Kalamazoo Shopping Guide: 75+ Experiences, Memberships & Local Gifts for the Holidays

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The Mega Holiday Guide to Kalamazoo Shopping & Experiences

The holiday season is upon us and if your children are like mine, that means wish lists are already in process.

Whether it’s toys, music, or stuffed animals, the sky is the limit with their imaginations.

Shopping for loved ones is definitely one of our favorite Christmas events of the holidays.

We’ve rounded up suggestions for kids and parents from right here in Southwest Michigan. And if you’re looking for less “stuff,” consider experiences like tickets to events or memberships to a local museum.

Tell Santa to give the elves a night off: the best gifts and experiences are in Kalamazoo. Happy shopping!

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Give the Gift of Legoland

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan

4240 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills MI 48326

This HO-HO-Holiday season is more EPIC at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center!

The mini builders in your life will LOVE gift tickets or membership to Michigan’s ONLY indoor LEGO® playground.

They’ll enjoy two interactive LEGO rides, the 4D cinema showing different movie shorts, MINILAND Detroit—where dozens of local landmarks are built entirely out of LEGO bricks, the Creative workshop where they can take a class from an expert builder, Build & Test play zones, and more.

This attraction is best suited for groups with children ages 4-10. Adults must be accompanied by a child in order to enter.

I took my grandchildren here. It is a cute place and they really enjoyed it. They spent 5 hours there and were disappointed when we had to leave. -Joann B.

Give the Gift of An Aquarium Visit

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Gift Certificate or Membership

4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills MI 48326

Give the gift of fishy fun this holiday season!

Gift tickets or membership to SEA LIFE, Michigan’s largest aquarium, are a FIN-tastic present for the underwater explorers in your life.

They’ll come face to flipper with over 250 species of marine creatures including sharks, stingrays, green sea turtles and more as they journey through the freshwater lakes of Michigan all the way to the depths of the ocean.

They’ll even have the chance to pet sea anemones and sea stars at the Interactive Touchpool exhibit and stroll through Michigan’s ONLY underwater Ocean Tunnel!

Had the best time! It has so much to see and see it UP CLOSE. Definitely worth the trip for both adults and children 👍🏽🌊 -Marena G. (Facebook)

Give the Gift of Playing in Peppa Pig's World

Peppa Pig World of Play Michigan

4362 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills MI 48326

Give the gift of guaranteed snorts & giggles at Peppa Pig World of Play!

Your little piggies will enjoy exploring (and playing in!) more than a dozen free-roaming play areas, all lovingly inspired by the cherished TV series.

They'll discover Peppa's Treehouse, Rebecca Rabbit's Underground Adventure, George's Fort, Granddad Dog's Garage, Madame Gazelle's School Bus, and more!

This indoor attraction is designed for children ages 1-8 years old.

Great place to visit with your little ones who love Peppa Pig! Totally immersive world that lets them act out Peppa's adventure. -Jennifer B. (Google)

Give the Gift of Home, Garden & Seasonal Décor

Garden House Vintage Market

6187 W. D Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49009

Join us for our Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 AM - 6 PM for storewide sales and refreshments.

Take a picture with Santa from Noon - 3 PM!

Shop our 10,000 sq ft mall for the best in vintage/antique furniture and decor, new home and seasonal decor, Swan Creek candles & melts, handmade soap, bath bombs, shower steamers, jewelry, books, new purses and gently used designer clothing.

We also have houseplants & topiaries.

Come and find a unique gift for friends and family. The sale continues thru Sunday, December 4th!

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Give the Gift of College Tuition

Michigan Education Trust (MET)

Statewide, MI

It’s a wonderful time of year for a gift that will last a lifetime — future college credits at today’s prices through the Michigan Education Trust (MET).

MET is Michigan’s 529 prepaid college tuition savings program.

With open enrollment beginning Dec. 1, there’s no better time than the holidays for contributing to a MET plan.

And investing in MET offers a tax advantage. To qualify for a deduction on this year’s Michigan tax return, purchases or contributions must be made by Dec. 31.

The Michigan Education Trust: Because while you can’t predict the future, you sure can prepare for it.

