18 Rhode Island Gifts and Experiences for Last Minute Shoppers-2016
Rhode Island Gifts for Last Minute Local Shoppers .
Your guide to the best in local Rhode Island gift giving ideas
Oh, goodness! Christmas is right around the corner! Are you still looking for the perfect something for that perfect someone? Or maybe just an office party gift that’s a step up from last year’s “Daily Inspiration” desk calendar? Well, this gift list is not your average list, because we are just so over the run of the mill everyday gifts that get stuffed in the closet then get re-gifted the following year. We have included experiences you can never take back among these fun Rhode Island gifts from all the local businesses around our little state.
Rhode Island Gifts for the Curious Foodie
It’s no secret we love food, and Rhode Island is full of food adventures. These top local gifts will satisfy the foodies in your life.
Food tour experiences at Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence coming soon. Enjoy a full blown off-the-beaten-path food tour experience in a not so touristy neighborhood of Newport. Snag a gift certificate for some friends, in-laws or co-workers and they’ll sample the creative cuisine from both new and old eateries long known for where the locals go. Plus you’ll get the intimate background of Newport’s historical architecture and lively history as you walk through these charming streets. 15% all Gift Cards through Dec. 24th using discount code “HOLIDAY2016”.
Rhode Island products at Only In Rhode Island, 43 Long Wharf Mall, Newport. If you want to send a Rhode Island-themed gift basket to your friends and family out of state, pop over to the Only in Rhode Island store in Newport. It has all the Autocrat syrup, hot weiner, clam chowder and Del’s lemonade mixes you could ever want and some. They have an entire store dedicated to our favorite local products.
Garden Planning and Chicken Sitting at Cluck, 399 Broadway, Providence. Cluck is an urban farming supply store located in the heart of Providence’s West End. Along with selling anything you might need for your urban garden like building a chicken coop, they have a variety of services and classes to meet your gardening desires. But don’t leave it there!! Their shop has an awesome collection of birdhouses, beekeeping necessities, preserving, books and all kinds of things and services you never knew needed or existed.
Food Groupies unite at Hope & Main Kitchen Incubator, 691 Main St., Warren. Thought you had to start a food business to be a member? Think again! Now you can support RI’s first food incubator and help strengthen our food economy with anything from a Tapas to a Master Chef Membership.When you become a member, it’s twofold, you not only make a 501c(3) charitable donation but you get discounts off their event space, exclusive cooking classes, workshops and foodie events hosted by local celebrity chefs. Not to mention you will always be in the know when it comes to Rhode Island’s hot food scene!
Cooking classes at Simone’s Restaurant, 275 Child St., Warren. Simone’s is committed to serving the finest locally-grown and seasonal ingredients composed in an elegant and approachable way. Each dish is created in our open kitchen and served in a comfortable yet refined setting, highlighting Chef Joe’s Mediterranean influence. Seriously creative and fun, Joe clearly knows how to get around a kitchen as he teaches you in his classes the wonderful art of his many restaurant favorite dishes! Or simply forego the classes and just go eat there like me, it’s a wonderfully vibrant experience and of course they have gift certificates for the favorite people in your life too!!
Beer tours at The Rhode island Brew Bus, North Smithfield with various pick-up locations. The craft brew scene in Rhode Island has been growing steadily for years. Now you can gift a taste of the state with one of four different brewery tours. Your gif-tee will visit some of the most beloved breweries and brew pubs in the state, plus a few hidden gems for good measure.
Give the foodies in your life a Gift Card for a unique food experience! Friends, family and clients would love a Rhode Island Red Food Tour , they can sample menu items from some Rhode Island little known favorites, and learn more about the history of one of America’s oldest cities. Contact us today for gift cards, our tickets to a culinary adventure.
**15% off all gift cards through Dec. 24th, use discount code “HOLIDAY2016”
Rhode Island Artworks & Classes as Gifts for the Art Lover
Rhode Island may be a small state, but our love of art is unmatched.
Workshops, Classes and Artwork at AS220, 95 Mathewson St., Unit 204., Providence. An artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit and/or perform and sell their art in its facilities, classes, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care and in the juvenile detention facilities, four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a shop, bar and restaurant.
