Santa Claus is Coming to Town… and Shopping for Local Gifts in Kalamazoo
The holiday season is upon us and if your children are like mine, that means Christmas wish lists are already in process. Whether it’s toys or music or stuffed animals, the sky is the limit with their imaginations.
Christmas offers an amazing opportunity to both support local businesses and delight your kiddos with fantastic local gifts from Kalamazoo.
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 are in Kalamazoo. Happy shopping!
Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership
Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit organization that works to establish Downtown Kalamazoo as an accessible, diverse, green, progressive and vibrant urban center.
Downtown Dollars Make Great Gifts
Give the gift of Downtown Dollars – it’s like having a gift card to 50+ downtown businesses.
Whether you treat yourself or gift to another, Downtown Dollars are simple to purchase online and even easier to spend at downtown’s many shops, salons and restaurants.
Downtown Dollars Small Business Saturday BOGO Deal
Supporting local just got easier this holiday season, thanks to Consumers Energy.
Receive free $10 downtown dollars by visiting Consumers Energy on Small Business Saturday (November 27), 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, across from Lana’s Boutique.
Offer valid while supplies last.
From clothing to music, books to bubbly soda, there is something for everyone at our local shops.
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.
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 locally-branded items for big kids and adults.
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!
More Apparel Shops
Crescent Moon of South Haven | 317 Broadway, South Haven, MI 49090
Gazelle Sports | 214 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Horton’s Haberdashery |1609 Whites Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Lee & Birch | 7047 W Q Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Libin’s | 1028 E Cork St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Little Sprout Children’s Boutique | 3009 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
So Fetch Boutique | 6206 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
V&A Bootery- Downtown Kzoo | 202 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
V&A Bootery- Portage | 6292 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Art, Music & Literature Shops
Expand your music collection, restock those bookshelves or upgrade your artistic supplies with these local stores:
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 Christmas.
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 will also have pet photos with Santa on Sunday, December 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kalamazoo Kitty | 581 Romence Rd, Portage, MI 49024
Nord Jewelers | 220 W Michigan Ave Ste A, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Rose Jewelers | 6619 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Spa World | 13240 N US Highway 131 Schoolcraft, MI 49087
troVe |8639 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Wedels | 5020 Texas Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Wildfire Grace | 57645 Murray St, Mattawan, MI 49071
Coming Soon: Rocket Fizz Pop-Up Toy Shop. Opens on Black Friday.
Family Experiences & Memberships
Kalamazoo is brimming with museums, indoor play facilities and places to visit animals. Consider these experiences and memberships as gifts the entire family can enjoy.
Art Bayou | 3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Birth Kalamazoo (prenatal/postpartum massage) | 2001 Hudson Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Escapology | 5600 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Jungle Joe’s Family Fun Center | 7255 S Sprinkle Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Revel & Roll West | 4500 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Swiss Valley Ski Area | 13421 Mann St, Jones, MI 49061
The Zen Dens | 4242 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Timber Ridge | 07500 23 1/2 St, Gobles, MI 49055
Wine & Canvas | 7055 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Memberships + Season Tickets
6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
With over 100 air and spacecraft, indoor, amusement-park style rides, camps and classes, the Air Zoo‘s membership is a local favorite for families. A family membership also includes admission to over 1200 museums and science centers worldwide.
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.
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.
More Memberships + Season Tickets
Airborne Adventure | 5103 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Glass Art Kalamazoo | 326 West Kalamazoo Avenue #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum | 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kalamazoo Growlers | 251 Mills St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Kalamazoo Nature Center | 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Kalamazoo Symphony | 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Miller Auditorium | 1341 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Food & Beverages
Need a delicious stocking stuffer or unique, tasty gift? SW Michigan’s shops are up to the challenge with cocoa bombs, popcorn, cheeses and plenty of candy.
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.
Confections With Convictions | 116 W Crosstown Pkwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Heilman’s | 1804 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Layla’s Cool Pops | 4213 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (preorder and curbside pickup only)
Mattawan Candy Company | 23920 City Center Cir, Mattawan, MI 49071
The Pantry on Tap Oil & Vinegar | 7634 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Cover photo: Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership (photographer: Fran Dwight)