Only two weeks of shopping left for the 2010 holiday season! Don't panic. When you buy locally in Hamilton County, Indiana, there's always time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. This week, we're thinking outside the gift box to find gifts that create memorable moments and experiences. Do you know someone who's always on the run who needs a little pampering? Give the gift of relaxation with a gift certificate to Chateau Bijou Salon & Spa in Noblesville. Recipients can choose from skin, nail or hair care services or make an appointment for a massage or spa treatment. If you have creative types on your list, give the gift of instruction. In Arcadia, Tabby Tree Weaver has spinning and weaving classes, while Crop-A-Doodle-Do offers a great getaway option - a scrapbooking retreat and spa combo. At Kiss Z Cook in Carmel, chef-wannabes can learn to grill or create fabulous gourmet meals. They even have cooking classes for couples! Foodies will surely love a gift of dinner on the town from our local ChowTown restaurants. Take advantage of holiday specials and you can earn a gift certificate too at some eateries. For example, at Romano's Macaroni Grill in Carmel you receive a $5 bonus card for each $25 worth of gift certificates you purchase. Give the music lover in your life a gift of a performance at The Palladium at the new Center for the Performing Arts, opening in January 2011. Choose from 21 performances in the inaugural season of this premier arts venue. Looking for an extra special family gift? Give the gift of membership to Forest Park in Noblesville or to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, and look forward to seeing plenty of Facebook photos and hearing exciting stories about your friends' adventures this year. This week's gift ideas will create memories that will last well past December. By now, you should be whittling down your shopping list. We've covered gift ideas for foodies and for crafters. You're on your way to the shopping finish line! Next week, we'll share one more set of gift ideas for those who love the great outdoors.
Thinking outside the Gift Box: Gifts of Memorable Moments
Thursday, December 9, 2010 by Hamilton County Tourism Staff