At The Present Time – A 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Find unique gifts as special as the loved ones on your list with must-haves that don’t come from a mall. A host of specialty boutiques and independently-owned galleries and storefronts line the walkable streets of our downtowns, giving you the opportunity to find distinctive gifts in a more relaxed shopping experience.
Make someone’s eyes sparkle with handcrafted fine jewelry from Koorey Creations for a blend of stunning originality and timeless design that’s sure to become a family heirloom. Find unique and beautiful artisan-made jewelry in precious metals and stones at Good Goods. Or, for Southwestern-inspired jewelry, stop by Santa Fe Trading Co. Discover handcrafted fair trade jewelry at Lucia’s World Emporium or explore other covet-worthy statement pieces at Endora Bohemian, Art Glass Alcove, and Urban Found.
For carefully curated West Coast-inspired styles from some of the most sought after designers, look no further than Coastal Society, which showcases clothing for both men and women. Featuring imports direct from France, My French Mart offers stylish men's and women's clothing along with accessories for affordably French style. For unique Saugatuck apparel and a wide selection of men’s and women’s outerwear, be sure to stop by Landsharks. And for the fashionista in your life, Articles Boutique offers a selection of classic modern styles with an urban edge. Other on-trend clothing and accessories can be found at Gina’s Boutique, Brass Anchor Co., and Glik’s, while more classic styles can be found at Saugatuck Traders.
Please someone’s palate with Michigan-made edible gifts from Crane’s Pie Pantry or The Butler Pantry. Share the magic of the season with American Spoon’s Sugar Plum Jam, a brand new holiday release made from an enchanting blend of Michigan plums and crushed pineapple, brandy, and holiday spices. For a selection of small-batch and artisan extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from all over the world, stop by The Olive Mill. Coffee lovers will rejoice at a holiday gift box from Uncommon Grounds, which features their Holiday Blend, a 16 oz. tumbler, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and a handmade Saugatuck-themed holiday ornament from The Laffing Glass. Food gift baskets in a variety of themes are available from Isabel’s Market + Eatery to tempt someone’s tastebuds.
Craft beer connoisseurs will appreciate a six-pack (or two) from Saugatuck Brewing Company, Guardian Brewing Company, Waypost Brewing Company, and The Mitten Brewing Company. Or pick up a bottle of Michigan wine or cider from Fenn Valley Winery, Crane’s Winery, Virtue Cider, Modales, or Michigan Wine Company. For extraordinary wine-themed gift baskets, decorative bottle stoppers and openers, charcuterie board essentials, and hand-carved wooden bowls, be sure to visit J. Petter Galleries for the perfect host/hostess gifts. And don’t forget to pick up a gift certificate from one of our many fabulous restaurants for a memorable stocking stuffer.
Home décor enthusiasts will appreciate eye-catching finds, both vintage and new, from Upscale Mercantile. While known for their stunning array of contemporary fine art, Roan & Black also offers beautiful home furnishings and accessories that are sure to spark delight. Brackett & Company features urban contemporary, French country, and elegant estate quality home and garden accessories and furniture for the discerning decorator. For an eyeful of holiday inspiration, make Kindel & Company a must-visit on your shopping excursion. Dubbed as a “Lifestyle Mercantile,” this boutique is recognized for its creative decorating ideas, which are demonstrated on full display throughout the store. Visit Bright World Candle Co., which features a wide variety of candles, glass oil lamps, art glass, and other home accents for the traditional or contemporary home. Looking for some holiday décor? Stop by It Is What It Is for festive and fun home accessories along with other handmade treasures and unique gifts.
Home to over 20 galleries and artist studios, there is no shortage of places here to shop for incredible artwork. Find one-of-a-kind ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and other handcrafted treasures at Fernwood 1891, Krista Reuter Studio, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium, and the Button Gallery, just to name a few. For a complete listing of all our galleries and studios, click here. With many galleries offering gift cards, like Amazwi Contemporary Art Gallery, you can be sure your recipient gets exactly what they want.
In addition to gift cards, this year, Ox-Bow is offering handmade gifts available at their online store, including glassware, ceramics, and their 2020 Ox-Box full of goodies. If experiencing the arts in a myriad of ways is what you’re looking for, gift someone with an SCA Art Pass. Passes can be used for performances, classes, concerts, or camps hosted by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Smaller, but just as meaningful, art gifts can also be found throughout the area. Stop by the Jeff Blandford Gallery for unique and original mini ceramic vases that can be purchased by the handful to delight everyone on your list. James Brandess Studios & Gallery is offering beautiful 2021 Calendars, Hand-Deckled Cards, and special Holiday Letter Writing Kits that come with notecards, pre-paid stamps, and a paintbrush pen. And don’t forget to stop by The Laffing Glass to treat yourself and everyone else to a handcrafted glass ornament or nightlight.
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