This post is written by Maggie Mecklenborg, public relations intern for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieMeck.

For the very special person in your life, holiday shopping can be especially hard. You know them so well, but thinking of the perfect gift can get tricky. One surefire way to get it right is to give them time with you. In Columbus, there are so many ways to plan a great day, weekend, or extended trip - here are just a few.

The kitchenTake a cooking class at The Kitchen. A night at The Kitchen puts you in a commercial cooking environment with professional tools, the finest seasonal ingredients and guidance through every step of creating your meal. Whether you come to a traditional cooking event where we explore ethnic cuisine or you attend one of the more whimsical themed nights, you are sure to laugh a lot, make some delicious food, and learn something along the way.

Shadowbox Holiday HooplaHave a good laugh at Holiday Hoopla show by Shadowbox Live! Now in its 22nd iteration, Holiday Hoopla has become a Central Ohio Christmas tradition. Full of sketch comedy that pokes fun at our desire to make the holidays perfect, rockin' seasonal tunes from house band BillWho?, and the hilarious musical send-up The Santa Babies, Hoopla never disappoints. Shows run through Dec. 28.

Get into the holiday spirit by seeing Bruce Munro’s beautiful lights at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Internationally recognized British artist Bruce Munro opened the exhibit with ten large-scale lighting installations and accompanying gallery works, including new works and pieces never before seen in the U.S. The works transform the conservatory's indoor biomes and outdoor courtyards into an enchanting evening experience. Hours for this special engagement extend to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and select Saturday evenings. This exhibit runs until Feb. 7, 2014.