Susie and I are so excited to put together our 2018 Gift Guide! We've spent the last month teaming up with local Jacksonville brands, organizations, and experienced based businesses as well as researching our favorite gift finds on the internet to create this guide. We're so happy to support our local businesses as well as help make shopping for your family! We're also excited that many of these suggestions we have as part of our HUGE Gift Guide 2018 giveaway!! Scroll down for the big green button to enter and it will be live from November 19 - November 25, 2018. We'll pick ONE winner to take all on Monday morning, November 26, 2018 at our 10:00am Facebook live. We hope this guide helps you find experience based gifts, deals and discounts, and helps you easily shop early so you can enjoy family time at home. Scroll down for our guide and comment below with gift ideas for your family! Happy Holidays!! - Terri and Susie
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1. Peterbrooke Chocolatier
Do you do stockings...stuffed with sweet treats? Stockings is part of our tradition for our children and these Peterbrooke chocolate Santas and chocolate popcorn stuffed snowmen would be a delight in any child's stocking! Be sure to head in to a local store and peruse their offerings. They have chocolate covered popcorn - a Peterbrooke staple, and tons of holiday themed items! Find your local store!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a Chocolate Popcorn Stuffed Snowman!
These cups are perfect for kids lunches, a dad gift to use on the golf course, or for moms and good friends! Erik and Bobby are actually Jacksonville locals who met when their wives were teaching elementary school. We love how they developed their idea and have created a huge brand right here in Jax! We're excited to support them as part of our 2018 gift guide! Find more of their designs and their new hammered look on their website!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win Siccups!
Cultivate is a beautiful shop in historic Riverside in Jacksonville owned by a mother/daughter team! They have beautifully crafted treasures for your home, garden, and child. They even have a kids space dedicated to gifts and clothing for kids that has a space to play so parents can shop!)! We love the back yard which they use for mommy and me FREE meet ups and gardening. Their kitchen hosts cooking classes and more! Visiting this historic shop is a must over the holidays for unique gifts. Be sure to use code Fun4FirstCoastKids.com for $10 off your $50 purchase!
Discount Code: Mention fun4firstcoastkids.com for $10 off your $50 purchase!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a $10 gift card!
4. Fresh Jax
Fresh Jax is a local husband and wife team, Jason and Hillary, who spend many years in their farmers markets roots after hand crafting the best gourmet spice blends. They have tons of spice gift sets including make your own sets, grilling sets perfect for dad, and seasoning sets for seafood, Thai, Greek, Curry, Italian, Tacos, and more for moms, mothers in law, and more! Or let families pick their own sets with gift cards. While typing this I think I just shopped for my whole family! Find all their spices, here and use this link and code Fun4Kids for 15% off at checkout!
Discount Code: Use code Fun4Kids for 15% off at check out
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a Fresh Jax Gift Set!
5. Seaside Sass Locally Made Gifts
Seaside Sass is owned by a local mom right here in Jax and our families have known each other for 5 generations! She makes all kinds of customized gifts, especially for the holidays! She can create a personalized Santa's cookies mat with your children represented - a perfect tradition for Christmas. Her most popular item is the wooden names that she custom cuts and paints for children's rooms! She can also make personalized Christmas ornaments, personalized totes, custom stemless wine glasses and mugs, and more! Check out her Etsy shop for more ideas and you can get your shopping done for all of your family!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a personalized Santa Mat and a wooden name cut out!
6. The Board Grazer
We saw The Board Grazer on Instagram and immediately fell in love! We were so honored to find that Liz, an Aussie in Jax, uses fun4firstcoastkids.com to find fun for her child! She creates these charcuterie boards that are just as amazing to the eye as they are the mouth! These are perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday meal, or as a gift for a new mom, a delivery for a friend or parent, or for any bridal shower, baby shower, or event! Contact her for your holiday family fun!
7. The Little Flower Bunch
We LOVE The Little Flower Bunch! Ashlea visits the local flower warehouse each morning and hand picks the best flowers for her bunches. She arranges them, wraps them in brown paper and twine, and hand delivers them with a personalized note. Her process is all online and she takes orders for each day until she's sold out. We love this idea and are so proud of this 904 Boss Babe! She had an idea and ran with it and she's making so many locals happy! Purchase a little flower bunch for your Thanksgiving or Christmas display or have one delivered the week before or after the holidays, or for any special occasion and make someone you love happy!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win one The Little Flower Bunch!
8. Backcountry Trails of Florida: A Guide to Hiking Florida's Water Management Districts
Discount Code: Use code XM18 for 20% off at check out at University Press of Florida or Gift Guide 2018 when you email Terri for 20% off!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a Signed Book!
9. Duval Mom, Duval Dad, Duval Kid Shirts
Discount: Use code GiftGuide2018 for 20% off all shirts!
