Shopping for that perfect gift is never easy. You want to give something thoughtful, unique and functional to everyone on your list, but it’s a daunting task. Luckily for you (and the people on your list), West Michigan has plenty to offer when it comes to gift giving. Use this guide to ensure that there will be no regifting this holiday season.
West Michigan’s South Region
Gifts in West Michigan’s South Region
ShowSpan has their annual Cyber Monday sale that goes through Christmas. Adult tickets are half off for all eight of their shows including the Remodeling Show, RV Show, Auto Show, Golf Show, Boat Show, Home & Garden Show, Sport Show and Cottage Show. If somebody on your list is passionate about one or more of these hobbies, this makes the perfect gift. Click here for more information on these shows and how to get them at this discounted price!
Stock up on your favorite edibles such as seasonings and spices, Michigan maple syrups, freshly-ground coffees, delectable relishes, house-baked artisanal breads, American Spoon jams, toffees, candies, nuts and more at Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in historic Marshall. You can also find a variety of Schuler’s-inspired logo glassware and mugs, cutting boards, apparel, blankets and Michigan oven mitts. Pre-packaged and made-to-order personalized gift baskets can be easily assembled and shipped on your behalf. Shopping is made easy at Schuler’s!
The W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners will be beautifully decorated for the holidays with tours and shopping available to guests. The perfect time to shop is during the Holiday Walk & Market on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. After your tour of the house, check out the many unique items for sale. You can easily get some of your holiday shopping done at this event and even get a fantastic tour as well!
Every year, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is transformed into a bustling marketplace for its annual Holiday Art Sale. This year’s event is open to the public December 2nd and 3rd with a special Member Night on December 1st. This Kalamazoo tradition fills the museum lobby and art school studios with hand-crafted ceramics, jewelry, fused glass wearables and decor, hand-woven scarves and accessories, paintings, functional and decorative ceramics, framed photographs, prints, and paintings and metal sculpture. More than a 1,000 shoppers annually find one-of-a-kind gifts, wearable art, and home decor at this event.
Marshall’s downtown shopping scene will wow you and you’ll understand why the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance calls Marshall “The Christmas City.” The downtown shopping district is decorated with real pine garlands, festive and colorful lights and old-fashioned decorations. On Friday, December 2nd from 6pm to 9pm, enjoy the Retail Open House where you can shop while surrounded by carolers, strolling musicians and you might catch a glimpse of Santa himself!
Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a car without a gas pedal, fuel gauge or speedometer. If this is the case, you might be in the middle of a Model T driving lesson at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. The perfect gift for any car or history buff, these lessons put you in the driver’s seat of an authentic Model T Ford right out of the museum’s collection. This “old school” driver’s training is only $105 per student or $95 per student for museum members. Class sizes are limited and sell out quickly, so make sure that you book this unique gift soon!
Treat the spirits enthusiast on your list to some of Michigan’s finest. Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks has their Whiskey Triple Pack featuring their Last Feather Rye Whiskey, Silvercross Whiskey and Featherbone Bourbon. This is the perfect whiskey gift pack to bring home for the holidays. Another way to gift Journeyman is with a gift certificate of any amount. This is the ideal way to gift a trip to this fan favorite distillery and restaurant!
An Air Zoo membership is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! In addition to unlimited free admission to the Air Zoo in Portage, members also enjoy free or reduced admission at 1200+ museums & science centers worldwide, exclusive discounts at local business, invitations to special member events, and much more!
Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo has a new round of Arcadia Ales winter gear that is available between now through Christmas. If you can’t make it in to check out the new gear, visit their website where they have apparel, merchandise and gift certificates for the beer enthusiast on your list!
West Michigan Beer Tours in Kalamazoo has introduced its Kalamazoo Craft Beer Gift Baskets. The two basket options contain at least one item from each brewery in either downtown Kalamazoo (eight breweries) or Kalamazoo County (12 breweries). The baskets contain glassware, stickers, keychain openers, beer soap, beer koozies and more. The craft beer enthusiast on your list would love one of these gift baskets featuring their favorite breweries!
