Gift a local experience this holiday season

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Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum

Being only 13 miles out of the city in Bucks County, this destination in the past has been sought out by many and will undoubtedly ignite some day trips for those itching to get out of Philly in the near future as well. The 100-acre property is home to more than 800 trees, including nearly 250 unique specimens and cultivars from around the world. However, one of the most stunning features of the property is the ‘Big House’ that overlooks the waterfront. Placed over five decades ago in 1966 on the Register of Historic Landmarks, the early 19th-century Greek Revival mansion features a monumental columned porch, and still acts as an aesthetic draw for visitors.The property is mainly outdoors, offering the perfect way to enjoy some sunshine for when the weather gets warmer, and Philadelphians can gift their loved ones with a membership that includes many unique perks. Those perks span from admission to open Saturdays, complimentary tickets to public tours including tours inside the ‘Big House,’ and a subscription to ‘The Column.’ Andalusia’s bi-yearly newsletter.

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1237 State Road, Andalusia andalusiapa.org

Battleship New Jersey

As a release states, back by popular demand, Battleship New Jersey’s Holiday Gift Bundle returns for 2021. The unique gift package includes two adult general admission tour tickets, a Battleship New Jersey pictorial book, a small piece of the Battleship New Jersey’s original teak deck and a Pewter Battleship Christmas ornament. The bundle can be purchased for $69.99 online or in person at the Battleship New Jersey gift shop through the end of December.  

100 Clinton St., Camden, battleshipnewjersey.org

Chestnut Hill Business District

The picturesque neighborhood in Philly has always been a hub for foodies and shoppers with over 220 retailers, businesses, and restaurants — and an experience with all of them can now be gifted to your loved ones. Chestnut Hill certificates are available in $25 and $50 denominations and are perfect for anyone who loves boutique shopping, unique culinary experiences, luxurious personal services and the charming backdrop of Philadelphia’s urban village. Philadelphians can order gift cards in person at the Chestnut Hill Welcome Center at 8514 Germantown Ave., by calling 215-247-6696 or by purchasing online. 

Mica is one of the hotspots offering gourmet food options in Chestnut Hill.Provided

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Souderton Connects

Similarly to Chestnut Hill, Souderton is also offering an area-driven experience with a lot to offer. With the Souderton Gift Card, Philadelphians can enjoy themselves and also give back to the community while celebrating the holiday season. Gift-givers can write a personal message and send it to family, friends or colleagues via email and text, or give it as a gift in person with a printable copy. According to a release, recipients can choose to spend it at one of the participating merchants in the Borough of Souderton — or mix it up and spend flexibly at multiple locations. Participating businesses range from eclectic restaurants, art galleries, theaters and retail stores. Gift cards can be purchased online in denominations or for a custom amount. As a bonus, now through Dec. 30th, buy a $50 gift certificate, get a $10 bonus gift certificate; buy a $100 gift certificate, get a $20 bonus gift certificate (bonus gift cards expire Jan. 21. )

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Theatre Exile

The experimental performance theater in South Philly is known for its unique shows, and now Philadelphians can gift their friends and loved ones with tickets to their production of “The Motherf**ker with the Hat. ” The show runs from Feb. 3rd to Feb. 27th of next year, and tickets start for just $10. The official description of the show reads: Just released from prison, Jackie lives with his childhood sweetheart Veronica and is staying clean with the help from his too-smooth sponsor Ralph D. Things are looking up for Jackie until he spots another man’s hat in their apartment. “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis is a fast-paced, brutally funny, foul-mouthed look at modern love, friendship, addiction and the challenges of adulthood. Tickets to the show are available now and can be purchased online or by calling 215-218-4022. Gift certificates can be redeemed for a preview or general ticket for any Theatre Exile production as well. 

 

1340 S. 13th St., theatreexile.org

Center for Art in Wood

As a release states, this holiday season, Philadelphians can shop the Center for Art in Wood either online or in-person for handmade wooden gifts. The museum shop features one-of-a-kind wood art, jewelry pieces and bowls from more than 50 talented artists, but you can also give the gift of memberships this year. Starting at $55, memberships levels include discounts on museum and online store purchases, discounts for conferences and workshops, and invitations to museum events and openings, and more. Museum holiday hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum will be open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders for shipping will be accepted until Dec. 17. 

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