Michigan Wishlist: 8 Unique Gifts from West Michigan

By Kyle Kaminski, Nokomis Clarey-Schultz

November 30, 2022

MICHIGAN—Finding the perfect gift for your favorite Michigander can be tough—we get it. So we’re here to help, with a series of gift guides designed to delight everyone on your list. These aren’t just any big box store suggestions. They’re all unique products made right here in Michigan…specifically, this guide is all about products made or sold in West Michigan. Click here to find gift guides for makers and sellers in cities across the Mitten, like Traverse City, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Flint, Saginaw, Lansing and Grand Rapids. And by supporting the locally owned businesses that sell them, they’re all gifts that’ll keep on giving.

Lake Michigan Unsalted Sweatshirt ($34 at Marushka) 


This classic Michigan design comes from Marushka, a screenprinting company with a rich history in Grand Haven—and a ton of different designs. Grab this pre-shrunk, crew neck sweatshirt for the Great Lakes lover in your family, and check out the store for other goodies.

Market Tote ($98 at Tenden) 


Everyone needs a bag to bring to the store, and this heavyweight, waxed canvas bag will do the trick in style. The leather straps are hand-hammered with copper rivets, and backed with leather washers. Take it to the market, pack it up for a beach trip, or use it as quick, carry-on luggage. 

Boss Logger Blend Coffee ($15 at Lumbertown Coffee) 

(Courtesy/Lumbertown Coffee Co.)

Coffee is one of the most practical gifts you can pick up for the holidays, and this locally-made medium-dark roast blend is one of the tastiest brews in the Mitten. The online store features many other varieties of coffee, along with mugs and other great gifts for Michigan coffee-lovers. 

Sweet Treats (Prices Vary at Lakeside Emporium)

(Courtesy/Lakeside Emporium via Facebook)

If you can’t fill a stocking at Lakeside Emporium, you aren’t trying hard enough. This local shop features tons of delicious handmade candies—including some offbeat and unusual flavors. You can also grab a pint of ice cream and as much homemade fudge as your stomach can handle.

Shave Soap Set ($30 at Soap Dude Cosmetics)

(Courtesy/Soap Dude Cosmetics)

This Muskegon company specializes in creating organic skincare products for both men and women—and none of the products include those icky chemicals you find at big box stores. This all-in-one shaving kit is a great gift for those looking for a fresh look after No-Shave November. 

Vegan Leather Dog Bowls ($30 at Wags to Britches)

(Courtesy/Wags to Britches)

Have a furry friend who needs to be spoiled over the holidays? Grab one of these luxurious travel bowls for your pup, and be sure they stay hydrated on all your New Year’s adventures. They’re durable, stylish, easy to clean, and among the classiest dog bowls on the market.

Watercolor Art Set ($17 at Carolyn Stich Studio on Etsy) 

(Courtesy/Carolyn Stich Studio via Etsy)

Carolyn Stich is a Holland-based artist who wants to bring out your creative side over the holidays—namely with three different themed watercolor sets: Whimsical, Wizard of Oz, and Animals. Each set includes three copies of Stich’s personal prints, as well as paint and a brush.

Beeswax Wraps ($6-12 at My Lovely Muse) 

Ditch the plastic wrap from your kitchen for a more sustainable, locally made (and reusable) option over the holidays. With four different sizes available, these wraps are a great way to store leftovers or pack a quick snack—and they help keep unnecessary plastic waste out of landfills.

Editor’s Note: The prices for each item featured in this guide were checked for accuracy on Nov. 30. With constantly rotating sales, they’re always subject to change. 


  • Kyle Kaminski

    Kyle Kaminski is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience covering news across Michigan. Prior to joining The ‘Gander, Kyle worked as the managing editor at City Pulse in Lansing and as a reporter for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

  • Nokomis Clarey-Schultz
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