Maplewood Gift Guide: Last Minute Solutions for Everyone on Your List

Great ideas for truly last minute shoppers.


It is truly down to the wire now, with only five days left until Christmas.

Have no fear, Maplewood Patch comes to the rescue with Part 2 of easy, local gift ideas for the people still on your list. (See Part 1 here.) Find everything from stocking stuffers for kids to gift certificates for the pet lover, knitter or movie buff in your life.

Be sure to note where there are special deals exclusively for Patch readers.


Holiday Special For Wellness Coaching

 Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellcoach is offering a Wellness Coaching Package of 3 hours, $297 (phone coaching offered continentally or in person in Maplewood, NJ), purchased by January 1, 2013.

Gift certificates prepared for pick-up in Maplewood in time for Christmas. Email Risa@RisaOlinsky.com or call 973-761-5758.


Spring for Someone's Health

Wellspring Health Collective (697 Valley St., Suite B Level,
Maplewood) offers gift certificates for a myriad of health and wellness services including massage, nutritional counseling, Reiki, workshops, classes and more. Last minute shoppers can pick up certificates on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (and get a free chair massage while you're there), or call (973) 996-2012. 

Holiday specials include:

  • Lynda Rountree at Green Heart Aromatherapy and Massage is selling Aromatherapy Baskets
  • Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics is offering $15 off your first Somatics session
  • Susan Miller one of our massage therapists is offering $75 massages on Dec 23 and Dec 30
  • Marian Buck-Murray of Good Food Solutions is offering a discount on a package of three EFT sessions.


Pop In to Geralyn's for Unique, Locally Crafted Gifts

Looking for that perfect something for that discerning someone? Chances are you will find it at Geralyn's Art Studio's Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Features a selection of pottery, tea towels, jewelry, art and holiday gifts hand-crafted by local artists, including:

  • Beastly Beasties (t-shirts, pins, cards)
  • Emily Stabile (paintings, cards)
  • Erica Breskin (jewelry)
  • Erin Rogers Pickering (paintings, cards, tote bags, dish towels)
  • Karen Fuchs (tea towels, sun prints, cards)
  • Landis Carey (stoneware pottery)

Through Dec. 23, 12-5 p.m. (Thursday and Friday until 8 p.m.), 103 Baker St., Maplewood.


For the Pizza Lover in Your Life (Meaning, Everyone)

Roman Gourmet (at 153 Maplewood Ave. in Maplewood Village) is offering a special deal for the holidays: a $25 gift card for just $20. Can't beat that.


Pet Lover's Delight

Professional illustrator Lara Tomlin of The Painted Pup paints miniature gouache portraits of dogs on cotton rag archival paper. Give a friend the gift of immortalizing their precious pooch.

Special for Patch readers: Portraits are normally $200 (for one dog); Tomlin will offer 10 percent off if you mention Patch. 

Contact her via email at lara.tomlin@att.net, or by phone at (973) 378-5271.


Be an Able Baker -- or Just Look Like One

Able Baker (at 187 Maplewood Ave.) is carrying spiffy aprons with the shop's "Bake Happy" logo, as well as replicas of the brown bandanas worn by the staff. Apron, $18; bandana $3; both, $20. For the java fiend in your life, pick up a pretty 10 oz. tin of La Colombe coffee in the bakery's house blend, $12. Also: a set of four baking books, $35.


Knit One, Purl Two

KnitKnack (at 1914 Springfield Ave.) has great stocking stuffers: The Knit Kit is a great toolkit for the knitter, and the Quick Knit Kit is a terrific beginners kit. Crocheters will love Unexpected Afghans and Noro Crochet, both wonderful books with lots of enticing options. (Prices range from $22-25).


Work Out with a Friend

R.U.S.H. Fitness has a Holiday Special 2-FOR-1 personal training deal. Buy one for you and a workout buddy, and get to work with some of the best certified personal trainers in town. Offer expires Jan. 15, 2013. 10 Burnett Ave., Maplewood. (973) 313-0200.


Fresh Baked Treats for Under the Tree

Who could resist a festive bag of holiday cookies, from Cupcake Corral (410 Ridgewood Road) for $8? Perfect for stocking stuffers or teacher gifts.


Calling All Movie Buffs!

Local arts organization Studio B is offering Patch readers an exclusive deal: tickets to 3 Catalyst Film Series screenings for $25 dollars ($30 value), or 4 screenings for $30 (a $40 value).

The films that these special deals include are El Sistema (1/12), Pina (2/23), Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (3/30), and Big Easy Express (4/20). To purchase gift certificates, contact studiobmaplewood@gmail.com.

Express Yourself Studios December 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Give the gift of art and creativity. Gift Certificates from Express Yourself Studios located at 1877 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood make a wonderful holiday, birthday or "just because" gift. Certificates are redeemable towards all classes and workshops offered such as Studio Saturdays, Pizza & Pottery, Crafty Toddlers or Cocktails & Canvas. To purchase a gift certificate visit us in Studio or purchase online http://www.expressyourselfstudios.com/GIFT-CERTIFICATES.html. For additional information please contact the Studio, 973-763-5256, info@expressyourselfstudios.com or www.expressyourselfstudios.com. Express Yourself Studios is an art studio and art gallery dedicated to being an outlet for children and adults to express themselves creatively via classes in the arts. As well as a space where artist are welcome to display their work and create utilizing the studio’s space, tools and tables. The Studio also offers a Summer Art Workshop, an Artist-in-Residency Program and hosts birthday parties and art events throughout the year. For more information about the studio visit www.expressyourselfstudios.com or read Express Yourself Studios’ Blog at http://expressyourselfstudios.blogspot.com to learn about the Studios’ events & happenings!
Give the gift of fitness or self defense classes at Maplewood Karate on Baker St in Maplewood Village. Gift Cards are available.
Crafty Katie December 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
It's SEW Crafty has gift certificates available for the holidays- It's Sew Crafty is a new and exciting way to learn the art and craft of sewing and fiber arts. We offer a wide array of classes that cater to your individual needs and sewing experience. These classes are not just for girls- over the years we have had numerous boys and they really enjoy it. Daytime classes available for home schooled kids!!! www.itssewcrafty.com 862.205.1603 itssewcrafty@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/ItsSEWCrafty https://twitter.com/ItsSewCrafty 1978 Springfield Ave Maplewood
District Manager, Springfield Avenue Partnership December 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The businesses in the Springfield Avenue District have LOTS of opportunities for last minute gift giving. Visit the Springfield Avenue Partnership Facebook page.


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