Share your favorite wines from the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail with friends and loved ones this holiday season. While you’re at it, don’t forget to take time for yourself to relax and check out the wineries along the trail. After everybody on your list has fallen in love with their gifts and the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail itself, plan a trip to visit in the spring, summer or fall!
Great Stays in West Michigan’s South Region
The Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville is running a special for gift certificates! Buy a $100 gift certificate and receive a $25 gift certificate for free. These can be used for a winter getaway or they can be saved to enjoy during the summer months. Either way, if you buy now, you can stretch your money even further with this offer!
West Michigan’s Central Region
Gifts in West Michigan’s Central Region
Support local businesses by shopping for your gifts at the Made in Michigan stores. Offering only items that are Made in Michigan, their selection includes hand-crafted gourmet foods, home decor, stationary, games, apparel and a plethora of other original gift items by Michigan artists and makers. With seasonal locations in Saugatuck and Mackinaw City, shop this holiday season at their year round locations at Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grand Rapids. Shop anytime from the convenience of your own home by going to their newly launched website. They’ve brought together a collection of the best food, gifts and apparel items to celebrate this amazing state!
This holiday season, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is must-stop shopping destination for locally-made, deliciously crowd-pleasing holiday gifts. From stocking stuffers, to holiday party food and drink, to gifts that provide year-long enjoyment, the Market has local food lovers covered. Check out some hand picked suggestions for their vendors!
- Love’s Ice Cream: Gift a year’s worth of ice cream with the Love’s “Pint of the Month” Club.
- Relish: Stuff your family’s stockings with dried fruit, nuts, and healthy snack bars from Relish.
- Rocket Pies: Share this amazing neopolitan-style pizza with Rocket Pies gift cards – only available at the Downtown Market.
- Aperitivo: Let the wine experts at Aperitivo suggest the perfect wine for your holiday get-together! You won’t be disappointed with their selection.
- Fish Lads: Treat yourself to best seafood West Michigan has to offer. Let the fish lads navigate you through your next delicious meal.
- Carvers GR Finest Meats: With Grand Rapids Finest Meats, Carvers Gift Cards are a gift you can really sink your teeth into.
- Social Kitchen: Give the gift of Brunch & Bloody Marys with a gift card to Social Kitchen.
- Field & Fire Bakery: Pick up bread for all of your Holiday dinners. Stollen will be available beginning December 1st.
- Grand Traverse Distillery: Grand Traverse Distillery’s artisan spirits and mixer boxed sets are great gifts and will step up your cocktail game this holiday season.
- Making Thyme Kitchen: Leave the meal prep to the professionals or give the gift of ease with Making Thyme Kitchen’s ready-to-cook entrees and sides.
- Malamiah Juice Bar: Recover from the holidays the healthy way with a juice cleanse from Malamiah – fresh juices and smoothies boost the immune system and make you feel great.
- Slows BBQ: Take home the flavors of Slows with jars of their signature sauces – six to choose from.
- Spice Merchants: Curl up by fire with a cozy tea steeper set and relaxing teas from Spice Merchants.
- Bokay: It may be a white Christmas but help bring the outdoors in with beautiful year-round succulents from Bokay.
- Sweetie-Licious: Satisfy your sweet tooth with delectable pies and cookies from Sweetie-licious for your holiday gatherings
- Rak Thai: Stay warm this winter season with a gift card for spicy Thai flavors from Rak Thai.
- Old World Olive Company: Olive oil and balsamic vinegar sets from Old World Olive Company make a wonderful gift for friends and family who love to cook
- Sushi Market: Pick up a sushi platter on the way to your next holiday party. Gift Cards also available.
- Michigan Pantry: Michigan Pantry baskets, full of locally-made treats, make the perfect holiday gift – especially for the made-in-Michigan lover in your family.
- Dorothy & Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn: Popcorn Tins come in a variety of sizes and flavors and are great for sharing (if you have to)!
