ShopJax 2016 :: The Gift of Experience

Give the gift of experience! Do you have a DIY’er on your holiday list or looking for non-toy gift ideas for the kids? From designer dessert classes and gifts (hello cake pops and saltwater taffy!) to family friendly trips to museums and the zoo– even surf and SUP lessons, here are a few of our favorite things to do (and give!) around Jax!

Meet, Make & Celebrate with Alleycakes Bakery

Alleycakes ShopJaxThe Alleycakes Bakery girls have opened a small event space two doors down called Meet, Make & Celebrate! It is here that they host “how to” classes, parties, and events. Alleycakes attributes much of its success to fresh ingredients & the “made with love” approach to everything!

The Holiday Sampler is the perfect gift for anyone on your list, for a girlfriend, mother, mother in law, wife, teacher, boss, hostess gift etc! Choose 3 items (macaroons, cake pops or cupcakes) + MMC gift card in decorative holiday packaging ($45). 1/2 dozen holiday sampler – choose 6 items (macaroons, cake pops or cupcakes) + MMC gift card in decorative holiday packaging ($65). 1 dozen holiday sampler – choose 12 items (macaroons, cake pops or cupcakes) + MMC gift card in decorative holiday packaging ($75).

Shop Meet, Make & Celebrate: 
1517 Atlantic Blvd.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

Giveaway: 1/2 Dozen Holiday Sampler + MMC Gift Card (value $65)

Creative Grain Studio

creative grain shopjax 2Creative Grain is a make-and-take crafting studio where guests transform unfinished wood into beautiful, personalized works of art. Our instructor guided classes make it fun and easy to create a piece  you will love!

Build your sign from scratch and then choose your stain and paint colors to match your home or surprise a friend with a hand-crafted gift!

Our vision is for you to feel right at home in our Studio – a casual craft night with your favorite people in which everyone can make something completely different! The best part about it? You don’t have to clean up! All you have to do is bring yourself and prepare to have fun! Have a special occasion coming up? We would love to help host an amazing get together for any reason!

Shop Creative Grain Studio: 
1563 Alford Place #6
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Giveaway: Single plank sign session (sessions available every 2 weeks, value $35).

Sweet Pete's Candy

sweetpetes shopjaxSweet Pete’s Candy in downtown Jacksonville is the sweetest destination on earth for a reason! Experience pure imagination inside our 3 story, 23,000 square foot downtown shoppe. With over 1,000 handcrafted candies, a fully functioning factory, candy making class space and an award winning restaurant and bar, we are a “must-go” for the holidays.

Plus, Sweet Pete’s offers delicious gifts for everyone on your holiday list, from baskets and custom candy boxes for clients and holiday parties to bite sized stocking stuffer’s like our famous sea salt caramel. All our items are available online at and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Shop Sweet Pete’s: 
400 N. Hogan Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Giveaway: Whether you’re a sugar rookie or candy crazy, Sweet Pete’s custom candy box collection is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. With over 1,000 candies to choose from, we’ve taken our most popular treats and packaged them in an 8 piece cube set. This collection includes Pete’s Famous Sea Salt Caramel, Peanut Butter Meltaways, Dark Peanut Butter Meltaways, Grandma Bomb’s Divinity, Dark Chocolate Strawberry Torte, Milk Chocolate Coconut Haystacks, Oh So Organic Gummy Bears and Saltwater Taffy. Many of which are all natural, gluten free and vegan. Retail value $55.

MOSH | Museum of Science & History

mosh shopjaxA visit to the Museum of Science & History offers something for everybody, from toddlers to teenagers and senior citizens! Whatever your age or interest, there’s always something to do! MOSH features interactive, award-winning exhibitions such as the Currents of Time and Atlantic Tails. One of the Museum’s most popular exhibits is the Florida Naturalist’s Center, which houses animals native to Northeast Florida. Daily science shows, live animal shows, planetarium programs and a children’s area – KidSpace – combine to ensure there is always something to stimulate the mind and awaken the imagination for guests of all ages.

The Museum of Science & History inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. The commitment as a member ensures that the Museum operates at the highest level of excellence

Visit MOSH: 
1025 Museum Circle,
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Compound Membership includes all member benefits for up to 2 adults & 2 children plus: 20% off MOSH camps & educational programs, 3 free admission passes to the museum (value $80).

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

jacksonville-zoo-giraffesWith more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals, 1,000 plant species and a growing number of special attractions, there’s always something new to see and do at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ 5th annual ZOOLights event. 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, guests can also enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train or riding the carousel and 4D theater ride, featuring a holiday-themed experience. December 9-11, December 16-January 7 (closed Christmas Day) 6-9:30 p.m. Sun-Thurs and 6-10 p.m. Fri-Sat.

Shop Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens:
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Family 4-pack of tickets to ZOOlights (value $40)

Jax Surf & Paddle

jsp-storeJacksonville Surf and Paddle (JSP) has a program for anyone who wants to ride a board whether it’s just for fun or as part of a workout program.  We consider surfing to be any type of wave riding or board riding. Our programs encompass all the different styles of surfing and stand up paddleboarding; flatwater paddling, eco tours, sup racing, sup surfing, surfing, and adventure trips.  Surfing and SUP is great for your health.  It promotes strength in body and mind.  Our company was created to add value to people learning how to surf.  It can be a lifelong learning process.

JSP team members are insured and certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA), International Surfing Association (ISA), World Paddle Association (WPA),  & PaddleFit.  We are also Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified. Jacksonville Surf and Paddle has been put together to inspire you to continue surfing and SUPing forever!

And with a new boutique and boardshop location on Atlantic Blvd. in the heart of the Beaches Town Center it’s the perfect place to shop for anyone on your list this holiday season!

Shop Jax Surf & Paddle:
241 Atlantic Blvd. #102
Neptune Beach, Florida 32266

Surf School Location
222 Orange St.
Neptune Beach, 32266

Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

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JMB wants our readers to shop local and support families in our community. This is a sponsored gift guide brought to you by all of the local businesses seen above. Thank you to those that participated in this guide. 

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