75+ Summer Ideas! || Northeast WI Activities

75+ Summer Ideas! || Northeast WI Activities

Northeast WI offers such a wide variety of things to do all Summer! ☀ Here is a short list of things to explore and find some new ways to have fun in our area!

Our Calendar of Events has over 3,200 events listed for June, July & August, check it out at http://northeastwiactivities.com/event-listings/


 

 

☀ Hit up the Neighborhood Rummage Sales throughout Northeast WI

☀ Breakfast on the Farms in June.

☀ Farmer’s Markets have started and they are everywhere!  #farmtotable

☀ The 2nd annual Sun Drop Dayz in Shawano guarantees to be fun for the whole family. (June 1-2)

☀ Paint, Craft & Make Art! It’s a great time to Get Creative!

☀ Catch an Outdoor Movie with the kids this Summer! (Blog is being updated)

☀ When life during the Summer is becoming a Zoo, then you should pack up the kids and Visit One!

☀ Explore the Caves in Maribel or Chilton.

☀ Baseball is America’s past time. ⚾ Head to the local ballpark and see the Timber Rattlers or the Green Bay Bull Frogs play!

☀ Stock Car Races will be roaring all summer long throughout Northeast WI.

☀ You are able to see a Water Ski Show almost every night in Northeast WI.

☀ Green Bay Botanical Gardens is a must see this Summer!  *Wednesdays between 4pm-8pm are Buy One Get One FREE admission (June 6-Aug 29)

☀ Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival in Little Chute (June 1-3)

☀ Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay (June 14-17)

☀ Appleton’s Butterfly Festival is a summer favorite (June 16)

☀ Electric City Experience in Kaukauna (June 6-10)

☀ Iola Car Show & Swap Meet (July 12-14)

☀ Try something delicious at Green Bay Restaurant Week (July 12-19)

☀ Green & Gold Charity Softball Game (June 2)

☀ Packers Family Night Game in Green Bay (TBA – usually end of July or early Aug.)

☀ Lambeau Field Tours in Green Bay

☀ Mackville Nationals in Mackville (June 15-17)

☀ Country USA in Oshkosh (June 19-23)

☀ Copperfest in Oconto (June 8-10)

☀ Rock USA in Oshkosh (July 12-14)

☀ Lifest in Oshkosh (July 12-15)

☀ EAA Airventure (July 23-29)

☀ Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa (June 28 – June 30)

☀ Polka Days in Pulaski (July 19-22)

☀ Greenville Catfish Extravaganza in Greenville (July 6-7)

☀ Paperfest in Kimberly (July 19-22)

☀ Catch the Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Cinemas. (June 24 – August 29)

☀ Burger Fest and Balloon Rally in Seymour (August 10-11)

☀ Art at the Park in Appleton (July 29)

☀ Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay is easy on the wallet and the kids can ride the rides all day long!

Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan is a must see Botanical Garden inspired by favorite children’s books.

☀ Listen to the Music at Mile of Music in Appleton (August 3-6)

☀ Kids Day – Green Bay (June 25)

☀ Lego Building Event – Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay (July 28-29)

☀ Packers Training Camp. People come from all over to watch this. It’s Free. (First one is July 26)

☀ Find your next treasure at Shawano Flea Market! Sundays all Summer.

☀ Find some history at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay.

☀ Logging and Heritage Festival in Marinette (July 13-15)

☀ Shanty Days in Algoma (August 10-12)

☀ Cherryfest in Jacksonport (August 4)

☀ Did you know kids can get 2 games of FREE bowling every day this Summer?  Sign up now at Kids Bowl Free.

☀ Subfest in Manitowoc (July 13-15)

☀ Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay is free and educational.

☀ Badger Sports Park in Appleton offers lots of fun all summer long for the whole family.

☀ Plan a trip around Marinette County to see the 12 different Waterfalls!

☀ Take in the Oneida Pow-Wow (June 29 thru July 1)

☀ Tube down the Wolf River and enjoy the scenery for a day.

☀ Strawberry Picking will be starting about Mid June. (List will be updated soon)

☀ Check out your Local Parks.  You could visit a new park every week.  The kids would love it!

