It’s time to get out that list and check it twice—the holiday shopping crunch has begun. And with COVID putting a crimp in the supply chain, getting out and shopping local is way better than waiting for a delayed package to arrive. Or, if you’re looking to mix it up, opt for an experience package (some with special holiday deals) that will bring joy for months to come. Scroll down for our local NJMOM holiday gift guide for all, and make sure to check our favorites for baby, toddler and pre-school gifts, too.
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One-Of-A-Kind Experience Gifts For The Whole Family
Looking to get away anytime in 2022? Stock up on Crystal Springs Resort Gift Cards to be redeemed at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. They’re the perfect choice for anyone on your list, including food and wine lovers, spa enthusiasts, golfers, couples, or a family overnight escape. Make shopping easy this year with gift card giving from Crystal Springs Resort.
This holiday season, dream big and share the love with everyone on your gift list courtesy of American Dream in East Rutherford. The unrivaled entertainment and shopping destination has curated a selection of Dream Gifts — one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to bring joy to all of your loved ones far beyond the festive season. The littlest ones on your list will adore Brunch with SpongeBob and Friends at Nickelodeon Universe. For the tropical traveler, gift The Suitest Dream Day for the ultimate DreamWorks Water Park experience in 81-degree temperatures. For the thrill-seeker, give The Lucky Seven, which grants access to seven of American Dream’s top attractions in up to seven days, including Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, DreamWorks Water Park, Black Light Mini Golf, Mirror Maze, Angry Birds Mini Golf, The Rink, and TiLT – A Tracy Lee Stum Museum.
Renault Winery’s Vintner Wonderland has returned and is offering a variety of hotel packages for couples and families that merge the comforts of their Château Renault hotel with the delights of their beloved winter festival. Enjoy ice skating, festive fare, horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, entertainment, and upscale culinary events now through February 28. Book your winter getaway today! Have a wine lover or golf enthusiast on your list? Look no further than Renault’s Wine Club, which provides copious benefits to their members and quarterly shipments, including their legendary Champagnes, as Renault is one of a select few US wineries with the privilege of labeling their sparkling wine as Champagne. Golfers on your list will be delighted by one of the many offerings from the 12 Days of Vineyard Golf.
Give them a gift they will cherish and an experience they will never forget. Diggerland USA is offering 2022 season passes, including the theme park, water park, and all-new for 2022 wave pool at the lowest price of the year at $119.99 each (reg. $159.99). Plus, they have all your shopping needs in one place with gift certificates on tickets, food, or merchandise, and the Diggerland XL experience, where adults can drive real machines for fun at the lowest price of the year.
Five Star Swim School is the place for quality swim lessons. They are dedicated to the success of each student, whether it be getting over a fear of water or reaching the next level of swimming. Their staff is passionate, committed, highly trained, and certified with years of experience in aquatic instruction. And with a special Black Friday deal, you can receive $50 off your first payment of swim lessons, a great gift to your kids. Locations in Princeton, East Hanover, Cherry Hill, Galloway, Edison, and Eatontown.
She will treasure an heirloom piece of jewelry for years (and generations) to come, especially one that can be engraved with a special date or monogram. The 14KYG engravable disc with a pave diamond bail (0.11 carats) is a high polish gold with a diameter of 0.63 / 15.88 mm and can be worn on your favorite necklace or on a new one (chain sold separately).
A new pair of sunnies is always a good idea, and these wood-frame ones inspired by the Goddess yoga pose with pearly accents will elevate her style—on and off the mat. Made by Vira Sun in Hoboken.
When you work from home, does time off really happen? A soft set of PJs from Pretty Pink Rooster Boutique in Bernardsville with a OOO eye mask will announce to the work world (and your kids), it’s finally me time.
Whether for date night, lunch with friends, or a special occasion, a simple clutch is what you’re reaching for time and again. This envelope style with soft, pebbled leather is the perfect accent for any occasion and can easily slip into a tote for those times when you need an instant switch-up. Available in black, deep cobalt, camel, or pale pink at August in Bernardsville.
