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Gift Guide 2019: Jez & Kat’s Top Picks with Discount Codes


Jez and I are thrilled to bring you our handpicked 2019 Gift Guide and hope it inspires local family fun this gift giving season while making shopping a bit easier for our Fun 4 First Coast Kids family! We've spent the last month teaming up with local Jacksonville brands and experienced-based businesses because we support #shoplocal and love giving experiences as gifts!

And you know we take every opportunity for a giveaway so we've put together a 12 Days of Holiday Cheer Giveaway with 22 different prizes worth more than $2,800! Scroll down for the GIVEAWAY button and enter to win any or all of the amazing prizes! The giveaway will be live from December 1 - 12, 2019. We'll pick a different winner for each prize on December 12! We hope this guide helps you find gifts, deals and discounts, and helps you easily shop early so you can enjoy family time at home.

From our families to yours, happy shopping and may your holidays be merry!

xo,

Jez & Kat 


Fun 4 First Coast Kids received free tickets or products from these businesses in exchange for being included in this blog post.

Local Makers 

​1. Fresh Jax

Give a gift that will create memories. Choose 5 of over 30 FreshJax organic spice blends to create a personalized gift set for friends and family. For under $25, you'll be giving them an upgrade to their spice cabinet. Your purchase directly supports the FreshJax efforts to fight childhood hunger. Find all their spices to jazz up your cooking. Click to shop all the delicious options.  

Giveaway: Grilling Gift Set - A fan favorite, this is the ultimate spice set for anyone who loves to grill!

Discount: Use this link and save 15% off your order!



2. Eco-Collections Travel Kit

Living Full Circle is a Sustainability ~ Travel ~ Lifestyle brand committed to high-quality products that are mindful of the world we all share. Created by fellow First Coast mom, Tara Dodson, the Eco-Collections Travel Kit is made up of locally made items that are all plastic-free and reusable. The intent of creating the kit was to make shopping for travel items easier and to inspire others to reduce their footprint. Travel can have negative impacts but we can all choose to travel in such a way that is positive for the places we travel and for our families. The Eco-Collections Travel Kit features products from several of our favorite brands, with reusables that help to reduce the amount of waste and are TSA approved for travel. This kit contains: a Jute Insulated Grocery Tote, Reusable Grocery Bag, Tribe Apothecary Ocean Safe Sunscreen, Zero Waste Toothpaste, Bamboo Toothbrushes (2pk), Ridley Glass Straw and Cleansing Brush, Bamboo Utensils (Knife, Fork, and Spoon) and your choice of Travel Size Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap Bars or Liquid Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles from Plaine Products.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win an Eco-Collections Travel Kit!

Discount: Click to shop and use the code GR4EFWRV for $5 off (expires December 31, 2019) 

3. Soulments

At Fun 4 First Coast Kids, we're ALL about inspiring families to make memories. We also have just the heartfelt place to keep all those memories - the adventures, funny sayings, moments you want to always remember. Kat created the memory capturing app, Soulments, and you can download it for free on the App Store! Soulments is a mindfulness-based journal app that encourages reflection with thoughtful reminders so parents never miss the opportunity to capture and reflect on the most important milestones of your child's life.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a one-year subscription to Soulments, the memory capturing app!


4. Mrs. Sweetley's 

Haleigh Wheatley is the owner and baker behind Mrs. Sweetley's, and she specializes in custom and delicious cookies and desserts! Birthdays, showers, weddings, corporate events - she's your lady for all things pretty and delicious. 

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Mrs. Sweetley's!


Experiences

5. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights

At the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the holidays are a time for magic! Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo and listening to spirited holiday music, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo Express illuminated train, watch a Holiday Show on the Great Lawn, and take pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other characters. Guests can also enjoy additional experiences like marshmallow roasting and hot cocoa. The Zoo is a true family adventure any time of year, and with recent updates to Land of the Tiger and African Forest, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. A family membership is a gift that gives FUN all year round!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to ZOOLights!