☀ On a rainy day, check out a Roller Rink and get your skate on.

☀ County Fairs start in July and run thru Labor Day weekend around Northeast WI.  See the animals, enjoy the food and entertainment and don’t forget to take a turn on the carnival rides!

☀ Take a Walk or Bike Ride on the 83 miles of the Mountain Bay Trail or 20 miles of the Fox River Trail.  #getintonature

☀ You can hear free music in the air every day of the week with all the Music in the Park. Check your Chamber of Commerce and see when yours is or just check our Calendar to see where music is playing today.

☀ Make some science happen all Summer with these great experiments! Here is a list of our favorite ones.

☀ Fly a Kite Festival in Green Bay (June 30)

☀ Take a trip to Door County and visit all of the different and unique Lighthouses!

☀ Grab your Fishing Poles and Catch that “big one”.

☀ Do the dunes at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay and see if you can find the park’s tallest sand dune – “Old Baldy”.

☀ Explore the USS Cobia, a World War II submarine, Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

☀ 4th of July Celebrations!

☀ Have a Laugh at Comedy City in DePere, Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton or Backlot Comedy House in Oshkosh.

☀ Did you know that Northeast WI has Drive-In Movie Theaters? Check out list and make a plan to visit one this summer.

☀ Get out of the heat and check out your Local Library.  Many of them have free events all summer and a great Summer Reading Program for kids of all ages!

☀ Riverfest in Mishicot (August 2-5)

☀ There are Nature Centers all over Northeast WI just waiting for you to walk their trails and learn more about the environment and critters.

☀ Don’t forget to watch a Parade or two this Summer and don’t forget a bucket or bag for the kids candy.

☀ Saddle up and go for a trail ride or take some Horseback riding lessons this Summer.

☀ Life is an Adventure, so find something new to do in our area!

☀ Grab your arm floaties and sunblock and explore the Outdoor pools close to you.

☀ Need more Water? Check out a local beach, get rid of that farmer’s tan and don’t forget the sand toys!

☀ Learn about the stars at Barlow Planetarium in Menasha.

☀ Museums are everywhere and are waiting to educate us all.

☀ LPGA Tour at Thornberry Creek in Oneida (July 3-8)

☀ Children’s Week in Appleton (July 22-28)

☀ Donald Driver Charity Softball Game in Appleton (August 5)

☀ Sign up for a Summer Fun Run with the kids or as a family!

☀ Camp in your backyard or take a weekend and check out some of the local campgrounds around Northeast WI.

☀ Volunteer as a family or individually.  Some great resources are the Volunteer Center of Brown County and the Volunteer Center of East Central WI.

 


 

There really are so many more things to add to our list but then it would go on forever!  Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of events for more ideas on things to do this Summer!  Now start planning the things you will do first!

Tag us on Instagram this Summer with #northeastwiactivities

35+ Graduation Gift Ideas

35+ Graduation Gift Ideas

  • Posted by: admin
  • 29 April,2018

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Graduation Season is rolling around again and finding a useful yet interesting gift for a high school graduate can be tough. So why not show them how proud you are of them with one of the gifts on our list below.  It’s a great way to celebrate and congratulate them on this milestone they are crossing.


 

 

  1. Lottery Tickets
  2. Headphones
  3. Gas Cards
  4. Grocery Cards
  5. Luggage
  6. Magazine Subscriptions
  7. Gift Card to the College Gift Store that they are attending!
  8. Concert Tickets
  9. Messenger Bag/Backpack
  10. XL Twin Sheets/Bedding
  11. $50.00 in Quarters for Laundry
  12. Tool Kits
  13. Kindle/I-pod/I-pad/Laptop
  14. Laundry Basket of needed College Items (pencils, pens, notebooks, highlighters, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
  15. Salon Gift Cards
  16. Oil Change Gift Certificate/Card
  17. Alarm Clock
  18. College Clothing (Hoodies, T-shirts)
  19. Power Strips
  20. Towels (personalized if you wanna be fancy)
  21. Coffee Pot/Keurig or Electric Tea Kettle
  22. Durable Coffee Cup/Water Bottle
  23. Microwave
  24. A Netflix Account
  25. Bus Pass/Metro Card if needed in a big city
  26. Great College Books like a Guide to College or Dr. Suess’s ‘The Places You’ll Go’ or How to be Thrifty.
  27. Amazon Gift Cards
  28. A Nice Watch
  29. Hygiene/Toiletry Kit
  30. Pepper Spray
  31. Full Length Mirror (for back of door)
  32. Flashlights
  33. Umbrella
  34. First Aid Kit
  35. An Experience: Maybe it’s not a thing you should give, maybe it’s something to do. Hang gliding, hot air balloon rides, sky diving, zip lining,  Nascar experience–a great idea for the thrill seekers on your list (and Groupon and other deal sites seem to offer these on a regular basis).
  36. Jewlery
  37. CASH!

