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517 Gift Guide: Staff Suggestions on Inside-The-Box Thinking

Finding that perfect gift is 90% of the holiday struggle. Fortunately, 517 Magazine is taking the pain out of presents this year. Our elves on staff offered their shop-local gift selections for the holiday season. 

Kathryn Aspin
Collective Market Co. in downtown Jackson is fantastic for a variety of home décor items, jewelry, baby gifts, candles — pretty much every I need in one place. It just expanded, too, so shopping will be even more fun this year. 

Stacy Bogard 
I always stop by Bradly’s HG in Old Town. It has everything from specialty food items to fun decor and holiday trinkets, along with experience-based gifts like cooking classes. Another favorite for something unique is Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage in Mason.  

Shelley Davis Boyd
l like giving edible gifts from Sweet Encounter Bakery and Groovy Donuts. Sweets are perfect for folks who have everything. 

Kyle Dowling 
I like to buy my local gift from the Old Town General Store. It has a great selection of items like locally made snacks, treats and beverages. It even does gift baskets of items to make your job a little easier this holiday season. 

Tiffany Dowling
I really like to support small businesses by giving gift cards to some of my favorite places like Cask and Co. and Nuthouse. I also think experiences make great gifts – give tickets to your favorite sporting event, performances, golf course or escape room!  

Mary Gajda
I give lots of candy gifts from Kean’s Store Co. in Mason and Peanut Shop in downtown Lansing. I was also in Young Brothers & Daly recently, and it has a lot of great gift ideas, including the cutest wall clocks ever. Restaurant gift cards are great gifts, too.  

Megan Fleming
I really enjoy sourcing Horrocks Farm Market on West Saginaw in Lansing for holiday gift baskets. I can buy a full basket there or create my own with coffee, caramel apples, olive oils and candies. The options are endless — and you can treat yourself to a gift while shopping. 

Christopher Nagy
Imagination breaks the chains of what is and unlocks the future of what could be. Give the key to limitless worlds and untamed creativity by paying a visit to Summit Comics and Games in downtown Lansing. You can’t swing Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in that place without hitting something cool and fun.