At The Present Time – A 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Support small businesses this year and check off your holiday shopping 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.
Your favorite gourmand is sure to appreciate a pre-packaged gourmet gift basket from the Farmhouse Deli & Pantry or create your own mix with their thoughtfully sourced charcuterie offerings and a jar of their Backporch BBQ Sauce. To show some extra love, top things off with a gift card that can be applied toward their delicious deli offerings. Other ways to please someone’s palate are with Michigan-made edible gifts from Crane’s Pie Pantry, The Butler Pantry, and American Spoon. A seasonal favorite to share with friends is American Spoon’s Holiday Jam, a festive limited release made from a merry blend of figs, sour cherries, tart cranberries, and holiday spices.
For the freshest, most aromatic herbs, spices, and teas available from around the globe, explore all the exotic offerings from Spice & Tea Merchants. If your loved one’s caffeine cravings lean more toward java, give them the ultimate cup of joe with a bag of specialty coffee and insulated mug from Uncommon Coffee Roasters.
For the craft beer connoisseurs in your life, purchase a six-pack (or two) from Saugatuck Brewing Company, Guardian Brewing Company, Waypost Brewing Company, and The Mitten Brewing Company. Pick up a bottle of Michigan wine or cider from Fenn Valley Winery, Crane’s Winery, Virtue Cider, Modales, and Michigan Wine Company. Or peruse the selection at Wine Sellers of Saugatuck for wines from other regions.
Along with being the largest fine art gallery in the area, J. Petter Galleries also offers wines from around the world, remarkable wine-themed gifts, and other items that make for the perfect host/hostess gift. Other delightful gifts for the entertainer in your life can be found at Lulu Cadieux, including exquisite handmade charcuterie boards, hand blown glassware, and French table linens. Or present your budding chef with a gift card that can be applied toward a classic French Cooking class or items from their boutique.
And don’t forget to pick up a gift certificate from one of our many fabulous restaurants for a memorable stocking stuffer.
Home to over 20 galleries and artist studios, there is no shortage of places here to shop for incredible artwork. Extraordinary ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and other handcrafted treasures can be found at Capizzo Studio, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium, Good Goods, Mixed Media Gallery, Water Street Gallery, J. Petter Galleries, and Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Art, just to name a few. With many galleries offering gift cards, like Roan & Black and Amazwi Contemporary Art Gallery, you can be sure your recipient will get exactly what they want. For a complete listing of all our galleries and studios, click here.
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. Or for those who appreciate being more hands-on, why not provide the ultimate artful experience with a gift card to the Ox-Bow School of Art.
Stop by Brackett & Company to find urban contemporary, French country, and elegant estate quality home and garden accessories and furniture for the discerning decorator. Home décor enthusiasts will appreciate eye-catching finds, both vintage and new, from Upscale Mercantile. Visit the 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. And to appease the antique lover in your life, stop by the Saugatuck Antique Pavilion and explore their treasure trove of vintage finds.
Plant lovers will love receiving a handcrafted traditional English-style terracotta pot or a beautiful pre-potted Kokedama moss ball garden from Puddingstone, while The Pink Patio offers fun accents to enhance any garden.
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. Looking for some holiday décor? Stop by It Is What It Is and The Owl House for festive and fun home accessories along with other handmade treasures and unique gifts.
For a unique stocking stuffer, stop by The Laffing Glass to treat yourself and everyone else to a handcrafted, whimsical glass ornament or nightlight. And don’t forget Tuck’s of Saugatuck, a year-round Christmas shop that features stunning collectible ornaments from Old World Christmas, Christopher Radko, Kurt S. Adler, and more.
For the fashionista in your life, TOTU Boutique and My French Mart feature European-inspired fashion and accessories, while Brass Anchor Co. and Saugatuck Traders offer a selection of classic and cozy styles. Other on-trend clothing and accessories can be found at Urban Found, Gina’s Boutique, Articles Boutique, and Glik’s.
Carefully curated West Coast-inspired styles for both men and women await your discovery at Coastal Society, which also features a craft cocktail lounge on-site for the ultimate shopping experience. For your favorite outdoor adventurer, stop by Landsharks, a local favorite featuring unique Saugatuck apparel and a wide selection of men’s and women’s outerwear and activewear.
And don’t forget the accessories! Handcrafted fair trade jewelry can be found at Lucia’s World Emporium, while other covet-worthy statement pieces await your discovery at Endora Bohemian and Art Glass Alcove, For inspiring and unique sterling silver necklaces, earrings and rings, be sure to check out the Blue Wildwood Jewelry Boutique and Santa Fe Trading Co.
If fashion-forward footwear has made it to your list, stop by For the Love of Shoes to explore brands like Vionic, Birkenstock, Fly London, Johnston & Murphy, and Pikolinos. Stylish shades can be found at the Sunglass Shoppe which offers the largest selection of Maui Jim Sunglasses in Michigan, while Grins of Saugatuck features upbeat wearables including conversation-starting novelty socks. And for a unique accessory that also makes a sustainability statement, check out Sea Bags for a wide assortment of stylish bags made from used sails.
Marie’s Green Apothecary offers a wide variety of eco-friendly, natural products ranging from skincare, soaps, bath bombs, candles, and CBD oils for those who like to indulge in some pampering. Utilizing local and regional suppliers for ingredients, 42N Naturals crafts Michigan lakeshore inspired, handmade bath and body products including fragrances, body bars, whipped body butters, and lotions They also feature a fragrance bar where you can design your own fragrance for that perfect one-of-a-kind gift.
Skip the big chain booksellers. The Book Nook is a locally owned independent bookstore feature new and gently used books, puzzles, and literary gifts.
Whimsical and wonderful thoughtfully curated toys that will delight any child can be found at the Teeny Tiny Toy Store. For a wide selection of stuffed animals and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, be sure to check out the Saugatuck Drug Store.
Furry Members of Your Family
Spoil your beloved pet with a new collar, chew toy, or whimsical holiday hat from Lakeshore Pet Boutique, which also offers pet-themed items for humans and their homes. Or find a new bandana, food bowl, or specialty treat at LUXE Saugatuck.
One Who Has Everything
For those who value experiences over things, Saugatuck/Douglas has a wide variety of captivating experiences that make incredible gifts for your loved ones. Activities range from ballroom dance classes, private cooking classes, charter boat fishing excursions, private boat cruises, coffee roasting sessions, horseback or carriage rides, and private wine tastings. For a list of what’s available, please see our Experiences page.