Oak Hill Farm owner (and NJMOMpreneur) Carla Bushey brings her delicious recipes in her debut cookbook to help you be a queen in the kitchen without complicated ingredients or steps. Pair this gift with fresh-baked blueberry scones, and you’ll be considered the queen of giving too.
Missing those sunny days by the sea? Light up this sweet-smelling handmade candle from Stella e Luna in Point Pleasant. The coconut and soy wax blend will remind you that summer by the shore is never too far away.
Think of the crossbody bag as a mom-win—it frees up hands to help littles, distributes the weight so you can fill it up without killing your back, and looks eternally chic. This one (available at Soul Sisters NJ in Basking Ridge), with its designer touches, easy-to-care-for fabric, and eye-popping stripe, goes from playground to dinner date in a flash.
Everyone seems to be serving food on a board these days, and a whimsical artisan one from Just Jersey in Morristown is the perfect backdrop for the consummate entertainer and Garden State lover. Hardwood board made with pine, oak, cedar, or ipê wood is available in oval or rectangular sizes.
For the spirit connoisseur, this holiday spiced gin will warm his cocktail and his holiday spirits. Notes of rich dried fruit and warming spices round out this cheerful blend and bring to mind the traditional English Christmas dish of figgy pudding. Available in the Jersey City Tasting Room and select retailers.
Make his game all his own. These handpainted wooden boards for a round (or two or ten) of cornhole can be personalized (think favorite team, colors, and symbols) for a rousing and stylish time with the guys or family. Tournament anyone? Available from Harding-based Preppy Cornhole Boards.
Dad gear is a thing, and this easy-to-carry, soft cooler will make lugging the family beverages to the beach that much more, well, cool. The extra-wide opening is for easy loading and unloading, and the ultra-strong magnet technology keeps the cold air in. Available at multiple Ace Hardware locations in NJ.
For the workout king, this all-natural salve soothes muscle aches and inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs like St. John’s Wort. Available in a jar or twist stick from Mystical Blossoms in Medford.
Let him show off his home state pride with a tee that’s far from touristy. The tri-blend material is the perfect combo of soft and cozy, which means this will be a new favorite tee he’ll reach for again and again. Available at Cabana 19 in Red Bank.
Let him get cozy with a nod to his favorite brewery in Cape May. Featuring a lightweight yarn and stitched design that goes with any style, this beanie will help keep him warm, whether chilling on the couch or hitting the beach in the off-season.
Kids who love the beach will be mesmerized by this board book, featuring the famed Good Night series set along the boardwalks and sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore. With references to Cape May, Asbury Park, Wildwood, Seaside Heights ( including its famous rides and carousel), Point Pleasant, and Jenkinson’s Aquarium, tiny beachgoers will fall asleep dreaming of summer days. Available at Whales Tail and Splash Gallery in Cape May.
IYKYK—tweens and teens stack these sweet charm and bead bracelets from Hazel Boutique (locations in Belmar, Ramsey, and Long Beach Island) up their arms. Choose from hearts, gummy bears, elephants, and other charms, and make sure to load up on a few to earn your cool mom cred.
Got Devils fans in the house? Give them a fave kids love—soft, fleecy PJ pants with Devils logo printed all over. Whether cozying up to watch the game or wearing them after a win, these fleecy pants are a winner all around.
Spread the love and good vibes that show off the coolest clubs you’ll ever belong to—the kind ones. These cool and comfy sweatshirts from NJMOM Erika Batista will fast become your new uniform and spread the message of kindness wherever you go.
Oh, baby—the littlest of the littles will grab and hold on to these soft and plush lovies and pillows for years to come. Look for all your baby’s pals like frogs, elephants, bulldogs, unicorns, bunnies, monkeys, and more. Available at Little Ones in Livingston.
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