bite-sized and focused so that you leave with the tools and knowledge to start pursuing your passion.” Not only do you learn something new but you also get the chance to meet new people who are interested in some of the same things you are. You can purchase a seat in one of their classes at SkillPop.com but hurry up because classes tend to fill up very fast!