Give the gift of a Columbus experience this holiday season

Whether you’re buying for someone who loves crafts, music, or getting outdoors — there’s a local Columbus event or activity to choose from.

Candle making with Penn & Beech | Photo via @pennandbeech

Give the gift of candle making at Penn & Beech. | Photo via @pennandbeech

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If you’re looking to give the gift of an experience this holiday season, we’ve got you covered. Check out these Columbus activities and events that are sure to unwrap some excitement.

Candle making

Do you know what’s better than gifting a candle? Giving someone a gift card to Penn & Beech so they can custom make their own candle. There are locations in the Short North, Worthington, and Grandview. We checked it out for ourselves — here’s how it works.

DIY crafting

Make a reservation for you and a friend at Makers Social in Franklinton to create a project ranging from jewelry to home decor. Watch our experience at the craft bar to see how the process works.

Makers Social | Photo courtesy of Jessica Akers

Cocktails, wine, and bourbon are available at the craft bar. | Photo by CBUStoday


Whether your loved ones love Nicki Minaj or Tim McGraw, there’s an upcoming concert to choose from — so you can treat them to a ticket. Pro tip: Keep checking back as we update our concert list with new announcements.

Spa day

Nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like a spa day. Spoil someone special with a massage or facial at the following spots:

Mad River Mountain

Mad River Mountain is open for the season. | Photo by @skimadriver

Outdoor fun

If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys being active, here are some great options for this winter:

Bonus: Making sure your loved ones stay in the loop by telling them about our daily newsletter also counts as a great gift... at least in our books.