6. Alhambra Theatre

One of our favorite things to do is take our kids to the theatre and the Alhambra Theatre always has a kid favorite on the schedule! Bonus - you don't have to worry about dinner because you dine INSIDE the theatre. The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is in the business of making memories. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, date night or simply a great night out with friends and family, the Alhambra offers an entertainment experience like no other in Jacksonville. Tickets are a great experiential holiday gift for anyone on your list and gives you something to look forward to leading up to showtime! Check out their 2020 Show Schedule and enter to win tickets to one of our favorites - Cinderella! The musical performance is based on the classic fairy tale of a young woman, forced into servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is beautifully transformed just in time to attend the royal ball and meet the handsome Prince to sweep her off her feet.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 2 tickets to Cinderella at Alhambra Theatre!

7. Museum of Science and History

Our kids absolutely love MOSH, and their new Astronaut exhibit is out of this world! From training to blasting off, they can explore what it takes to become an astronaut. Through hands-on stations, visitors can experience g-force, conduct maintenance on a space station, grow space food and learn the realities of showering, sleeping and using the toilet in space! The animals exhibit and science show are also two of our favorites, and they just launched a new Planetarium show called Molecularium - Riding Snowflakes! A family membership is the perfect gift for the holiday season that gives all year long!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win one of two family 4-pack of tickets to visit MOSH!

8. The Florida Theatre

From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age. As an anchor to downtown development along the beautiful St. Johns River, the magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Theatre will often have your kiddos' favorite stories, musicians and performers from Peppa to Mickey! On December 20, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is coming to stage! All of your favorite characters from the original TV special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, come to life in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical!


9. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

You don't want to miss the night feedings or the day tours at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, where they provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Enjoy a leisurely, guided tour of the sanctuary and see all the residents (Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, spotted and black leopards, bobcats, coatimundis and arctic foxes)!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Catty Shack Ranch!


10. Sweet Pete's Candy

It's the sweetest spot in all of Jacksonville - Sweet Pete's! Swing by their Downtown location where you'll find 20,000 square feet of fun! Inside you will find a candy factory with an interactive gallery, two large retail areas, the new Alice in Wonderland themed 10 Sixth Grill, and dessert bar! They even have seasonal candy classes for a delicious way to get in the holiday spirit including the Candy Cane Class. Only at Sweet Pete's can you watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. All guests will shape canes to take home. Be sure to sign up quickly as spots are limited!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Sweet Pete's Candy Cane Class!


11. Jax Illuminations

There's nothing like a light show to get you into the holiday spirit! One of our yearly traditions is visiting the Annual Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Light Show! Load up the family and tune your car radio to their special station, so you can listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through a million lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to music. It's located just 5 min from St John's Town Center at the Morocco Shrine Center and will be on display until January 4th!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win one of two car passes to Jax Illuminations!

Discount: Mention Fun 4 First Coast Kids for $2 off!



12. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

There's nothing like a day at the ballpark at a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game! There's loads of FUN from the yummy food, watching the players, and the entertainment between innings. Tickets are a perfect gift for dad and so are Jumbo Shrimp hats, Jumbo Shrimp shirts, and more! The Jumbo Shrimp also host a Very Shrimpy Christmas at the ballpark on December 7 and it's an EASY and FUN way to get a photo with Santa!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a family pack to a Jumbo Shrimp game!


13. Topgolf

There is something for everyone at Topgolf! Of course, the golfer in your family will have a blast but Topgolf makes it fun (and easy) for everyone to have a great time! Food, drinks, music, arcade and much more! Give the gift of making memories and the perfect stocking stuffer!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a 30-minute Topgolf Coach child lesson and a child shirt!


14. The Florida Ballet Nutcracker

The Florida Ballet's annual presentation of the "The Nutcracker" will be sure to thrill audiences of all ages. Whether you're seeing it again, or for the first time, this holiday classic will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and dancing bonbons. From the captivating dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the iconic snow scene, this enchanting ballet – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – continues to be a tradition with family and friends. Create an annual holiday tradition with family and friends and make memories to cherish for years to come.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win two tickets to the Nutcracker Brunch event happening on Sunday, Dec. 22nd. 

Discount: Get 50% off Nutcracker tickets now through Dec. 15 when you use code FUN4KIDS at checkout!


