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Square Play

This challenging game by MindWare is the perfect addition to any board game buff’s collection. Q-bitz focuses on visual agility, requiring players to quickly recreate patterns shown on the provided game cards using a set of 16 small wooden cubes. This fast-paced, memory-centric game includes four different colored sets of cubes and 80 Q-bitz cards, making it a must-have for family game nights. $24.99 at Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids.

For the Disc Golf Guru

Stash the clubs–this isn’t your father’s idea of golfing! This durable Champion TL Fairway Driver disc by Innova is approved by the Professional Disc Golf Association, and stands out from the rest with a striking purple, green and yellow tie-dye pattern. $22.99. Assortment of discs available at Rylee’s ACE Hardware, 1234 Michigan St NE in Grand Rapids.

It’s All in the Cards

The Law of Attraction is the ability to attract whatever you desire into your life. Focus on the positive with these thought-provoking Law of Attraction cards by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham). The deck comes with 60 vibrant, beautifully illustrated cards intended to inspire you to take control of your destiny. $15.95 at Spirit Dreams,1430 Lake Dr SE in Grand Rapids.

Abstract Accent

This unconventional glass vase mixes classic glamour with charming whimsy, adding a touch of modern interest to your home. With a hand-carved honeycomb texture and dozens of translucent spots, this vase looks fabulous with a fresh bouquet of flowers, dazzles with a flameless LED candle or looks stellar as a stand-alone statement piece. Three sizes available. 7” x 5” x 10 size shown here. $68 at Wealthy at Charles, 738 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids.

Color Your World

Treat your tiny Picasso to one-of-a-kind upcycled crayons. Available in a variety of colors and blends, proceeds from these hand-melted crayons, as well as with other Grand Rapids Children’s Museum-branded merchandise, go toward daily programs for museum guests. Crayons $1 each at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Crucial Camping Couture

Hit the trails with this lightweight, mosquito repellent windbreaker. The bug-stopping stature of this breezy mesh jacket by Exofficio will keep you cool, comfortable and pest-free during your adventures through the great outdoors. $80 at Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 1200 E Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Knick-Knacks

Surprise the travel enthusiast in your life with a thoughtful gift box from the Mitten. This package includes three detailed guide books by Michigan author Ron Rademacher, each outlining the best places to road trip in Michigan, a glazed ceramic Mitten ornament, a pear lily soy candle hand-made in Grand Rapids and a bag of Cherry Nut Mix by Glen Arbor company Cherry Republic, all placed in a rustic wooden box. Books $12.95 each, Ornament $12.99, Candle $27.99 and Cherry Mix $11.99 at Ball Park Floral, 8 Valley Ave NW in Grand Rapids,

Hidden Light

Lumio is a dynamic, multi-functional rechargeable lamp that conceals itself in the form of a hard-cover book. Lumio opens to 360 degrees and comes with micro-USB charger, magnetic wooden pegs for mounting, and a beautiful leather strap for hanging. $190 at Design Quest, 4181 28th Street, SE in Grand Rapids.

Lakeshore Blessing Bowl

A summer favorite, the Lakeshore Design Blessing Bowl is the perfect gift for any milestone- wedding, birthday, anniversary, or retirement. Customize the bowl with your choice of wording. Visit the studio in downtown Ada to browse all of the coordinating Lakeshore pieces including the popular Michigan ornaments. Also available online! Apx. 10” x 4.5”, $148 at Heather Lane Pottery, 7270 Thornapple River Dr SE in Ada.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Wine

Give the gift of good spirits with this nautical canvas wine bag. Trimmed in light brown leather and equipped with a thick rope handle, this clever tote is perfect for days spent on the beach or summer excursions on the boat. Choose from an array of delicious red and white wines to pack into the carrier. Eastern Floral also offers a hand-delivery option for all local online orders. $18 for the bag or $45 sent with wine, plus a $9.95 delivery fee at Eastern Floral, 818 Butterworth St SW in Grand Rapids.

A Sweet S’moregasbord

These handmade s’mores by Chocolates by Grimaldi will have you dreaming of summer nights and campfires with soft marshmallows sandwiched between crisp graham crackers and dipped in decadent dark chocolate or creamy milk chocolate. Take it up a notch and try these mouth-watering s’mores with an added layer of buttery caramel. $3.95 each at Chocolates by Grimaldi, 219 N 7th St. in Grand Haven.

A Place at the Table

Channel warm weather vibes with these bright sea-worthy placemats. Use them to dress your table up for a beachy-keen summer shindig or leave them out all season long for a fun and charming addition to your dining room. $1 each at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St SW in Byron Center.

Sew Long

Take your crafts with you on your summer getaway. This vibrant, durable sewing machine carrier includes a set of smooth wheels, a retractable handle, a large compartment for your machine and several smaller outside pockets for pins, tape measures, scissors and more. $199 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave SW in Grandville.

Design A Sign

Mount this charming wooden sign on the porch or in your house to remind yourself that there’s truly no place like home. Made from lightweight, durable wood, this hand-painted sign includes rustic metal details on the sides and a small tin pail that holds a delicate Baby’s/Angel’s Tears plant for a pop of lush green color. Customize the message by creating your own sign at a workshop offered at Sweet Peony! $40 for the workshop, or to purchase a sign already made at Sweet Peony, 2795 Orange Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

A Gift That Makes Scents

As much as you’d like to, you can’t spend every waking moment with your furry friend–but your scent can. These revolutionary pet bed duvets by Mollymutt are designed to hold your old clothes, extra blankets or pillows to create a comfortable spot that smells like your pooch’s favorite thing–you! These stylish and functional pet essentials are made of 100 percent soft cotton, come in a variety of fun patterns and vibrant colors, are fully gusseted with a durable zipper closure and are machine washable. Starting at $25 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW #140 in Grand Rapids.

A Date You’ll Flip Over

Place this rustic calendar on your desk at work or clear a spot on your mantle at home, and you’ll never mistake a Thursday for a Friday again. Cut from smooth and sturdy metal, this lightweight calendar includes Monday through Sunday flaps, number flaps ranging from 0 to 31 and a flap for each month so you can use it all year, every year. $24.99 at Holland Furniture, 753 Lincoln Ave in Holland.

Cutting to the Cheese

Wow guests with this hand-crafted granite kitchen board by Nothing for Granite. Complete with a sleek hardwood knife, this one-of-a-kind board can be used for much more than cutting. Stash it in your freezer and pull it out during party time to keep beverages chilled or set hot dishes on top to keep them warm. When you’re finished using the board, simply rinse it off with soap and water and buff it dry with a clean, dry cloth. $38 at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Off the Chain

Add an edgy statement to your summer style with this chic, versatile purse. Created from luxurious genuine pebbled leather, this durable bag features a wide opening for easy access, silver chain links hand-woven around the edges and a matching, detachable silver chain strap that slinks comfortably over your shoulder. Originally priced at $120, it’s now available for $60 at the Outlet Store inside Bella Furs, 660 Croswell, SE in East Grand Rapids.


Amp up your grilling game with a bag of smoky Char Crust meat and fish seasoning. This Original Hickory Grilled dry rub originated at legendary Chicago steakhouse Al Farber’s and has remained a staple ever since–and for good reason! This BBQ companion is designed to enhance the natural flavors of all meats while packing a mouth-watering, savory punch. $5.79 at Byron Center Meats,8375 Freeland Ave SW in Byron Center.



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