- The Oddest Supply Co.: The Oddest’s hand-made, Michigan themed apparel, hats and bags are great for anyone with a unique and original sense of style.
- Tacos El Cunado: Who doesn’t like the gift of tacos? Gift cards available for the best in Grand Rapids.
The Holland CVB is hosting their Kerstmarkt at the 8th Street Market Place on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th. Kerstmarkt is Dutch for “Christmas market,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find. Vendors are bringing unique gifts and holiday treats from their historically crafted booths. Get in the spirit and get your shopping done in this authentic Dutch setting.
Robinette’s in Grand Rapids has plenty of gift ideas that any Michigander would love, including candles, University of Michigan and Michigan State items, Michigan products, gloves, scarves and more. Of course, cider and donuts are a staple of any Michigander’s diet, so make sure to bring some of those to the next holiday get-together. Find and give Michigan-centric gifts with some help from Robinettes!
Under the Vines in Grand Rapids wants to make gift buying simple. They create custom gift baskets featuring Michigan wines, beers, foods, glassware and they even have a Petoskey stone wine stopper. Any beer snob, wine aficionado and foodie on your list would love a basket from Under the Vines. If you stop in on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm or Sundays 12pm to 3pm this month, you can sample wines and beers while you do your shopping! Sounds like a win-win scenario!
The foodie on your list will love a gift certificate to Twisted Rooster or Wheelhouse in Grand Rapids, and with their current promotion, there’s something in it for you as well! From now until the end of December, buy a gift certificate at either location and get $5 bonus bucks for yourself! If you need catering for an upcoming holiday event, Twisted Rooster will provide complimentary dessert with catering orders of $150 or more between now and the end of December. You’re going to want to come with an empty stomach to this holiday party!
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is bringing plenty of joy to their “GiftWorks: Make It, Take It, Give It” event throughout the month of December! Each week, a new project is available for you to try out! Projects include creating a coaster, calendar, book and more. Join them Wednesdays through Saturdays between now and Christmas to participate and create gifts that are ready to be put under the tree or in a stocking.
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland is running a gift certificate special from now until Christmas Eve. For every $25 gift certificate purchase, you receive $5 in bonus bucks. This is a great way to stretch your gift giving budget even further. In addition to the offer, they have plenty of gift ideas ranging from glassware and clothing to hand crafted cutting boards and growler gift packs. Stop in for a delicious meal and get some stocking stuffers while you’re there!
Looking for a gift for your favorite golfer? Saskatoon Golf Club in Alto has an incredible offer for you between now and December 23rd! With any purchase of a $50 gift certificate or more, receive a free 9-hole round of golf! Their gift certificates are perfect for the hard-to-shop-for golfer, and this deal makes the gift even sweeter!
For the month of December Harmony Brewing Company in Grand Rapids is selling ornaments to raise funds for the WestSide Collaborative’s resident empowerment grant program. All proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will go to the grant program. Harmony Hall will kick off the fundraiser with a celebration on December 8th. The celebration will feature a local band, The Bootstrap Boys, playing holiday music from 6-9 pm, the release of the beer, Gingerbread Brown and festive food specials.
Great Stays in West Michigan’s Central Region
The Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids has gift certificates for you to give to that person on your list that wants luxury and relaxation. Gift them a stay at the Amway Grand Plaza for a fun weekend in Grand Rapids, or give them a certificate to the spa and salon. For more gift ideas from Amway, visit their Plaza Essentials or Men’s shop inside the Amway Grand Plaza. You can’t go wrong when gifting from Amway.
Give your loved ones the gift of getting away for a day or an overnight stay with a gift certificate to the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. While they’re there, you can gift them a visit to the JW Spa & Salon where they can be pampered. Or get the gift for yourself and personally enjoy the relaxing stay!
Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast in Montague has gift certificates that are the perfect gift for anybody who wants a unique stay, relaxing weekend or chance to get away for a bit! You can use the certificate right away at low season prices, or it can be saved for the summer months as a summer getaway. For the foodie on your list, Bygone Basics cooking classes are the ideal gift. Located at Amanda’s Bequest, Bygone Basics teaches cooking from scratch using old school techniques. Either of these gifts would thrill any loved one that you’re shopping for this holiday season!
West Michigan’s North Region
Gifts in West Michigan’s North Region
Hotel Walloon on Walloon Lake has plenty of gifts that would look perfect under your tree. They have Hotel Walloon themed merchandise including etched wine glasses, embroidered robes, baseball caps and throws. If you can’t decide on what to get or want to gift a stay at Hotel Walloon, they have gift certificates available as well.
Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts in Petoskey has been serving the area for 70 years. Their unique selection of gifts will surely please everybody on your list. They specializes in one-of a kind Petoskey Stone gifts for all occasions including Petoskey Stone earrings, clocks, cabinet knobs and more. Check out their Michigan and Lake themed products as well, where they offer personalized and special ordered items perfect for any stocking.
Your puppy needs gifts, too! Ruff Life Pet Outfitters is located in the Gaslight District of Petoskey and offers a wide range of products, with a focus on high quality, natural products that promote healthy, happy lives for pets. The Ruff Life team travels the country seeking out the best in leashes, collars, toys, beds, foods, health & wellness, outdoor gear, gifts and more. Man’s best friend deserves to open a few gifts Christmas morning as well!
Downtown Charlevoix has plenty of unique stores, and there is something for everyone on your list. Whether you are looking for Michigan themed gifts, unique artwork, children’s toys and accessories, yummy local food products or something new to read, Charlevoix’s stores have a wonderful selection of holiday gift ideas. The annual holiday Merchant Open House on December 3rd is the perfect place for inspiration and acquisition of all your holiday needs. Make sure you go into the season well prepared by taking advantage of this special event.
Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire has a uniquely northwest Michigan gift to add to your holiday gift guide: “A Field Guide to Northwest Michigan.” The guide can be purchased at the nature center, online or at various stores in the local area. Give a thoughtful gift to the outdoor adventurer on your list with this helpful field guide!
Beaver Island Boat Company in Charlevoix is offering personalized gift certificates that cater towards the perfect island experience. Whether you want to gift passenger tickets or an extended historical tour, they are the one-stop shop for an island getaway! A unique adventure for the entire family can be handcrafted on Beaver Island!
The holidays are a great time to gift wines and see how pairing the right wine with your holiday meal can enhance the festivities. Don’t know where to start? Head to the tasting room at one of the nine distinct wineries along the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula wine trail in Traverse City. The tasting room staff can share ideas on wines, wine gifts and more. In addition to buying wine, show someone you care by giving the gift of a getaway to the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula for the annual Winter Warm Up event on January 14, 2017.
Give the gift of love by visiting Bellaire’s unique shops featuring one of a kind up north gifts. Downtown Bellaire features a whimsical toy store, repurposed and reclaimed décor boutique, clothing stores and shops for the beer or outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re looking for unique gifts, spend some time looking around Bellaire, and you’re sure to find something spectacular!
A gift certificate to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay has many possibilities! Certificates can be used at any of their three Grand Traverse Region tasting rooms for any products. They can also be used at their Suttons Bay property towards a stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms, one of their monthly harvest Dinners, a cooking class with their executive chef, a wonderfully prepared meal, or a package at the inn! A certificate at Black Star Farms is a versatile gift for that person on your list that wants a little wine, food and adventure in their life.
Great Stays in West Michigan’s Northern Region
A gift certificate to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire means many things: skiing, snowboarding, lodging, family fun and more. Give the gift of a family getaway to Shanty Creek Resorts by giving a gift certificate, or plan something around the holiday season!
A family trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is always a good time with friends and family. They have gift cards and holiday deals that are sure to be be a hit with adults and children alike. Create family memories at the waterpark, arcade, around town and more. This gift is a surefire hit for the whole family!