Holiday Shopping Guide-Bronx Style

Still not sure what to buy everyone on your Christmas list?  BronxMama has come up with some unique ideas for your loved ones this year. Check out our Holiday Shopping Guide-Bronx Style!

By BronxMama writers Nicole Perrino, Amy Guobadia, and Lisa Quinones

LOTION FROM THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN GIFT SHOP

While everyone loves Victoria Secret or Bath and Bodyworks lotions and sprays, add a Bronx twist this year and give some yummy smelling lotions and body wash from The New York Botanical Garden! The gift shop at the garden also has many other gift ideas to choose from-including vases, ornaments, and jewelry.

*Greenscape Organic Body Lotions, Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $12.60

GIFT FROM A BRONX SPA

NYC is famous for its awesome spas and salons-but instead of giving your loved ones a gift of relaxation that they need to cross a bridge to receive, send them to a local Bronx spa, like Parkchester’s Canela Salon and Spa. Canela hosts everything from manicures to highlights to prenatal messages in a tranquil atmosphere and at reasonable prices. Starting December 14th the Canelassage, Deep Tissue Therapy and Melting Muscle Massage will be priced at $65 for 60 minutes.  (The sale ends December 24th.)  Canela also has several gifts under $20 that would make great stocking stuffers, in addition to lotions and scented candles marked 50% off.  Customized gift certificates may be purchased on line or in the salon.

*For pricing and more information visit www.canelaspa.com or call (718) 684 – 3001. Canela Salon & Spa is on Facebook and Twitter.

GIVE THE GIFT OF FOOD

While this company is located in New Jersey, one of the chefs is from the Bronx and can whip up your loved ones some yummy brownies or holiday cookies- or if the giftee is known for hosting parties, you can even give the gift of catering. You can see their full menu at  www.Hudsonthree.com or call (201) 855-9795. These wonderful confections are created by Bronxite Chef Ryan and can be shipped or delivered within three days from the date ordered. Yummy!

*Cookies & brownies packaged in your favorite holiday wrapping starting at $5 for ½ dozen for brownies and $8 for one dozen cookies.

GIVE A BRONX ZOO MEMBERSHIP

Many parents aren’t able to plan as many vacations this year, and they will definitely be looking for things to keep the kids entertained during winter vacation, weekends, and over the summer. A membership can be for a whole family- and includes admission to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo. Visitbronxzoo.com for more info.

*BronxMama recommends the Family Premium Package for $154. To see all of the packages, visit bronxzoo.com

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

Have a friend who is always stopping to take pictures when you’re out, or who has said how much they wish they could actually learn how to use that fancy camera they just bought? How about registering for a two month Photography course at Bronx River Art Center. They offer two adult photography classes, offered from January 17th to March 19th for $100. There are also other art classes for children and teens offered.

*The Adult Digital Photography I classes are offered on Saturdays from 11am-1pm

Have a gift idea that has a Bronx twist? Let us know! Leave a comment and it just might get featured on our list!

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