Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:48

Holiday Gift Guide: Teen

Written by  Missy Black
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Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Illustrated by Shi Briggs

Perfecting the not-so-subtle eye roll and casual disdain since, like, forever. Teens love gifts, whether they show it or not. Anything that enhances their cool factor is the way to go.



Teen girls can shop for mugs, journals, books and accessories, all with major girl power messaging. The store is as bright and bubbly as a cheerleader on game day. Visit the three happy locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and a new store in Grand Haven. 

Pink Lemonade 
7039 West Q. Ave., Kalamazoo
(269) 447-2168


Redefine quality time. Mom and dad can grab a brew and teens can happily doodle at this all-ages event created to bring people together in a fun environment. This doodle event is meant for everyone to enjoy and is a tolerable way to be in the company of adults. 

Kalamadoodle Drink & Draw at Bell’s Eccentric Café 
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo 
Dec. 19, free admission
(269) 382-2332   


Coffee shops are the best place to be moody and brooding, but that’s not going to be the scene here. Your moment of Zen awaits, and cool kid status is guaranteed with a visit to this little camper doling out coffee drinks and treats in the woods of Wealthy. Meet friends for a Grasshopper Matcha Latte or allow your parents to escort you while sitting far away. As the weather gets colder, there will be three igloos with heaters and blankets inside for maximum coziness. 

Outside Coffee Co.
734 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids


Hormones, am I right? If you’re all in your feelings because it’s a certain special holiday, you know you can count on Kelly’s tunes to uplift and get you feeling good again. I mean, it’s her Meaning of Life tour, how appropriate is that? 

Kelly Clarkson: Meaning of Life Tour
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids
Feb. 14, 7 p.m., $37+
(800) 745-3000

EAT A taco date with a rad dad? That’s a no brainer. Hanging with the rare and elusive cool dad or uncle can be a fun time. For $5, teens will identify with The Dictator (we’re thinking of you mom and dad), featuring Korean-marinated Bulgogi steak, cabbage, pickled carrots, scallions and sriracha aioli served on a corn shell. 

Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila Bar
470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
(231) 766-7669

WATCH School is lame until you add fist-pumping rock music! Based on the hit film, this hilarious musical follows a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This show could prove to be one epic night out for the family. 

School of Rock
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Jan. 8-13, student tickets starting at $27.50
(616) 235-6285 

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