 

25+ Ideas for Easter Egg Fillers!

25+ Ideas for Easter Egg Fillers!

  • Posted by: admin
  • 01 March,2018

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If you are looking for ideas to fill all those colorful easter eggs, look no further and check out our list below!

**Please Note: If you are considering any of these ideas, be sure to choose age appropriate egg fillers for the age of the children. Not all of these egg fillers would be appropriate for little children.

 

 


  1. Candy (of course this is a given!)
  2. Coins/Cash
  3. Nail Polish
  4. Mini Bubbles
  5. Lip Gloss
  6. New Colored Shoelaces
  7. Stickers
  8. Temporary Tattoos
  9. Gum
  10. Ear Buds
  11. Balloons
  12. Keychains
  13. Silly Putty
  14. Earrings or Jewlery
  15. Mini Minecraft Figures
  16. Seed Packets like Flowers
  17. Race Cars
  18. Jokes – just print some out!
  19. Mini Bath toys
  20. Fruit Snacks
  21. Alphabet Magnets
  22. Bouncy Balls
  23. Grow Capsules
  24. Tickets to a Movie, Zoo or Museum.
  25. Legos Mini Packets
  26. Easter Egg Coupons – some ideas for this might be:
    1. Enjoy an extra hour of Electronics/Video Games
    2. Dinner of your choice
    3. Rent a movie of your choice
    4. Good for 1 scoop of Ice Cream at DQ or Ice Cream place near you
    5. Go Somewhere fun with Mom
    6. Go Somewhere fun with Dad
    7. Dessert of your choice
    8. Stay up late pass
    9. Skip one chore of your choice
    10. Extra Book at Bedtime
  27. Mini Toys/Items from the Dollar Store

I hope this list helps you find some new ideas to try for your Easter Eggs this year!  I wish you all a fun and safe Easter!!

Date Night/Day Ideas

Date Night/Day Ideas

  • Posted by: admin
  • 22 January,2018

  • 19

Over the course of a relationship, date nights go through many stages: from romantic and adventurous to cheap and stuck-in-a-rut.  We’ve all been there! It’s hard to carve out that extra time on a regular basis for each other but having fun, trying new things, connecting and quality time are all necessary for a successful relationship.

So, whether your relationship is new or you have been together for a while, these are refreshing and fun ideas that you can enjoy together throughout the year! Do you have an idea for our list? Email it to northeastwiactivities@gmail.com.

 


 

✨ Dinner & a Movie – a classic idea!

 

✨ Bowling –  There are bowling alleys all over our area! Add in some food, drinks and a little wager and it makes for a great date. ?

 

✨ Comedy Club – We have three great ones around Northeast WI.  Oshkosh gives us the Backlot Comedy House, De Pere gives us Comedy City and Appleton has Skyline Comedy Cafe, all great for some big belly laughs and snorts!!

 

✨ Breweries – Northeast WI has an quite the history of making and drinking beer.  Check out a brewery and find out more!

 

✨ Wineries – Find a great list right on our website of area Wineries! ?

 

✨ Sports Games – We have some phenomenal area sports teams that love our support and are much cheaper than a Packers Game Ticket!  Check out the Green Bay Blizzard, the Green Bay Gamblers, the Wisconsin Herd, the Timber Rattlers, the Fox Cities Ice Dogs, the DePere Deacons or the Green Bay Bullfrogs!  All great teams to watch throughout the year!

