The Best #ShopLocal Experience Gift Ideas | Gift Guide

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This gift guide covers experience and arts & entertainment gifts. Often, the perfect present isn’t something tangible, but an experience you give or even share! Plus, purchasing one of these packages or gifts supports a local business — what could be better?

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Gift Guide: Experience | Arts & Entertainment

Susquehanna Art Museum

Give the gift of an art museum membership! Susquehanna Art Museum celebrates art, culture, and education in South Central Pennsylvania. Membership lasts for one year, and the donation to SAM is tax-deductible. Several levels are available to choose from. All membership levels include:

Plus, the SAM Gift Shop is loaded with fun, cute items that make perfect gifts, like the above-pictured portable dog bowls.

Pair a Gift Shop item with your choice of a membership for the perfect experience gift this holiday season.

American Music Theatre

American Music Theatre’s 2021 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland will recapture the Christmas spirit!

Share the magical sights and sounds of the season and be transported to a wonderland of music and enchantment – from a Bavarian mountain village to the festive, holiday excitement at the North Pole. AMT’s extraordinary costumes, gorgeous gowns, and stunning sets will make you feel like you’re really there. And … the young ones can even catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick himself!

Winter Wonderland is AMT’s newest Original Show, featuring the sacred and secular holiday songs you know and love, with all-live performances by our sensational cast of Singers and Dancers, as well as the remarkable AMT Orchestra. Bring the entire family and discover a new holiday tradition!

Purchase The 2021 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland tickets online.

The Englewood

Have a music lover on your list? A beer lover perhaps? Starting Black Friday, The Englewood is launching two all-new membership clubs. The E Club is for those who want to rock the full Englewood experience — eats, brews, & beats. And if they’re just here for the beer, it’s The E Mug all the way. These memberships are on sale only Nov. 27 through Dec. 31, 2021!

Check out all the perks here, and save the date to order these ASAP!

Brewery Tours | Ultimate Craft Beer Experience

Speaking of beer lovers, imagine sharing the experience of touring some of the best local craft breweries. Brewery Tours | Ultimate Craft Beer Experience offers gift certificates, which are good for any of its tours, including the Walking Tour, the Brew Bus Tour, and more.

They even offer Virtual Tours, where guests receive a beautiful gift box containing 4-hand selected craft beers curated by Brewery Tours and the brewers designed to create an exciting and diverse craft beer experience. Each guest will also receive an exclusive tasting glass, tasting notes, and suggested food pairing, as well as a link to a password-protected page of our website with your on-demand experience.

Visit to learn more!

AAA Central Penn

Sometimes the best gift is the practical one. Give your loved ones the convenience and peace of mind that comes with a AAA Central Penn Membership!

This holiday season, members and non-members can purchase any AAA Central Penn Membership for 25% with code: GIFT21 (good through Dec. 31, 2021). Pair it with a AAA VISA Gift Card (no purchase fees, use wherever Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S.) to set them on their trip. Pack it all up with top travel accessories, from suitcases to chargers (and so much more) from the AAA Travel Store. Now through Dec. 23, save 20% on in-store purchases by members and nonmembers!

Find a AAA Central Penn branch near you.

Reiki by Rickie

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) is a gentle and deeply relaxing hands-on healing technique, and Rickie is one of the best. It’s considered highly beneficial for stress and balance, something I bet most people on your list could use this year.

Rickie Freedman is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Physical Therapist. Her focus is the integration of complementary healing with traditional healthcare. Her specialty is “Reiki by Rickie – Gentle Touch, Deep Healing.” Reiki sessions are DEEPLY relaxing and heal at the SOURCE of stress.

This holiday season, Rickie invites you to share the gift of deep relaxation and inner peace — if you buy two gift certificates, you’ll receive a FREE 30-mi Reiki session for yourself!

H2L Studio

And for the pal who is always trying a new activity, check out H2L Studio. They offer barre, cycle, TRX, HIIT, strength, yoga, and more. A membership is just $99/month for the rest of 2021, and your first class is free.

Plus, they offer fun one-off activities (like paddleboard yoga and pilates in the MASH pool)!

Stay tuned to H2L Studio’s Instagram for special deals on gift cards on select dates in December, plus monthly unlimited memberships.

Tröegs Independent Brewing

For they who wear their love for Harrisburg on their sleeves, let them put it on their walls! Also great for our friends who have moved elsewhere but continue to love Pennsylvania’s capital city. Photographer Michael Yatsko has an impressive array of Harrisburg-centric photographs available in a variety of sizes through his printshop.

He specializes in aerial photography, pet photography, photography instruction, and real estate and event photography.

Consider a gift card for Yatsko’s Pet Photography services for the Dog Mom or Dad on your list or a gift card towards anything in the Print Shop.

GIVE BACK | Joy to the Burg

Joy To The Burg returns for 2021 as local artists again rally to help the homeless.

Proceeds from the sales of this special holiday-themed album help support homelessness ministries of Christian Churches United (CCU) in Harrisburg.

Joy To The Burg is professionally-produced and includes 19 songs by a diverse array of styles — all by local artists.

abc27 will again host a TV special featuring Joy To Thee Burg on Dec. 9. On Sunday, Dec. 12, The Englewood will host an artist showcase featuring six of the featured artists.

Download Joy To The Burg digitally or purchase a CD online. You also can find CD copies for sale at your local Karns Grocery Store and other retail locations.

Follow Joy To The Burg on Facebook and Instagram.



Sara Bozich
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