Don't panic. Get creative.
You’ve got less than two weeks to go. All the easy gifts have been bought.
The only people left on your list are The Ones.
You know, those folks who have everything. Who go out and buy what they want. Or who you just can’t seem to make happy.
It’s time to think outside the box.
These hard-to-please peeps may have everything, but they sure haven’t done everything.
And that’s where the awesomeness of Louisville comes in.
Put back the scalp massager and return the slippers. Don’t give your dear relative another Goodwill contribution, give them an experience. Louisville is full of local businesses that have plenty to offer.
For the Golden-Years Crowd:
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
are coming to the Kentucky Center. You may not have heard of them, but your momma sure has. The 1960’s group sang rock-out singles like “Big Girls Don’t Cry
” and “Working my Way Back to You.
” Tickets start at $45 and are onsale now for the March 8 concert.
The Louisville Orchestra
is back, and they have more offerings than you could imagine, including several performance series, including Classics & Coffee
and the more modern and casual Pops
. They also have adult education programs in their Magic of Music
series which include guest artists and lunch. The Magic of Music
luncheons are $25 each. 502-587-8681.
For the Adventurous Souls:
Check out Rocksport
, a 10,000 square foot indoor rock climbing facility. Novice and experienced climbers alike can take advantage of a variety of walls and caves. Day passes are available for $12 for experienced climbers who have their own equipment. For first-timers, Rocksport offers a daily class, including equipment, for $35. After the class, participants are free to climb at their own pace. Youth programs are also available. Hop online or call 502-266-5833 for gift certificate information.
Got a music lover? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Louisville Guitar Center
on Shelbyville Road offers lessons in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and voice. Four private, half-hour lessons are $95, or get four private hour-long lessons for $190. Until December 24th, the $30 registration fee is waived. (502) 891-4187.
The Louisville Ballet School
offers classes ranging from hip-hop and Zumba to tap and ballet for kids and the young-at-heart. Their Adult Open Division allows you to purchase a class card (4 classes for $55 or 10 classes for $130) that allows your gift recipient to attend any class whenever they wish.
For the Sports fans:
University of Louisville
basketball single-game tickets are still available for some games. You won’t get UK vs. UofL, but several games have open seats. $85 buys a pair.
Tickets are also available for University of Kentucky
men’s basketball. Try getting seats for those early-January games, when college kids are still on winter break.
For the “Do-ers” in your life:
, downtown. They offer “walk-in workshops” that range in price from $12.50-$135 as well as scheduled classes. Your delighted relative can create one-of-a-kind art, from ornaments and suncatchers to coasters and candy dishes. Gift certificates are available by calling the Mark Payton Glass Center
at Glassworks at 502-992-3270.
has a Paint Your Own Stoneware and Studio Tour, which includes a factory tour, studio fees, and a $20 piece of pottery that's ready for Auntie's artistic flair. They also have individual paint-your-own offerings that range from $10-$50.
For the Theatre Lover:
Louisville is filled to the brim with many local theatre companies. Tickets to one or all of their season’s performances would not only make a great gift for your loved one, but for the company as well. Most of these not-for-profit companies produce good work on tiny budgets. Some to check out:
at the Jewish Community Center. Performances include the musical, Company
in mid-January, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
in February, and Avenue Q
in April. Check online or call (502) 459-0660 for details. Most tickets are $18.
Clarksville Little Theatre
is producing Crimes of the Heart
, a comedic and touching story of three sisters, beginning January 18. Tickets are $12-15. Call (812) 283-6522 for details.
Louisville’s professional theatre scene is not to be missed. These tickets are a bit higher in price, but provide a different level of entertainment.
Derby Dinner Playhouse
offers gift certificates in any amount (single-show/dinner tickets run $35-$44), as well as a New Year Sampler, which includes tickets and dinner to 3 shows: romantic comedy/thriller Kill Joy
, musical Little Shop of Horrors
and musical comedy 9 to 5
, based on the movie of the same name. New Year Samplers are $96. Gift certificates are available. Call 812-288-8281.
offers several options of individual performance and season-ticket packages. Gift certificates are available. Call the box office at 502-584-1205.
The Broadway in Louisville
series at Kentucky Center has 4 musicals remaining in the season, including Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, and West Side Story. Pick up a 4-show pass starting at $100 or individual tickets as low as $25. Questions? Call 502-584-7777.