The holiday season in the Grand Rapids area is a magical place to be! There are so many fun things to do including holiday light displays, carriage rides downtown, live shows, and of course, holiday shopping. The Grand Rapids Bucket list has created this exclusive Grand Rapids Holiday shopping guide to help you navigate all of this season’s local shopping scene. Check it out below:
Best Areas to Shop
The West Michigan area has some great places to shop local this season. We recommend:
- Downtown Grand Rapids
- East side- Grand Rapids
- Downtown Rockford
- Grand Haven
- Downtown Holland
- Downtown Ada
Each areas offers a unique feel and shopping experience complete with holiday decorations and shopping deals! Below we have picked out just a few stores and boutiques to highlight in each area. Make sure to pay a visit to these shopping districts during your holiday shopping to check out the rest!
Downtown Grand Rapids
Downtown Grand Rapids has so many unique stores, shops, and boutiques to check out during the holidays! We couldn’t include them all so we selected a few below to highlight to help you make the most of your shopping experience. Looking for more stores downtown? Click here.
Need more than one day to shop in Grand Rapids? Click HERE to book your hotel!
This cute shop located on Fulton Street features a variety of home furnishings sure to make your home feel warm and inviting with just a touch of whimsy. Bluedoor: A Home Collective offers furniture, lighting, artwork, garden items, jewelry and so much more!
The Downtown Market features a variety of shops, restaurants, eateries, and fresh food stalls in the massive market hall. Pick up some yummy treats at Gaby’s Gourmandise or some wine at Aperitivo. And don’t forget there are great foodie gift options at many of the other delicious food locations within the market!
Located downtown within the Park Studio complex, Marketplace by Pack Elephant features unique gifts and products created by ethnically diverse artisans and makers. Here you will find everything from stationary to jewelry, candles to notebooks. The perfect place to pick up a locally made gift!
Old World Olive Press features oils, bottles of vinegar, and gift items throughout the store. You can even try samples of their various products to see which is your favorite. Pick up full-sized bottles or small sampler sets- they have it all!
Old World Olive Press has several locations around West Michigan so if you can’t make it downtown, check out some of their other locations, here. Don’t feel like venturing off the couch? Shop online- here!
The 12th House is a local gift shop that offers colorful T-shirts, magnets, pins, and other handmade gifts from local artists. They also offer tons of Rainbow and Pride merch. They like to celebrate LBGTQ pride year-round!
Want all this fun merch shipped to your house? Shop the 12th House online store, here.
This lovely female-owned boutique located on Cherry Street is the perfect place to shop for the ladies in your life. Iris Boutique offers a variety of ladies’ fashion items including hats, jewelry, scarfs, purses, and so much more! Shop their online store- here!
East Side Shopping- Grand Rapids
The east side of Grand Rapids has become its own shopping mecca! With so many lovely shops on Wealthy Street and within the Gaslight Village, you really can’t go wrong with a visit east of the Grand River! We have selected a few of our favorites below!
The Gaslight Village is nestled just near Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. This vibrant shopping area has all that you need for a fun holiday outing including lots of shops, restaurants, and even special events. Check out a list of shops below:
Dime & Regal is a fine jewelry stop on your shopping trip down Wealthy Street! Female-owned and operated; Dime & Regal features jewelry made by Grand Rapids women and is bound to hold that special piece you were looking to find! Read more about Dime & Regal- here!
Located right on Wealthy Street, Lee and Birch has tons of great gift options this holiday season. They feature stylish ladies’ fashion including purses, scarves, jewelry, clothing and so much more. Shop online here. They also have several other locations throughout West Michigan- check them out here.
Rebel, opened by two Grand Rapids natives after a stint in Nashville, brings fun, color, and flare with a side of greenery to your life that you never knew you needed (yes, PLANTS!) This store is the perfect place to do your shopping for the holidays! With a little something for everyone; Rebel is a must-visit to find hidden gems.
If you’re that person who enjoys a fancy cocktail dinner or charcuterie board with your people, Art of the Table is the perfect shop for you! Here you will find everything from wine to specially curated gift baskets, gourmet food items, and table decor.
The Counting House offers “classic goods for the modern American”. They are a home goods store and lifestyle brand with tons of great holiday items to check out. These items include home decor, kitchen items, pillows, rugs, wall artwork, greenery, gifts and so much more.
Woosah opened for Wealthy Street shoppers in 2011 when creator, founder, and owner, Erica Lang opened this unique shop that offers the outdoorsy feel and is bound to give you the itch to travel.
If you stop in you will find everything from sweaters, hats, camping gear, postcards, and art pieces for your home; all handcrafted here in Grand Rapids! Woosah is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a gift for that wanderer in your life or for that special something to make your home cozier! Be sure to check in each season as Woosah never stays the same!
Just north of Grand Rapids is the quaint town of Rockford! Here you will find a lovely downtown area with lots of shopping and dining. Check out how to spend a day in Rockford- here. Below we have picked out a few of our favorite places to pick up a few holiday gifts.
Located right downtown, Aunt Candy’s Toy Company offers a variety of children’s products for all ages. You will find games, toys, dolls and so much more. This is the perfect stop to pick up a gift for the kiddos in your life! Green Toys, Jellycat, Uncle Goose Blocks, and Robeez Shoes are just a few of their most popular items.
