The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the task of shopping for that perfect gift for whoever is on your list. Luckily, West Michigan has plenty to offer when it comes to gift giving! You’re sure to find unique gifts and experiences to share with family and friends, as well as some special events to help your shopping spree and celebrate the season.
Holiday Shopping Events & Artists Markets
Experience the magic of the season at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Winter Wonderland, Wednesday, December 4th, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. Enjoy special offers from Market Hall merchants and shop the holiday artisan market. Don’t forget to share your wish list with Santa in the greenhouse!
Are you looking for unique holiday gifts? 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. During the annual holiday Merchant Open House on December 7th, there will be great discounts offered. Don’t miss your chance to get one-of-a-kind gifts!
Get in the spirit of the season with a fun family event featuring visits with Santa, carriage rides, a bake sale, tree lighting, holiday shopping and a myriad of other merry making activities at Holidays in the Lakeside in Muskegon, Saturday, December 7th.
Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant & Winery in Fennville will have a wide variety of gifts and baskets for giving throughout the month and will be hosting a Holiday Market from noon to 3:00 pm on December 7th. You will find vendors selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts such as essential oils, Tupperware, jams and jellies, handmade jewelry, and crafts and knitted items. The event also includes fun giveaways and some pie specials for the holidays.
Local artisans have displayed their wares throughout the festively decorated W.K. Kellogg Manor House for you to shop this holiday season during the annual Holiday Market and Meet the Artists events. Shopping, along with spiced tea and cookies are offered from noon to 5:00 pm Saturdays, December 7th, 14th, and 21st. Admission for tours and shopping is $5, and free for members. Docents are on site to offer history of W.K. Kellogg’s life. This year’s Meet the Artists event is set for 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, December 4th. A cash bar along with complimentary samples of MSU wine and cheese will be offered with options to purchase both. Get your one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while they last!
Join The Village at Bay Harbor for the 2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt, December 13th and 14th. See the Village turn into a festive European traditional market setting for the holiday. Beautifully decorated storefronts and twinkling light displays, as well as cozy fire pits along Main Street will bring holiday joy to your heart. Thirty market artisans will have hand-made and unique items for everyone on your holiday list at the artists market 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, December 13th, and 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, December 14th.
Clothing, gifts, jewelry, art -you will find the perfect Christmas gifts during Ludington’s 12 Days of Christmas Shopping, December 13th through the 24th. Find deals, giveaways and special events throughout the shopping season.
Still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift? Then don’t miss the Downtown Holland Shopping Jam on Saturday, December 14th! Participating stores will open early for this special savings event. The earlier you shop… the more you save! During the Shopping Jam, merchants will be offering discounts of 30% off from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 25% off from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Discounted merchandise will vary by store, but will include a discount off at least one item. Please see the participating businesses for savings details. The Shopping Jam is sponsored by Downtown Holland’s own Horizon Bank.
Grand Haven Main Street’s inaugural Shopping Jam will be held December 14th, 8:00 am-10:00 am! Participating businesses will open early for this special event, come in your PJs and slippers from 8:00 am to 9:00 am save up to 30% off at least one item, and from 9:00 am to 10:00 am save up to 25% off at least one item.
Tickets & Season Passes
This year, give something that will be appreciated long after the holidays are over -tickets to Mendel Center events and performances in Benton Harbor. It’s the gift of good times and memories that will last a lifetime.
Give the gift that keeps on giving! A season pass to Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era is a gift to be enjoyed spring, summer, and fall for unlimited fun. Families also love the gift of day passes or a prepaid gift card to enjoy.
Give the gift of a Grand Rapids Public Museum membership this holiday season. A membership keeps giving all year long, as the GRPM offers families of all ages fun, hands-on exhibits and programs. Memberships include free general admission, carousel rides, planetarium shows, parking, and more. Family and grandparents memberships start at $75 and include all children and grandchildren. Use your GRPM membership to visit science centers and museums across the nation for free general admission.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the golf lover in your life? Spread the holiday cheer in Southwest Michigan with one of KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship’s festive holiday ticket packages. From Championship apparel to certificates for free rounds of golf to the chance to witness the legends of golf compete in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores on May 19-24, 2020, these ticket packages are perfect for anyone who appreciates the sport. To make your gift shopping even easier, there are four unique package options to choose from which means there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Holiday Ticket Package options include:
- Ultimate Golf Experience ($129) which includes a one-day flex grounds ticket, a certificate for one round of golf at Harbor Shores and a blank Senior PGA Championship holiday card for personalization.
