Macaroni Kid 2021 Local Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Local this Holiday Season

By Stacey Jones November 7, 2021

Welcome to the seventh annual Macaroni Kid Holiday Gift Guide! We are very excited to feature fabulous local businesses and their exciting holiday gift ideas to make your gift giving an enjoyable experience this year, all while supporting our local economy right here at home.

Below, in alphabetical order, is a brief description of each local business.  By clicking on the business name, you'll arrive at their full listing filled with additional details on all that they have to offer this holiday season. Be sure to let them know you saw it on Macaroni Kid. Happy Shopping!

The At-Home Academy - Neighborhood Lit. of Colts Neck, LLC, a learning center specializing in reading and writing instruction, launched The At-Home Academy, an innovative reading and writing program designed specifically for pre-k kids who want to have more fun learning their ABC’s. The At-Home Academy’s first series includes, the Pre-K Letter Learning Kit and Pre-K On the Go.  Both are in-home literacy programs that use fun games and activities to build reading and writing skills. What makes these literacy programs unique and exciting, is that they are a turn-key solution for parents loaded with engaging games and activities and includes the knowledge and materials a parent or caregiver will need to conduct the over two dozen activities.


Escapology Escape Rooms Holmdel will make your holiday shopping easy this year! Buy your gift cards right on our website now! Escapology is the world's largest escape room franchise with private games (never play with strangers), amazing sets, birthday party and team building packages as well as fun and challenging escape rooms at the iconic Bell Works Building. Come Save Santa today in our holiday escape room, try your luck at finding the treasure in Lost City, Save Air Force One from disaster in Mayday, find your buddy's wedding rings in Vegas Hangover, prove your innocence in Mansion Murder or save the world from extinction in Antidote!  Give the gift of FUN this holiday season with an Escapology gift card today!


Goldfish Swim School – Middletown provides indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a family-friendly setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio) and shiver-free 90-degree pools. Give the gift of Goldfish! Skip the usual toys and give a gift that will last a lifetime. Many families are planning to shop local and give the gift of meaningful experiences this holiday season. Swim lessons are a gift that keep on giving! Goldfish Swim School Middletown is offering a 25% bonus on all gift certificates purchased between now and December 31st! Purchase $120 in credit and receive $150 for a limited time only. Customized retail add-ons are also available. For more information or to reserve your package, please visit the website

Gymboree Play and Music, Red Bank has been watching and helping children learn and grow for over 30 years. Our goal is to help your child to be the best they can be with motor skills, cognitive skills, socialization skills, and we help build their confidence. We offer classes for children newborn - 5 yrs. including our Play & Learn classes, Music Classes, Art Classes and Pre-School Classes. Gymboree is a great gift for the holidays! We offer Gift Certificates to any of our programs. For every $100 gift certificate purchased by December 20th, you will receive $10 off the gift certificate! Just tell them you read about it on Macaroni Kid to take advantage of this great offer.

Inspired Minds Fine Art School in Lincroft offers courses for ages ranging from 5 through adult, for skill levels from beginner to advanced. All students are given one on one attention and the focus is on learning techniques and building skill in a variety of media. Give the gift of art this holiday season!  Purchase a winter session class or a day, a few days, or a week of our exciting Winter Break Art Camp for your child. We also offer gift certificates for classes, and our Winter class session begins in early January. Enjoy a 10% Discount for NEW Students when you mention Macaroni Kid or use code MACARONI when registering online. Purchase gift certificates online at this link.

iPlay America has the deals to make your holiday shopping a snap! Buy $50 in gift cards, and receive $10 in FREE bonus play. What a deal! Plus, be sure to look out for early Black Friday specials! All gift cards are valid for use in iPlay America, Game Time Bar and Grill, and Topgolf Swing Suite. Give the gift of fun this holiday season! For more information, please visit our website.

Monmouth Museum - This Holiday Season, the Monmouth Museum Holiday Train Display will make its much anticipated return! The Holiday Train Display will be in the Main Gallery along with our holiday trees, decorated by the Friends of the Museum, and artwork created by The Arc of Monmouth participants in our Making Art Possible program, funded by Impact 100 Jersey Coast. The display will be open from November 21-December 31. We are a 15,000 square foot museum and arts education center with exhibition spaces and two children's wings. All exhibits are open Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Family Membership Gift Certificates and Daily Gift Passes also make great presents. The Museum offers a number of MMKIDS activities throughout the entire holiday season and vacation break. 

Music Together Coastal Melodies offers the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five with an adult caregiver—and through all nine song collections. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Tinton Falls, Lincroft, Little Silver, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Belmar and Sea Girt locations. Each 10 week session also includes two professionally recorded CDs, an illustrated songbook, parent resource materials, and a musical growth chart for families to take home. Give the gift of music for the family with Music Together Coastal Melodies!

 Amazing Virtual Reality Family Fun  

oasisVRX - Give the Gift of an Xperience this holiday season! Virtual Reality makes anything and everything possible! WANT TO Drive a race car - Jump into a shark cage - Fly - Tour ancient Rome... YOU CAN at oasisVRX featuring over 50 Xperiences! Get a physical gift card in store or an e-gift card online on the website.