5 Local Gifts That Keep on Giving
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sometimes the best gift you can give someone doesn’t come in a box, isn’t found on an “it” list and doesn’t come with a power button. The give of experience offers priceless memories, and more often than not, can be shared with family and friends. Here are five of our favorite gifts that celebrate the best of the Ocean State and keep on giving.
2. Gift Certificates for Trinity Rep and the Providence Performing Arts Center
Giving a gift card to these or any theater allow the recipient to choose a show or performance of their choice, whether it’s for a special night out on the town, a family tradition or highly anticipated performance—all when it’s convenient to their schedule. Consider catching up for a cocktail with your gift recipients before the big show. Buyer’s bonus: both can be ordered simply by phone or online; click on links above.
Any foodie worth their (gourmet) salt would appreciate a visit to the ever-evolving Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales University. Recent exhibits have included the Providence-centric "Chow Mein, Chicken Wings, and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese Restaurants in the Postwar Era," thet much-loved "Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century," plus "Country Fair to Culinary Olympics," "Kitchen Stoves and Ranges: From the Open Hearth to the Microwave," and "Dinner at the White House." While admission only costs $7 per adult (Seniors $6, Ages 5-18 $2, and under 5 free), consider pairing tickets with a restaurant gift certificate to the gift getter’s favorite local eatery.
The RISD Museum offers a trio of different membership levels to accomodate multi- and individual needs. More than just free admission, membership includes discounts at risd|works, cotinuing education extension classes, discounted or free tickets to Museum concerts, films, educational workshops, public talks and lectures, and other special events, and more.
Plus, both memberships can be bought online (read: no malls!)
Photo credit: top left, National Museum of American Illustration by Daniel Case; above right, courtsey Providence Children’s Museum
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