Unless you really have your stuff together and are finished with your holiday shopping, you may be looking for some last-minute gift ideas.  As Bowling Green grows and the opportunity for great experiences explodes, why not give the gift of local leisure to be redeemed in 2012?  Whether it’s tickets to a Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center show or a season pass to Beech Bend Park, a VIP tour of the National Corvette Museum and Corvette Plant or BG Hot Rods baseball game packs, the experience will stick with them longer than the latest gadget!

SKyPAC individual tickets will go on sale in February, but they do have a “Pick Three” subscription available that is perfect for those who may not be committed to all the shows in one series.  For the young at heart, Beech Bend Amusement Park just announced the addition of a new ride in 2012… a 140-foot drop tower! I imagine the view from up there will be breathtaking, not to mention the ride!

With revolving exhibits in the new exhibit hall and new cars displayed regularly, the National Corvette Museum is constantly changing and worth a revisit every once in a while.  Consider their latest offering as a gift for any Corvette enthusiast- a VIP tour for four people of the Museum and the Plant. Meanwhile, the Bowling Green Hot Rods are offering up Holiday Packs including vouchers for any 2012 game and some cool team merchandise.

Of course, if you are looking for that perfect ‘item’ to give, there are a ton of local options with all the great gift shops around town. Lost River Cave recently expanded their gift shop, Wildflower Gifts, to be one of the finest in town.  Find beautiful decor, jewelry, and apparel in addition to cave-centric items and specialty food items. All proceeds from Wildflower Gifts go towards the planned Nature Center at Lost River Cave.

The Museum Store at the Kentucky Museum has a great array of fine gifts with Kentucky ties including collectible white squirrels, perfect for that old college roommate with whom you used to sit and count the cute critters. At the Historic Railpark & Train Museum, find gifts for the little conductor in your family or give a glimpse of the past with nostalgic railroad items.

Riverview at Hobson Grove has lovely merchandise in their quaint shop as does the South Union Shaker Village where you can purchase several hand-made items like baskets, broom, and toys.  To give a truly unique Bowling Green gift, check out the ‘i love bg’ merchandise at BlueCotton Retail including the new Tervis Tumblers featuring the proud logo. 

Other than a few things from Amazon and Zulilly, my money is staying local this year.  My husband requested a leather belt with our last name, so a quick trip to FleaLand for a local dealer and that item will be checked off the list.  We already have one thing under the tree… our ‘Pick Three’ subscription to SKyPAC’s inaugural season!  What experiences will you give to share in 2012?