 

✨ Drive In Theaters are a perfect night out and you can find one in Door County, Chilton, Shawano and Freedom!

 

✨ Fishing – something you can do all year round! (Free Fishing weekends are January 20-21, 2018 and June 2-3, 2018)

 

✨ Escape Rooms are the new and trendy thing and FUN!  There is one in Appleton. There are two in Green Bay, Escape Room Green Bay and Green Bay Escape. One in Oshkosh and Manitowoc.

 

✨ Volunteer Together! It can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.  It will improve your health and happiness and we all need more of that!

 

✨ Horseback Riding – Saddle up and take in the beautiful scenery of Northeast WI. It’s a great way to enjoy a date!

 

✨ Hike a Trail in Northeast WI, we have plenty to choose from.

 

✨ Check out a Concert – We have plenty of big names that come to our area all year long.  Sometimes spending that extra money to see one of your favorite singers is well worth the experience and creates priceless memories.

 

✨ Go to the Beach!  During those hot summer days, pack up the cooler with snacks and drinks and head to a local beach and relax.

 

✨ Theaters are a great night out.  Add a dinner before or after the show and you have a great date!

 

✨ Picnic at a Park is a simple but significant way to spend a date.

 

✨ Create & Paint – Want to learn how to paint or create something specifically you?  Check out our list of area art places.

 

✨ Local Music or Karoake is always a popular date night!

 

✨ Shooting Range – There are indoor and outdoor ranges all over Northeast WI and are a great self confidence builder.

 

✨ Take a Dance Class – Step outside the box and learn something new.  This is a great idea to help rekindle the romance…

 

✨ Skiing – Explore a ski hill, then cozy up in a comfy resort and have some hot cocoa.

 

✨ Tubing/Sledding Hills – Enjoy the exhilaration of flying down a hill together!

 

✨ Take a Yoga/Exercise Class, it’s a great way to motivate and encourage each other and it’s gets those endorphins going….you know those good endorphins!

 

✨ Take that date to an Art Gallery and enjoy the conversations that the different art pieces bring.

 

✨ Barlow Planetarium – Take in the night sky under the dome! Very romantic.

 

✨ Go to a Zoo – Life is already a zoo, that’s why we should all take an hour or two and visit one.

 

✨ Check out a local Museum and take in the history that it offers.

 

✨ Netflix and Chill – Get some delivery, make some popcorn or snacks and grab the remote. Snuggle into each other and binge watch some movies or get caught up on a favorite TV show.

 

✨ Go out for Ice Cream!

 

✨ Strawberry Picking in the Summer is a great time to slow down, enjoy the day and some fresh strawberries.

 

✨ Learn all about Maple Syrup in late winter/early spring.  There are always workshops or classes that will be available.

 

✨ Apple Orchards in the Fall are another time to slow down and enjoy the act of picking apples and just being together and maybe baking some new apple recipes.

 

✨ Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes make for a great date in the fall.

 

✨ Give your date day/night a little challenge with a session of Paintball.

 

✨ Test your Smarts at Trivia Night.  Go at it as a team or take a chance and battle each other.

 

✨ Ice Skating is always a fun date idea especially when holding hands gliding across the ice is involved.

 

✨ If skating outside isn’t your thing, then try some Roller Skating.

 

✨ Cave Exploring in the Summer and Fall is exciting.  Just be ready to get a little dirty together.  Check out the caves in Maribel or in Chilton.

 

✨ Farmer’s Markets are a great way to spend time together and help support your local community.

 

✨ Community or High School Plays are a great date night and you are helping support the community theater and local schools.

 

✨ Try to find some new old treasures at the local Flea Markets in our area.

 

✨ We are always looking for that one piece that is going to be worth millions, so why not take that special someone with you and look together at Estate Sales or Auctions.

 

✨ Explore one of the many lakes or rivers in a Kayak or Canoe.  Just don’t forget the sunscreen.

 

✨ Add some Adventure to your date and try something new in Northeast WI.

 

✨ Go to a Driving Range and hit some Golf Balls, take on some Mini Golf or try the real thing and head to a local Golf Course! ⛳

 

✨ Since we live in Northeast WI, there are opportunities to take some factory tours of cheese plants or even the farms where that milk came from.

