Welcome to our 7th Gift Guide, FUN, to do or gift yourself or others!

We hope you learn about some businesses and products you weren’t aware of, and can try them out! Some of these are great gifts for others, while some are great gifts for YOURSELF! Each listing should be linked from the title and image OR business name if you want to go to one of the sites.

We are doing 8 days of posts with 8 different categories. Each post/ category will also feature a giveaway from one or more of the highlighted businesses. To enter each one, you can comment on the blog post, or share our linked post on Facebook or Instagram! We will do the drawings for ALL posts on 12/20/22 in the evening.

***There will be one grand prize pack drawing. Those who comment on all 8 posts in the series will be entered for that!


Have you ever done an escape room? Did you we have a wonderful escape room center right here in Apex, NC? Whole Brain Escape has four different and original rooms with unique themes. It’s a perfect activity for a group of family, friends, coworkers, or even a date night. Grab a gift certificate on their site for the person in your life who loves games and puzzles.


When most think of Wine & Design, they think of painting on canvas. While that is a large part of what they offer at workshops in their studio, there are so many other options as well! Just this holiday season I have done a painting, resin art, gnome stuffies, ornaments, and will be taking my daughter to paint AND do a gingerbread house. They have so many different crafts like what is mentioned here as well as chunky blankets or pillows, pour painting, cheese boards, ceramic painting, and more! Check out their calendar, and take a friend to a night out at a workshop. Or grab a gift card. They even have Elf on the Shelf painting kits, so your elf can get artsy as well.


Many of the places on this list are places where you can have creative fun making something. Board & Brush in Apex, NC, is more about projects with rustic charm. They are known for their wooden based projects like signs and trays, but also have classes to do doormats, cornhole sets, and more. This is a great place to take out some aggression, as you have to distress your wood before painting it. It’s fun to beat up on some wood! Be sure to wear your earplugs. Grab a gift card for someone and take a workshop together in 2023!



One of the greatest gifts you can give your family or your business is to preserve it in photos. On the personal side, Donna McCullough Photography takes an old-school approach to portraits. Her work is true art. She knows how to capture the light, and the essence of a family, newborn, or senior perfectly. From a business perspective, it is important to have great pictures on your website, social media, and current headshots. Jenny Midgley Photography knows how to capture a business and tell their story in their photos. A great gift would be a session with one of these lovely ladies.


Treat your child to swim lessons or the swim team at Goldfish in Cary, NC, for year-round swimming and pool fun! Or have a birthday party at their indoor facility and pool. Or book a family swim time. It’s especially great to do in the Winter when all pools are closed in neighborhoods etc. Not only is swimming an important life skill, but it’s fun!


If you like character interactions at the House of the Mouse, but don’t like the price tag or the travel to get there, then this is for you. This party business is much more than private parties for birthdays and other events. They also do public events every few months where kids can meet princess characters that are like going to the House of the Mouse! Follow them online for upcoming events. You can also plan the perfect party through them.


Did you know that the NC Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo? It’s super awesome, and not too far away from the Triangle area. Located in Asheboro, NC, it is the perfect day trip. Put on your walking shoes for one epic visit, or better yet, gift your family a membership so you can go often and really savor each part. Animal lovers rejoice!



Two craft centered businesses in the area stand out to me for fun. Adventures in Bloom in Downtown Apex, NC, always has metal stamping available which is a super cool craft for jewelry and more. They also host special craft workshops of all kinds! Crafts Made by You in Downtown Cary, NC, is also a cool shop and crafting place combined. They have vinyl and craft supplies, and can do custom items as well. They also offer regular craft workshops of all kinds. Check out upcoming calendars for both shops, and see if there is something that is a must-do for you. Gift cards for each would be a great gift for a crafter as well.


There you have it- my top picks with local businesses for FUN. 

This GIVEAWAY includes: a $25 Wine & Design Apex gift certificate, and a family swim pass to Goldfish Swim School in Cary!

Comment on this post or share our linked post on the Positively Apex Facebook or Instagram pages to be entered!


Tomorrow’s list (the last one) will be the GIVING category!