Give Smiles and Memories With an Experiential Holiday Gift

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We all have that person who seems to have everything, so when it comes to holiday shopping for them, it's hard to find the perfect gift. Sure, you can always pick out the hottest new toy or latest trend, but it often gets used then shoved in the closet with last year's buys. Instead, consider an experiential gift this holiday season, where the giftee can do something they love or try something new, all while making lasting memories. With many of these gifts perfect for pairs or groups, you too can get in on the holiday spirit while checking off your list for a number of loved ones. Experiential gifts are a great way to support local NJ businesses while having a blast -- something we can all "wrap" our heads around.


Dream Gifts at American Dream This one-stop-multi-shop spot offers unique experiences in their entertainment and retail sectors. Dream Gifts include everything from Brunch With SpongeBob & Friends, which includes admission to Nickelodeon Universe for the kids, to the Influencer for a Day Tour for the social-obsessed, which includes two hours with a profesh photog at some of their most Instagrammable spots. American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford


Paint and Sip at Pinot's Palette Give your gal or guy the gift of art with a paint and sip class, where they can paint their own original work of art -- which pairs perfectly with a glass of Pinot.  Kids can also get in on the fun with a painting class gift while sipping on their own (non-alcoholic, of course) juice. Take-home paint kits are also available for those who prefer embracing their creative side in the comfort of their home. Pinot's Palette, 25 Oak St., Ridgewood


Horseback Riding Lesson at Bergen Equestrian The benefits of horseback riding for all ages are numerous: improving balance and coordination, skill development, reducing stress, and so much more. Whether you know an experienced rider or an animal lover who would enjoy saddling up, consider a private lesson at Bergen Equestrian Center, which gives beginner to advanced riders the opportunity to hone their horsemanship. Bergen Equestrian Center, 40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia


Spa Day For a day of beauty and relaxation for little ones, get glam at Sweet & Sassy in Ridgewood, which offers a number of packages to choose from. The Diva for a Day Package provides the ultimate in pampering, including a blowout, mani/pedi, facial, mini-makeup, glitter spray and more. Posh Princess Palace in Lodi offers packages from Bling to Bliss, plus a Love My Princess Mommy & Me option to share in your little's special spa day. Sweet & Sassy, 216 E Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood; Posh Princess Palace, 1 S Main St., Lodi


Go-Karting at RPM Raceway Let your child's need for speed loose at RPM Raceway in Jersey City, where they can experience competitive racing safely on European-style tracks. Kids ages 6 and up for Junior Kart Racing and 13 and older for non-licensed drivers will enjoy the thrill of the ride. Then, hang out at the arcade, enjoy a round of bowling, try out their state-of-the-art VR experience or get your thrills in the racing simulator. 99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City


Date Night Picnic With Mega Celebrations With the busy schedules most families carry these days, it's often hard to take time to spend with your significant other. Luckily, Mega Celebrations has an easy way to make date night unique and unforgettable. Spend the day or night enjoying each other's company in their intimate tented decor -- which can be set up indoors or out -- and includes a grazing plate and champagne while you toast to a (hopefully!) few kid-free hours. Mega Celebrations, 908-340-6316,


Beauty Treatments Have a gal pal who loves the look of length? The longer and more voluminous, the better, with lash and hair extension treatments from local spots. Visit lash and wax studio Supreen for everything that special someone needs for ultimate self-care: a Supreen gift card, Borboleta Lash Growth Serum, Fur Products and more. For the woman looking for added hair length, pamper them with hair extensions by stylist Leah Tarsia, who transforms hair from fine to fabulous by adding luxurious locks.


Bonus! Local Shopping at CycleBar Closter Grab your workout wingwoman for a special cycle sesh and Holiday Sip N Shop at CycleBar in Closter this Wednesday, November 17 from 7:45-9:45 pm. After the 6:30 pm ride, the studio will transform itself to get into the holiday spirit, so you can shop from a number of vendors for the holidays, including CharmedbyAllison, Layne Vargas, Gilly's Organics, Mindful Waters Holistic Luxury Spa & Water Store and more.

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