 

✨ Check out some Real Estate Open Houses. Always fun to dream about the future.

 

✨ Check out our Calendar of Events and find even more things to do for a date night/day idea!

 

 

Winter Break Ideas | Northeast WI

Winter Break Ideas | Northeast WI

  • Posted by: admin
  • 10 December,2017

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There’s not much left of 2017! Winter Break is coming and it won’t be long before you start hearing “I’m Bored” and “There’s nothing to do”.  Here is a quick and easy list of things to do in Northeast WI to keep those kids busy and create some lasting memories.

 

1.)  Still time to see the amazing WPS Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden or around the area with our guide.

2.) Try Rollerskating! – There are Roller Rinks throughout Northeast WI.

3.) Check out a Kids Museum!  These are educational, fun and spark their imaginations.  Not to mention this keeps the kids busy for hours!

4.) What about a Movie?  Take those kids out to see a movie on the Big Screen either during prime time or catch a matinee. (especially when we have $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Cinemas)

5.) Find a Bowling Alley and get some strikes and have some laughs!

6.) Find an Ice Skating Rink! There are plenty of either Indoor or Outdoor Rinks in our Area.

7.) Race down a hill on a sled or tube.  Many Tubing hills have started making their own snow.  Just call before going to make sure they are open.

8.) Skiing – Call ahead to make sure your ski hill is open and then hit the slopes.

9.) Find some fun at local kid friendly places like Badger Bouncers, Xtreme Air, Get Air, Sir Bounce Alot, Chuckee Cheese, Monkey Joe’s, Funset Blvd., Badger Sports Park and others.

10.) Learn new things at local Museums!

11.) Get a head start on spring cleaning and have the kids pick out 5 or ten toys they can donate.

12.) Make it a Crafts and Arts Week.  Pinterest is Amazing!

13.) Visit the Zoo and see what the animals are doing over Winter Break!

14.) See the Stars at the Barlow Planetarium.

15.) Take in a Green Bay Gamblers Hockey Game.

16.) Nature Centers! Take a Hike, plan a scavenger hunt or bird watch!

17.) Hot Cocoa Party with all the fixin’s and invite some friends.

18.) Build a Fort and Get Cozy.

19.) Nerf Gun Battles are a standard in our house and are always Epic!

20.) See all the Amazing Aircraft at the EAA Airventure Museum and watch the kids go crazy and learn in the kids area! Be prepared to stay there for a few hours.

21.) Take those kids and Volunteer!  Food Pantries, Humane Societies and so many other non profits could use a few volunteers!

22.) Indoor Pools at the local school or hotel are open usually for a small fee or go all out and hit up the Indoor Water Park at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay!

23.) Tour the Frozen Tundra, Lambeau Field and check out the Packers Hall of Fame. #GoPackGo

24.) Find your Local YMCA and get into some fun and fitness.

25.) Let your kids Paint a masterpiece! Many of the places that offer adult painting classes, also offer kids classes.

26.) Bake, Bake, Cook! Kids love helping in the kitchen. It can be a bit messy but is so much fun and creates some great memories for those little ones.

27.) Don’t forget about the New Year’s Eve fun throughout our area, just for kids!

28.) Find some fun Winter Science projects to do.  One of our favorite websites is right here.

29.) National Railroad Museum in Green Bay is an awesome place to check out especially for all those train loving kiddos!

30.) Visit your Local Library – They have all kinds of things going on from crafts and arts to storytimes, to even showing some great movies and it’s all FREE!

 

I hope this list helps make your Winter Break a great one!

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy for People

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy for People

  • Posted by: admin
  • 25 November,2017

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Do you struggle to think of gift ideas for friends or family who seem to have everything?  Don’t panic! We have come up with a great gift list for people who are hard to buy for.  You might even find a few gifts you’d like to purchase for yourself!

 

 

🎁 Donation to a charity in their name.

🎁 Theater tickets

🎁 Escape Room gift certificate

🎁 Cheese board of different cheeses and a fancy slicer

🎁 A Knife set with a Cutting Board

🎁 A Netflix Subscription

🎁 If they like Wine or Beer, get them some specialty beers or wines to enjoy.