15. Bravoz Entertainment Center

Over 40,000 square feet of FUN, Bravoz has trampolines, laser tag, arcade, mini bowling and event a ninja warrior course! It's our family's go to whenever school is out or it's a rainy weekend day! Bravoz is also a great spot for birthday parties and they have winter, and summer camps. The Unlimited Access Pass is the best way to guarantee your family FUN again and again!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win an Unlimited Play Membership for an entire year for two people!


16. Bay & Bee

Our kids have loved playing at Bay & Bee over the years! If you don't know about this gem, Bay & Bee is a local play space, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles to create a wonderful play environment. They have two locations, Jacksonville & Bartram Springs, and members get to enjoy Open Play, Classes and Special Events are all included; Flexible Scheduling; $40 discount on Birthday Parties, Free Coffee and WiFi.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a four month membership to Bay & Bee!

Discount: Bay & Bee is now offering a Holiday Special: Buy 3 months and get 1 month free! ($89 savings!) 


17. Jungle Bells

Jungle Bells is an unusual Christmas Celebration featuring Express Sound Band, Opera by Karim. R. Zabaneh and a surprise visit from an extinct creature! The show takes place Dec. 14 at the St. John's Cathedral brought to you by American Civility Association and Journey 2 Kindness.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Jungle Bells


Health & Wellness


18. First Coast YMCA

Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season with a YMCA membership! With 17 locations across the First Coast and more on the way, there's a Y near your home or office. There's nothing better than giving the gift of exercise PLUS child care to help you exercise! The YMCA has Kid Zones to watch children so their families can work out. They also offer discounted camps and sports for members, and more.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a 6-month family membership, valid at all YMCA locations. Childcare is included for 2 hours during any visit. 


19. Beautycounter

Beauty should be good for you. Beautycounter's mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Every one of their innovative and high-performing products is made with an industry-leading standard of safety. Their growing collection includes safer skin care, hair care, bath & body products, kids' and babies' products, anti-aging treatments, and high-performance makeup. Their Never List™ now has more than 1,500 questionable chemicals in it—and they're all prohibited from being used as ingredients in Beautycounter's formulas. Click to learn more and shop

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win a Safer Beauty holiday gift set - Your choice of the Fresh Faced Trio or the Pout Protector Lip Care Set!



Day Trips


20. Holly Jolly Jekyll

It's the best time of the year on Jekyll Island! Enjoy a festive day in Jekyll Island with a family four pass to the Skating Village and Peppermint Land mini golf as well as passes to the amenity of your choice. Then stay until dark to see over a half million lights light up the island, from the historic district to new Twelve Days of Christmas light displays set in a coastal wonderland. Holly Jolly Jekyll season runs November 29 - January 5 and is truly magical and worth a visit to see!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 passes to Holly Jolly Jekyll!


21. Wild Adventures Theme Park

Just 2 hours north of Jacksonville in Valdosta, Georgia, families love Wild Adventures Theme Park and tickets make a great stocking stuffer! It is a 170-acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one! Wild Adventures is decorated in its Christmas best with yuletide fun for every member in your family! The park will be covered with over 1 million Christmas lights shining throughout. Take a stroll under a 120 foot tree canopy covered in Christmas lights that twinkles along to the music! Get your season pass for 2020 and enjoy the fun all year!

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Wild Adventures Theme Park!

Discount: Free Pre-K Kid's Season Pass through December 29, 2019. 


22. Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience in Orlando is a must do Orlando attraction! There are tons of stations with 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! The NEW Colorful Christmas is happening from Nov. 23 - Jan. 5! Weave your way through 9 new holiday activities- help Santa save Christmas as you go on a themed adventure, meet our snowman, tree & reindeer friends as they tell stories and sing colorful carols, dive into our life-sized snowglobe complete with falling snow and watch a light show starring Crayola characters - all while crafting unique gifts from the heart! It's a holiday hullabaloo with SNOW much to do! Crayola Orlando family giveaway tickets are valid for general admission anytime now through March 14, 2020.

Giveaway: Scroll down to enter to win 4 tickets to Crayola Experience Orlando!


We hope you've enjoyed browsing our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide and that it makes your shopping season a bit easier and whole lot more FUN! Don't forget to enter our giveaway, which runs from December 1 - 12, 2019. We'll pick a winner for each prize on December 12! Good Luck and Happy Shopping!


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