Gifted Experience

Skip the wrapping paper and the usual knickknacks this holiday. From fishing trips to cocktail classes, we’ve found 10 local and experiential gifts that keep on giving long after the last fa-la-la.

Golf with a Pro

Know someone who enjoys an afternoon on the course? Give them the gift of learning golf skills from a team of certified LPGA and PGA instructors at Dana Rader Golf School. Some of the areas you’ll hit include putting, pitching, and a full golfer’s swing. The school teaches children all the way up to talented single-digit handicappers who just want to enhance their swing or get tips from the pros. Class prices begin at $30.


Push the pedal at Dragster Drive Experience

Ready to live your racer fantasy? Get behind the wheel of dragster and experience an adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you reach 130 mph in seconds at ZMax Dragway in Concord. Starting at $349,


Reel one in on a guided fishing trip

With more than 40 years of fishing experience, Jerry’s Fishing Guide knows the best spots to take you on the waters of Lake Wylie or Lake Norman for a day of hooking bass, crappies, or catfish. The company provides tackle and bait—all you have to do is catch the big one. $250,


Mix things up in a cocktail class

Liberate Your Palate is designed for sipping craft cocktails while discovering new restaurants in the city. The brand’s newest venture is its Shake.Stir.Sip.Socialize lifestyle events. In these specialty cocktail classes guests receive hands-on professional instruction on how to make three cocktails while enjoying food specifically paired for each cocktail. Thirsty yet? $55,


Sip and sample at a craft beer dinner

Every Friday through December 16, enjoy a Craft Dinner at River’s Edge Bar and Grill overlooking the rapids at the U.S. Whitewater Center. Executive Chef Michael Rayfield creates a five-course dinner that is paired with regional beers from spots like Blue Blaze Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Holy City Brewing, Cabarrus Brewing Co., Sugar Creek Brewing Co., and Mother Earth Brewing. $50,


Reach new heights on a hot air balloon ride

See nature’s beauty from a different view with a hot-air balloon ride from Eagles Wings Hot Air Balloons. This sky-high adventure offers picturesque views of Rock Hill and the surrounding South Carolina and North Carolina areas. Private balloon rides for two, $400, individual balloon rides, $250,


Take in the tunes at Jazz at the Bechtler

Experience the art of music during the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s popular series, Jazz at the Bechtler. Guests can enjoy concerts performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet (and at times featured guest musicians and vocalists) and enjoy a tour of the Uptown museum, which features mid-century art. $14 per ticket,


Bundle your beauty treatments in a day of pampering

Know someone in need a post-holiday refresh? Give them a relaxing day at The Daily Details, a 1,500-square-foot beauty bar that specializes in blowouts, nails and facial waxing. Bundle the services together for a few hours of pampering. Packages begin at $40,


Love learning at a SkillPop class

SkillPop offers pop-up classes in various venues around town—and the chance to learn a new skill (or brush up on an old one) from a local expert. Class topics include photography basics, cookie decorating essentials, calligraphy, and even making cocktails from scratch. Class prices begin at $25,


Step up your culinary skills at a cooking class

Whether you’re giving the gift to an already amazing chef or to an aspiring cook, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen is sure to be a fun—and tasty—experience. Led by Chef Alyssa Gorelick the classes are hands-on and feature fresh, local ingredients. Best of all? You’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor when you’re finished. Class prices start at $55,