- Ultimate Golf Foursome ($399) — Looking to entertain a group of friends and have an experience that will last a lifetime? This option is perfect for them! A certificate for four rounds of golf at Harbor Shores, a certificate for one Flex 4-Grounds Ticket, and a blank Senior PGA Championship holiday card for personalization.
- Makers Trail 19th Hole Holiday Box ($159 ea.) — Perfect for the food and craft beverage lover, this package includes a certificate for two Makers Trail 19th Hole tickets for the day of choice, two Senior PGA Championship logoed beanie hats, and a blank Senior PGA Championship holiday card for personalization, all in a Senior PGA Championship themed box.
- Flex Grounds Ticket Four Pack ($99) — This option is just right for those who want flexibility in choosing when to attend the Championship as it includes a certificate for one Fflex Grounds Ticket 4-pack grounds ticket package (4 tickets included), two logoed beanie hats and a blank holiday card for personalization, all in the Senior PGA Championship themed box.
Other ticket options begin as low as $19. Visit the PGA website to learn more about the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Holiday Ticket Packages, and how to purchase tickets visit their.
This holiday season give the gift of family time and family fun spent on the slopes at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Gift cards for skiing, lodging, and more are available online.
Give the gift of Raven Hill Discovery Center to your loved ones this year. When you give an annual membership, you give admission to the center near East Jordan for one year, a subscription to Raven Reports newsletter, Invitations to special events and receptions, 10% discount at the gift shop, and special rates on classes and camps. Give Raven Hill Discovery Center this holiday season and give the gift of learning!
Gifts for Wine & Beer Lovers
Guardian Brewing Company in Saugatuck will have craft-brewery-centric merchandise for sale, in holiday packs, for the month of December. The packs vary by content and price, but will make great stocking stuffers. The best item would be a Guardian Gift Card…it never expires and is good to use on anything from beer, cider, wine, and food to monthly Beer School and apparel at the brewery.
Celebrate the season of surprises with Cooper’s Hawk and their signature 12 Nights of Christmas advent-inspired gift box. Every evening, as a new bottle is unveiled, raise a glass and toast family and friends anew. This set includes seven red wines, three white wines, and two sparkling wines. Purchase at the Cooper’s Hawk Kentwood location or online.
Chateau Chantal is your one-stop shop for each and every wine lover on your holiday gift list. Stop into the tasting room in Traverse City and grab a glass of wine as you peruse the wine shop, filled with unique gifts sure to delight everyone on your list. Prefer to shop from the comforts of home? Visit Chateau Chantal’s online store to view their complete holiday gift guide. On top of all the great gifts you’ll find, you’ll also find holiday wine packages to help with all your seasonal hosting duties.
The wide variety of wines and experiences offered at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay present the perfect opportunity for gifting this holiday season. From award-winning wines and brandies, to unique culinary experiences, wine club memberships, inn stays, and gift cards, they have something for everyone. Yes, even that person who has it all! Come to the tasting rooms or explore their website and dream up the perfect family, corporate or hostess gifts.
Other Unique Gift Ideas
If you are looking for a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person, head to the gallery of Todd and Brad Reed in Downtown Ludington. The father-son duo have taken photographs of a multitude of West Michigan scenic locations, and their framed prints and photography books will be an amazing way to show someone that you care.
Have an avid traveler on your Christmas list but can’t think of the perfect gift? Give Courtyard Marriott Petoskey a call to book the perfect Northern Michigan vacation for you and your loved one, or simply purchase a Courtyard by Marriott gift card.
Holiday Gift Shopping Destinations
If you have a long list of family and friends to purchase gifts for, let the Lansing area stores help you with some great suggestions to make your shopping easy. It doesn’t matter if you love to shop and browse or feel the need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. You’ll find just the right present for everyone. Greater Lansing has everything from big shopping malls to unique boutiques and artsy galleries. Upscale mens’ and womens’ wear, as well as #LoveLansing and MSU spirit wear can all be found. A day or weekend in Greater Lansing will have you crossing items off the list with ease.
Find Michigan-made crafts, clothing, and treats in the Mt. Pleasant area with their central Michigan holiday gift guide. Shop for unique, handcrafted items made by Michigan-based artists, stocking-stuffers and gift baskets, and more Michigan-made products and treats.
Trying to find the perfect gift for a loved one? Take the opportunity to explore the Holiday Market in Artworks in Mecosta County through December 24th. The Holiday Market offers you the opportunity to find those special gifts created by Michigan Artists! If you don’t find the gift you’re looking for at the Holiday Market, then stop into the stores in Historic Downtown Big Rapids.
The Holland area offers a quaint downtown shopping district as well as unique gift ideas ranging from traditionally made wooden bowls to old fashioned homemade chocolates, roasted nuts and ice cream, and more.