Sometimes the world gets overly commercialized. There are many types of gifts you can create on your own that will provide that “wow” gift that’s extra special. Printing a photo you’ve taken of loved ones and framing it is a nice gesture, or you can take a class with someone and experience learning a new craft together like making a chunky blanket at Twiggies in Old Town. These types of gifts are extra special because it reflects your relationship.
— Tiffany Dowling
I have a lot of relatives who are focused on “de-cumulation,” so the last thing they want at the holidays is more stuff cluttering up their homes — or at least permanent stuff. I’ve found a fix in giving temporary stuff, and one of the best places locally to find some pretty unique temporary stuff is Horrocks Farm Market. From gourmet popcorn and chocolates to specialty coffees and wines, Horrocks has everything anyone would want that they can eventually eat their way through. And isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
— Christopher Nagy
I feel like people really want to get back out in the world, so I’m giving experiences and supporting small businesses this season for my gifts. From pedicures to concert tickets and dinners out, my giftees are getting out of the house!
— Mary Gajda
There are so many people in need. Instead of giving a gift to go unused, donate to a nonprofit in someone’s name or support a local nonprofit like the Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, Woldumar Nature Center and others to allow for ongoing support, while also giving perks to the recipient.
— Megan Fleming
`Tis the season … for murder! True-crime shows, podcasts and documentaries are more popular than ever. So, this holiday season, I’m going to be sleighing with gift cards to the Deadtime Stories: True Crime and Other Books store in REO Town. The gift of literature and murder for the whole family!
— Kyle Dowling
When I struggle to find a gift for someone, I think of what they are passionate about. Luckily, many people I know are big MSU fans. My go-to gift for a Spartan fan is apparel so they have a fresh look each new sports season — from sweatshirts for football season to lucky socks to wear during March Madness. I like to find these great options at Rally House, the Spartan Spirit Shop or Alumni Hall.
While being a dreaded gift for most children, socks remain one of the best ways to gift comfort to someone you love with a functional yet thoughtful present. I would suggest a pair or two of merino wool socks to ensure the highest quality due to their durability, antimicrobial material and general comfort. Nothing beats a gift that will bring comfort and healthy feet for years to come.
— Devon Kirby
Twiggies in Old Town is my go-to for unique gifts. The owner, Beth, puts love and attention into each item she carries, and the store features many Michigan-based vendors and products. A charcuterie set is great for someone on your list who loves to entertain and would make a great host gift for any gathering you are invited to attend. After your recipient enjoys the delectable treats, they will have a beautiful Michigan cutting board to remember your generosity for years to come.
— Shelley Davis Boyd