Our last-minute gift guide will help you come in strong with that 11th-hour gift. You know you waited too long, but don’t let anyone else catch on. Just for you, we’ve gathered some crowd pleasers that work in a pinch.
If Bag Balm and Young Living had a child, it would be Worker Bee. This all-natural yet intense beeswax balm made by West Michigan-based Sister Bees is perfect for a man’s dry, overworked hands. Best of all, this earthy-smelling product is made with cedar wood and frankincense essential oils, $12 at Michigan Pantry in Holland and sisterbees.com.
Made in the USA, with pets and their owners in mind, The Mitten Dog Collar features a handy bottle opener and the waterproof, no-stink upcycled backing is both sustainable and eco-friendly, $24.50-$26.50 at The Mitten State in Grand Rapids.
Jewelry for your queen or something sparkly to distract — you can’t go wrong with the 14k gold-plated “Girl Boss” necklace that will go with everything she wears, $26 at Sparrow Boutique in Muskegon.
Here’s one for the cocktail-hour crowd. Enjoy your favorite beverage in these 16 oz. glass tumblers. Choose from “I Give in to BEER Pressure” or “SMART PEOPLE Drink Good Beer,” $16 at Haven Creek in Rockford.
Our inner child wants to cover every surface with these weatherproof stickers from Ardent Ink. Show your love for Michigan all over your laptop, vehicle, travel mugs and any surface that’s asking for it, $6 at Made in Michigan in Grandville and ardent.ink.
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Still struggling with what to give and the clock is ticking? Save the day with a graphic tee and candy, because people are vain and, well, sugar.
Graphic Rock Tee Saves Christmas — I can see that headline. From the Daydreamers line out of Los Angeles, these T-shirts look like a worn-in vintage piece found thrifting. Pair with denim jackets and show the world why the look never gets old, $69 at DENYM in Grand Rapids.
Gummy aficionados (me) will appreciate the strong flavors of cherry, blue raspberry, grape and strawberry candies (apple and watermelon are the best). You get quite a lot in the 8 oz. bag filled with adorable lower and upper peninsula Michigan shapes. Plus, the cheery packaging will look great peeking out of a stocking, in a snack bowl or placed atop a gift for extra presentation. Besides, when it comes to your sweet tooth and gummies, the bear is square, $4.99 at Russo’s International Market in Grand Rapids, the Made in Michigan Store in Grandville and Saugatuck and the Spirit of Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo.