Holiday Gift Ideas From the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet has some gift ideas for shoppers during this holiday season.
They all have “Kentucky” themes because they all come from agencies within the cabinet.
“These gift ideas include Kentucky artwork, history, state park gift cards and much more” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart. “These gift ideas are a great way to celebrate the holidays with Kentucky in mind.”
Here is a listing of agencies and gift ideas for the holiday season:
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Discover the perfect holiday gift at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where shoppers will find an amazing array of distinctive Kentucky-made treasures created by more than 700 Kentucky artisans. This season visitors can also enjoy live music at the Center, along with artist demonstrations, on four Saturdays from Nov. 30 – Dec. 21.
The center has amazing ornaments, paintings, prints and photographs; sculpture; furniture and quilts; handcrafted glass; beautifully designed scarves, hats, shawls and purses; as well as an array of soaps and lotions, candles and jewelry. For the cooks on your list, there are specialty Kentucky Proud foods for the holidays, wonderful cookbooks and a wide array of pottery and wooden items for presenting your holiday feast. Great books for children and adults abound, along with a fine selection of music – all by Kentucky artisans. The “Unbridled Spirit Gift Card” is also available, if you’re shopping for those “hard to buy for” people on your list. While shopping you can relax and enjoy a meal at the Artisan Café, serving fresh cuisine daily.
Visit the Kentucky Artisan Center this holiday season to “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky!” The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, visit the Center’s website www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov, or call 859-985-5448.
Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop Open House is Dec. 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy free parking, refreshments and samples, door prizes, storewide discounts and park admission discounts both days to customers who show their gift shop receipts. The gift shop carries a unique selection of equine gifts and Kentucky-made products from crafts to Kentucky Proud, and enough holiday decorations to decorate the North Pole. The gift shop is also open during the Southern Lights display Nov. 22-Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition, the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center is offering discounts on 2014 park admission tickets and Unique Horse Farm Tour certificates for stocking stuffers. Call 859-259-4200 for more information.
Kentucky State Parks
Kentucky State Parks are a great place to visit during the winter months, with lodge room rates starting at $49.95 a night. Special events such as holiday gatherings, light displays, New Year’s Eve parties and wildlife viewing weekends are among the favorites. State parks have lodge rooms, cottages, gift shops, restaurants and even a few campgrounds open for those who enjoy winter camping. Visit www.parks.ky.gov for information and reservations.
All 16 Kentucky State Park golf courses remain open during the winter, weather permitting. Daily winter-rate greens fees range from $11 to $17 weekdays and $11 to $22 weekends (golf cart not included) through March 31, 2014. Another great gift idea for golfers is the Kentucky State Park Golf Discount Card for $20-$25 that provides four discounted rounds of golf and a fifth round for free. Annual golf passes are also available. For more information on gift cards, annual passes, daily rates and golf packages visit http://www.parks.ky.gov/golf/
Kentucky Historical Society
Is there a history lover on your gift list? If so, make plans to visit the Kentucky Historical Society’s 1792 Store, located in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. The 1792 Store has a wide selection of books, Kentucky crafts and other specialty items. You also may want to consider giving a gift membership to the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). Members receive free admission to the KHS history campus, special prices on research services and members-only discounts on special events. Call 502-564-1792 or visit www.history.ky.gov for details.
Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council has compiled some great places for buying holiday gifts in Kentucky called “Give a Gift From Kentucky.” This website lists Kentucky Crafted Retailers, artist gallery events and studios, greeting cards and more. Visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Resources/GiveAGift2013.htm
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Folks who love the outdoors will love the 2014 Kentucky Afield Outdoor Calendar. From its breathtaking cover photo of a quail atop an iconic rock fence at Shaker Village to nature notes for each month, the calendar is the perfect present for the outdoors enthusiast on your list. Hunters and anglers also will appreciate having the 2014 season dates at their fingertips. Calendars cost only $7.50 each and are available online at www.fw.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources also offers an online gift certificate which can be redeemed to purchase Kentucky Afield magazine subscriptions, hunting licenses or fishing licenses, passes to Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area or pay the registration fee for summer conservation camps for youths. Buy your gift certificate online at www.fw.ky.gov.
Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office
A program of the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Main Street Program is again encouraging consumers to “Shop Downtown This Holiday Season” to help drive retail sales to small businesses, keep money circulating in the local economy and cultivate the unique character that differentiates communities across the state. Such efforts are part of the program’s ongoing mission to revitalize Kentucky’s historic downtowns by finding new uses for unique local architecture, and promoting economic revitalization through the preservation of historic buildings. This year, many of Kentucky’s Main Street communities are building on this theme by also planning fun, festive activities geared to the national observance of Small Business Saturday® on Nov. 30, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. For more, see www.shopsmall.com, or to learn more about the Kentucky Main Street Program and participating communities, see www.heritage.ky.gov/mainstreet.