"Experience" Gifts you can do in Madison

With the plethora of shops in our beautiful Madison, you can get all your holiday shopping done on Small Business Saturday! Clothes, shoes, house décor, wine…so many things to choose from! But let’s think outside the box (literally) right now, and explore all the “experience” gifts available right at our doorstep. We all suffer from “too much stuff” syndrome, and most of us would prefer to spend time with friends and family rather than add another trinket to our shelves. With a little creativity, you can find just the right “experience” gift for every kid and adult on your gift list!


Get Muddy! Madison Mud Clay Studio offers classes and “clay dates” for kids, families, and adults. (6 Main St)

Cooking It Up! Head on over to Healthy Italia and purchase a class (adult, kid, and family classes available) for your favorite chef, or chef-wanna-be. (55 Main St)

Make Your Own Wine Villa Rose Wine School In a three-session class, you crush and press grapes, then bottle and label your very own wine! (32 Edgewood Rd — behind the YMCA)

Knit Know-How Beginners and more advanced knitters would both enjoy a knitting class at The Blue Purl! (60 Main St)

History Heaven With a museum membership to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, you can visit all year long, get invitations to members-only events, and get a discount at the gift shop! (9 Main St)

Experience Shakespeare The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, located on the campus of Drew University, offers Gift Certificates in any denomination, Guest Passes (tickets good for any night except opening night), and Memberships that allow you to get discount tickets throughout the season. (36 Madison Ave)

Get Creative Kids will love drawing, painting, and sculpting with the gift of an art class at Creative Hands Studio! (14 Kings Rd)

Sew Good! Fashion First offers classes at the Madison Community House (and other locations). Give your young designer the gift of sewing lessons! (25 Cook Ave)

Music to My Ears! Do you know a budding musician who wants to perfect their current instrument, or try a new one, like drums, guitar, or ukulele? Give them the gift of music lessons at The Music Center. (300 Main St)

Have a Bowl! Gather the family for a night of bowling at Stryxe. Throw in a few cards for the arcade, get some dinner, and enjoy! (300 Main St)

Take Time to Relax! Give the gift of a facial or massage at Beneath the Surface, A Day Spa. (19 Waverly Pl, #3)

Great Escape! For a fun family activity, get tickets or rent a private room at the Escape Room NJ. Will you all make it out?!? (19 Waverly Lane)

You Nailed It! So many great nail salons to choose from, I can’t even list them all! Giving the gift of a mother-daughter mani/pedi is something you will both enjoy!

Soccer Fans! FC Motown is a National Premier Soccer League team that plays at fields at Drew University. Get your soccer fan a season pass! (36 Madison Ave)

Classes and Camps are also great things for grandparents to give the grandkids. When my daughter took dance classes at the Madison Area YMCA, one of the girls in her class received the class as a gift from her grandparents. They also bought the costume for the final performance. After each class, the mom would Facetime the grandparents so the girl could show them what she had worked on that day. It was such a sweet way for them to bond!