Holiday Gift Experiences in Salem, MA

We’ve covered local holiday gifts by price and by recipient, and this week we’re wrapping up our gift guide series with a list of Salem experiences you can give this holiday season.

Food & Dining


The Cheese Shop of Salem offers three different levels of membership for three months of wine, cheese, or both. The Wine Club includes four bottles of wine with detailed tasting notes for $80/month, the Cheese Club includes four cheeses (about 1/3 lb. each) with delicious accompaniments and detailed tasting notes for $60/month, and the Ultimate Club includes all items from the Wine and Cheese Clubs for $130/month.

For another wine club, visit Pamplemousse where the Inquisitive package includes three bottles for $30/month and the Wine Lover package includes six bottles for $60/month. Wine may be picked up instore on the first Saturday of the month, instruct your gift recipient to visit between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for the store’s weekly wine tasting.

Salem Spice

Need to spice up dinner to go with the wine? Visit Salem Spice for salt box gift sets, made specially for the holidays. The salts included come in a variety of flavors including Jalapeno Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, and more.

Another gift idea for foodies may be a gift certificate to a local Salem restaurant. Gift certificates are available for each downtown restaurant, and some even come with incentives to purchase (in the form of deals like “spend $50 on a gift card and get a $10 gift card for yourself”). Click here to view a complete list of downtown restaurants. Gift certificates are also available for both the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the Hawthorne Hotel, and they may be used on dining or towards room reservations.

Museum Memberships

The House of the Seven Gables

Gift a membership to The House of the Seven Gables and have your loved ones enjoy unlimited admission to the museum and hour tours, special rates on lectures, exhibits, and events, discounted admission to the annual gala, Taste of the Gables, and access to member-exclusive events like author meet and greets, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Membership at the Gables also includes a special invitation to Celebrate the Fourth of July with the perfect view from the Gables Seaside Lawn.

Members of the Gables also receive 10-20% off in the museum shop—if you are thinking of becoming a member yourself you may even be able to save some extra money on holiday shopping! Lastly, gifting a membership to the House of the Seven Gables helps to support the site’s dual mission of education and preservation.

Phillips House

Another membership option for history buffs may be found at Historic New England. A membership to Historic New England includes admission to two historic houses in Salem, the Phillips House and the Gedney House, along with dozens of other homes across the New England states, programs and events that are free to members, and more while supporting a mission to preserve the region’s history.

Art lovers will love a gifted membership to the Peabody Essex Museum, which includes free admission to the museum along with invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, admission to PEM/PM evening parties, curator-led gallery talks, and member-exclusive museum shop sales and event. The sponsor level and above also includes admission to over 660 North American reciprocal museums, and all levels support PEM’s mission to “celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses.”

Psychic Readings & Healing Sessions


Give the gift of spiritual guidance with a certificate for a psychic reading from HEX: Old World Witchery or OMEN Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium. Both shops offer readings in Tarot, palmistry, spirit mediumship, clairvoyance, astrology, and past lives. For guidance on love, gift a reading and love potion from Crow Haven Corner with Lorelei, Salem’s famous love clairvoyant. Additional readings like Animal Energy Tarot Readings, and healing sessions including reiki, shamanic rituals, and chakra balance are available through HausWitch and NOW Age.

On the Water

Schooner Fame

Though it’s a little too cold to go for a sail during the holidays, you can always purchase a gift certificate to enjoy a maritime experience when the 2018 season starts back up. Both Schooner Fame and Mahi Cruises offer gift certificates for cruises and events beginning in May 2018. Sea Shuttle offers season passes, which can be used for Salem Sound Tours during the season in 2018.

Don’t forget that many of Salem’s retailers have online shops! If you can’t make it downtown before the holidays, visit our Shop page for a complete list of stores with their websites and contact info.