The Michigan Education Trust is the gift that keeps on giving for our family. It was the best gift I ever received. Now, we’re passing it on to our son.

Give the Gift of Discovery

Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center Membership or Gift Certificate

6151 Portage Rd, Portage MI 49002

Inspire imagination 360+ days with an Air Zoo family membership!

With more than 100+ air and spacecraft, hands-on learning stations, a world-renowned restoration center, and exciting flight-based rides, the opportunities are endless.

Members enjoy exclusive events, and discounts on camps and hundreds of items in the Fly Buy Gift Shop.

Family memberships are only $100/year. New members in December get a free copilot pass, too!

Imagine, explore, and discover at the Air Zoo and airzoostore.org

Experience Gifts

For gifts that won’t just take up more floor or shelf space, consider purchasing some local experiences.

Bowling, skiing, painting and climbing are just some of the fun options right here in Southwest Michigan:

A Dose of Sunshine Massage

55490 N Main St, Mattawan, MI 49071

Purchase a gift certificate for the ultimate in relaxation with A Dose of Sunshine Massage in Mattawan.

Airway Fun Center

5626 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Strike something off the list with bowling passes to Airway Fun Center. They also offer an arcade, miniature golf and go-karts.

Allegan Event

439 River St, Allegan, MI 49010

Try out the largest indoor ropes course in Michigan at Allegan Event.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

600 River Rd, Otsego, MI 49078

Pick up some season passes and get ready to hit the slopes at Bittersweet Ski Resort in Otsego.

Climb Kalamazoo

136 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Tired of climbing the walls? Head downtown and try Climb Kalamazoo‘s instead.

Colors & Cocktails

154 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Take an art class or host a painting party with Colors & Cocktails.

Pinspiration Kalamazoo

5880 S Westnedge, Portage, MI 49002

Try your hand at splatter art or a custom craft at Pinspiration Kalamazoo.

Memberships

Some spots are worth multiple trips every year and memberships bring oodles of benefits like exclusive events and discounts on camps and classes.

Museums, zoos and other favorite attractions are perfect gift options for membership gifts in Kalamazoo:

Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014

A membership to Binder Park offers an entire season to feed the giraffes and visit the snow leopards, lions and Al the tortoise.

Boulder Ridge Animal Park

8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302

Boulder Ridge‘s membership provides free admission, discounted train rides and 10% off at their gift shop.

Gilmore Car Museum

6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Auto enthusiasts will love a membership to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, as they are home to over 400 vehicles on their 90-acre campus.

John Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

John Ball Zoo‘s membership means free admission in Grand Rapids to see tigers, red pandas, and penguins.

W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

12685 C Ave E, Augusta, MI 49012

A membership with the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta provides free admission to feed the waterfowl, visit the birds of prey and walk the beautiful, paved paths. The bird sanctuary is open year-round.

Season Tickets

Theatre and sports fans agree that tickets are fantastic gift options. These venues in Kalamazoo offer partial or full-season tickets for purchase:

Civic Theatre

329 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Civic offers two ticket subscription packages, consisting of either eight or 16 admissions.

Farmers Alley Theatre

221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Purchase season tickets in increments of either six or 12 at Farmers Alley Theatre.

Kalamazoo Growlers

251 Mills St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Snag season tickets for the 2022 Northwoods League championship winning Kalamazoo Growlers.

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Purchase tickets to an upcoming show at The State Theatre.

Kalamazoo Wings

3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

K-Wings hockey season ticket packages offer flexibility: full season (36 home games), half season, or weekends only.

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Apparel Shops

Whether outfitting mom, dad or the kids, Kalamazoo’s apparel shops have you covered from head to toe in fashionable options for all ages and styles.

Adrienne’s Boutique

245 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Shop affordable women’s apparel of all sizes (S – 3XL) plus clothes for girls at Adrienne’s Boutique on the mall.

Amy Zane

132 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Find Earthly Delights apparel, handmade jewelry and other unique pieces at Amy Zane‘s eclectic gallery featuring artists, makers and small batch designers.

Lana’s Boutique

124 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Mom and Dad can upgrade their closets with premium denim, shoes, accessories and other apparel from Lana’s Boutique.

