EXPERIENCE the Holidays : A Gift Guide that Keeps on Giving

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Experience the Holidays

Do you ever get overwhelmed with how much STUFF enters your home at the holidays? And while toys are fun to unwrap, often their pleasure is short lived. As moms we know that it’s just a few short weeks (if that) until our kids move on to the next “big thing.” What if, instead of spending your money on THINGS this year, you invest in EXPERIENCES?! From large gifts, like family trips, to memory makers, like ticketed events, we’ve got you covered. We have experiences for infants to adults and every age in between. This guide is the PERFECT thing to text to those grandparents; go ahead and ask for the annual zoo membership! We’re positive that they’ll be glad to experience this gift giving a little differently this year, too!

Goldfish Swim School Germantown

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Looking for a holiday gift option that gives families the ability to spend quality time together and gives a child an invaluable life skill? Consider swim lessons as a holiday gift for the little fish in your life. This is a perfect gift for children of all ages — from infants through 12 years-old. Swim lessons are a gift that keeps on giving! This year, Goldfish Swim School Germantown is offering several holiday packages including the “Big Splash” package, which includes 2 months of group lessons, 2 drop in lessons, a goldfish tote bag and more!

A Beautiful You Medical Spa

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At A Beautiful You Medical Spa, the team of caring, committed experts at the aesthetic medical spa works with patients to help them make outward cosmetic changes to complement and enhance their inner beauty. Locally owned and operated since 2003, they create a natural, healthy, youthful YOU! Free consultation, no hidden fees, financing available.

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A1 Hoops

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A1 Hoops Elite was solely created to enrich the well-being of the entire student/athlete both on and off the court with various mentoring tactics, training, and development work to improve their basketball skills.

A1 Hoops Elite Training offers one on one (private) training, group training sessions, as well as team building/clinics and camps that help establish the greatness built inside of the player. If you have a child looking to develop skills and develop basketball training with a purpose, sign up today!

Stix

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STIX Express Downtown or STIX Collierville is offering sushi making classed for up to 4-6 people at a time! Learn from an expert how to confidently create three different sushi rolls. $60/p includes the ingredients, hands-on instruction, one beverage and one bottle of house-made ginger dressing!

Sup901

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Join Memphis’s only floating fitness studio! Sup901 is run by ASI & SUP yoga certified instructors offering SUP lessons and Standup Paddleboard Yoga. No experience necessary! Sup901 even offers board rentals and complimentary life jackets, so all you need to do is just show up and enjoy the experience. Classes and private instruction offered at Shelby Farms Park unless otherwise noted.

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HappyFeet Soccer

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HappyFeet is a new and exciting mobile soccer clinic for children aged 2-5. Our non-competitive “Story Time with a Soccer Ball” approach is used at daycares, preschools and recreation centers throughout the Memphis/Germantown area.

On the weekends, HappyFeet Leagues are a great introduction to the sport for younger children who play in a fun based 3 vs. 3 (or 4 vs. 4) scrimmage setting.

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Arrow Creative

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Meet the artists and watch them work, then purchase a piece from their studio to take home. Learn a new skill, utilize specialized maker equipment, or support the budding mini maker with classes for kids, all in one location. Bonus: their shop is a one-stop-shop for all YOUR holiday present needs!

Belltower Pottery Classes

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Interested in pottery classes and ready to get your hands dirty? Then this is the place for you! Whether you’re an experienced potter or this is the first time you’ve ever thought about touching clay, we have options for you. Classes include Intro to Wheel, Handbuilding 101, or even mug making. Private classes or month long studio access are available as well.

The Little Gym

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From parent/child classes to gymnastics to dance (and even karate!), there is something fun for kids of all ages at The Little Gym. Their unique curriculum is based on 3-part approach to learning, including times for “Get Moving!”, “Brain Boost” time and becoming a “Citizen Kid!” Located in Germantown, a gift of classes would be so fun! Bonus: they have the best birthday parties!

Music for Aardvarks

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Music for Aardvarks is a refreshing alternative to the traditional music class for kids ages 6 months to 5 years old. Song, dance, and rhythm combine for a rockin’ good time. It’s a foot stomping, jingle shaking, drum drumming hullabaloo for both kids and their caregivers! Registration for classes is now open; the classes are held in midtown.

Kindermusik

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Based in Germantown, Kindermusik supports children, teachers, and families through the research-proven power of music and movement curricula. The program empowers young children to express themselves creatively through music. With classes offered at various times throughout the week and one class specials, you can find something just right for your family!

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New Ballet's Nut Remix

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Set on Beale Street, this modern retelling of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” transports audiences to a magical world that fuses ballet, hip-hop, West African drumming, Memphis Jookin and more. Alongside Jookin superstar Lil Buck, Memphis dancers of all ages bring the story to life. With the accompaniment of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra & Big Band, this one-of-a-kind production will have your whole family in the holiday mood!

FedExForum

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There is no better way to create lifetime memories than experiencing live entertainment with family and friends at FedExForum this holiday season! Upcoming events include Pentatonix: A Christmas Spectacular, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, PBR: Bluff City Classic, the Freedom Tour 2023 with JOURNEY (and very special guest TOTO), plus so many more shows to come!

Playhouse on the Square

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Playhouse on the Square / Circuit Playhouse is Memphis’ professional regional theatre, playing a vital role enhancing the quality of life for the Mid-South. Offering shows such as Something Rotten, Wizard of Oz, Junie B. Jones, Who’s Holiday, and Jersey Boys (plus so many more!), there’s something for every age to enjoy! Located in the heart of Mid-Town Memphis, Playhouse on the Square is easy to find, with accessible parking and access to area restaurants for a post-show dinner.

Holiday Wonders at the Memphis Botanic Garden

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This seasonal light exhibition caters to families, couples, and groups for an unforgettable outdoor holiday experience! 2022 will feature new lights, old favorites, even brighter light, & an updated layout! With themed evenings, a central location, free parking, timed entry, and outdoor fun — there really is something for everyone! Kid friendly and adult beverages sold on site, too.

Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes

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When’s the last time you went bowling, or took your kids bowling? Wholesome family fun, bowling is a fun outing for every age! Cosmic bowling is back for those who want an “extra” bowling experience, while bumper bowling is always an option for the younger crowd to prevent gutter balls. Inside you’ll also find 11th Frame Bar & Grill, offering yummy grub and even alcohol for those 21 and over. Locally owned and operated for 40 years, Billy Hardwick’s is located in E. Memphis.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

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Experience the magic of the holidays at Shelby Farms Park’s largest event! Starry Nights brings the spirit of the season to life with dazzling displays featuring millions of lights. Festive fun is in store for kids and kids at heart at this annual holiday event. You choose how to experience it too — there’s drive through nights from the comfort of your can, walk + bike nights or book a horse-drawn carriage. A “photo opp” area is new this year! Group rates available.

The Orpheum

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The Orpheum Theater has been an iconic part of downtown Memphis since 1928. With concerts, movies, and the traveling Broadway series, tickets to a show at the Orpheum would make for a fabulous gift this holiday season!

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

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Come experience Memphis’ most beloved holiday tradition. The Magic of Memphis! 2022 is December 10 at 2:30 and 7:30. The symphony is joined by a continuous collage of Memphis performing groups for a non-stop light and music show like you’ve never seen! The show is kid friendly and features many well-known and loved Christmas Carols. It would be a great introduction to the Symphony!

Tea Time at the Peabody Hotel

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Served in Chez Philippe, this is the only spot in Memphis that offers a traditional English afternoon tea. Enjoy a three-course menu of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and warm scones from the Peabody Pastry Shop in addition to a selection of teas and caffeine-free children’s teas. Tea time is offered Thursdays through Sundays from 1-3:30pm. Reservation may be made and price includes valet parking. 

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Oxford Toy Closet

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The Oxford Toy Library is a place where you can borrow or rent toys! It provides children with affordable access to a wider variety of playthings, while reducing environmental waste and decluttering homes. You choose 5 toys, pick them up and play with them as long as you like, then return them for new toys! New toys and zero waste!

The Art Project

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Do you have a mini artist at home? A membership to The Art Project would be perfect! They can glue and glitter to their heart’s content, then leave all the mess behind! Bonus: the membership belongs to the child, so grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other special friends can take your child if the parent is unavailable!

The Dixon Gallery + Gardens

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The Dixon is an art museum that is surrounded by 17 acres of stunning gardens. With seasonal attractions, an amazing full service coffee shop and restaurant (Park + Cherry), and discounts on after-hours events, a membership to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens would make an amazing gift! Members receive discounts on annual fundraiser events, too!

MoSH + Lichterman Nature Center

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Membership includes admission the the museum, Lichterman, and the Historic Houses plus half off of tickets to the Planetarium and shows in the giant theater. Plus, have you seen all of their latest special events? They’ve really stepped up their game!

Memphis Botanic Garden

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96 acres of fun! The My Big Backyard area is seriously the best (if you know, you know). But there are SO MANY great areas to explore there. Plus they have the best special events throughout the year that are discounted with a membership.

The Memphis Zoo

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Located in midtown, the Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 500 species. With so many special events (plus a great playground), a membership to the zoo would make a great holiday gift.

Children's Museum of Memphis

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CMOM is so fun, especially for the younger crowd. Though kids of ALL ages love the splash area in the summer! With the most gorgeously restored carousel included in membership, it would make an amazing gift!

Brooks Art Museum

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With a great, little interactive kids area, the Brooks Art Museum IS a fun place to take your kids! Mom Tip: If you are taking little ones for the first time, let them run off some energy in Overton Park first and make sure to tell them not to touch (something we all know, but kids have to be taught).