10. Woodplay of Jacksonville Play Sets
Woodplay of Jacksonville has amazing specials for Black Friday and all through the holidays! They have a show room right off St. Johns Bluff where you can go in and see the sets and even choose your child's favorite add ons! See their deals below!
Discounts: Mention fun4firstcoastkids.com for $500 off all redwood sets, $250 off all cedar sets, $1,495 Monkey tower and free wood roof and level dry
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11. The Hyatt Jacksonville Riverfront
There's nothing like a stay on our St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville! The Hyatt Jacksonville Riverfront is the perfect gift for the holidays for a fun staycation for family or a night away for parents for an anniversary or birthday. Enjoy the hotel or walk to Sweet Pete's Candy, Museum of Contemporary Art, or our Jacksonville Public Library and hang out at Hemming Park. Or drive over to Museum of Science and History for a day of exploration and walk along the river at Friendship Fountain. Book your stay at Hyatt Regency, here!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a one night stay at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront!
12. Museum of Science and History Membership
Our kids absolutely love MOSH! We love each exhibit, the third floor mind puzzles section, the animals exhibit, and the science show! This year we purchased a $95 family membership so we can go any time and afterwards we eat at The Bearded Pig and hit up Good Dough for a treat! A MOSH membership is the perfect gift for the holiday season!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 2 tickets to visit MOSH!
13. Jacksonville Zoo Membership
The Jacksonville Zoo is one of the best family outings in the entire south east! It hosts the brand new African Forest Exhibit, Jaguars, Land of the Tiger, a carousel, fun playground that mimics animal habitats, and more. A Zoo membership is a great experienced based gift that lasts all year! Be sure to purchase your membership in November with the discount code TIME2SAVE before membership rates increase!
Discount Code: Use code TIME2SAVE for a special discount for memberships in November only!
14. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game Tickets
There's nothing like a day at the ball park at a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game! My kids love all the activities they host during the game, eating yummy food, and watching the players and the fun entertainment between innings. Tickets are a perfect gift for dad and so are Jumbo Shrimp hats, Jumbo Shrimp shirts, and more!
15. We Rock the Spectrum
Our kids love We Rock the Spectrum! On Philips Highway north of The Avenues, it is an all inclusive gym with a trampoline, zip line, plenty of climbing, all kinds of swings, and more fun! They host birthday parties, camps, events, and more! You can get a play pass set for your children or grandchildren or family friends!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 2 jump passes to We Rock the Spectrum!
16. Sawgrass Marriott Spa Day
If you'd like to know what this mom wants for Christmas, it's a day at the spa!! Sawgrass Marriott has some amazing holiday treatments! Spa Director Blanca Albor created a fun selection of specials, including the Marshmallow Me Mosa Manicure/Pedicure, Candy Cane Champagne Dream Body Scrub, and the All Is Bright Facial, available through the end of the year. All three treatments include a complimentary cocktail and will have you feeling jolly in no time! Or, enjoy a brunch at Vernon's at Sawgrass Marriott. They host amazing themed brunches each Sunday with the cutest kids brunch area with entertainment for the kids (so parents can enjoy their meal!)! Afterwards enjoy a walk to the lake to enjoy oversized games and a view of the pools.
Take a break from cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving and instead make a reservation at Vernon's for a feast to remember. This year's buffet features items like fresh shucked oysters with Muscadine Mignonette; Butternut Squash Bisque with Nutmeg Crema; Black Pepper Honey Glazed Turkey with Giblet Gravy; Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Walnuts, and Shaved Parmesan; a Build-Your-Own Apple Cider Bar, and much, much more.
Dinner is served from 12:30-6pm, and reservations can be made by calling Vernon's at 904-373-2098.
$65 dinner buffet with stations; $24 Kids dinner buffet (children under 12). Prices do not include tax.
Join the Sawgrass Marriott Resort team on Saturday, November 24 for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! From 5:30-6:30pm, snack on festive treats made by the resort's culinary team, sip a drink from the Champagne bar, and watch as this year's gingerbread village is unveiled. We heard that Santa himself may even make an appearance!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win brunch for 4 at Vernon's Sawgrass Marriott!
17. IMAX World Golf Hall of Fame Movie Tickets
We've loved visiting IMAX Theatre for World Golf Hall of Fame! We loved the Butterfly Documentary, they hosted Room on the Broom during Halloween, and now The Polar Express is coming in December with a Santa visit at the movie on December 8! They have a great stocking stuffer gift and special right now for the holidays! Give the gift of entertainment this Holiday Season! They now have bundles of 10 Hollywood movie vouchers for $100 - a $40 savings and a perfect gift for any movie lover. If you purchase 10 or more Hollywood vouchers, they're just $10 each! Tickets can be purchased in increments of 10 through our online store.
Discount Code: No code needed - purchase 10 tickets, save $40!