Made in Warren an Artist Cooperative, 476 Main St., Warren( East Bay).Offering unique artwork and a wonderful variety of gifts. It features work by over 40 artists from Southeastern New England, including paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, textiles, bags, jewelry, stained glass, fiber art, wood crafts, and more.
Ceramic Classes at Mudstone Studios, 30 Cutler St., Warren. What could be better than getting your hands dirty and throwing a little mud around to release all that energy and stress of the day? Here both adults and kids can let their minds wander with classes from sculpting mice and gargoyles to designing and creating your ultimate kitchen backsplash.
Local art and locally made products at Craftland, 212 Westminster Street, Providence. The hipsters and artists in your life will love any of the locally made gifts found at Craftland. They have everything from clothes to jewelry, art and tchotchkes. It would be impossible to stop by and not find a few items you may want to wrap up for yourself!
Glass blowing at Thames Glass, 688 Thames St., Newport. Fascinated with the beauty and art of glass blowing? Make your own vase, ornament or paperweight in one of their fun classes with skilled glassblowers. Take a class, there is nothing quite like the beauty of hand blown glass!
A membership to the RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence. The Rhode Island School of Design—known locally as RISD (riz-dee)—is one of the top art schools in the country. A museum membership for your secret Santa giftee will get them in to see Monet, Van Gogh, Rothko, installations from Dale Chihuly, or an ancient sarcophagus without getting trampled by the masses. Not to mention the RISD store filled with artfully designed products made by the alumni.
Metalwork classes at The Steelyard, 27 Sims Ave., Providence. Get the art lover on your list a gift certificate to the Steel Yard, where he or she can learn to make their own industrial art. Though the Steel Yard is known for their welding and blacksmithing courses, they also offer courses in ceramics, knife making, wax casting, and jewelry design.
Art classes at Jamestown Art Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown. Any Rhode Islander can tell you what a special place Jamestown is. They have a lighthouse and one stop light, which makes a trip to the Jamestown Art Center an easy and delightful journey. The Jamestown Art Center may not be a big name, but they are big fun. Who wouldn’t love a gift of classes ranging from beginner’s oil painting to Tai Chi or knitting?
Rhode Island Gifts for the Curious Adventurer
From history to relaxation, Rhode Islanders live a many-faceted lifestyle.
Lobster tours at Fish’n Tales Adventures, 31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. Right on Bowen’s Wharf sits a 50 foot fishing vessel that will transport your gift recipient from landlubber to experienced angler during one of their fishing and lobster tours on picturesque Narragansett Bay. Whomever gets this gift will learn what it’s like to be a lobsterman in waters famous for delectable seafood.
Membership to the Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., Newport. The gift of a membership to the Newport Historical Society is a gift to the scholar in your life. Rhode Island is arguably the match that lit the War for Independence when locals burned the H.M.S. Gaspee in March of 1772. Give the gift of learning segments of Newport and Rhode Island history your friends never imagined, with tours and classes from an organization that has over 160 years of historical collections.
A weekend getaway in RI with an Airbnb gift card. Let’s face it we all love to brag on all the wonderful places and things to do in lilrhody. If you know someone outside of RI looking for that authentic local RI experience they can stay in 1 of over 300 RI Airbnb’s around the state, who knows they may never go back!
Sunset sails through Newport Harbor with 12 Meter Charters, 12 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. Sail away on a majestic America’s Cup Yacht is the ultimate way to see Newport. For sure the spectacular mansion views, Fort Adams, Pell Bridge and Rose Island Lighthouse are best seen with the wind at your back.
No matter who your special someone is (or your secret Santa), these last minute gift ideas are sure to please anyone on your list. Why buy boring when you can get Rhode Island gifts from friends and neighbors in your very own community? (Top photo courtesy of 12 Meter Charters)
Food tours make great gifts! Buy gift cards for foodie friends, family visiting or maybe someone just moved to RI, enjoy the local restaurants with our Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, and your giftee will then know the best local places to eat and dine while visiting. We’ll take your giftee on an off-the-beaten-path tour and sample menu items from some hometown favorites, and you can get to know the culture and history of one of America’s oldest cities. Contact us today if you want to share the secret of where the locals eat.
**15% off all gift cards through Dec. 24th, use discount code “HOLIDAY2016”
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