Little Chick Shoe Shop

1924 Whites Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Score some new snow boots or gym shoes from Little Chick Shoe Shop, featuring brands like Kamik, Stride Rite and Keen.

Pink Lemonade

7039 W Q Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Restock your little one’s wardrobe in style with new outfits from Pink Lemonade in Texas Corners.

Spirit of Kalamazoo

154 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Confirm that Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo with these onesies from The Spirit of Kalamazoo. Be sure to check their other local gifts for big kids and adults.

Terrapin World Imports

235 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Grab some unique apparel, jewlery and artifacts from around the world at Terrapin World Imports.

The Waiting Room

235 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Upgrade Dad’s wardrobe with The Waiting Room. This boutique can outfit men from head to toe with clothes, shoes, watches and more.

And if Dad is looking to spiffy up for the holidays, send him here for a haircut- they are also a full service barbershop!

Art & Music Stores

Expand your music collection or upgrade your art supplies with these local stores:

Art Bayou

3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Select from over 400 pieces of pottery to paint at home or in the studio at Art Bayou.

Colors & Cocktails

154 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Foster your artist’s creativity with an art kit from Colors & Cocktails.

Satellite Records

808 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Add some tunes to your kid’s music collection at Satellite Records: they sell new and used LP’s, 45’s, CDs and cassettes.

Books & Toys

Restock those bookshelves and toy boxes with these local stores:

Bookbug

3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Upgrade your children’s bookshelves with some new novels (and games!) from Bookbug.

Bricks & Minifigs Kalamazoo

1926 Whites RD, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Buy, sell and trade new, used and retired LEGO sets at Bricks & Minifigs in Oakwood Plaza. You an also build your own custom LEGO Minifigs.

Fanfare

4415 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Find comic books, collectibles, sci-fi & fantasy games, video games and sports cards at Fanfare.

Fortress of Solitude

116 E Bridge St, Plainwell, MI 49080

Your gift recipients won’t be bored with the massive board game selection at Fortress of Solitude in Plainwell.

Local Book- A Tree Could Be

Children’s Book by Kalamazoo Author and Illustrator, Gina Stevens

In this story, Griffin begins to notice and understand how valuable trees really are to our survival, from helping us breathe to acting as a habitat for countless critters that bring a forest to life.

Odyssey Games

5029 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Level up your Pokemon or Magic: the Gathering collections with a stop at Odyssey Games on West Main.

Rocket Comics

4235 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Pick up some vintage or modern day comics from Rocket Comics, plus toys featuring your favorite characters from 1960s to present day.

This is a Bookstore

3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

This is a Bookstore is owned by the same owners as Bookbug, but made for grown ups. Find a plethora of reading materials here and delicious food from the Table of Contents Café.

Uncle Buddy’s Toy Stash

125 S Kalamazoo mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

With the same owners as Rocket Fizz, Uncle Buddy’s Toy Stash offers unique, nostalgic and other super cool toys downtown.

Pet Supplies

We know Fido is just as much a family member as his humans. Try these shops for ways you can pamper your pooch (or other pets) for the holidays.

Beowoof Provisions for Pets

428 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Find a new squeaky toy, leash or harness at Beowoof Provisions for Pets. They typically offer pet photos with Santa in early December.

Oak Ridge Feed & Pet Salon

7035 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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Family owned and operated since 1997, Oak Ridge Feed & Pet Salon stocks supplies for dogs, cats, horses, poultry, goats and birds.

Wild Birds Unlimited + Barks In the Zoo

3015 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Neighbors Barks In the Zoo (formerly Bark’s 5th Avenue) and Wild Birds Unlimited are located in Oakwood Plaza in Kalamazoo and offer a variety of food, products and oodles of animal knowledge.

Other Retailers

Kalamazoo and its surrounding cities offer a variety of shops for every interest: try these retailers for rocks, jewelry, plants, and other unique gifts.

Bee Joyful Shop

243 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Shop for the eco-conscious friend or family member at Bee Joyful Shop. This zero waste shop features a refill station, food wraps, reusable bags, and many other sustainable gifts.