🎁 State Park Yearly Pass

🎁 Paint/Craft/Art gift certificate

🎁 Chocolates/Candies

🎁 Car Washes/Detail to PDQ or places like that.

🎁 Candles

🎁 Smoker or Grill

🎁 Do you have a guy that may enjoy some fancy Cigars and Brandy?

🎁 Rounds of Golf at their favorite Golf Course

🎁 We live in Wisconsin and a heated blanket is always appreciated.

🎁 Think of Games they may like. Cribbage, Cards Against Humanity, Speak Out, etc..

🎁 Head to a local craft show and buy something unique and homemade

🎁 Do they have a hobby?  Get them something to further their hobby

🎁 Concert Tickets

🎁 Salon/Spa Gift Cards

🎁 Jewelry

🎁 Cookbooks

🎁 An Experience! Maybe it’s not a thing you should give but maybe something to do like zip lining, hot air balloon rides, sky diving or a nascar experience.

🎁 Lottery Tickets

🎁 Gas Gift Cards/Grocery Gift Cards/Amazon Gift Cards/Restaurant Gift Cards, etc.

🎁 Magazine Subscriptions

🎁 Technology – a Fitbit, a portable phone charger, I-Pad, Laptop, Kindle, Go-Pro or Drone…

🎁 Tickets to see a local Sports Team

🎁 Cable TV Sports Package

🎁 Movie Ticket Package to include tickets, popcorn, candy, soda

🎁 Something of the month packages.  It could be food, flowers, books, wine, almost anything you can find for this.

🎁 Do they have a favorite Sports Team? Get them apparel or something with their team logo on it.

🎁 Monogram a mug, a picture frame, towels, a blanket and so on and so forth.

🎁 Memberships to Museums, Zoo’s, YMCA’s or even the EAA

🎁 Music or Art Lessons

 

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy For People!

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy For People!

  • Posted by: admin
  • 19 November,2016

  • 19

Do you struggle to think of gift ideas for friends or family who seem to have everything?  Don’t panic! We have come up with a great gift list for people who are hard to buy for.  You might even find a few gifts you’d like to purchase for yourself!

 

?Donation to a charity in their name.

?Theater tickets

?Escape Room gift certificate

?Cheese board of different cheeses and a fancy slicer

?A Knife set with a Cutting Board

?A Netflix Subscription

?If they like Wine or Beer, get them some specialty beers or wines to enjoy.

?State Park Yearly Pass

?Paint/Craft/Art gift certificate

?Chocolates/Candies

?Car Washes/Detail to PDQ or places like that.

?Candles

?Smoker or Grill

?Do you have a guy that may enjoy some fancy Cigars and Brandy?

?Rounds of Golf at their favorite Golf Course

?We live in Wisconsin and a heated blanket is always appreciated.

?Think of Games they may like. Cribbage, Cards Against Humanity, Speak Out, etc..

?Head to a local craft show and buy something unique and homemade

?Do they have a hobby?  Get them something to further their hobby

?Concert Tickets

?Salon/Spa Gift Cards

?Jewelry

?Cookbooks

?An Experience! Maybe it’s not a thing you should give but maybe something to do like zip lining, hot air balloon rides, sky diving or a nascar experience.

?Lottery Tickets

?Gas Gift Cards/Grocery Gift Cards/Amazon Gift Cards/Restaurant Gift Cards, etc.

?Magazine Subscriptions

?Technology – a Fitbit, a portable phone charger, I-Pad, Laptop, Kindle, Go-Pro or Drone…

?Tickets to see a local Sports Team

?Cable TV Sports Package

?Movie Ticket Package to include tickets, popcorn, candy, soda

?Something of the month packages.  It could be food, flowers, books, wine, almost anything you can find for this.

?Do they have a favorite Sports Team? Get them apparel or something with their team logo on it.

?Monogram a mug, a picture frame, towels, a blanket and so on and so forth.

?Memberships to Museums, Zoo’s, YMCA’s or even the EAA

?Music or Art Lessons