Revue's local, annual West Michigan gift guide for friends and family of all kinds. From your foodie friend to beer buff bro, we have a slew of ideas to get your shopping started: events, specialty stores, items, unique experiences and more.
The holidays are about big, grand feelings, large light displays and over-the-top food spreads. Why not do something on a small scale to balance it out? We’ve gathered some tiny treasures and a few items that will fit in a stocking — meaning they won’t have to be strapped to the roof of your car.
To the Craft Connoisseur, sensory experience is more than just physical sensation: It’s a lifestyle. They have the word “bougie” tattooed above their tattoo of French chef Paul Bocuse. Their vintage wine collection is rivaled only by their Fabergé egg collection. Entertaining their palate will cost you — but who ever said the best things in life were cheap?
There are all forms of geeks and nerds out there in the world, but the Gamer may be the most common of all, especially thanks to the rise of culture-shifting games like Fortnight and Minecraft. The true Gamer Geek goes deeper, though, playing whatever they can, wherever they go. Still, they might need a little help remembering to socialize — that’s where you come in.
“Do it for the ’gram.” That’s the Influencer’s guiding principle. They’re not snobby, but you need to keep the aesthetic in mind when searching for a gift. You’re best off sending them somewhere that will make their followers think, “Oooh, I want to go there.” With that, we can help!
On any given day, the Sports Superfan’s mood can be directly traced back to how well their team did the day before. They’re not just a fan: They’re deeply invested in all things sports, which actually makes your job as a gift-giver quite easy. West Michigan has plenty of places to watch the big games, rep your teams and even play some sports yourself.
There are only so many hours in the day, and the Overworked Parent uses every last one. Feeding the kids, keeping them entertained, trying to put them to bed, going to work, cleaning the house, answering emails — it adds up fast. The ultimate gift for the Overworked Parent is an hour to themselves, when they can completely unload.
The Homeowner is always on the search for what makes a house feel more like home. They know it’s where you’ll spend the majority of your time. It’s important to make it a place worthy of dinners, entertainment and staying in when you cancel plans.