Geoscape Rock Shop

37111 Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw, MI 49079

This family-owned shop in Paw Paw is worth the drive. With rocks, minerals, geodes, jewelry and carved soapstone animals, there is something for every rock-loving member of your family at Geoscape Rock Shop. They are open 7 days/week.

Fly Buy Gift Shop

6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Snag some STEAM-based toys or Air Zoo swag at the Fly Buy Gift Shop in the the Air Zoo. You can also shop online!

Grayling Ceramics

814 Palmer Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Upgrade your mug collection with these handmade beauties from Grayling Ceramics. They offer growlers, howlers, steins, mugs, cups, tumblers, bowls, mixing bowls, plates, and various containers. Retail store on Palmer opens November 2021.

Initial Attraction- Monograms, Gifts & More

3021 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Offering a “respite from the mediocre,” Initial Attraction is stocked with a variety of local items including apparel, candles, picture frames, food and other unique gifts.

Kalamazoo Candle Company

166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Purchase a locally-made, hand-poured candle or make your own at Kalamazoo Candle Company.

Kates Korner Kupboard

309 River St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Shop unique collectibles (including plenty of gnomes!) at Kates Korner Kupboard. Find the gift shop inside Berts Bakery in Comstock.

Mason Jar Plant Shop

116 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Create some green space at home with some plants from the Mason Jar Plant Shop downtown.

Samson’s Haircare + Barbershop

254 E. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Samson’s offers a great cut and style AND some amazing, locally-made haircare products for men. Try some shampoo, conditioner, pomade or beard oil, available for purchase at their shop or Lana’s Boutique.

The Aroma Labs

352 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Skip the beauty counters at department stores and build your own custom fragrance with The Aroma Labs downtown.

Therapy Boutique & Marketplace

7630 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002

Find women’s apparel (sizes S to 3x), home decor, bath bombs and other beauty products at Therapy Boutique & Marketplace in Portage.

UniQ Jewelry Gallery

3940 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024

UniQ Jewelry Gallery features custom and designer jewelry, unique engagement rings/wedding sets, and distinctive gifts. Their team offers repairs, appraisals and personalized designs. This fun store is located next door to Fieldstone Grill in Portage.

Quilts Plus

3314 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Not a crafter? No problem. Stop by Quilts Plus for a cozy gift. If you are ready to make your next project, they assist all skill levels (both by machine or by hand) in creating beautiful, original pieces.

Food & Beverages

Need a delicious stocking stuffer or a unique, tasty gift? SW Michigan’s shops are up to the challenge with cocoa bombs, popcorn, cheeses and plenty of candy.

Berts Bakery

309 River St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
4419 S westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Known for its custom cakes, Berts Bakery offers holiday favorites including Stollen, yule logs and almond sticks.

Cherri’s Chocol’art

101 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Pick up some hot cocoa bombs or other decadent chocolate from Cherri’s Chocol’art.

Chocolatea

7642 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002

Help warm up those cold, winter mornings with locally-made treats and over 200 varieties of loose leaf tea from Chocolatea in Portage.

MI Boba

1750 S Drake Road STE B, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Pick up some bubble tea toppings or snag some macarons and other tasty treats at MI Boba.

Pop City Popcorn

346 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Stock up on sweet and salty snacks at Pop City Popcorn downtown.

Rocket Fizz

125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Mix and match some bubbly sodas and browse the massive candy selection at Rocket Fizz.

Schultz’s Treat Street

3023 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Grab some fudge, chocolate covered strawberries or cocoa bombs from Schultz’s Treat Street. They also offer custom desserts if you have something special in mind for a stocking stuffer.

The Cheese Lady

7035 West Q Ave, Kalamzoo, MI 49009

As the shop name implies, there is no shortage of cheese at The Cheese Lady in Texas Corners. Over 100 cheeses are available for purchase, along with accompaniments such as crackers, jams, nuts and pasta. They also have a shop within Salut Market in Kalamazoo.

The Victorian Bakery

512 N Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

If you need baked goods for the holidays, The Victorian Bakery should be on your list. Pick up bread, quiches, scones, croissants, mousse cakes and other deliciously prepared items here.

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