Gifts Galore November 2017

Art You Can Eat

Whether you’re acknowledging a major milestone, event or anniversary or just need a night out with the girls, make sure you celebrate the right way–with chocolate! Chocolate Creation classes held at Chocolates by Grimaldi turns masterpieces into delicious treats; simply choose a milk or dark chocolate bar and unleash your inner Picasso with piping bags filled with melted colored chocolate. $35 per person, with a class minimum of 8 people, and a limit of 18 people at Chocolates by Grimaldi, 219 N 7th St in Grand Haven.


Coffee Couture

Ditch the paper coffee cups and make a statement on the go with this thermal ceramic mug, created by European product designer, James Burgess. With double insulated walls and a secure-fitting silicone lid, this dishwasher-safe mug will keep your drinks as hot or as cold as you’d like. $11.95 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids.

De-flu-ser Diffuser

As the weather changes, combat, airborne germs on the go with the Autoscenter car diffuser by Aroma Ready and the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend essential oil supplement. This natural alternative for immune support protects against seasonal threats with a combination of essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system, including wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. Simply squeeze three to four drops of the mixture onto the diffuser scent pad and plug it into the accessory power outlet in your car. $17 for the diffuser and $42.67 for the doTERRA On Guard oil blend at Mercy Health Wege Institute For Mind, Body & Spirit, 300 Lafayette Ave SE #3400 in Grand Rapids.

Notable Nodule

Formed millions of years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, this decomposed calcite crystal holds memoirs from the Cretaceous era. Septarians are composed of calcite, aragonite and limestone and believed to harness a powerful energy-cleansing ability; they are also used to channel patience and acceptance. $195 at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Dr SE in Grand Rapids.

A Doughnut’s Best Friend

What pairs better with a warm doughnut than a steaming mug of the good stuff? Yeah, we can’t think of anything either. Support West Michigan’s favorite doughnut hot spot with a “Marge’s Donut Den” mug; this large, bubblegum-pink ceramic mug is the perfect gift for any coffee fanatic–whether it’s that one coworker who always has a mug in hand or the family member who keeps a full pot on the counter. $6 at Marge’s Donut Den, 1751 28th St SW in Wyoming.

T-Rex in a Tube

Locate the entire Jurassic era in just a few twists, shakes and flips with Find It: A Contained Adventure by Identity Games. Compete with instructional playing cards and a plastic tube containing 40 hidden items, this challenging game provides hours of dino-sorting fun. $19.99 at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids.

A Sign of Appreciation

We all know you’re amazing, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded! This charming wooden sign, complete with curly wiring, delicate metal flowers and bead accents, makes for a great personalized place setting piece for holiday guests or a cheerful note on your wall. $1 at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St SW in Byron Center.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Designed in France, these decorative parchment leaves are the perfect fall, food-safe decorations to place undeath cheeses–such as a wedge of creamy Fromager D’Affinois brie available at The Cheese Lady–bread, desserts and other hors d’oeuvres. Scatter them on the table or mix and match them on serving trays to add a touch of autumn elegance, a pop of color and a whimsical element to your table spread. $11.75 for the parchment leaves, $16 per pound for the brie cheese and $7 for the cheese knife at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller Ave NE in Grand


Oh, Sew Organized

Stash your sewing essentials in this compact sewing storage system by Noble Notions. With three lock-together trays, the portable unit holds 40 bobbins, 16 standard sized spools and all of the needles required for projects at home and on-the-go. $39.99 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave SW in Grandville.

Glaze for Days

Punch up your holiday feast with these multi-purpose organic preservatives by Food For Thought. Made from only the most high-quality organic ingredients, these naturally sweet, pure-tasting spreads make wonderful glazes for main course cuts or melt on warm toast for a decadent breakfast–the possibilities are endless. $8.99 each at Byron Center Meats, 8375 Freeland Ave SW in Byron Center.

