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 Local Epicurean
1440 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
If you give a man some pasta, you feed him for a day. If you teach him to make his own pasta, you feed him for life. The greatest gift you can give a foodie is a new dish for their home-cooking repertoire, and a class at The Local Epicurean is a super fun way to do it. Pasta, Asian noodles, gelato, steak — whatever you want to learn, an expert chef will walk you through it, all while you enjoy drinks and food.
Then again, who can make a better meal than a professional chef cooking up an in-home, private dinner just for you? There are tons of amazing home dining experiences in West Michigan, including the Steadfast Supper Club, Planted Cuisine, Tiny Dinners and more. Book one for a special day with friends, and enjoy an evening to remember alongside the foodie.
Art of the Table
606 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Whether your foodie friend prefers eating or cooking, Art of the Table has you covered. You’ll find gourmet foods in abundance, but you don’t have to make all the choices yourself — pick from one of many predesigned gift boxes, ranging from the fun More S’mores Please to the gourmet Paella Party. Or go for kitchen gifts like decorative towels, handmade wooden utensils, and much more.
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
You don’t need to wait ‘til Christmas to give your gifts: MasterChef is the ultimate show for the foodie, featuring the best home chefs in America — both young and old — in an exciting cooking competition with mystery ingredients and special tasks. Your foodie friend can experience it all live onstage with this show at DeVos, hosting past MasterChef contestants for an interactive and immersive evening of cooking challenges.
Coffee Tasting: Identifying Taste + Understanding Origin
839 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
When you pick up a coffee bag and see tasting notes like, “Black cherry, bubblegum, and birch bark,” you have to wonder if people can actually identify those. Well, the supertaster can — or at least, they’d like to, and that’s where you come in. Book your friend for this class at Ferris Coffee, where they’ll learn in-depth about the coffee flavor wheel, varietal and origins, farming education and more!
Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars
24 E. 8th St., Holland
The supertaster doesn’t just use vegetable oil for everything — they pair the right oil with every meal, and Fustini’s has a huge selection of infused olive oils, unique vinegars, and more. They make it easy, with gift sets like the Six-Pack Sampler, featuring a selection of the most versatile balsamic vinegars and olive oils around.
The Cheese Lady
The joy of Cheese Lady isn’t just in leaving the store with cheese — it’s spending half an hour trying samples as you become increasingly convinced to buy everything they have to offer. Get the supertaster a gift card and they can enjoy an afternoon just shopping at the store, then they’ll think of you all over again when they enjoy the lavish cheese platter at home.
Wine Tasting: Old World vs. New
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
With wine now being grown in every corner of the world, the supertaster has all kinds of new flavors to explore. This class from Aperitivo puts the old world of wine (Europe) and the new side-by-side, so the supertaster can taste and compare, discovering their new favorite wine region. Plus, there are tasty cheese pairings throughout!
International Wine, Beer & Food Festival
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
This annual festival is a beer buff favorite and always will be, thanks to dozens of Michigan’s best craft brewers coming together with unique, tasty and rare brews. The beer buff will be in heaven with so many options to choose from, not to mention food, craft cider, spirits, and hundreds of wines. Cheers!
New Holland Brewing Co. Merch
Honestly, merch from any local brewery will make the beer buff happy, but New Holland is just one spot with tons of great options, from beanies to blankets, pennants, bottle openers and far more. To keep it extra local, check out the collaborations with artists like the recent Hazy River project from Woosah. It’s stylish, comfy, and special.
A gift card to any beer bar or brewery will make the beer buff happy, but wherever they live in West Michigan, there’s sure to be a HopCat nearby. Many locations offer more than 100 beers, along with delicious burgers and Cosmik Fries. Even better, if you buy a $50 gift card right now, you’ll get $20 for yourself! Or buy a $30 gift card and get $10 for yourself. It pays to give.
Bell’s Homebrew Kit
Bell’s General Store
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Bell’s Brewery has everything you could need to brew whatever you want at home, including brewing kits that make it extra easy for the beer buff to clone their favorite Bell’s offering. Depending how advanced of a brewer they are, you can gift an all-grain kit or an extract kit, both resulting in about 5 gallons of delicious liquid. Two Hearted, Oberon, Hopslam — they have it all.
