Louisville Holiday Gift Guide

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Presenting your annual Louisville holiday gift guide! Whether you’re looking for awesome new gift ideas for your kids, want experiences to gift, or are searching for a good cause to gift to on behalf of your family, we’ve got our top picks all rounded up here for you.

cool new gift ideas

Yoto

yoto gift idea

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Inspire creative learning and play with Yoto

Yoto puts kids in control of an inspiring world of audio. Their award-winning audio players let kids aged 3-12+ explore over 1,000 titles without a screen.

No microphones. No cameras. No ads.

“Absolutely love the Yoto Player! It helps to calm my son when his anxiety is high. He has had the Yoto Player for a year, and it has helped in so many ways that this year we got him the Yoto Mini for on-the-go. Even better, we have Yoto Club, so we receive a fun and exciting delivery every month with 2 new cards! These are definitely our best purchases; they are used daily and throughout the night.” – LMC Parent

Womple

womple holiday gift idea

Use code LOUISVILLEMOMS for 50% off your first box on any WompleBox subscription (Monthly, 3 Months, 6 Months, or 12 Months)

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Bring the wonders of the world to your child’s fingertips with WompleBox! WompleBox is an award-winning subscription box that takes your child on a rollicking adventure to a new country each month. It’s the most engaging and exciting way for kids to discover geography, culture, sciences, wildlife, and more to deepen their knowledge of the world. Every box includes an illustrated early-reader adventure book that will transport them to a new place, two hands-on STEAM projects, fold-out map & fact-filled country guide, ‘Pen Pal Pack’ with stickers, stationery, envelope, and postcard, and a collectible from each place.

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goSili

gosili stocking stuffer idea

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goSili Holiday Sale!

Our friends at goSili are having an awesome holiday sale right now through the end of the year. Looking for a great stocking stuffer idea? Get their Merry & Bright pack of straws for the whole fam!

goSili Reusable Silicone Straws are made from nontoxic, platinum silicone and can be used over and over again. Standard in length, this multi-pack of straws will allow you to enjoy every sip of your beverage all while reducing your plastic footprint. They have more than straws! Check out their site to see all their cups, lids, and so much more.

pediped

pediped holiday gift guide

We’re giving away a FREE pair of pediped shoes* to one lucky mama! To enter, email us at [email protected] by December 10, 2022 at 8pm EST with the subject line “pediped Entry” and let us know what your favorite part of the holidays is. We’ll select the winner after December 11, 2022.

*Pick any shoe from their site (based on availability). Open to continental US and Canada entrants. Must be following pediped’s Instagram page to be eligible to win.

2022 Holiday Gift Guide by pediped®

Give the Gift of Healthy Foot Development

Now is the time to begin planning for a holiday shopping season that will surely be busy, to say the least! The secret to making that happen is the pediped® Holiday Gift Checklist! They’ve highlighted the best shoe options by age and walking stage to make shopping for your friends and family a breeze this holiday season! Make 2022 your most special gift-giving year yet.

experiences to gift

Disney Princess – The Concert!

Disney Princess – The Concert! louisville

Holiday Special :: 2-for-1 offer valid 11/17/22 1pm EST – 12/6/22 11:59pm EST

*This production features Broadway performers appearing as themselves. Costumed Disney characters do not appear at this event.

For generations, the music of Disney’s princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, for the first time in forever, these beloved songs come to life on stage in Disney Princess – The Concert!

Be our guest as a quartet of Broadway, television, and animated film icons celebrate the music from every Disney Princess in an unforgettable evening, alongside their magical Music Director and enchanting Prince. Your every dream will come true as larger-than-life animation and theatrical effects immerse the audience in pure Disney magic, while these acclaimed stars sing your favorite songs and share their exclusive, hilarious, and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.

We invite you to relive your VHS glory days, dress up in your favorite royal attire, and share the joy with your loved ones.

Aqua-Tots Swim School

aqua-tots louisville swim school

Call Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Louisville, (502)-242-6388, to reserve your swim lesson gift certificates today!

This year, give the gift that will also save lives: SWIM LESSONS! While many experiences offer entertainment, the gift of swimming is a creative way to combine the fun tots want with the life-saving skills they need. For 30 years, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has been committed to saving lives worldwide, one swim lesson at a time. Aqua-Tots offers year-round, indoor swim lessons as early as four months old up to twelve years old! Children can burn away that winter cabin fever in the pool, socialize with friends and coaches, and learn the necessary water safety skills they need for life!

My kids are the only grandchildren on both sides of our family. That fact, combined with the fact that our family lived in a pretty small space for a homeschooling family of five meant that holiday and birthday gifts could become overwhelming really fast. I’m far from a type A person, but even I was getting lost in the mess. We would donate every time the kids got new toys and gadgets, but we still found their tiny bedrooms cluttered and toys broken all the time.

