Stuck on what to get for your loved ones? Here is your last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide the the rescue! 

Etan Comics – As a Pan-African entertainment company, Etan Comics uses comics and graphic novels to tell African stories. Africans who live away from their homeland can maintain ties to their roots through the stories in Etan Comics. To get more people interested in learning about African history, Etan comics are  great gifts to feature the stories while adding a dose of fantasy and science fiction.

Play Pits – Play Pits is an all-natural deodorant that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. The idea for Play Pits came from a mother who wanted to give her active children a safe and all-natural method of keeping hygienic. This is an excellent gift for families with active kids, as their products are age and gender-neutral and can be used by everyone!

Nature’s Puree – Natural, handmade products are available from Nature’s Puree and are free of sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, petroleum by-products, and artificial coloring. Two doctors are behind this company; they aim to make the best natural skin care products. The ingredients are all sourced from nature.

Healthy Roots – The mission of Healthy Roots Dolls is to promote self-confidence in young girls by providing them with dolls and books that celebrate diversity. Toys affect how we feel, what we do, and how we see ourselves. And so it’s not surprising that girls’ confidence takes a hit when they can’t find dolls that look like them. It’s an excellent gift for young girls to celebrate their diversity to empower, educate and inspire self-love.

Black Girl Sunscreen – Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (at least 30) specifically designed for black women. BGS protects melanin without leaving a white cast and was developed specifically for people with darker skin tones. Other sunscreens in the market have a white cast, and it’s not inclusive of all colors. Sunscreen is essential for protecting yourself from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and everyone should use it. Skin cancer, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, wrinkles, and sunburns can all be avoided with proper protection from these rays.

Kinapparel – Kinapparel has satin-lined hoodies and accessories for hair protection and comfort. The brand Kin Apparel, which stands for “keep it natural,” is known for its satin-lined hooded sweatshirts that are made to hold in moisture, reduce frizz, and accommodate different hairstyles. They have a lot of streetwear, like bucket hats, beanies, dad hats, & thick hoodies for all sizes and ages. The same satin lining is used in the production of pillowcases, car headrest covers, and scrunchies by the same clothing line.

Mr. Lorenzo’s Handyman Services – A 17-year-old resident of West Orange, NJ, owns this business. His services offer woodwork, sanding and staining decks, putting together furniture, cabinets, and more. All quotations are at no cost and can be altered to fit your needs in both time and budget. 


Gift of Time (Babysitting) – Looking to give your parent friends some uninterrupted time? Consider giving them a babysitting service. Better yet, you can consider gifting a gift of YOUR time so your friends can have some much needed time without their kids.

Merry Maids (House Cleaning) – Finding time to maintain one’s house in order can be challenging when juggling a hectic family life, long work hours, and other significant components of your weekly routine. Coming home shouldn’t be a hassle, even when life is hectic. House cleaning is a really meaningful gift that not only makes your friends’ homes more enjoyable but also will help boost their mental health.   

Irie Design (Professional Organizer) – Every day is a new day to battle our mess, and we don’t want to rattle things just to be done. A home organizing company will assist busy individuals in putting into place the methods suitable for their way of life, habits, and daily use. This woman owned business will help you create  systems and flow in your space that support and optimize enjoying your home. The best part is that you get to use and implement the skills you learn long after your organizer finishes the project. 

Livingston Circle Car Wash – Got a loved one who is too busy with life and can use a cleaner car? Consider gifting them a car wash package. Their mental health will thank you each time they get to clean their car! 

Core Therapies – There is no sign of people slowing down their hectic pace of life any time soon, but there is hope that we can all figure out how to improve and become more in tune with our lifestyles. This facility will quickly become your “one-stop shop” for all your health and wellness needs. Services in chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and many others are all part of their physical therapy offerings.


For Kids

You can offer fun activities for kids as a gift such as dance classes, sports leagues AND you can support the local businesses while you are at it! Unique Dance Studio offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and skilled and experienced teachers. Even the youngest students, as young as three, can come to this studio and learn the fundamentals of ballet and tap into a joyful, song-filled creative movement environment that teaches them the value of teamwork, respect, and cooperation. Mountain Top League offers recreational and travel programs for kids of varying skill levels in baseball, basketball, softball, hockey, and soccer. 

Liberty Science Center – The Science Center is home to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater, as well as K-12 classrooms and labs, teacher-development programs, and a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, hurricane- and tornado-force wind simulators, and more.

Grounds for Sculpture – On the 42 landscaped acres outside, you can find nearly 300 modern sculptures. In the six interior galleries, visitors can see rotating displays of work by both well-known and up-and-coming artists. All ages are welcome to participate in various enriching and informative events and activities throughout the year.

Turtle Back Zoo (Zoo) – All children love animals, especially when they can come near to them to interact with them. In West Orange, we have the #1 New Jersey Zoo, the Turtle Back Zoo. There are a lot of common animals you can see at zoos, and not only that, but they also have giraffes, butterflies, and penguins. Children may pet horses, goats, and pigs at the Essex Farm exhibit. They can also ride ponies or take a breathtaking journey on the zoo train through the lovely South Mountain Reservation.

Six Flags (Theme Park) – Hanging out with friends and family can be so much more when you try one of the theme parks in New Jersey. New Jersey has this breathtaking amusement park that everyone of all ages can enjoy. This large Six Flags complex has one of the country’s most famous and well-liked seasonal ride parks, a Wild Safari experience (which is included with park entry), a separate admission to Hurricane Harbor waterpark, and a Wild Safari experience.


For Adults

Gifts of Passion

CocuSocial (Cooking Class) – CocuSocial event is a hands-on cooking and tasting class led by a professional chef with a unique venue like a commercial kitchen, online setting, restaurant or hotel, events place, and many more! They have an inspiring cooking journey that will be offered in cooking class (online or event) or master class. CocuSocial offers an educational cooking class and a social event or gathering. 

Studio Montclair Art Academy (Art Class) – Studio Montclair Art Academy offers courses in studio art and art history, and art appreciation taught by working artists in various visual art forms. They hire experienced artists as teachers so students of all ages and skill levels can gain from their knowledge and guidance. Their programs are built on a foundation of differentiated instruction, which allows all students, regardless of their skill levels, to be taught effectively.

SOMA Adult SchoolMore than 150 classes and lectures are presented during the fall and spring academic years, with a modified schedule during the summer. Learning new things, getting some exercise, and nourishing the spirit are all benefits of taking these classes. You can select from programs such as the arts, music, business, finance, physical health and recreation, foreign languages, and technology. 

Show tickets are great presents. After all, a ticket to a live event is more than just a piece of paper; it’s your passport to a fantastic evening and a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. You can check out shows you think your loved one will love at Luna Stage and Vanguard Theater Company

You can also treat them with date night activities such as axe throwing. Axe throwing is a growing sport in urban areas, and Bury The Hatchet is one of the best clubs in the country to bring it to New Jersey. As a popular Canadian sport, axe throwing pits competitors against one another to knock down a wooden target for the most points. It’s similar to darts but much more exciting to play. Axe-throwing competitions are becoming increasingly popular in New Jersey for celebrations, including birthdays, corporate team building, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and more.

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