Gifting an experience for the holidays can be magical, especially after this years’ events! Not only will it impress the receiver, but it will encourage them to seek out a new skill, hobby, or adventure. From virtual dance lessons to tasting worldly wines and cuisines, these local gift ideas are for those who crave exciting new experiences!
These gift ideas are a part of our Shop Local Series! To show our own love and support for small businesses, we encourage the community to shop local this holiday season. You will find unique gifts for everyone on your list and leave a lasting impact on the boutiques, shops, and businesses that are found in our wonderful community. Go Valley Kids is not compensated by local businesses on this list, we are providing the ideas as gifting inspiration!
Go Behind the Scenes at Lambeau Field
Calling all Packer fans! Experience Lambeau Field first hand with a field and stadium tour, which grants visitors of all ages, access to several behind-the-scenes areas. Along with a stop on the field, experience the Packers exciting history through a visit to the Hall of Fame, located on-site! Gift vouchers are available for both experiences and can be a memorable, sport-centric gift! Visit Lambeau’s website for current offerings for tours and programs.
- Lambeau Field, 1265 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay
Try Flavorful Japanese Cuisine from Nakashima of Japan
Gift a friend with the experience of tasting fresh, handcrafted, international dishes! Pick up a gift certificate or order carry out, Nakashima’s offers a variety of delicious sushi and hibachi options. A popular dish is the Dynamite Roll, which features Salmon Katsu, cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts, jalapeno, and spicy sauce. Diners will love the flavorful eats and appreciate a new culture through their wonderful food, too!
- Nakashima of Japan, 4100 W. Pine Street, Appleton
Cruise on a Paddlewheel Riverboat with On the Loos Tours
Cruise along the Fox River, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago with On the Loos Tours! The cruise welcomes guests onboard a spacious boat with upper and lower deck seating areas and provides stunning views as they glide through the water. Book a cruise or buy a gift certificate for one of the multiple themed cruises available – they are perfect for those looking for a relaxing, fun and adventurous experience!
- On the Loos Tours, 1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh
Take Virtual Dance Lessons from Valley Social Dance Studio
Let a gift certificate for Valley Social Dance Studio quick step its’ way onto your holiday gift list! The studio is currently offering a four-week Virtual Dance Lesson series where individuals can explore the grace and charm of traditional ballroom dancing. Classes range from beginner to advanced and are a fun way to get feet moving!
- Valley Social Dance Studio, 1331 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton
Get Rollin’ with a Segway Tour from Glide N.E.W
Explore the Fox Cities while wheeling around on a segway! Roll through the city, past the world’s first hydroelectric plant and along the Fox River on a nearly two-hour-long ride. Purchase a gift certificate for a tour as a stocking stuffer or gift; there are many tours to choose from in the Fox Valley area and beyond.
- Glide N.E.W, 200 N. Broadway, Green Bay
Schedule Tee Time at Appleton Indoor Golf
Golf lovers rejoice – not even winter will deter tee time thanks to an indoor golfing experience at Appleton Indoor Golf! The facility employs top technology simulators allowing players to analyze their performance and skills. Using TruGolf technologies, users play as if they were on a live course and can play single rounds or as a team.
- Appleton Indoor Golf, 3319 W. College Avenue, Appleton
Taste Worldly Wines from Tandem Wine & Beer
Find a unique wine for someone on your holiday list and pair it with a gift certificate to Tandem Wine & Beer! Not only will the giftee enjoy the relaxed and eccentric atmosphere, but they can explore over 800 different wines from around the world and seek out new craft beers and spirits, too. Tandem includes a full wine and beer bar and offers a great opportunity for a night out with friends or a significant other!
- Tandem Wine & Beer, 101 W. Edison Avenue, Appleton
Travel the Galaxy inside the Barlow Planetarium
This holiday, give the gift of all the stars in the sky with show tickets for the Barlow Planetarium! The planetarium, the first in Wisconsin, puts on a variety of engaging shows that will entertain every aspiring astronomer. With a 10,000-watt sound system and interactive armrest control panels, show-goers can soar into the galaxy thanks to the massive dome-style screen!
Tour a Famous House at the Hearthstone Historic House Museum
History buffs can peek into the past at the Hearthstone Historic House Museum! The museum, built-in 1882, is nationally recognized as the first residence in the United States powered by hydroelectricity using the Edison system! Visitors can experience the homes’ rich background and beautiful architecture through tour offerings and inviting exhibits that are available year-round.
- Hearthstone Historic House Museum, 625 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton
See a Live Show at the Meyer Theater
Seeing a live show at a historical theater can be an enchanting gift this holiday season! The theater, which opened in 1930, features beautiful art deco and Spanish colonial revival architecture and offers attendees an exceptional theatrical experience. Purchase show tickets or see current offerings right online. Enjoy the show!
- The Meyer Theater, 117 S. Washington Street, Green Bay
Take a Zoom VR Cooking Class with Chef Champion
With the help of innovative technology, get inspired and learn to cook from home with chef Ace Champion! Gift a class to your favorite foodie for them to learn about recipe development, nutrition and more. With over 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Champion hosts the Cook Like A Champion TV series and has even cooked with Matt Flynn and AJ Hawk of the Green Bay Packers. Chef Ace can educate and motivate anyone aspiring to cook delicious meals on an all-star level at home!
- Chef Champion, serving all of Northeast Wisconsin
Customize a Vacation Package at Heart of the Valley Travel
Customizing a special vacation package at Heart of the Valley Travel can make a memorable holiday gift for the family! From cruises to Disney or somewhere around the globe, experienced travel agents can help plan a trip of a lifetime that not only elevates your travel experience but inspires the best memories of a lifetime!
- Heart of the Valley Travel, N120 Main Street, Appleton
Go Wallaye Fishing with Fish Anytime Charters
Book a full or partial day of fishing on the Bay of Green Bay with Captain David Mydlo in a spacious Nitro boat! Bring family, kids or friends and set out to catch some walleye. Fish Anytime Charters provides all the supplies necessary, including fishing rods, reeds, bait, and tackle! Book an outing online to gift to your favorite fishing enthusiast this holiday season!
- Fish Anytime Charters, based in Green Bay