Shopping local this season has a lot of benefits. It supports our small businesses, keeps money in the county, and builds community. But, what about those people on your list who have everything? Here are some ideas for Charles County experiences to put under the tree.
- Tickets to a game
Give the gift of baseball with seasonal tickets or game vouchers to see the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs play in warmer weather at Regency Furniture Stadium. Visit their website for packages available and pricing.
- Tickets to a performance
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) offers a rich blend of offerings at its La Plata campus. You can buy a season pass or individual tickets. Visit their Arts page for performance and pricing details. The Port Tobacco Players of La Plata and Black Box Theater of Indian Head are both excellent community theaters.
- Pampering services
Consider the gift of a massage, new hair style, or manicure and pedicure. Buy a gift certificate from your favorite Charles County salon that can be used throughout the year.
- Lessons or classes
Give the gift of knowledge. Check out the long list of non-credit, personal enrichment classes at CSM.
For the kids, or even the young at heart, swimming lessons are available year-round at Charles County’s three indoor pools. Horse riding and music lessons also make great gifts.
- Personal time to explore
Give a Charles County Visitor Guide and your homemade coupon for a day of exploring the County’s historic sites.
- Donation to a charity/volunteer time
Make a donation to your giftee’s favorite charity. There are over 500 registered nonprofits in Charles County alone. Or, consider donating your time or expertise. Nonprofits list their volunteer needs on a portal, Volunteer Southern Maryland, that is managed by the Nonprofit Institute at CSM.
- Health and wellness memberships
Get in before the New Year’s rush and buy a membership to a local gym, fitness studio, or yoga studio.
- Annual or one-time recreation passes
Buy a pass or one entry ticket for activities throughout the year: maybe a punch card for swimming at an indoor pool, bowling at AMF Waldorf Lanes, indoor mini golf at Scary Strokes, jumping at Sky Zone or Pump It Up, or ice skating at Capital Clubhouse.
- A meal out
Our restaurant scene has a diverse and delicious variety of choices, from locally sourced to ethnic cuisine. Start with this list of Charles County Restaurants and purchase a certificate for a meal out.
- Capture your time together
Time seems to get away from us. Purchase a session with a family photographer as a gift to a family in your life.