Savannah's Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Holidays in Savannah

Holidays in Savannah

It can be fairly argued that a trip to Savannah is the real gift. Are we right? But we understand that there's nothing like handing over that perfectly wrapped box with the prettiest bow, delighting the faces of those you hold dear. Savannah is gifted with many options to suit every personality, interest, and - appetite. From foodies to fashionistas adventurers to bookworms, there's something for everyone in this gift-giving guide. By the way, we'll be using the word gift a LOT!

We hope this list will give you a running start to your gift-giving this season and beyond. So, let's get started!

For the Foodie

Chef's Kiss!

 If you have a foodie or culinary whiz in your life, consider gifting them a cooking class at one of Savannah's renowned culinary schools, such as Chef Darrin's Kitchen Table and Savannah Culinary Retreat. They can learn new techniques, explore different cuisines, and indulge in their passion for all things food. Alternatively, you can treat them to a selection of gourmet salts, spices, jams and more from The Salt Table, a local shop that offers a wide variety of flavored salts and seasonings. Another great option is the Savannah Taste Experience, a guided food tour that takes participants on a delicious tour through the city, sampling incredible dishes from local restaurants.

For the Adventurer

Thrill Seeker is Our Middle Name

For those who love the thrill of adventure, consider gifting them an experience they won't forget. Savannah offers various outdoor activities such as kayaking tours, paddleboarding adventures, and even ghost tours for those seeking a spooky thrill. 

For the Dramatic

Jazz Fingers Y'all!

If you have a friend or family member who loves the dramatic arts and belts Broadway tunes like nobody's business, consider gifting them tickets to a show at one of Savannah's renowned theaters. The Savannah Theatre (the oldest operating theatre in the states, by the way), for example, offers a variety of performances, including musicals, comedy shows, holiday fun, and dramatic plays. Don't forget the Front Porch Improv - the gift of laughter is priceless, after all. Alternatively, gift them a membership to a local theater group, allowing them to attend rehearsals and participate in the creative process.

For the Fashionista

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Savannah is home to a vibrant fashion scene, with numerous boutiques and shops offering unique, stylish clothing and accessories. Treat the fashionista in your life to a shopping spree in the city's trendy boutiques like Harper Boutique, Satchel, The Printed Peach and Diaspora Market Place, where they can find one-of-a-kind pieces to add to their wardrobe. Consider gifting them a personalized styling session with a local fashion expert who can help them curate or correction - enhance their perfect look.

For the Wanderer

No Map Required

If you know someone who loves to explore new places and has a sense of wanderlust, consider gifting them a weekend getaway to one of Savannah's charming bed and breakfasts or boutique hotels. They can immerse themselves in the city's rich history, stroll along the cobblestone streets, bike ride and discover hidden gems around every corner. Alternatively, you can surprise them with a guided tour of Savannah's historic district, where they can learn about the city's fascinating past and architectural wonders.

For the Know-it-all

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If you have a friend or family member who loves to learn and expand their knowledge, consider gifting them a membership to one of Savannah's museums or cultural institutions. The Telfair Museums, SCAD Museum of Arts and Pin Point Heritage Museum, just to name a few, offer a range of art exhibitions and educational programs. You can also gift them a subscription to a local book club or a series of educational lectures and workshops.

For the Socialite

Rubbing Elbows Like a Pro

If you know someone who loves socializing and attending events, consider gifting them tickets to one of Savannah's many festivals or social gatherings. There's always something happening in the city, from the Savannah Music Festival to the Savannah Film Festival. You can also surprise them with a gift certificate to a popular local restaurant or cocktail bar, where they can enjoy a night out with friends and really schmooze it up.

For the Bookworm

Kindle Who?

Savannah is a city that has inspired many writers and is home to a vibrant literary community. Consider gifting the bookworm in your life a collection of books by local authors or a subscription to a book-of-the-month club that features works from Savannah-based writers available at E. Shaver Booksellers and Seaside Sisters. You can also surprise them with a visit to the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, a museum dedicated to the renowned Southern author.

