Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lehigh Valley Holiday Gift Guide 2018





We're thrilled to partner with a number of local businesses and organizations to share some awesome gift ideas that are 100% local! Shopping local is what keeps our community healthy and thriving. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in in our local economy, thats $25 more per $100 spent compared to shopping big box retailers! 


Aside from the economic benefits of local shopping you can really get some incredible gifts that you can't find anywhere else! While we certainly understand the conveniences of online shopping and love how easy it is to check things off our list the feeling you get from buying from someone who is not a giant money hungry big big store seriously gives you warm fuzzies! I Promise! 

Plus shopping local doesn't mean you can't do it online most of our guide feature businesses offer a way to shop and/or purchase right from home!! 


Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can WIN something from every one of these local businesses during our 11 Days of Giveaway Celebration!




Offerings:
Handmade Jewelery
Ornaments 
Experience Gifts (Classes)
Gift cards for classes or for someone to select their own piece.


Shop Online

Shipping?
Yes!


House of Metalworks is located in Emmaus they hand forge jewelry and teach classes in their own studio! Their retail shop is available for browsing and shopping during their weekly business hours but  it also is a real live metal studio that is always cranking out something new.  Their gift selections can be customized to cater to each person you are gifting to! 





The focus of House of Metalworks is simple - to make eco-friendly, sustainable jewelry that is comfortable to wear everyday and will last for a lifetime of love. Each and every piece is Designed + Created in the studio. Every handmade piece is a great gift idea for friends and loved ones. 





Customers can gift wrap and include a personal note with a gift receipt upon request. They ship using recycled packaging (Biodegradable cello bags, paper tape, locally recycled packing peanuts and biodegradable peanuts) to cut down on our carbon footprint. Purchase classes as an experience gift for both children and adults - classes range from child friendly to adult BYOB night outs.



Offerings:
Gently Used Children's Toys, Gear and more! 
Maternity Clothing 
Gift Cards

Shop Online
No, but you can see recent items added to their inventory that are shared on their Facebook Page! Like and follow their page for sneak peeks!

Shipping?
No, But the store will hold items you are interested in for 3 business days.


Located in Germansville, just north of Schnecksville this independently owned consignment store is set to help you find new or nearly new items to make every child on your list happy! 



Let's Play Tag is a Children and Maternity Consignment store offering everything from clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, electronics, diapers and more. The owners are extremely picky and only take the best of the best items!

The quality and affordability are what people love about their store. They are complimented daily on the cleanliness and quality of items. They are family owned and it will always be the family members who owns the shop to greet you when you come in!


Join Let's Play Tag Consignment for Photos with Santa on 12/15/18 from 11am to 2pm. Photos are complimentary and e-mailed to everyone for printing at their convenience. 


If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season Let's Play Tag is doing a food drive for the local school districts' Angel Network for families for the holiday season. This food drive include 7 giveaways. 1 ticket per each non-perishable item into a drawing of your choice. Find the list of giveaways and details for the collection right here! The event runs from 11/14/18 through 12/15/18.



Offerings:
Private and Group Swim Classes  for all ages
Small groups (3:1 student to teacher ratio)
Open Swim + Pool Parties
Monthly Events
Heated Pool
Gift Cards


Shop Online
Sure, browse their class offerings and additional locations.  Enroll in person or over the phone!

Shipping?
Gift cards can be purchased over the phone and shipped to you!



What could be a better gift than the skill of swimming! The ability to swim provides safety to children while around water, boosted confidence and an introduction to an amazing and competitive potential sport. Five Star Swim School's beautiful facility and small student to teacher ratios make for a wonderful environment for even the most hesitant swimmer to get into the water! 


Five Star Swim School instructors are dedicated to the success of each student. They can help all swimmers of all abilities - from people with fear to experienced swimmers looking to improve their skill!





Mention Find&GoSeek when you register! 






Offerings:
Private and Group Classes for all ages (babies +)
Lessons for piano, guitar, drums, ukulele, voice, and more
Parent Child Kindermusik Classes
 Gift certificates available starting at $33. 

Shop Online
Sure, browse their class offerings and location information.  Enroll by clicking here!

Shipping?
Not Applicable

Learning a musical instrument can be exciting and beneficial at any age! Studies show music improves language development, increases spatial awareness, and enhances skills in reading and math. Give the gift of music this holiday with a gift certificate for music lessons at CMS!




The benefits of early music introduction are highly researched and prove to be both fun and educational for both children and their caregivers!  Young children often don't understand gift giving anyways! Giving a Kindermusik Session is an amazing way to promote bonding and love or music and a fun weekly activity. 


