Gifts Galore: Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday in a Handbasket

Deck your halls with these holly-jolly home goods by California artist and designer Mary Lake-Thompson. Choose from a variety of vintage-inspired Christmas-themed kitchen necessities, including flour sack kitchen towels, which feature a traditional holiday dessert recipe printed on the front or even come with a ready-to-bake cake, brownie or sugar cookie mix! The Lake-Thompson line also contains a Santa’s favorite double chocolate cocoa mix, durable plastic Holiday Melamine plates, natural glycerin peppermint soap and spicy Christmas tea. Prices vary for each item, all available at Sweet Peony, 2795 Orange Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Mason Jar Candle Holder

Illuminate the room with this contemporary holiday candle holder by Grasslands Road. Featuring a chic rose gold interior and silver exterior, this mantle masterpiece showcases a dainty forest silhouette etched onto the surface and dazzles as the light from a candle bounces off of its metallic walls. $9.99 at Holland Furniture, 753 Lincoln Ave in Holland.

Fashion for Fido

Protect your pooch from the winter weather with this cozy sweater by Chilly Dog. Hand-knit from high-quality wool, this tiny hooded garment complete with an adorable red pom-pom is sure to keep your fur-baby toasty as they romp in the snow. $38 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW #140 in Grand Rapids.

It Takes Two

Originating in London, festive crackers have been used to celebrate all major holidays. Consider adding a new tradition to your holiday gatherings with these gold and silver poppers by Walpert. Grab a partner, gently twist and pull on each end until….POP! Once the tube breaks open, you’ll find a surprise novelty gift. Use them as a chic focal point for Christmas place settings or break them out as the clock strikes midnight on January 1. $25 for the large crackers and $15 for the small at Eastern Floral, 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Ornaments for the Outdoorsy

Have you ever wondered what Santa does in his downtime? These charming ornaments might clue you in! Take your tree from traditional to adventurous with these whimsical wooden figurines. From skiing to kayaking to paddle boarding and everything in between, these ornaments cover all of your favorite winter activities. $22 each at Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 1200 E Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

A Toy That’s Out of This World

This little green man puts on a galactic light show when placed in the driver’s seat of his spacecraft. As your tiny astronaut moves the alien in and out of the UFO, a new light effect results; gently flashing red, blue and green lights illuminate the dashboard as your child learns how to turn the features on and off. $25 at Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids.

Good Impressions

From hands to faces, this mold by Westminster captures every detail. Simply press the back side of the box against any surface to reveal a perfect pin art replica. $7.99 at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Not Just a Phase

We all have moments–big and small–that mean the world to us, and for every moment, there’s a moon. Commemorate important dates, from anniversaries to future wedding celebrations to monumental achievements, with a custom necklace by Moonglow. By selecting a specific date, you’ll be able to see which phase of the moon to request on your necklace. A hand-finished pewter charm and chain provides a vintage feel, while the sparkle of a black Swarovski crystal adds a touch of elegance. $40 at Carlyn & Co., 205 Washington Ave in Grand Haven

One Bag, Three Ways

Stash the essentials with these small bags by Joy Susan. Created out of supple leather, these high-quality clutches are available in trending colors teal and light green. They include matching long straps to transform them into crossbody purses and a short strap to turn them into chic wristlets. $32 each at Parooz 6504 28th St SE in Grand Rapids.

Don’t Sweat It

Show some love for Grand Rapids’ favorite doughnut haven with a “Marge’s Donut Den” crewneck sweatshirt. This comfortable navy blue pullover featuring Marge’s iconic logo will quickly become your go-to lounge sweater during the chilly winter months. $20 at Marge’s Donut Den, 1751 28th St SW in Wyoming.

A Stitch in Time

First produced in the 1950s, the Singer Featherweight has become a household essential for many sewing enthusiasts. The popular model is back with a sleek new look and the same high-quality performance that first put it on the map. Featuring reliable advanced technology, the Featherweight allows you to sew through bulky seams and multiple layers of any fabric–even those tough-to-sew lightweight and silky fabrics–without worrying about uneven edges and unflattering puckers. At just 15 pounds, this machine is easy to store and transport. $500 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave SW in Grand Rapids.

Crystal Clear

This abstract hand-blown “Magnolia” vase by Turkish decor brand Nude is designed to be as unique as you are. Created from delicate lead-free crystal, the bottom half of the vase is clear and gradually fades into a cool steel blue, offering a clean and pleasing aesthetic to complement your home. $60 to $120 at Design Quest, 4181 28th St SE in Grand Rapids.

Clearing the Air

Illuminate your home with the soothing glow of this plug-in Himalayan Salt night light. This natural stone contains 84 inherent mineral elements and offers a handful of health benefits, including purifying the air, providing the body with natural antihistamines, regulating sleep, decreasing pent up stress and reducing anxiety. $18 at Mercy Health Wege Institute For Mind, Body & Spirit, 300 Lafayette Ave SE Suite 3400 in Grand Rapids.

A Mouse in the House

Wedge this charming cutting board into an open space on your kitchen counter for everyday use or place it on the table at your holiday gatherings underneath an assortment of cheese and crackers–either way, it’s sure to spark conversation. Complete with a small, mouse-shaped cheese knife, this high-quality, compact board is easy to transport, wash and store. $16 at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

An Unforg-edible Gift

Nothing says “I love you” this Christmas like a basket of decadent goodies from Chocolates by Grimaldi. Stock the box with an assortment of rich dark and milk chocolate truffles, a handful of buttery caramel squares, sweet-and-salty chocolate covered almonds and potato chips, whimsical Santa Claus chocolate suckers, dark chocolate covered Oreos and more to create a truly unforg-edible gift. Packages ranging from $24.95 to $124.94 at Chocolates by Grimaldi, 219 N 7th St in Grand Haven.

‘Tis the Season(ing)

Amp up the flavor of your favorite holiday dishes with The Chef’s Miracle Blend All Purpose Seasoning. Created from kosher salt, oregano, marjoram, black pepper and garlic, this tasty table staple is the perfect topping for meats, salads, vegetables, soups, seafoods and more. $4.69 for the small size, and $11.99 at Byron Center Meats, 8375 Freeland Ave SW in Byron Center.

Starting 2018 the Write Way

Make 2018 your most organized year yet with this weekly pocket-sized planner by Paper Craft. Keep it by your desk for easy access or stash it in your purse for on-the-go reminders. $1 at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St. SW in Byron Center.

A Match Made in Heaven

Add a spark this holiday season with these charming matchboxes by HomArt. Complete with 50 long-stick matches, these chic boxes serve as a fun and functional accent on any coffee table. Place them in gift baskets or stuff them in stockings to remind your loved ones that they light up your life. $4 each at Ball Park Floral, 8 Valley Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Chic Chakra

Chakras, meaning “wheels” in Sanskrit, serve as sources of energy in the human aura. Each chakra contains a different energy, which must be properly balanced to unleash healing benefits. Promote health and prosperity with this Quartz Crystal Root pendant necklace. Seven gemstone chakras—including garnet, carnelian, citrine, moonstone, turquoise, kyanite and amethyst— are secured in the front of the pendant and framed in genuine sterling silver. $95 at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Dr SE in Grand Rapids.

Ice Queen

Add pizzazz to your winter wardrobe with this luxurious hat and scarf set by La Fiorentina. Created from soft high-quality fabric and dripping with glitzy rhinestones, these matching navy blue statement pieces are fit for a queen. $145 at Bella Furs, 660 Croswell Ave SE in East Grand Rapids.

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