The season of giving has arrived and consumers everywhere are trying to come up with the perfect gift ideas for friends, family, coworkers and gift exchanges. When it comes to gifts, we typically think of brightly colored packages, ribbons, bows and decorative paper. Material gifts and tangible items are often a big part of the holidays. However, the perfect gift might be something nonmaterial this year.
Giving the gift of an experience is becoming even more popular. Memories can last a lifetime. Take a moment to think of the recipients you have on this year’s list. What are their interests? What are they passionate about? What have they always wanted to do or try but have never done? Are they interested in fitness, beauty, museums, art or adventure?
An abundance of local businesses and services in our area provide exceptional gifts and stocking stuffers.
A salon or spa, such as Rumors Salon & Spa in Pasadena or Image Creators in Severna Park, might offer makeup application, makeup lessons, massages, facials, and waxing and hair services. Makeup lessons could be the perfect gift for the teenage girls on your list, or you could pamper a loved one with a day at the spa.
Give music lessons with a gift card to Music & Arts in the Park Plaza shopping center. With an abundant selection of instruments, sheet music, books and other essential items, Music & Arts is sure to excite any new or seasoned musician. Lessons include guitar, piano, violin, drums, flute, voice and more. Tempee Warmack offers private guitar lessons, from beginner to advanced, at his Pasadena studio. When students commit to a month of weekly lessons, Warmack does offer one free class. More information can be found at www.tempeewarmack.com.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre offers gift cards that can be used for any of its shows. Individual tickets to specific shows can also be purchased as gifts for adults or children. Current and upcoming shows include “The Little Mermaid,” “Gypsy” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Bowling is a great group activity. Severna Park Lanes, located at 840 Ritchie Highway, offers gift cards available in store. Those can be used for traditional tenpin, duckpin or galaxy bowling.
For those with an adventurous spirit, consider purchasing a gift card to EscapeTime, located at 487 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Gift cards are available in store or online at www.escapetimemd.com. Enjoy any of the themed escape rooms, including the Hangover Vegas Suite, Arabian Nights, Area 51 or the newly opened Ghost Ship.
Parents and grandparents are often the most difficult when it comes to gift-giving. They have given so much, so what can we give back? Preserve precious memories or brighten the home with services offered through Side Street Framers. Services include photo restoration, custom framing, media transfers and full-service installations. Commission a service yourself or purchase a gift card in store or online at www.sidestreetframers.com.
You can never go wrong with a gift that is given with thought and care. The memories made through nonmaterial gifts and experiences will have your loved ones feeling warm and appreciated all year long.
Here Are Some Experiences That Would Make Great Gifts:
Icon Beauty Lounge
50 Mountain Road, Glen Burnie
Rumors Salon & Spa
26 Magothy Beach Road, Pasadena
568 Ritchie Highway, Suite F, Severna Park
Guitar Lessons with Tempee Warmack
487 Ritchie Highway, Suite 102, Severna Park
Severna Park Lanes
840 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park
Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi
1195 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Suite 6, Arnold
Toby's Dinner Theatre
5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia
2608 Mountain Road, Suite 6, Pasadena
Rams Head On Stage
33 West Street, Annapolis