• Want to give the gift of experience? Consider a weekend getaway to Maine Huts and Trails — cross-country skiing! snowshoeing! huts! trails! — or a trip to the Snodeo at Rangeley Lakes (January 20-22, 2011), a snowmobiling extravaganza that includes races, dancing, a pig roast, a snowmobile parade, and the unmissable Mr. and Mrs. Snodeo Contest. (Admittedly, the green credentials of snowmobiling can be debated, but we're thinking along outdoorsy lines now.) If dog-sledding is more your (or your loved one's) speed, the Maine Lakes Mushers Bowl Winter Carnival is that same weekend (January 22-23) in Bridgton; make your reservation for a 30-minute dog-sled ride at mainelakesmushersbowl.com. Find additional winter getaway packages and ideas at visitmaine.com.

• Support sustainable fisheries and local businesses by shipping lobster to non-New England friends. Live lobsters and dinner packages are available at Catch A Piece of Maine (catchapieceofmaine.com).

Deirdre Fulton can be reached atdfulton@phx.com.

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