Epilogue Book shop is a locally-owned store that offers a variety of books, gifts, and other products. You will even find a special kid book area within the store. Make sure to say hi to the resident doggie in the shop named Izzo! You can also order books online- here.
Sweetland Chocolates & Coffee is owned by a 4th generation confectioner who has a passion for making fine chocolates. They operate two locations within West Michigan- Rockford and on Plainfield in Grand Rapids. Within the store offer a variety of sweet treats including chocolate, candies, gift packages and so much more!
This adorable boutique in Rockford features women’s fashion items that are sure to make the perfect holiday gift. They offer everything from dresses to accessories. Looking to stay home today? Shop online- here.
Got Cheese? Well, make sure to stop by the Rockford Cheese Shop for that cheese lover in the family. They offer all types of meats, cheeses, and accompaniments to make that perfect charcuterie board for the holiday season or to pick up the perfect gift!
Nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan, Grand Haven offers a variety of places to eat, shop, and enjoy the lakeshore. Their main shopping avenue is on Washington Ave, which runs east to west ending at the water’s edge. On this street you will find many shops to choose from, we have highlighted a few of our favorites below.
Looking to stay in Grand Haven for your shopping trip? Book your hotel- here.
This uber Instagramable kids store is a must-see on your holiday shopping list! They specialize in unique gifts for children, home, and her! They believe in the art of gift-giving and celebrating the little things- which we love. Check out their location in Grand Haven or their other locations in Kalamazoo or the Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids.
Down to Earth is one of the best places on the lakeshore to find women’s clothing, accessories, and home decor all in one place! They have tons of dresses, gift items, and so much more. Make sure to add this to your shopping list this holiday season.
The Surf Shop is your one-stop-shop for all things surfing, skateboarding and so much more! They offer a variety of larger equipment items as well as smaller accessories such as helmets, stickers, apparel. The Surf Shop also offers rental services.
The Yankee Pedlar offers a variety of gifts, collectibles, home decor, and antiques. They also feature other more specialized items such as custom signs, jewelry, soaps, and lifestyle items. You can pretty much find any great gift at the Yankee Pedlar.
Marushka has been creating custom-designed screen-printed apparel since 1971. Their fun and creatively designed shirts will make the perfect holiday gift. They also screen print other apparel items such as long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, tunics and so much more. Shop online- here!
Just south of Grand Haven is another great holiday shopping destination, Holland! Their downtown area, most of which is located on 8th Avenue, had tons of shops, restaurants, and fun things to do this holiday season. Check out some of our favorite shops and boutiques below:
Frances Jaye offers a variety of home goods and apparel items including men’s clothing, women’s clothing, bags, goods, and more. They put an emphasis on conscious shopping and strive to do good in the community! Shop their online store- here
Gazelle Sports has tons of great holiday gift options for the sporty person on your list. They have sports apparel for men, women, and children. Take a look at their footwear section or accessories area on your visit, you won’t be disappointed! They even have a special holiday gift guide this year- check it out here.
Michigan Cherries anyone? Look no further than Cherry Republic! This unique store has Cherry everything, and we do mean everything. Chocolate-covered cherries, cherry wine, plus gift sets, salsas, and other gourmet food items. They also have a great holiday gift guide, check it out here!
Bring on the cute kid items! Tip Toes has it all. From kid’s apparel to toys, accessories, and books, you will find something perfect for the kiddo on your holiday shopping list. This year they are offering a special holiday collection of apparel- check it out here!
This fun gift shop has all sorts of items and can be a one-stop-shop to complete your holiday list. The Apothecary Gift Shop offers items for her, for him, jewelry, lotions, candles, kids’ items, and so much more. Check out their online store, here.
Heading back over to the Grand Rapids area, Ada has an adorable shopping area that can’t be missed this holiday season. The Ada Village has great stores, places to eat and so much more. Check out a few of our favorites below.
Beyond of Ada offers high-quality, fashionable apparel and accessories for those with an adventurous spirit. Here you will find everything from sweaters, hats, outdoor gear and so much more. A must-see location throughout your holiday shopping adventures.
Pursuit Gift Shop’s goal is to “provide laughter, joy, and connections in lives occasions is our goal- we define success with smiles. shop local. Party often.” So if this sounds like a fun place to shop, then you are totally right! Check out this fun and friendly gift shop for items like wall art, totes, wearable items, cards, stationery and so so much more.
Laurel & Jack, also located within the Ada Village is a boutique offering statement pieces and home decor based on current trends at an affordable price! This year they have a fun holiday collection to make your gift shopping experience all the more enjoyable. Check it out, here!
HMD Boutique is a children’s boutique and dance studio that focuses on the whimsy of dance. Here you will find unique gift items such as a Sleeping Beauty Box set, pink tutus, purses, art supplies, hats and so much more! Shop online, here!
The James is a boutique and hair salon that features accessories for every occasion, clothing for daily life, one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Here you will find women’s clothing, hats, coats, purses and so much more!
With so many cool places to check out in Grand Rapids, you can never go wrong with a membership gift for a family member, a friend, or even yourself! We recommend the following places to purchase memberships:
- John Ball Zoo
- Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Grand Rapids Art Museum
- Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
- Amped Virtual Reality
- SkyZone Jump Park
- Grand Rapids Childerns Museum
- Blandford Nature Center