GrabGR’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It really feels like the holidays with the massive amount of Lake Effect snow Grand Rapids and the Mitten have been accumulating this last week. And amidst it all, we still have holiday gift shopping to finish!

After post-Thanksgiving shopping deals, Shop Hop in Uptown at the beginning of the month and our social media and email inboxes being bombarded with local deals and discounts on gifts, our holiday shopping could use a little simplifying.

I have been curating and collecting ideas for my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. If you’re still looking for ideas, read below for some local gifting options for family and friends.

GrabGR’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Reserve Wine Pop-up-Shop – Stop into Reserve Wine & Food now until Christmas Day for discounts on a vast selection of wine in three different amazing pricing tiers: Tier 1 – $15, Tier 2 – $25 and Tier 3 – $40. Reserve has also hand-picked some specialty bottles at a discount as well; such as a 2006 Dom Perignon for $180 and a 2012 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon for $75 for the true wine connoisseur in the family (or perhaps for yourself, wine lover).

Photo Courtesy of Reserve Wine & Food

Michigan Awesome State Pride Gifts – I love the wide variety of Michigan themed gifts that Michigan Awesome offers. My favorites for gifting ideas this season are the Michigan lower peninsular cutting boards for $48 each, the Michigan winter hat for $20 and the Michigan Awesome Tervis® Water Bottles for $26 each. You can find these items in retail locations across the state or head over to their online store.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Awesome

Bombadil Books Handmade Journals – For the writer in your life or anyone wanting a beautifully bound, handmade journal to write notes, lists or thoughts. You can find these beauties online or you can visit the Bombadil Books Pop-up-Shop at the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters on Wealthy Street now through 12/30. Journals retail between $20 – $40.

The Medium Graybeard Journal. Photo Courtesy of Bombadil Books – $30

The Local Epicurean Classes The Local Epicurean not only provides handmade pastas and soups using traditional methods but also offers classes to the public on how to make these scrumptious goods. Buying a class for you and your significant other or a close friend or family member would be a fun learning and bonding experience and great gift idea! Some of the current class offerings are: Pasta 101: Pasta Fundamentals for $59 per guest, Gnocchi Making: Seasons of Southern Italy for $69 per two guests and Classic Truffles for $59 per guest. Head to the shop on Wealthy Street or call 616-206-5175 to schedule your class today. You can also purchase handcrafted, specialty food items from the shop or the online store.

Photo Courtesy of The Local Epicurean

Starfoot Designs Holiday Watercolors and Shimmer Prints – Kate Selvidge – the artist behind this online store – was featured at HopCat in ArtPrize 2011. She has some gorgeous holiday themed watercolors, acrylics and (new this season) ‘Shimmer Prints’ bookmarks. All of Starfoot Designs creations are affordable, unique and would make for the perfect holiday gift for the art lover in your life. Checkout the Etsy shop and use code: whitechristmas35off to receive 35% off your order now through 12/16.

Bookmark ‘Shimmer Prints’ watercolor print – $3

Christmas Tree Trio-watercolor PRINT – $11.09

What local gifts are you planning on buying or have bought for your loved ones this year? If you haven’t signed up for the GrabGR newsletter, do so by heading to the main page and entering in your email on the Opt-in form.

Happy Holiday local gift shopping! As always, thank you for your readership.

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