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Are you making your holiday gift lists and checking them twice? It can be a challenge to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, especially when they tell you that they already have everything they need. Lucky for you, we created the ultimate Berks County gift guide so you can find unique gift ideas while also supporting local businesses.

Below, find ideas for gifts that you can wrap and set under the tree, as well as experiences and dining spots to give as a gift to those who prefer moments over things.

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If you know a happy couple who could use a night out, a gift card to a top-notch restaurant is always appreciated! The Other Farm & Forge in Boyertown, PA is a perfect gift destination as it provides a warm, relaxing, and welcoming atmosphere along with delicious food and drinks. 

Another option for a great dining experience is Judy’s On Cherry in downtown Reading, PA. The Mediterranean-inspired fine dining restaurant offers a great ambience by the hearth-fired oven. With freshly baked focaccia bread, gourmet pizzas and pastas, and seasonal cocktails, a meal at Judy’s On Cherry will be a hit for anyone on your list.

Consider a gift card to Chatty Monks or Saucony Creek Franklin Street Station for your beer-loving friends. Both eateries brew their own craft beers, offer diverse menus and open for Sunday brunch. For more restaurant options, visit our website for additional dining options.

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Have a wine lover in your life? In need of a gift for a holiday host? Consider making a gift bundle with local bottles of wine. Folino Estate in Kutztown, PA offers a large variety of wines to choose from, complete sangria kits, wine accessories, seasonal home decor, kitchenware, and much more! Or put together a collection of wines from the Berks County Wine Trail with bags of locally made Tom Sturgis Pretzels and Unique Pretzels for a truly delicious gift.

Who doesn’t love to be pampered? A day at The Spa at Bear Creek is just what many people need and want after the busy holiday season is over. Treat someone on your list to a nail treatment, massage service, facial, and more! Bear Creek Mountain Resort offers a serene mountain escape for those visiting to relax and unwind. There’s nothing like the thrill of finding the perfect gift or stocking stuffers for friends and loved ones. When in our region, visit our various Main Streets and shop the unique shops and galleries that call these wonderful places home. For perfect stocking fillers, head to the Peppermint Stick Candy Store in Boyertown, PA for nostalgic candy, creamy chocolates, delicious truffles, and seasonal treats. Also in Boyertown, shop Taylor Backes Art Glass Studio for a beautiful hand blown tree ornament or decorative glass piece.


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With winter soon to come, consider booking a special holiday train excursion with the whole family. Find seasonally themed train rides at Colebrookdale Railroad, Allentown & Auburn Railroad, Strasburg Railroad and Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad. Get cozy with family and friends over cookies and hot chocolate as you enjoy one of these amazing rides.

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Give the gift of a new hobby when you enroll someone on your list in a workshop at GoggleWorks! Whether they have a passion for printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, glassblowing, or more - you can find a class that meets everyone’s interests.

A great gift that keeps on giving is a gift membership to the Reading Public Museum. This provides a year of free, unlimited admission to the museum and planetarium star shows, discount at the museum’s shop, access to member-only events, plus more.

While big box stores can be enticing, for the best-quality gifts it’s best to go local! Support your community this season with locally-made gifts and exciting events to celebrate the holidays.