TOP TEN EXPERIENCE GIFT IDEAS IN CHARLESTON
As the holidays quickly approach, we know that the pressure of finding that perfect gift for your loved ones because more and more overwhelming. We don’t want you to feel like you have to just settle for the newest and trendiest clothing, gadgets, or accessories that could be given by just anyone. This holiday season give the gift of experience to your loved ones and create a special moment that you’ll both remember forever. And luckily, Charleston is the perfect city for all of your gift-giving needs for every personality.
1. For adventure seekers. Charleston Zipline Adventures
More information: https://www.charlestonziplineadventures.com/
This year give the gift of adventure! Whether you’re bringing the kiddos to our Koala Kid Zip or the entire family out to our Zipline Canopy Tour, everyone will be able to fly through Francis Marion National Forest on the most adrenaline-pumping adventure in Charleston! With gift cards and vouchers available for purchase, your loved ones will have the freedom to choose the time and day that works best for their schedule. As the only ziplining park in Charleston, this will be an experience that is truly like none other! Need a little more convincing? Check out our other blogs to learn more about each attraction, meet our guides, and hear what our past adventurers had to say!
2. For nature lovers. South Carolina Aquarium’s Annual Membership
More information: https://scaquarium.org/membership/
The South Carolina Aquarium is another perfect destination for the entire family. Grab your loved ones and enjoy the amazing plants and animals that live in exhibits like the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, the touch tank, and the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. As a member, you’ll receive unlimited admission for a full year, discounts at the gift shop, and many other exclusive events and offers. This is something that you don’t want to miss out on!!
3. For those 21 and up. The Brew Hop Pass
More information: https://brewhoppass.com/.
The Brew Hop Pass perfectly combines current technology with all things beer. The Brew Hop Pass has launched their own application that allows users to access maps, ratings, and reviews of breweries and taprooms nearby. Buying a pass enables you to buy a pint and get a pint at over 26 breweries, taprooms, and activities in the Charleston area. There are varying levels of commitment (48 hour pass, monthly pass, annual pass) depending on the price point you want to spend.
4. For dancing queens//kings. Dance Lab
Whether you were born to dance or born with two left feet, this is the perfect place for you! Dance Lab is a studio focused on embracing a positive culture that breeds acceptance, encouragement, and self-expression. When booking classes, every option is labeled either “beginner friendly” for those of us without a dancing bone in our bodies or “intermediate” for the dancing queens and kings of the world. Plus, with classes ranging from Ballet and Jazz to “Hip Hop Get Down” and “Bangin’ Body Bootcamp” it’s virtually impossible to not find a class that interests you!
5. For artists. Wine and Design
More information: https://www.wineanddesign.com/
Looking for an experience that you can do with all of your friends or coworkers? Wine and Design is the perfect choice for you! Their most popular activities include: Group painting classes, business team building, Wine & Design D.I.Y., and Wine & Design On Wheels. Whether you want to schedule one of these group events or just a 2 hour class for you and your loved one, Wine & Design has a range of affordable options that’s perfect for everyone.
6. For foodies. In the Kitchen With Chef Bob Waggoner
More information: http://chefbobwaggoner.com/
No, we don’t recommend using this as a way of telling someone you don’t like their cooking. Instead, we suggest this experience for anyone who loves to incorporate Charleston’s cuisine into their cooking. Chef Bob Waggoner focuses on creating outstanding dishes that draw inspiration from seasonal and regional ingredients as well as the local culture. Regardless of your own experience level in the kitchen, come participate in one of Chef Waggoner’s classes to ensure a night full of cooking tips and tricks as well as joy with your loved ones.
7. For sea lovers. Nature Adventures Kayak Tour
More information: https://www.kayakcharlestonsc.com/
If you’ve read any of our other blogs, then you’ll know that we are a big proponent of kayaking. But being in a city that’s as beautiful as Charleston is, it’s hard not to be! Kayaking is truly the best way to not only experience Charleston’s iconic skyline but also its wildlife. It’s yet another great way to get your loved ones active and outside in a way that everyone of all ages will love!
8. For fine diners. Spiritline Charleston Dinner Cruises
More information: https://spiritlinecruises.com/dinner-cruises/
It’s no secret that Charleston is a city known for its amazing dining experiences. But what do you give to someone who's already familiar with all of the fine dining options? You give them the most authentic waterfront dining experience while sailing around the Charleston Harbor! Dinner cruises not only allow you to see iconic Charleston landmarks not accessible by foot or car but also provide a fun night of dancing and dining. With several options to choose from, you can make it a romantic date night with a private table for two or a night out with friends with Captain Seating and special group rates.
9. For theatre enthusiasts. North Charleston Coliseum
More information:https://www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com/events/ category/best_of _broa dway
Interested in seeing a Broadway show without having to travel to the Big Apple? Well, now you can!! The Best of Broadway tour will be continuing through the end of 2019 and into 2020 with award winning shows including Disney’s The Lion King, Waitress, The Color Purple, Cats, and a Bronx Tale. Through the North Charleston PAC, you’ll have the flexibility of buying your loved one tickets to just their favorite performance or purchasing season passes that will include discounted bulk tickets to every production.
10. For music lovers. Charleston Music Farm
More information: https://music-farm.com/events/
With concerts ranging from country to punk rock, there is always a performance in every genre. Tickets are, on average, only $20 per person, so this is the perfect experience gift that not only will be unique but also budget friendly as you have to purchase several gifts at a time. Our recommendation is to see one of the many local up-and-coming Charleston bands while they’re performing here. Offering at least eight concerts a month, Charleston Music Farm is the perfect way to give your loved one a unique experience that will be specific to their music tastes.
11. For historians. Churches of the Holy City
More information: http://broadstreetbiz.com/walking-tours/churches-of-the-holy-city/
Trust us when we say that Charleston is referred to as the Holy City for a reason. Our amazing churches, cathedrals, and graveyards are packed with beautiful architecture and years of untouched history. Unpack the stories that lay behind each house of worship during this one-of-a-kind walking tour. And if you’re not sold on just the historical significance, Churches of Holy City holds interior access to 3-5 churches along with immense knowledge on each church’s past.
12. And for those who just really need a break. The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place
More information:https://www.belmond.com/hotels/north-america/usa/sc/charleston /belmond-charleston-place/spa
Charleston is packed full of top-of-the-line spa facilities to get you off your feet and make you feel totally relaxed. The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place offers a wide variety of services including nail services, a full salon, fitness packages, massages, facials, body wraps, and signature experiences such as intraceutical treatments. And in case you’re like us and can’t decide on just one thing to do, there are several packages that vary in time, price, and occasion to choose from!