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New Day Wellness Center

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What would your life look like if you were on a better health journey? Our holistic therapies deliver an abundance of clinically tested and research-based health and healing benefits to help you reduce stress, increase energy, achieve pain relief, lose weight, boost immune health, detox, relax, and achieve all your health goals. Services include our float tank, red light therapy, sauna, cold plunge room and more! We offer pay-as-you-go or monthly memberships.

Absolute Kinetics

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Absolute Kinetics Physical Therapy specializes in orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapy for active adults. We utilize a holistic treatment approach to help you heal, care for your children without discomfort, safely return to exercise, and simply live without pain or dysfunction. We would love the opportunity to be a part of your journey to health, wellness, and optimal function in your day-to-day life.

Fit4Mom Memphis

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For women in all stages of motherhood and workout classes you can attend with your children (with playgroups after many of the classes, bringing your children in ENCOURAGED), a membership to Fit4Mom Memphis is great for a mom looking for her village.

Neighborhood Barre

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Neighborhood Barre is not your average barre class. Our method was created with YOU in mind. We know your story, we know what you want out of your workout, and we are committed to creating results driven classes that are fun, inviting, and truly change your body and your body image. You will never feel out of place, bored, or overwhelmed by our classes. There are no plateaus, and no such thing as needing to ‘be in shape’ before trying a class. Our classes are designed to meet you where you are – and we can’t wait to meet YOU!

Acupuncture at Sundara Wellness

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Local mom Candace billings owns and operates Sundara Wellness but is also their board certified Acupuncturist on site. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a complete and holistic medical system which can treat a wide array of physical and emotional illnesses including stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, grief, digestive issues and even aids in the treatment of infertility.

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Sud's Laundry Service

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Want to spend your free time doing something other than laundry?! Then drop your clothes off with us! Our laundry specialists will wash, dry, and fold all your clothes for you. We provide detergent, too, so all you have to do is bring in your clothes.

Treat yourself today and enjoy something other than trying to match everyone’s socks!

Springer Sisters

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The Springer Sisters are professional organizers that will help you declutter, and organize any room or project — no matter how big! They also added this year assisting people downsize and move, making sure you’re only moving things that are really need or want. They are helping hands, coaches, and project managers of anything you need done!

So Fresh and So Green

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You know what moms really want as a gift? A clean house that they didn’t have to clean! Using all natural cleaning techniques and products, So Fresh and So Green is just the best.

Sterlings Auto Detailing

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Do kids ride in your car? Do you have car seats or boosters? Does your spouse tease you that your car is more like a trash can than a vehicle? Then you need this. Plus, they come to you! Your car will be so clean, it’ll be like you just drove off the car lot!

Mobile Mommy

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Established in 2016, Mobile Mommy offers high quality babysitting, nanny, and other childcare services. All nannies are CPR/first aid certified, have passed background and drug tests, and nanny cams are available. Having someone you can trust with your children when you need a date night or mom’s night out is priceless.

Maxwell Driving School

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Trust your Driver Training to the school that teaches thousands of new and experienced drivers in Tennessee each year. At Maxwell Driving School, their TN State Certified Driving Instructors provide individualized attention to the needs of each client, instructing safe driving techniques in a calm and caring atmosphere. Classroom lectures, computer simulation and hands-on driving are all a part of the driver training courses offered.

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High Cotton Picnics

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High Cotton Picnics is a boutique-style luxury picnic service. From the initial consultation to the final event, High Cotton Picnics walks a client through their vision, design, and budget to bring forth a truly memorable dining experience!

Taylor Hershy Photography

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Everyone is beautiful is something Taylor Hershberger, the photographer behind Taylor Hershy Photography genuinely thinks. Offering private boudoir shoots, Taylor guides and empowers women through the session. Buy one for yourself or as a gift for a spouse. But either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Malco Movie Theater

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Who doesn’t love getting movie tickets in their stocking? Malco Movie Theaters are located all over the Mid-South from Midtown to Mississippi. Renovated with large reclining chairs and plenty of leg room, there’s nothing quite like experiencing movies on the big screen!

Riverboat Cruises

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Take a Paddlewheeler a few miles up and down the greatest river in the U.S.A., The “Mighty” Mississippi. The most popular cruise is the 90-minute sightseeing cruise, which takes visitors a step back into Tennessee history. Historical commentary gives a comprehensive and interesting narrative of past and presents Mississippi River life. Seasonal dinner and music cruises are also available!

Shine Spray Tans

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Local mom Kim Jussley knows it’s important to take time for yourself. Using all-safe ingredients, her spray tans leave you looking and feeling naturally sun-kissed. She brings the spray to you too, so you don’t need to leave the comfort of your house.

Studio 901

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Owned by a local mom and conveniently located in East Memphis, Studio 901 is there for all of your hair needs. In addition to hair, there is an amazing boutique space inside, so pick up a cute top or accessory while your hair is processing. Win-win!

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