For the First-time Parent

You're Doing a Great Job

If you know someone who is about to become a parent for the first time, consider gifting them a baby essentials package from a local baby boutique. You can include items such as organic baby clothing, natural skincare products, and personalized baby accessories. Additionally, you can offer them a gift certificate for a prenatal massage or a parenting class to help them prepare for their new arrival.

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For the Frequent Visitor

It's Me. Hi. I'm the Visitor. It's Me.

If you have a friend or family member who is ALWAYS visiting, consider gifting them something that enhances their experience and allows them to further explore the city. One idea is to gift them a membership to a local museum or attraction, providing them unlimited access and special perks. Another option is to give them a guidebook (hint, hint - the free Savannah Insider Guide!) or a map of Savannah, highlighting hidden gems and lesser-known spots to discover. You can also surprise them with a gift certificate for one of several guided tours or a unique experience, such as a sunset river cruise or a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. Additionally, consider gifting them a local food or drink specialty, such as a bottle of Savannah-made craft beer, delicious honey, or a box of pralines from a renowned local confectionery such as River Street Sweets, Savannah Candy Kitchen and OMG Candy. These gifts will enhance their visits and show your thoughtfulness in catering to their love for Savannah. Ugh, they'll never leave!

For the Influencer

Happy Holidays, We're Going Viral!

If you have a friend or family member who loves to document their life on social media, consider gifting them a photography session with a local photographer. They can capture stunning images of themselves in Savannah's picturesque locations, creating content that will make their followers envious. You can also surprise them with a personalized social media branding consultation (oh, hey Visit Savannah!), helping them elevate their online presence. 

For the Happy Couple

"No, I Love YOU More!" 

If you're looking for a gift for a happy couple, consider gifting them an experience they can enjoy together. You can arrange a romantic dinner at one of Savannah's award-winning restaurants, complete with a bottle of champagne. Another idea is to book a couple's spa day, where they can relax and rejuvenate with massages, facials, and other pampering treatments. Alternatively, you can surprise them with a weekend getaway to a charming bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel in Savannah.

For the In-Laws

We Love Our Extended Family

Finding the perfect gift for your in-laws can be a thoughtful gesture to show your appreciation. Consider gifting them a personalized gift basket filled with local Savannah treats, such as gourmet chocolates, artisanal jams, and specialty coffees. Another idea is to arrange a private tour of Savannah's historic district, where they can learn about the city's history and architecture. You can also surprise them with tickets to a show or concert that aligns with their interests.

For the Grandparents

More Than Hard Candy & Peppermints

Sentimental and meaningful gifts are often cherished when gifting our sweet Nannies and Pop-pops. Consider creating a photo album or a personalized calendar featuring family photos and memories. Another idea is to arrange a family gathering or a special outing where they can spend quality time with their loved ones. 

For the "Oh, I'll Love Whatever You Get Me!"

It's the Thought That Counts

For those who are easygoing and genuinely appreciate any gift they receive, there are still plenty of options to consider to narrow things down. Arrange a special outing, such as a picnic in one of Savannah's picturesque parks or a day trip to a nearby Tybee Island. If they enjoy trying new foods, book a reservation to a local restaurant known for its delicious cuisine (the options are endless). Alternatively, you can opt for a thoughtful and personalized gift, such as a custom artwork (hello there, shopSCAD!) or a handcrafted item from a local artisan. The key is to choose something that reflects their interests and shows that you've put thought into the gift. Ultimately, the most important thing is to convey your appreciation through the gesture; loving whatever you get them will ring true.

For You

Last But Not Least

Lastly, remember to treat yourself! After all the gift shopping and planning, taking care of yourself is essential, too. Consider gifting yourself a spa day, a weekend getaway (to Tybee Island, perhaps?), or treating yourself to that outfit you've been window shopping for a while. It could be a new book, a piece of jewelry, or a relaxing day at a local attraction. Remember, self-care and self-appreciation are just as important as giving to others.

Looking for the perfect gift in Savannah? Look no further! With a wide range of options available, you can find something that suits every personality and occasion. Savannah's gift-giving guide has got you covered. From personalized gifts to unforgettable experiences, this charming city has everything you need to make your loved ones feel special.

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