Arts, Angels, Adventures and Authentic Tennessee Options

Give a Splash of Science

Who doesn’t enjoy getting lost in time every once in a while at an interesting, interactive place?

Give a gift membership to Nashville’s amazing, hands-on science and technology museum for guests of all ages, Adventure Science Center at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. They offer six levels of gift memberships, ranging from $49 to $500.

Gift memberships include free general admission for one year, free parking, free or discounted admission to 300-plus ASTC museums, half-price Sudekum Planetarium tickets, member-priority check-in for peak times, invitations to member-exclusive previews and events, discounts on ScienceQuest camps, Early Explorers and Way Late Play Date events, a subscription to the center’s monthly e-newsletter and a 10 percent discount on items purchased in the center’s gift shop.

Want Authentic Tennessee-Made Items?

If GooGoo Clusters, Alley Cat Tea or Southern City Flavors jam with Loveless Café biscuit mix is on your holiday shopping list, then you might want to check out As the original online store for Tennessee-made products, they’ve been helping customers assemble the best gifts and products since 2013.

They also have items such as MoonPies, Music City Coffee, Brittle Brothers Gourmet Peanut Brittle, Willa’s Shortbread and Olive & Sinclair Chocolates Bars. Their Tennessee-shaped keychains or state-branded koozies also make fun stocking stuffers.

They also assemble corporate gifts and personalized packages.

Engage with the Arts

Create “ah-ha!” moments through buying extra tickets to a performance at Nashville Repertory Theatre, 161 Rains Ave., so you can invite friends or family. This is Nashville’s own professional theater company with 30-plus years of history and professionalism going into each performance.

Give an Angel

Expert interior designer Margi Hargrove, owner of Margi’s Chair & Chair Alike at 2205 Bandywood Drive, recommends considering a thoughtful gift from the Anne Neilson Fine Art Angelic product line. Margi carries Anne’s angel-themed books and note cards. Anne is an artist from Charlotte, N.C., who supports Nashville local artists as well.

Margi can help with hard-to-find gifts because she says her team is obsessively passionate about beautiful things.

“We have an ever-evolving mix of decor items and collection of products that inspire a timeless sophistication, yet edgy and fresh. In two words, casual elegance,” she adds.

Booting Up

Looking for something memorable, perhaps that harkens to honky-tonk saloons? How about a branded koozie in the shape of a black boot from the Legends Corner store at 428 Broadway? They also sell Legends shirts, caps, tanks and hoodies.

Take Note or Lessons

For musicians in your life, Fanny’s House of Music at 1101 Holly St. provides interesting banjo and guitar straps, wireless charging devices, gear and accessories. They also offer private instructions for guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele and violin in increments of 30 minutes or one hour. They also have one-hour group lessons for two or more people, so that’s a gift you could give yourself, too.