Holiday Gift Guide | Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas Gifts

Give love. Scatter joy! 

When you meet our Southwest Michigan shop owners and artisans, you will think they were raised at the North Pole! They love the holidays and specialize in creating stress-free shopping experiences. While we could fill pages upon pages with all the gifts you can find in our region, this is a quick guide with idea starters. Shop for a day or, better yet, spend a night or two to see how easy gift-finding can be this year.

Creative Ideas

Find one-of-a-kind gifts in these artist studios, galleries and co-op shops. You can often talk to the artists and learn more about their work.

artist made tray
Photo By: Water Street Glassworks

Water Street Glassworks limited-edition holiday blown glass ornaments, fused and stained glass

Gifts at the Box Factory for the Arts.
Photo By: Box Factory for the Arts

Box Factory for the Arts galleries and the gift shop brim with original paintings, jewelry and photo art

The front window at Chartreuse

Chartreuse is an artist-owned gallery with jewelry, photography, ceramics, watercolors and textiles

Krasl Art Center

Krasl Art Center offers an array of decorative and functional art

Gifts at Roti Roti Art Center
Photo By: Roti Roti Art Center

Roti Roti Art Center presents an ever-changing selection of jewelry, pottery and small artwork

Celebration Gifts

Southwest Michigan is renowned for its craft wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. Gifts for tastings, bottles of their craft, food pairings and serving accessories are always appreciated. Encourage recipients to download the free Makers Trail Flight Crew Passport and earn more gifts.

Gift Shopping at White Pine Winery

Makers Trail destinations have beverages, keepsake glassware, apparel, totes and more

Iron Shoe Gift Box
Photo By: Iron Shoe Distillery

NEW! Iron Shoe Distillery’s shelves are brimming with holiday merchandise, including gift boxes, glassware and coffee

Big Daddy
Photo By: 12 Corners Vineyards

NEW! 12 Corners Vineyards Big Daddy’s Hard Cider t-shirts, cozies and 4-packs of hard cider

Photo By: St. Julian Winery & Distillery

NEW! St. Julian Winery & Distillery Gingerbread sweet red wine and Cinnamon whiskey

A Sister Lakes cooler
Photo By: Sister Lakes Brewing Company

NEW! Sister Lakes Brewing Company offers in-store/online gift boxes, apparel, coolers & backpacks

Christmas Toy Display

Toys Galore

You are never too old for toys, puzzles, board and outdoor games and books. Making choices is so much easier when you can flip through the books or try out the toys. You can do that in Southwest Michigan! Many of our shops also carry stocking stuffer ideas. And our specialty stores can fill your pet’s toy and treat wishes. 

  • The Brass Ring Gift Shop at Silver Beach Carousel, St. Joseph
  • Forever Books, St. Joseph
  • Oh My Darlings, St. Joseph and South Haven
  • State Street Stuff, St. Joseph
  • Toy Company, St. Joseph
  • Harbor Toy Company, South Haven
  • FuzzyButz Pet Bakery, St. Joseph
  • Decadent Dogs, South Haven

Gift-Of-Time Ideas

Some of the best presents don’t fit in a box. Attending a play, concert or symphony performance, taking an art or cooking class together, downhill skiing, being pampered in a spa, going out to dinner, or spending a family or romantic getaway at a hotel — these are cherished gifts.  

The Mendel Center - gift graphic

Creative Connections tickets, memberships and season passes to music and art venues, theaters and museums

Two people enjoying a class at The Culinary Cottage

The Culinary Cottage offers pasta making, farm-to-fork, baking and mom & me classes

Lobby of the Inn at Harbor Shores

Hotels with the rates, amenities, waterfront views and family or romantic packages you want

Friends enjoying a meal at Tabor Hill.

Restaurants with farm-to-table entrees, new and traditional cuisines, vegan and vegetarian choices

Spa at the Inn at Harbor Shores
Photo By: The Spa at Harbor Shores

Spas and Nature Therapy of Michiana let you give the gift of relaxation and wellbeing

A group of people at Swiss Valley
Photo By: Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area

Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area offers daily or season passes, equipment and lessons

A family taking a walk in downtown St. Joseph.

St. Joseph Today certificates let you give recipients the choice of where to shop, dine or play

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