The holiday season is upon us and everyone is thinking about gifts for Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati, Bodhi Day, Birthdays Anniversaries, and more. But, are you feeling like your house already has too much stuff? Too little time to wrap and ship gifts? Not enough time to go to stores? Traveling for the holidays and can not take packages with you?
If you fit into any of the above categories this Blog may be custom made for you! The gift suggestions here may all be done online or by phone with no need to go shopping and battle the hustle and bustle of crowded stores and parking lots. They require nothing larger than an envelope for mailing and no wrapping paper or bows. Your house will not be filled with “stuff” that may only be of interest for an hour, a day or a week. However, the heads of the recipients will be filled with wonderful memories of a different type of gift.
The first suggestion is, of course, the beautiful Ocean Point Inn which sits along the ocean seven miles out to sea from Boothbay Harbor, Maine. From now until December 21st you may purchase a Holiday Gift Certificate and get a 20% Discount. Wow! That one is hard to beat. The certificate may be used for the Inn, the seaside Dining Room and/or the Gift Shop. Go to http://www.oceanpointinn.com and see what a spectacular gift you could give someone…or give yourself! Call the Inn at 207-633-4200 and Nate or Duey will get that Gift Certificate in the mail for you. This suggestion is guaranteed to please!
http//www.sailmainecoast.com/gift-certificate/ A Maine Windjammer sailing vacation makes a perfect gift! And, it can even be mailed to you in a special sea-going bottle. What a great gift to look forward to next summer.
https://www.mainehuts.org/gift-certificates This is a wonderful four season gift where you may hike, snowshoe, cross country ski, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle. The four “Huts” are Eco lodges built along an 80 mile trail system. They have hot showers, toilets, heated bedrooms, a great room, a reading room, and screened porches. What a great adventure for the whole family…even the teenagers will love it!
http://www.mainegardens.org The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is an absolute gem offering days and weeks of pleasure. You may get a Gift Certificate Membership for one or two adults or a family. Not only do you get free admission, but you will receive advance notice on all the great events plus discounts on many things.
http://www.balmydayscruises.com/ Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Trips include Lobster Trap Hauling, Seal Watch, Whale Watch, Puffin Cruise, Kennebec River Cruise, Music Cruise, and Harbor Cruise. Fun, fun fun!
http://www.balmydayscruises.com/ The Balmy Days does daily trips to the wonderful off shore island of Monhegan. The Bay Lady, a beautiful Friendship Sloop, will give you a relaxing sail of the harbor. The Novelty provides Harbor Tours and regular ferry service to Squirrel Island.
https://www.northcountryrivers.com/maine-moose-safari-wildlife-watching-tours.htm This company located in Bingham, Maine, offers several high adventure activities. From May to October you can do a Maine Moose Safari and White Water Rafting. When I did the Moose Safari we saw so many moose right up close and personal!
http://www.saltwaterfarm.com Classes at the Saltwater Far on the Coast of Maine in Lincolnville offer seasonally inspired hands on cooking. They will start taking reservation for next season on December 1, 2016. They use locally grown produce and fresh fish! Go home with a new menu for your next dinner party!
http://www.mainekayak.com/ Sea Kayaking, Lake Kayaking and Whitewater Kayaking are available from Maine Kayak located in Pemaquid, Maine. Overnight Kayaking Trips with one or two nights at the Ocean Point Inn are very popular and loads of fun.
I hope you find something useful in these suggestions. Over the years, I have personally found this type of gift a great success. Do something with your whole family….no cooking for Mom, no assembling bikes for Dad, no bored children! The memories will last much longer than the game that was used once. Gather your credit card, addresses and a phone….your shopping will be done before you know it!