The next sessions of Kindermusik with Sing N Move at Community Music School, Allentown begin on November 28 and January 9. Space is limited - join the fun & enroll today! 
Level 1 (0-2) http://bit.ly/2x8WGJE and Level 2 (ages 2-3) http://bit.ly/2PTE211



Holiday Recital Community Music School (CMS) students will perform a free recital to the public on Sunday, December 9 beginning at 2:00 pm in CMS's new recital hall at 1544 W. Hamilton Street! The recital will feature CMS students of all ages and disciplines, performing a variety of musical genres for your listening pleasure. 


Doors open at 1:30 pm and the recital begins at 2:00 pm, with a holiday reception of cookies and hot chocolate will follow. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Free Parking!



CMS Modern Band teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they know and love including rock, pop, Latin, reggae, hip hop, R & B, and other modern styles. No experience needed. Modern Band classes feature guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, ukulele, bucket drums, and more! Learn more http://bit.ly/2TloTXY




Offerings:
Children's Books
Family Events
Adult Titles 
Children's toys, games and puzzles
Gift Wrapping
Gift Cards
Book Clubs and special events
Membership discounts!

Shop Online
You bet! Browse their vast inventory anytime here! Order special selections online for in store pick up or select shipping at check out.

Shipping?
Yes


As the only general interest, full-service independent bookstore in the Lehigh Valley (new books only) this family owned and operated bookshop is the coziest warmest little shop you will find! With 3 floors of things to discover you might never want to leave!  


Books are everywhere! If you have something specific in mind you can surely find it and just in case its not in stock you can easily order it with their super fast online or in store ordering system! 


Book Store events for December! 
Click links or times for tickets - these highly popular events often sell out!

Book Advent Calendar Event (11/28)

Princess Caroling (12/1)

The Polar Express 12/7 6pm and 8pm 


The Grinch (12/15 & 12/16



 Santa (12/22) 4pm, 5pm and 6:30pm 







Offerings:
Children's Art Classes
Adult Craft and Painting Events
Private Parties
Gift Cards 

Shop Online
You bet! Browse their classes and programs anytime here! Call for gift card information or register online for classes! 

Shipping?
Not Applicable



The Art Den offers a broad variety of creative classes for both children and adults. Located in the heart of Nazareth, this independently owned studio provides an inspiring space for you to explore your full artistic potential! Here is just a sampling of what is to come in December. You can find more information on their classes, gift cards, programs and gift ideas on their website https://artdenstudio.com/

December Events at The Art Den



Saturday, December 1, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
All Ages are welcome at this event! 
"All Aboard!!!" Welcome to The Polar Express! The Art Den will be the train station for the night. We welcome all of you to enjoy some holiday crafts, music and other fun! Most importantly Hot Chocolate with extra marshmallows of course! Seating is limited, so grab your ticket now! All supplies, instruction and fun included! Feel free to dress in your favorite PJ's. 




Holiday Wreath Making 
Saturday, December 2, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ages 18+
Winter/Holiday Wreath Join us for a late afternoon of creating a beautiful winter/holiday wreath. So, break out your favorite bottle of wine, grab your friends and come create with us! Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate will be available! There will be a variety of different ribbon and embellishments to choose from. Instruction as well as all supplies are included. 



Saturday, December 8, 2018 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
 All Ages Family Event
Christmas in Nazareth-Elf Trail We are participating in the Nazareth Christmas Elf Trail this year! So, grab your map and come find our studio Elf!! All ages welcome and encouraged. 



Mr. Grinch Christmas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
All Ages Family Event
Calling all painters! We invite you to Whoville for to create your very own version of Mr. or maybe Mrs. Grinch. Fun to be had by all! All instruction and supplies included. You will all go home with a one of a kind 12x12 canvas of your very own Grinch! 


Harry Potter Christmas
Saturday, December 22, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 All Ages Family Event
 Calling all Witches, Wizards and Muggles alike!!! It's a Harry Potter Christmas here at The Art Den!! You can visit Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff to create a magical craft that Harry Potter himself would be proud of! Then make a stop at the Sweet Shop to create a sweet treat, while you sip on a mug of Butterbeer! It will be a magically good time for all!! All supplies, instruction and fun included! Feel free to dress in your favorite HP attire! 



After School Art Clubs There are several different options to choose from when it comes to our after-school art clubs. Each lesson begins with art history, artistic techniques and methods and incorporate each in that day’s project. All lessons are instructor led and designed to develop core skills. Check out our calendar on-line for dates and times of classes 






Katie Reitenauer
Offerings:
Free Disney Planning Services 
Additional vacation options

Shop Online
You bet! Connect with Katie to ask how she can help with your planning needs.