Amped Reality VR
2923 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids
Virtual reality is the future of gaming, but let’s be honest, it’s hardly affordable. If your friend doesn’t have a brand new computer and a spare room for VR, there’s still a way to make their dreams a reality: Head to Amped Reality and grab a gift card so the game master can delve into today's immersive games.
Great Lakes Glow Golf
3494 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
The game master is the rare type to actually keep score when you go mini-golfing, and they’re always sad when winter comes around and robs them of the chance to destroy your miserable putting. Take them to Great Lakes Glow Golf, where not only can you putt year-round in trippy ultraviolet settings, but the ticket includes access to a free arcade of 20+ games.
The game master loves to compete, whether it’s against friends, foes, or a ticking clock. If you want to satiate their cravings, try booking a local escape room. We have tons of great options all over West Michigan, offering dozens of themed rooms full of puzzles and riddles. Let the game master do most of the work and you’re sure to win, leaving everyone happy.
Cellar of Tales
442 Bridge St., Grand Rapids
Chances are, your game-loving friend is already obsessed with Arktos Meadery and its nectar of the gods. Well, they’ll be even more obsessed with Cellar of Tales, a friendly dungeon below Arktos that provides the perfect atmosphere for tabletop games of all kinds. Book your friend a memorable evening of games in the cellar, and get some mead while you’re at it.
Wax Poetic Candle Bar
1423 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
Nothing says free spirit like making your own candle, and Wax Poetic lets you do just that. Book a special day with your friend to come in, smell tons of scents, and then blend three into a unique candle of your own. Plus, you get to create a custom label, decorating with a picture, a name, whatever you like! They’ll think of you every time they light that bad boy up.
Nature Makers Market
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free spirit, flower child, hippie — the name may change, but the New Age friend has never gone anywhere. They still love yoga, organic foods and everything nature, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift at this Nature Makers Market. Head to Blandford for handcrafted goods like jewelry, textiles, art prints, stickers and much more, all celebrating nature.
1430 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
You should be able to tell by the name alone that Spirit Dreams is the definitive shop for the free spirit. They have every gem and crystal you could dream of, alongside incense, wellness products, tarot decks, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Plus, if your friend is interested in a psychic reading, Spirit Dreams offers meetings with multiple experts.
Nestology Shop & Studio
141 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
If you can’t make it to the market, never fear: Nestology is here. This local shop is the perfect place to buy everything a nature lover could ask for, from botanical ceramic dishes to butterfly vials, floral mugs, leaf earrings and more. Your issue here won’t be finding something to buy, but narrowing it down to just one or two options.
GRNoir Wine and Jazz
35 Division Ave., Grand Rapids
GRNoir brought a steady lineup of amazing jazz to Grand Rapids, and if your audiophile friend hasn’t been yet, they’re surely missing out. Whether you like wine or not, GRNoir has free live music from seasoned veterans most nights of the week, alongside tasty small plates and desserts. It’s the perfect place to sit back, relax, and take the sounds in.
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Imagine an intimate venue with perfectly considered acoustics, where everyone is seated and silent, simply luxuriating in the performance. That’s Listening Room, the perfect venue for the audiophile, located inside Studio Park. Any show here would make an amazing gift, but if you want to go big, take your friend to Terence Blanchard, one of the greatest trumpeters and composers of all time.
Straight No Chaser
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a more pure display of vocal talent than a cappella (music without instruments), and Straight No Chaser are masters of the craft. For over a decade, they’ve been performing all the hits from past to present, including multiple holiday albums — such as Social Christmasing, released last year. Your audiophile friend will be blown away by the sounds these men are able to create with just their mouths, no chaser.
526 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Your audiophile friend already owns every vinyl record they could ever want — don’t bother. Instead, take them to a place for music lovers, like Turnstiles Bar on the west side of Grand Rapids. They’ll love music-themed drinks like the Boys of Summer Old Fashioned or Kiss From a Rosé, not to mention delicious food and a classic jukebox crankin’ out the tunes.