Our Top 5 Holiday Gifts found Locally and Locally Owned

Shop Small and Shop Local

By Jessica Kline, Publisher and Editor Macaroni Kid Clifton-Montclair December 12, 2023

We are so lucky to live in an area with a plethora of independent businesses and stores. If you have been following Macaroni KID for a while, you know we always iterate SHOP LOCAL. We've rounded up some great gifts and great businesses, a combination of experiences and gifts you can wrap with a pretty bow. We promise our hand-selected favorite gifts are going to bring cheer and joy to everyone in your life!

In case you need a reminder:

  • Hanukkah 12/8-12/16
  • Christmas begins 12/25
  • Kwanzaa begins 12/26-1/1
GIFT #1 for Babies and Baby Showers: Inklings "Ollie the Oddball Baby Gift Bundle"

Ollie the Oddball Baby Gift Bundle The Ollie Baby Shower Bundle has everything the infant on the go could possibly want.  The bundle includes the Ollie Plush Toy, Ollie Chime & See, Ollie Rocket Ship, and Evie & Ollie the Oddball Oddbird infant novel. Available online, business locally owned.


Instagram: @inklingsbaby

Facebook: Inklingsbaby

GIFT #2 Recommended ages 8+: "TrainBots 2-in-1 Steam Maker Kit" at Just Kidding Around

TrainBots - All aboard! Put on your engineer’s cap and build your own steampunk-style train robot with amazing steam effects. Shop at our favorite toy store around! Just Kidding Around is a magical toy store filled with gifts and giggles!


Instagram: @jkamontclair

Facebook: jkamontclair

GIFT #3 Kids and Yourself: Memberships at brand new The MindfulNest Studio

Empower children and caregivers with tools for self-regulation, connection, and well-being, through engaging programs, in a nurturing environment. Buy a class yoga pack or membership for a child or adult to give a gift of wellness this holiday season. (Children's yoga class, Mindful art, Adult Yoga, Pre/postnatal, Yin Yoga, Baby and Me, and so much more!)


Instagram: @themindfulnestco

Facebook: TheMindfulNestStudio

GIFT #4 Tickets to iLuminate NYC

iLuminate NYC at New World Stages, an awe-inspiring critically-acclaimed show that fuses light, sound, and dance in a stunning spectacle of technology that's perfect for the whole family! 

GIFT #5 Jurassic Quest Tickets

Jurassic Quest is roaring into Edison, NJ from December 28th - January 1st! Jurassic Quest is a self-guided experience featuring more true-to-life dinosaurs than any other touring dinosaur event, as well as dinosaur rides and a ton of activities!

Enter to win 4 tickets HERE

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