Struggling to find the right gift for the person who has everything or just want to surprise someone special with something different? Give the gift of an unforgettable experience. Create memories. Post photos on Instagram. The recipient is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness far more than if you wrapped an ugly sweater under the tree. Hint, hint.
Custom Fly-In Helicopter Tour, $185 per person
Available at flyinhelicopters.com
Go on a customized helicopter tour over Charleston. When you’re back on ground at the Landing Zone, enjoy a romantic sunset picnic.
The Best Seats in the House at the Charleston Music Hall, $85 to $250 per seat
Available at charlestonmusichall.com/best-friend-program until Dec. 22
Give the gift of music. The Best Friend program allows you the opportunity to buy the best seats in designated sections 24 hours before the general public for all shows announced after Dec. 22 for an entire year. You’ll also get a limited edition Best Friend T-Shirt and sticker.
Surfing Lessons, $260 a person
Available at islasurfschool-charleston.com
Learn to catch a wave with five private lessons from the Island Surf School at Folly Beach.
Dinner and a Show at Dock Street Theatre, $175
Available at charlestonstage.com
Charleston Stage’s upcoming productions include Avenue Q and Shakespeare Love. Enjoy dinner at either The Drawing Room at The Venue or High Cotton followed by a show at the historic Dock Street Theatre.
Tickets to Darius Rucker Big Band Concert, $50-$150 per person
Available at gaillardcenter.org
Listen to hometown favorite Darius Rucker perform the songs of Frank Sinatra on Feb. 7 at the Gaillard Center and give back to the community. Some of the proceeds benefit the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.
Supper Package for Charleston Wine & Food, $960 per couple
Available at charlestonwineandfood.com/ticket_packages/supper
Buy a Supper package for Charleston Wine & Food and you get into two sold-out events: Noteworthy, which is curated by FIG’s Mike Lata and Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony, and Shucked, where oysters take center stage. In addition, you get tickets to Winederlust, where you can sip wines from crisp blancs to bold reds, and access to the culinary village on Sunday.
VIP Tickets to the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, $100 per person
Available at charlestonrestaurantassociation.com
Get access to the VIP tented area with tables and chairs and unlimited oysters, food and beverages at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Jan. 28 at Boone Hall Plantation.
Single Session Tickets to the Volvo Car Open, March 31-April 8, $25 to $80 per person
Available at www.volvocaropen.com
Enjoy a day of world-class tennis. Terrace and grandstand tickets are available for all rounds of the tournament.
Family membership to the Gibbes Museum of Art, $125 for a family
Available at www.gibbesmuseum.org
Gift the gift of art appreciation. A family can enjoy free admission for one year, plus invitations to members-only exhibitions, opening receptions and special events. Members also enjoy a 10 percent discount to the museum store and special member shopping days.
Private Sailing Charter, $545 to $1,455, depending on the number of guests
Available at aqua-safaris.com
Charter the Serena, a 50-foot classic sailing vessel, for a four-hour tour of the Charleston Harbor for as many as 20 friends.
Reservations for Taste of the Lowcountry Tour, $60 per person
Available at bulldogtours.com
Tour the Culinary Institute of Charleston and learn about the history of Lowcountry cuisine. Chef Miles Huff leads the tour and the demonstrate cooking techniques using locally-sourced ingredients.