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30 Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

Thursday Nov 3rd, 2022

Skip the toys, ties, and trinkets this holiday season and give the gift of memories, of connection, of experiences! Trying to select the perfect gift for someone who already has everything can be stressful. By choosing to gift an experience versus a material object, the power of gift giving skills is taken to a whole new level and spruces up the holidays with a gift that is both creative and thoughtful.  Giving the important people in your life a memory they’ll truly cherish is priceless.

Cheery Erie Holiday Gift Packs are filled with great ideas curated specifically for gift giving by Erie-based businesses. Check out the following list of 30 gift experiences that are guaranteed to make holiday shopping easy!

Prices, purchasing details, and complete Cheery Erie holiday gift pack details can be found at www.VisitErie.com/cheeryerie.  

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Gifts for Kids

1. Erie Sports Center Holiday Fun Package: Plan for fun next summer at the Erie Sports Center Fun Park, a fully renovated space now open for the whole family! Each package includes one round of mini golf, one batting cage token, two go-kart rides, a hot dog and fountain drink.

2. Behind the Scenes at Donato's Pizza: Let the kids be the chef for a day! Take a tour of the store and make your own individual pizza.

3. VisitErie Experience at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum: Receive eight (8) admission passes to the experience Children’s Museum, a great gift for families, friends, colleagues, or neighbors.

4. Erie SeaWolves Play Ball Kid Experience: Give a young fan the opportunity to start an Erie SeaWolves game by saying the most famous words in baseball: "Play Ball!" This package includes tickets, souvenirs and more!

5. Escape Game Erie Experience for Four: Experience any of the six themed rooms at Escape Game Erie! For this package, receive a $100 gift card (good for 4 tickets) and four Escape Game Erie t-shirts.

6. PlayPort Family Fun Pack: This pack includes four admission passes including four laser tag, four laser maze, and 40 tokens that can be used at more than 100 arcade games!

7. Sunview Mini Golf Package Gift Certificate: Start thinking spring with a gift certificate for Sunview Miniature Golf in Edinboro, PA! The gift certificate can be used at the 18-hole mini golf course, driving range, bumper boats and more. 

Family Gifts

8. Splash Lagoon Future Fun Voucher: The Future Fun Voucher Package includes an overnight stay, along with up to four water park passes!

9. Port Farms 20% Off Port Farms Gift Cards: Save 20% off Port Farms gift cards valued at $25. It’s a great way to save for your family, or a great gift to give this holiday season!

10, Erie Playhouse Family Theatre Package: Get a family four pack of tickets redeemable at any regularly scheduled production at Erie Playhouse, as well as four concession vouchers, valid for one year from purchase.

11. Erie Zoo Holiday Package: Purchase a 2023 Erie Zoo Membership and receive FREE extras including one coupon for 20% off gift shop purchase, five free skate rentals at the Flo Fabrizio Ice Center and five tickets to ride the Safariland Train.

12. Flagship Niagara League 2023 Family Membership + Day Sail on the Lettie G Howard: Purchase a 2023 Family Membership to the Flagship Niagara League (includes free admission to the Erie Maritime Museum, admission to member exclusive events and more!) and receive four Day Sail Tickets aboard the Lettie G Howard.

13. Hagen History Center Victorian Mansion Experience: Enjoy lunch and a three-hour private tour at the Watson-Curtze Mansion! Plus, guests will get a special behind-the-scenes look at the archives building.

14. Lake Erie Speedway Come Crash with Us! This package includes two adult and two children general admission tickets to one of the Lake Erie Speedway Crash-a-Rama Events in 2023.

Hands-On Experiences

15. Allen Stoneware Gallery Try It Pottery Class: In this two-hour session, each participant will experience the potter’s wheel and make two pottery pieces. An instructor will guide each person on the wheel and finish the pottery in the glaze of their choice.

16. Board & Brush Buy Two Adult Signs, Get Two Kids Signs FREE! Book a parent/child workshop at Board and Brush based on your schedule and register for two adults and two kids signs.

17. Diver’s World SCUBA Diving Training: This training is led by experienced NAUI/SDI instructors, and includes e-learning, logbook, use of pool and locker rooms, two days of open water instruction, the use of dive computer, regulator, gauges, BCD, weights, and tank.

18. Erie eBike Experience for Two: Explore Erie on an eBike and experience the beautiful city and Bayfront a new way! eBike Drop is a professional bike rental service that delivers the bike to you.

19. Glass Growers Gallery 15% Off Gift Certificates: Get 15% off gift certificates used for art, workshops, or events and can be used to create unique and beautiful experiences, such as learning a new skill or selecting a meaningful piece or artwork.

Winter Getaways

20. Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel Complimentary Igloo Rental with Overnight Stay: Receive a complimentary rental in one of the popular heated igloos along Presque Isle Bay when you purchase an overnight stay.

21. Elsie Greer Bed and Breakfast Holiday BOGO Event: Book a minimum of one night in a queen or full room, get one night free.

22. Red Roof Inn Plus+ $25 Gift Card with Stay: Book a night at the newly renovated Red Roof Inn Plus+ in downtown Erie and the guest will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card.

Unwined in Erie

23. Johnson Estate Winery ‘Have It Your Way’ Gift Certificate: Get a $150 gift certificate for only $135. May be used to pay for winery events (including Vineyard Walks, Dinners and more) or tastings, either in the tasting room or at FLIGHT, along with on-site wine and merchandise purchases.

24. Rupp Limousine Winery, Brewery and Distillery Tour: Tour Erie's wineries, breweries, and distilleries in style! Cost includes five hours in a six-person limousine with a tour of wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries including at least four stops and snacks.

25. Spencer House Bed and Breakfast Relax, Sip and Stay Package: Stay two nights in a comfortable king suite at this historic Victorian mansion built in 1876, and enjoy a hot home-cooked breakfast each morning, on-site food and wine pairing with an expert wine sommelier, a 60-minute couples massage at Monacella Massage and Kinesiology and more.

Relaxation Experiences

26. A Compassionate Hart - The Stress Relief Package: Buy three one-hour massages and get one free! Each package includes a certificate for four massages. Choose from relaxation, deep tissue, and advanced integration.

27. Your Sailing Adventure Massage and Sailboat Ride: Enjoy a relaxing couples massage at Monacella Massage & Kinesiology followed by a two-hour afternoon sailboat ride on Lake Erie as a guest aboard Your Sailing Adventure.

Taste of Erie

28. Buona Cucina Private Tasting Party: Groups of up to 35 will unlock their taste buds with sample tastings of the store's 60 varieties of oils and balsamic vinegars. Private tasting parties include fresh bread, sampling of any of the oils and vinegars offered on site, snacks, and treats.

29. Gone Local Coffee Shop Sampler: Find your new favorite Erie coffee shop with a special coffee shop sampler gift box that includes a 10 oz Erie sunrise mug, and $5 to six local coffee shops.

30. Pressed Sip’n Shop: Enjoy a private one-hour morning shopping party, a gift certificate for $100 and a coffee drink for each person in the party (up to six people).

Prices, purchasing details, and complete Cheery Erie holiday gift pack details can be found at www.VisitErie.com/cheeryerie.  

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