18. Stay at King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
A historic inn just an hour and a half north of Jax in St. Simon's Island, the King and Prince is so fun for families! They have two pools with a kids section, beach front views and play, amazing food at ECHO St. Simon's, beautiful rooms, and plenty of places to lounge. They are hosting a Teddy Bear Tea with Santa on December 8 where you can visit for the day, or purchase a couple of nights stay and place the reservation in your family's stockings for a fun holiday surprise! Rates from November 25 - February 27, 2019 are only $139 so you can book a winter getaway over the holidays or for a Valentine's Day getaway!
19. Crayola Experience
Our kids love Crayola Experience at Florida Mall in Orlando! There are tons of stations with coloring, play dough, painting, technology, climbing, and more! If you're headed down to Orlando during the holidays or next year, grab your tickets and enjoy the fun! Right now, enjoy Handmade Holidays from November 17 - January 6, 2019! Enjoy the fun and let your kids hand make their holiday gifts!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Crayola Experience!
20. Wild Adventures Theme Park
Just 2 hours north of Jax in Valdosta, Georgia, families can enjoy Wild Adventures Theme Park with tickets as a great stocking stuffer! It is a 170 acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one! From December 8 - 30, 2018, Wild Adventures is decorated in it's Christmas best with yuletide fun for every member in your family! Experience the joys of the season together with activities like visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoying s'mores by the fire, live shows like The Miracle of Christmas, a ride on the Candy Cane Express and more! Get your season pass for 2019 and enjoy the fun all year!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Wild Adventures!
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21. Adventure Landing Winterfest
What could be better than enjoying a winter wonderland in sunny Florida?! Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach is hosting Winterfest right now and through the holidays! Purchase passes to ice skate with tickets to enjoy s'mores, reindeer games, cookie decorating, enjoy the ice slide, and explore the Alpine Village! Enjoy mini golf and the arcade while you're there!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to ice skate at Winterfest!
22. YMCA Membership
There's nothing better than giving the gift of exercise and child care to help you exercise! The YMCA has Kid Zones that watch children so their families can work out, offers discounted camps and sports for members, and more. Join Black Friday through Cyber Monday for NO joining fee and $100 in FREE Y bucks!!
Discount: Join Black Friday - Cyber Monday for no joining fee and $100 in free Y bucks!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win one 6 month membership to your local YMCA!
23. Bay & Bee Membership
Bay & Bee is a local play space, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles to create a wonderful play environment. The unique play space nourishes community and focuses on child led play. Through child-led play and instructor-led activities you'll not only get to work on social skills to fine motor, but we hope you meet some amazing parent friends! We have classes and activities for infants through preschoolers as well as birthday parties, and would love to meet you! Jacksonville & Bartram Springs locations! Purchase a membership for the mom or mom friend in your life!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win a one month membership to Bay & Bee!
24. Pump It Up of Jacksonville
Pump It Up is the premier location for birthday parties in Jacksonville and they also offer open jump events, summer camp, and more! Purchase a jump pass for family fun for a stocking stuffer!
Giveaway: Part of our Gift Guide Giveaway 2018! Scroll down to enter to win 3 jump passes to Pump It Up!
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25. Christmas Pajamas
We love the idea of opening a gift the night before Christmas and having that be Christmas pajamas! Everyone can be matching and wake up in their pajamas to open gifts! We've linked a few below that we thought were super cute!
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26. Metal Straws
Now's the time to switch over to metal straws so we can all stop contributing to plastic in our waterways and ocean! If you have an environmental lover in your family, they'll love this thoughtful and helpful gift! We love this brand of metal straws and the cleaning utensils it comes with!
27. Non Plastic Snack Bags
Another ecofriendly gift or perfect for a mom friend with school aged children, these reusable snack bags are another way to limit plastic going into our oceans. Use and wash these bags for lunch daily!
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28. Wolfson Children's Challenge
Support Wolfson Children's Hospital by running or donating to Wolfson Children's Challenge on January 26, 2019! A 1 mile fun run entry fee is a great stocking stuffer! You can start your own fundraiser by visiting their Facebook page, or donate to the fun4firstcoastkids.com fundraiser and help us raise $1,000 to donate to the cause! We've raised $45 so far and are so glad to help!
Purchase amazing fashions of scarves, purses, earrings, bracelets, and more and help stop the cycle of human trafficking from Rethreaded! This local organization won the very first One Spark and took that spark to help hundreds of women affected by human trafficking. These create amazing gifts as well as help those in need!
30. Jacksonville Humane Society
Tuesday, November 27 is giving Tuesday! Donate to the Jacksonville Humane Society and use the receipt as a special stocking stuffer! They are always looking for families to adopt, volunteer, donate funding or supplies and now is the best time to help!
31. Sulzbacher Center
Unfortunately Jacksonville has a homeless crisis right now. But we can all help! Donate to Sulzbacher Center for the holidays and put the receipt in a card for a stocking stuffer and help children that need a home. The brand new Sulzbacher Village just hosted their first trick or treating for children living in the village and we're so thankful to have this facility for families in need!
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