Family Enrichment: New Experiences, Time Savers, and Lasting Memories

November 17, 2015
Need a little less "stuff" and a lot more "quality time"? Consider gifting your family (and family friends) with more opportunities to just hang out and enjoy the moment.


mvsc.150xHenry Graf, Jr. Memorial Skating Rink
28 Low St. Newburyport
Serving the North Shore and Seacoast, the Graf Rink is one of Greater Newburyport's best-loved recreational resources. We offer punch cards for public skating and stick time, which make fun stocking stuffers for the entire family. Patrons purchase five visits ahead of time and get their sixth one free. A great deal! 

metrorock150xMetroRock Newburyport
40 Parker St., Newburyport
MetroRock North is home to the largest indoor rock climbing area in New England. We offer programs for all ages and abilities, including after-school programs and day camps. Join us every Thursday for Family Night, when kids 4-12 pay their age and kids 3 and under get in free! We also offer punchcards - get your ninth visit free. Gift certificates available for purchase online.


Just a few extra minutes during a busy day can be a gift in itself. Treat your family with a nutritious meal delivery and enjoy some precious downtime.

Fresh Beginnings

Let someone else cook for a change! Fresh Beginnings creates perfectly portioned, nutritious frozen meals for kids. Created with only high-quality ingredients and nutrition at the forefront, Fresh Beginnings meals can be enjoyed by the whole family. Our frozen meals are conveniently portioned and loaded with sneaky veggies, making them perfect for picky eaters and busy families! Receive 10% off holiday gift certificates toward Fresh Beginnings meals. PROMO CODE: GIFTCERT10

photoThe Inspired Kitchen
Leave the cooking to us! The Inspired Kitchen is a meal-delivery service focusing on delicious, organic, vegetarian meals brought right to your door.  The perfect gift for busy professionals, families with busy schedules, foodies looking for healthy vegetarian meals, and new parents. We also offer small-party catering and in-home cooking classes. Order by Dec. 18 to receive 10% off all services and gift cards.


photoPaws Bet Boutique
106 Main St., Amesbury
Paws is a pet boutique dedicated to procuring and selling local, healthy, and organic pet products. We also offer a highly regarded dog walking and pet sitting service, Pet Au Pair, Inc. - the perfect pet-care solution for busy schedules and family getaways.


Capture the moment - and get the whole family in the frame! - with one of these preferred natural-light photographers.

erynelogo150x Newburyport
Give the gift of gorgeous family photos by booking a session with Eryn Carter, a natural-light photographer specializing in portraits. Eryn can get the one-of-a-kind shot that tells your family's unique story. A great gift idea for new moms and grandparents, too - gift certificates available! Book your session for 2016 by January 1 and you'll receive a 10% discount

Ophoto New England Photography
photoPhotographer Becca O'Malley uses natural light to capture you and your family in the most favorable and beautiful moments. Her experience as a preschool teacher and background in child development allow Becca to playfully interact with children of all ages, while carefully sneaking the perfect shot. Gift certificates available: $150/30-minute session; $250/1-hour session. Holiday mini-sessions available Nov. 27 & Dec. 5 - book your slot today! 


Membership in a local club or nonprofit can open the door to a wide range of new experiences for adults, kids, and entire families. Consider gifting a membership to one of these area organizations.

Historic New England
photoVarious Locations
Historic New England membership is a passport to 36 of New England's most fascinating and historic properties. Enjoy free-to-members events plus member discounts on a variety of educational programs, such as the popular Farm Friends summer and school-year children's enrichment programs at Newbury's historic Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm.

The Trustees of Reservations
Various Locations
photoGive the gift of a yearlong membership to The Trustees of Reservations and your loved ones will enjoy discounted program fees and other perks at more than 100 of Massachusetts' most special places, including three Trustees sites in the Ipswich area. Enjoy farm and cooking programs at Appleton Farms, outdoor summer concerts at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, and tidepool explorations along Crane Beach, among other fun and educational offerings for kids and families.

zoonewenglandZoo New England
Boston, Stoneham
A Zoo Membership is a great value for your family. In addition to free admission to both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, you’ll receive discounts on food and gift purchases, party rentals, education programs, invites to members-only events and exhibit previews, express entrance on high attendance days, and much more.


When one member of the family learns something new, everyone benefits. Give the gift of continuing education and you'll never lack for great dinner conversation.
adulteducationcardsquareNewburyport Adult & Community Education Gift Certificate
241 High St., Newburyport
Give the gift of continuing education in a wide range of subjects, from the arts and language to family issues to business development. Newburyport Adult & Community Education, run under the auspices of the Newburyport Public Schools, is available to everyone, and many classes are available to high school students over age 15. Call 978-465-1257 to order gift certificates in any amount.


Let these amazing local bakers and chocolatiers provide the cakes, pies, and candy that are sure to become annual must-haves on your holiday table.

Dianne's Fine Desserts
photo4 Graf Rd., Newburyport
Preparing the most delectable desserts since 1976, we are the dual powerhouse bakeries of Dianne’s™ Gourmet Desserts and Alden Merrell™ Fine Desserts. Stop in this holiday season to try our signature Pumpkin Cheesecake. We offer a wide variety of great holiday dessert options including Tiramisu, Pecan Bourbon Pie, Apple Crisp, Black Forest Cake, and much more! Call ahead to place your order for the best holiday treats! Try our Coffee & Dessert special: Just .99 cents!

photoPlum Island Cookie Company
16 Columbia Way, Plum Island, Newbury
What is Christmas without home-made Christmas cookies? Plum Island Cookie Company's unique hand-designed buttery Christmas cookies are the perfect holiday gift for family, friends, teachers, and colleagues. Call the bakery for custom holiday packaging. We offer gift bags and gift boxes including a holiday card and free local delivery!

Simply Sweet
photo12 Inn St., Newburyport
Stock up on holiday candy at Simply Sweet! We offer 12 varieties of candy barks (peppermint is a favorite), plus sea-salted caramels, truffles, and candy clusters created in-house. Seasonal candy bags make festive gifts for friends and family! Gift cards available.

Winfrey's Chocolate & Fudge
40 Newburyport Tpke., Rowley

photoWinfrey’s Fudge & Chocolates is the North Shore's premier manufacturer of cream and butter fudge and fine chocolates. Stop by our Rowley flagship store for all your holiday needs, including jumbo hand-made candy canes, peppermint bark, creamy vanilla caramels, and over 30 flavors of our famous fudge.