Post updated December 2019
It’s that time of year again. The time when I start to wonder what I’m going to purchase for the special people in my life. While a part of me wants to buy the items that are on their Christmas lists, another part of me always tries to figure out unique and fun gift ideas that people would enjoy but not expect.
You’ll notice a theme as you review this gift guide – everything is based on experiences. So rather than buying tangible gifts this year, think about getting something that will create memories throughout the whole year.
Cleveland Film Festival Tickets
The annual Cleveland International Film Festival takes place each spring. Your friends and family will love the opportunity to experience the gift of film at one of Cleveland’s best traditions. Gift certificates for the film festival can be purchased online. Check out their website for more information.
Playhouse Square Broadway Series
I’ve said it before (and written a post about it), I love the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square. A few years ago, my family and I decided to splurge and go in on this gift for my mom. You pay for the shows up front (or choose a payment plan) and can enjoy the gift of live entertainment seven months of the year. Looking for less commitment? Buy a Playhouse Square gift card, which is good for any show. Want to buy them in person? During this time of year they have people outside of the theaters, making it easy to purchase without the hassle of parking.
Music Box Supper Club Tickets
The Music Box is one of the best music destinations in Cleveland. Who wouldn’t love an intimate dining experience close to the stage, with fantastic performers swinging through? Not to mention the venue is right on the river. Buy tickets for upcoming performances or pick up a gift card so your family or friends can choose the show they want to see! Gift cards are good for shows, dinner and merchandise!
Other unique experiences include:
- Memberships to one of Cleveland’s top ranked museums. The Cleveland Museum of Art memberships start as low as $65 for the year and get you access to most special exhibits for free.
- Tickets to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo memberships
- Supper Club Cooking Classes at Gatherings Kitchen
- Cleveland Brewery Tour on the Cleveland Brew Bus