Cape-able Fashion

Look luxurious throughout the fall season with this fashion-forward cape by Mitchie’s. Made from 100 percent wool, this soft-to-the-touch, high-quality wardrobe staple looks just as cozy as it feels. The genuine fox fur trim around the hood and wool tassels down the center add an element of glamour, while the neutral light grey and cream color make it easy to pair with any cold weather ensemble. $560 at Bella Furs, 660 Croswell Ave SE in East Grand Rapids.

Hidden Gems

Deck your wrists this season with a these stackable bracelets by Domestic Archeology. Handcrafted from silver and semi-precious stones, including genuine dark and light jade, turquoise, raw agate, pearls and natural jasper, and metals such as brass and copper, all Domestic Archeology bracelets are created to be as unique as you are. Bracelets ranging from $15 to $22 at Parooz,  6504 28th St SE in Grand Rapids.

Patented Style

Add a vibrant pop of color to your fall wardrobe with this sleek patent leather handbag. Sturdy sides and handles maintain a clean timeless structure while shiny gold-plated hardware, modern black stitching and a fun black and white polka-dot interior pattern adds a contemporary twist to a classic design. $90 at Eastern Floral, 818 Butterworth St SW in Grand Rapids.

Kiln Couture

These minimalistic porcelain earrings, handcrafted by Pittsburgh ceramic artist Jenna Vanden Brink, are the perfect subtle statement pieces to amp up any outfit. Each pair is one-of-a-kind, down to the last dainty detail – with the option for further customization. Stick to a neutral design or opt for glazed porcelain with a dusting of 22k gold luster in a matte or shiny finish. All posts are made from naturally hypo-allergenic titanium to accommodate sensitive skin. View Vander Brink’s creations online at $30 each at Bark Park Floral, 8 Valley Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Hang it by the hallway for those last minute touch ups as you’re rushing out the door or display it in your bedroom–this “pocket” mirror, designed by Daniel Schofield, doubles as a catch-all for your small belongings. Available in oak, natural oak, smoked oak and sleek black painted oak, this modern mirror puts a contemporary twist on functional decor. $179 for small size $209 for large at Design Quest, 4181 28th St SE in Grand Rapids.

A Knit-che Purchase

Grab a mug of hot chocolate and bundle up in this chunky-knit throw blanket. Handwoven from smooth, high-quality wool, this cozy essential feels just as luxurious as it looks, and the soft gray color of the blanket makes it a flattering, chic addition to any room. $160 at Sweet Peony, 2795 Orange Ave SE in Grand Rapids,

Plenty of Fish

Reel in these vibrant fused-glass fish to add a touch of whimsy to your home. Handcrafted by Grand Haven artist Karen Nichols, these one-of-a-kind designs are available in all sizes, from minnow to sturgeon and everything in between, and mounted on a genuine birch wood base. Pick up just one for a playful accent or transform your home into an underwater oasis with an entire school of fish. $15 each at Carlyn and Company, 205 Washington Ave in Grand Haven.


Bundle up this season with a cozy knit scarf from the Pendleton National Parks Collection. All of these high-quality scarves were inspired by different National Parks, including Pendleton’s most popular design, Glacier. With a timeless striped pattern and rich, saturated color schemes, these chilly weather must-haves will quickly become an autumn and winter wardrobe favorite. $29.50 each at Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, 1200 E Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

There’s No Place Like Home

Show some love for the Mitten with this rustic wooden sign. Featuring a hand-painted outline of the state of Michigan with a red heart over Grand Rapids and a small burlap flag that spells out “home,” this charming sign serves as a reminder of the place that feels unlike any other. $28.99 at Holland Furniture, 753 Lincoln Ave in Holland.

Snoozing in Style

Spoil your four-legged best friend with a new bed by Bowsers Pet Products. These luxurious sleep spots feature original and practical customizable patterns designed to fit in with the rest of your home decor and are available in a variety of different sizes and shapes. Manufactured in Canada, all beds come with zippered covers for easy care and use high-quality materials such as high memory virgin polyester fibre and Eco-Tex Certified upholstery grade fabrics. Bed ranging from $80 to $250 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW #140 in Grand Rapids.



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