Shipping?
Not Applicable

Katie Reitenauer works for an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, specializing in Disney Destinations! Her services can help you book you Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani vacations! Katie can be reached at any time at Katie@nevergrowupvacations.com.  Katie's planning service is completely free and there is no commission or fees paid for by families when booking with her. 

What could be a cooler gift than announcing you are taking a Disney Vacation in 2019!



As a family who previously booked a Disney vacation, having a travel specialist on your side while planning is seriously priceless. These services don't cost you anything and their advice is worth a million bucks! Katie can tell you where to dine, when to book, how to travel and where you want to stay to best fit your needs and budget. There is no need to generate a giant spreadsheet of information on your own because she will have your back 100%!


Offerings:
Charater Meet and Greets
Season Tickets
Apparel + Gear
VIP Experiences
IronPigs Clubs

Shop Online
You bet! Take a look at everything the IronPigs has to offer online at 
https://www.milb.com/lehigh-valley Many options can be purchased online. 

Shipping?
Yes, order your IronPigs gear or tickets online and have them shipped to you! 


The Lehigh Valley IronPigs offer a vast variety of authentic merchandise for Adults and Kids of all ages! You can shop online with pick up or shipping or stop in to the Majestic Clubhouse Store during their regular business hours. 


Have a Paw Patrol Fan?

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have announced that their Sunday, June 30, 2019 contest against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will be Nickelodeon Day at Coca-Cola Park featuring Chase from Paw Patrol. Grab tickets for this adorable experience now while they last! Would make an amazing experience gift for a little Chase fan. Click here to view more details or buy tickets.

Upcoming IronPigs Sales and Offers







ZYX Sticks


Offerings:
Unique Building Kits for the whole family

Shop Online
You bet! Shop at 
https://www.buildzyx.com

Shipping?
Yes, order online for FREE shipping right to your home!

ZYX sticks were invented in the Lehigh Valley by a female Lehigh Valley local and mechanical engineering graduate of Lehigh University.  ZYX Sticks  are all about open-ended collaborative play for children ages 3 and up. They offer a modern twist on your favorite building logs but build in a whole new way. No instructions or rules are needed to build creative and amazing structures. 


ZYX Sticks are fun for the whole family - many adults can’t put them down and want to keep building and building! 



ZYX Sticks were created to encourage open ended building a collaborative play for kids of all, genders, ages, and abilities. ZYX Sticks are incredibly inclusive and fun for the entire family. When you purchase you are supporting the dreams of a local Lehigh Valley born and raised entrepreneur! 


ZYX sticks make an incredible gift for the little builder in your family! 









Offerings:

Children's Art Classes
Adult Art Classes
Craft programs 
Art supplies and materials 
Gift Cards

Shop Online
Browse classes here

Shipping
Not Applicable 



smARTivities Showcase is a Creative Center where anyone can imagine, create, and celebrate the Arts! We offer art supplies, handmade gifts, art classes, workshops, special events and artist studios. Our educational classes include, drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, glassworks, mosaics, and much more for all ages! Our kids classes focus on student centered learning and exploration.




smARTivites Showcase offers children's classes that make an amazing experience gift! See their full calendar of events to find a class for your little artist.






Classes for adults are available too! You are never too old to learn a new skill or art form! Gift a class to a friend or family member and turn your gift into a unique experience. smARTivities is family owned and run. They support the Artist Community in Easton and the greater Lehigh Valley. Buy from them and support local families!




 

Join smARTivities to shop for a unique shopping experience on December 8th at their Heritage Holiday Showcase!


Their location is at 60 Centre Square Easton, PA 18042 in Easton! 

Stop by and tell them we sent you!







Offerings:
Family attraction/outing and experience gift
Gift Cards
Single Day Tickets (Valid for 1 year!)
Season Passes

Shop Online:
Yep! Order tickets online here.

Shipping?
Print your passes right from home! No shipping needed.






The Crayola Experience is a wonderful place to visit while trying to fill those days at home during the holidays. Take the whole family out for a day of colorful fun! 





Save $4 on every ticket you buy for stocking stuffers or gifts this season by using the above link to purchase!










Winners announced here! 
Check back on Wednesday 12/5 for the day 2 winner! Don't miss out on entering to WIN our next prize! Click here to enter.



Day #1 Winner: Heather Imhof Mobilio

Day #2 Winner: Arysa Molina
Day #3 Winner: Nicole RenĂ©e Grim
Day #4 Winner: Samantha Walls Laudenslager
Day #5 Winner: Tiffany Stein


To make sure to enter each giveaway as they are posted! For A FREE entry into every upcoming giveaway comment on this blog post and tell us about a local business in the guide that was NEW to you!

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