We as Traverse City locals take pride in our surroundings, and our handcrafted goods reflect the beauty of northern Michigan…or as we call it, NoMi. From clothing to jewelry to handcrafted soaps, here are seven of our favorite local gift ideas for holiday shopping.
1. The Local Look
We love M-22—the highway and the store. Head to downtown Traverse City or stop by the Glen Arbor shop to stock up on Michigan-themed clothing, gear, and gifts. When we’re not wearing M22, you can probably find us sporting our favorite brewery or winery logos. Our alcohol-producing friends bring us attire that is always cool, often clever, and sometimes a little risqué…the perfect mix.
2. Art for the Soul
Tucked away on a wildlife sanctuary is a shop built of native stones, glass, and wood. The work of world-renowned artist Gwen Frostic can be found in Benzonia, bringing the beauty of the natural world right into your hands. Shop for the perfect souvenir calendar, notepad, or print to take a piece of northern Michigan home with you.
3. Something Blue
Leland Blue stones are iconic to northern Michigan. They aren’t always blue—they can also be green, purple, and gray—but you won’t find them anywhere else. Stop by Becky Thatcher Designs (with locations in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Leland, and Harbor Springs) or Sunbeams of Promise (Frankfort) to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry with Leland Blue.
4. Snug as a Bug
Don’t worry—no insects were involved in the making of the treasures found at Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique. Instead, a herd of happy, healthy alpacas donated their extra fuzz to create infinitely cozy scarves, blankets, stuffed animals, and more.
5. An Uncommon Selection
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons embodies the ideal of keeping it local. You’ll find wine (Left Foot Charley), beer (Earthen Ales), baked goods (Pleasanton Bakery), and gifts (Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods) all in one place…and all made here in Michigan.
6. Vacation Glow
Great Lakes Bath and Body in downtown Traverse City is home to fresh, handcrafted body care items that will give you vacation vibes every time you use them. Choose from artisan bar soaps, bath fizzes, face and body lotions, soy candles, and more,… all made with plant-based ingredients and clean formulas.
7. Made in the Mitten
Find over 100 Michigan makers at My Secret Stash! Their fun selection of products are great for small and large gifts. If you're looking for stocking stuffers check out their soaps and coasters. If you're wanting to give the gift of warmth, they have a great selection of hats and gloves. Additional mitten-made pieces include jewelry, purses, t-shirts and signs.
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