I am happy to say that we have finally found a solution. Each year, we send our family a list of experiences that our kids would enjoy or have requested as an alternative to toys or gadgets. They often pair these with some small trinkets so the kids have something fun to unwrap, but they are things that are cheap or consumable (like coloring books and candy) that are not going to fill our home with more stuff.

If you are like us, and are longing for a way to give your loved ones an exciting birthday, Christmas, or any gift-receiving opportunity, here are some of the great options for the big and small people in your life that explore Louisville and its surrounding area:

For the family:

Blackacre Nature Preserve

This historic farm and homestead offers classes and camps for nature lovers of all ages. Their “Christmas folklore and natural history hike” and “Old Time Country Christmas” event are some of our family’s favorite ways to spend time together during the winter holidays.

Louisville Orchestra’s Family Series

Youtube and video performances are wonderful, but there is something special about seeing and hearing exciting pieces played right before one’s eyes. The Louisville Orchestra’s Family Series is a great way for music lovers young and old to feel the magic of live classical music. This three concert series provides affordable and kid-friendly classical performances along with familiar popular music that the whole family can enjoy. 

Belle of Louisville

We studied shipbuilding, boats, and pirates in our homeschool this year, so something my family is looking forward to this year is a trip on the Belle of Louisville. We are going to enjoy a nice cruise along the Ohio river and fun exploration of the boat with an Adventure Passport. 

For kids: 

Schimpff’s Confectionary

Want the kiddos to feel like kids in a candy store? Why not take them to a candy store. Schimpff’s Confectionary is just across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Open since 1891, this adorable antique shop is any child’s dream trip. Marvel at the giant gummy bear, fill your pockets with just about any sweet you can think of, or have the unique experience of tasting a red hot cinnamon drop still warm after being made right in front of you. 

Kentucky Railway Museum

One of my son’s most memorable experience gifts was a birthday trip to the Kentucky Railway Museum. We attended the Day out with Thomas, and it was so much fun! There are also railroad adventures for kids who have outgrown their love of the blue tank engine. Wear your pajamas and take a ride on the North Pole Express or grab your cowboy hat and prepare for a Western style train robbery experience. Don’t forget the museum itself, too! Kentucky is home to lots of interesting history, and the railroads were a big part of all of it. 

For grown-ups: 

Restaurants around Louisville

Louisville is a foodie’s paradise.  Whether they are into raw vegan food, coffee, big juicy steaks, or local farm fare, there is a restaurant (or four) for them to enjoy. The LMC team has made a list of some of our favorite spots. 

After Hours at the Speed

If you are looking for something a little less typical for a date night gift, check out After Hours at the Speed. You’ve probably taken advantage of the free admission during Owsley Sundays (If not, you should!), but this is something different. Every third Friday, this local art museum stays awake until 10pm with exciting musical performances, live shows, and other exciting programming. Grab a drink from the Wiltshire, and enjoy after-hours at this Louisville treasure.   

For more ideas, also check out the following guides on the LMC blog. Our city has something for everyone:

Louisville Area Guide to Kids Activities

Guide to Coffee Shops in Louisville

Date Night Roundup in Louisville

Summer Camps {2022}

good causes to gift to

Bath Wonderland Coat Drive

WHAT :: Provides coats and other warm clothing for the homeless. The organization is accepting new and slightly used coats, fleece, and blankets. Monetary donations are also needed for hats, gloves, masks, and other essentials.

WHEN :: Through December 15th

WHERE :: Donations can be dropped off at Pocket Change, 1519 Baxter Avenue and Change Today Change Tomorrow, 902 S 15th Street

MORE INFORMATION :: Monetary donations via PayPal: [email protected]; Venmo: @bathwonderland; and Cash App: $BG2L. It is very important to note “Coat Drive” when donating. Email [email protected] if you have questions.

Center for Women & Families

WHAT :: The Center for Women & Families helps families experiencing domestic, intimate partner, or sexual violence become survivors. It provides emergency shelter for families, including pets. The Center needs monetary donations and has a wish list on Amazon. Purchase items most needed and have them shipped directly to one of its locations (thecenteronline.org/get-involved/give-donations/new-items).

MORE INFORMATION :: Send donations by mail to Development Office, The Center for Women and Families, P.O. Box 2048, Louisville, KY, 40201 or make them online at thecenteronline.org.

Family & Children’s Place

WHAT :: Needs individuals, businesses, and community groups to purchase and deliver gift cards in increments of $25. The gift cards will be used by the agency’s client families to buy gifts for their children. Care cards also can be purchased online at famchildplace.org. They need gift cards from MasterCard or VISA, Target, and Walmart.

WHERE :: 525 Zane Street

MORE INFORMATION :: Cards are needed by December 16th and can be dropped off or mailed to Janet Tinsley. For more, contact Janet Tinsley, 502-893-3900, ext. 265. Find more details at famchildplace.org

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