Macaroni Kid 2023 Local Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Local this Holiday Season

By Stacey Jones November 5, 2023

Welcome to the ninth 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!

A Time To Kiln is an art studio where you can create your own one of a kind masterpieces with pottery and mosaics. We now also offer acrylic painting on canvas and wood. Come in today and create something unique and amazing to gift this season! For every $50 you buy to "give" as a gift certificate for someone special this season, you will "get" an additional $10 free for you! Just tell them you read about it on Macaroni Kid to take advantage of this great offer. You're bound to find the perfect gift here for that special someone this holiday season.


Escapology Escape Rooms invites you to prepare to embark on thrilling adventures with friends and family as you escape into a world of adventure!  Escapology Escape Rooms Holmdel & Escapology Escape Rooms Garwood will make your holiday shopping easy this year with the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in heart-pounding excitement. But that's not all - you can also give the gift of an exciting adventure to your loved ones with our exclusive gift cards! With two convenient locations in New Jersey, you can choose between our 6 exciting games at Holmdel's venue inside the iconic Bell Works Building or enjoy 7 immersive games at our Garwood Venue, featuring our newest addition: "A Pirate’s Curse”️. Both locations offer unique experiences, including multi-room and private-only games. Whether you're celebrating a birthday or planning a corporate team-building outing, we've got you covered with our full-catered packages and private event room to ensure a memorable experience for all. Do you have what it takes to Escape? Time is of the essence!


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. Make a SPLASH this holiday season and give the little ones in your life a Golden Experience that comes with smiles, memories, fun, PLUS a lifetime of water safety all wrapped into one. Give them the gift of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! When you purchase 8 weeks of lessons for ONLY $256, you will receive a bubbles toy, Goldfish logo towel and your choice of goggles OR a swim diaper FREE ($300 value) *Promotion expires on 12/31/2023* Take advantage of this swim-tastic deal and call us today at 732-865-9800 **Ask about customizing your Golden Experience with retail add-ons!!**

Gymboree Play and Music, Red Bank has been watching and helping children learn and grow for over 40 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 3 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 starts in December and you can join at any time. Enjoy a 10% Discount for NEW Students on classes when you mention Macaroni Kid or use code MACARONI when registering online. Purchase gift certificates online at this link or register for Winter Session or Break Camps 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 this holiday season. Plus, look out for our black Friday deal. Guests will get 2 FREE Unlimited Ride Bands – a $76 value – when they buy $100 in gift cards available through November 28 only. What a deal! Give the gift of fun this holiday season! For more information and to purchase gift cards, please visit our website.

Monmouth Museum - Monmouth Museum Gift Certificates and Memberships give a gift that lasts all year round! This Holiday Season, the Monmouth Museum Holiday Train Display will make its much-anticipated return brought to you by Hackensack Meridian Health - Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Our nostalgic display features 4 Lionel Trains winding through an over 30ft exhibit of towns, mountains, cities and more. Alongside the trains, the Main Gallery hosts our 20ft holiday tree and Pat Brentano’s show “Consider the Trees...”! The Nilson Gallery showcases artwork available for purchase from Museum Members!. Our two children's wings will feature special holiday events and activities all seasons long!

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!