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Best Philly Experience Gifts for the 2021 Holidays

It’s the most wonderful season of all! Truly, the winter holidays – regardless if you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or something else – are a time to gather with friends and family to create memories. Often, some of the memories relate to physical gifts but sometimes the best presents are experiences.

With that said, we’ve decided to create a list of the best Philadelphia experience gifts out there: weekend excursions, day trips and more, compiled from the best of what Philadelphia has to offer. What’s even better, is each of these experience gifts supports small, locally owned businesses or educational programs, and vary in cost from free to not so expensive. So sit back, and don’t stress over what to get your loved one this December – the answer might just be right below.

Make History

Philadelphia has been the birthplace of America since 1776 and since then, so much has happened here – the construction of a palatial museum; the creation of the world’s foremost prison system; our founding fathers gathering together to unite against tyranny; and we could of course, go on – but we won’t! Rather, check out the list below of how you can experience history this holiday season.

Location: Spend the Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Duration: 2 hours – all day
Cost: $25 per gift ticket

Art museum Philadelphia PA

Location: Take a Night tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
Duration: 2 -3 hours
Cost: $13-$20 per ticket

Location: Visit Independence Mall (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Independence Beer Garden)
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 1.5 hours
Cost: $1.00 per ticket, FREE, Cost varies from $7 to $20

Independence Hall Philadelphia PA

Location: Learn from the Franklin Institute
Duration: 2 hours – all day
Cost: $19-$23 per ticket

Location: Splurge at Reading Terminal Market
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Cost: Free to visit (cost depends on what’s purchased)

Reading terminal Philadelphia PA

Location: Discover dark curiosities at the Mutter Museum
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Cost: $15 – $20 per ticket

Location: Walk Kelly Drive
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Cost: FREE

Peculiar Purchases

Sometimes, a unique experience can be derived from an eclectic gift. Check out these special jawns – they’re 100% Philadelphian!

Gift: Mummer’s Umbrella
Description: The mummer parade is held every New Year’s in Philadelphia. These elaborately costumed musicians are symbols of the city, and the umbrella reflects their quirkiness – in style!
Cost: $18

Gift: Duross & Langel Candles
Description: These handcrafted, all-natural candles burn for 30 hours!
Cost: $18

Gift: Shoofly Pie
Description: Sweets define the holidays, even for the healthy minded. You can pick one up from Reading Terminal Market or travel to Lancaster to pick one up from the Amish – trust us, it’s seriously worth it.
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Cost: Varies from $13 to $40

Gift: A 6-Pack of Yard’s Pale Ale
Description: Yard’s Brewery based in Philly (of course) has become renowned nation-wide for its distinct taste. Plus, you won’t have to store it when you have relatives around!
Cost: $20

Gift: Books about and/or written by Philadelphians
Description: You can never have too many books! And in a city where people are known for being fanatical about being from this city, a book written about Philadelphia, by a Philadelphian is too perfect to pass up.
Cost: Varies from $10 to $20