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Stuffing Stockings

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Stocking-sized gifts in West Michigan that anyone will love, from local jams to male grooming.

Stovetop Roasters
Grand Rapids
stovetoproasters.com

When done right, a gift gives two things: something to keep and something to smile about. That’s exactly what a present from Stovetop Roasters gets you. Their locally roasted beans are wrapped in witty drawings and feature notes from the artist that will make even the most stubborn Grinches laugh. If coffee isn’t your friend’s jam (which, if it isn’t, you should rethink this friendship), Stovetop also offers other merchandise, from a narwhal camping mug to a swaddled hound pin. These stocking stuffers are guaranteed to brighten someone’s holiday season — yeah, we’re talking even brighter than your grandmother’s eight-foot Christmas tree.

American Spoon
Saugatuck 
spoon.com

Sometimes shopping for loved ones can be a major challenge. What do you buy for the aunt who seems to have it all? Or that cousin you only see at the holidays? American Spoon has the answer, with their handcrafted, small-batch, speciality fruit preserves. The Northern Michigan-based, family-owned business has been simmering their fruit in the same copper kettles since they opened in 1982, giving their Michigan-grown preserves a taste unique to them. You don’t have to get your sister-in-law a candle again this year; drop by the Downtown Saugatuck location and pick up some jars of jam — or whiskey maple syrup — this holiday season. 

Damn Handsome Grooming Co.
Kalamazoo
damnhandsomegroomingco.com

Need gifts for all the gorgeous folks in your life? Look no further than Kalamazoo’s own Damn Handsome Grooming Co. This place has it all, including IPA beard oils, soy candles, serums, samplers, soap ... seriously, they have everything. Damn Handsome doesn’t stop at self care, though. They also sell stylish hoodies, beanies and other soft goods that can be easily rolled and stuffed into a stocking. With quality, locally crafted gifts starting at just $10, there’s something for everybody and every budget. Not to mention, Damn Handsome Grooming’s brand and aesthetic is as attractive as your friend’s pretty face. 

Bee Joyful Shop
Kalamazoo
beejoyfulshop.com

We love a gift that does good for the world, and Bee Joyful Zero Waste and Refill Shop in Kalamazoo specializes in just that. While you can find all the typical household goods at Bee Joyful, they sell more than just eco-friendly laundry soap and toothbrushes. Choose from beautifully printed floral food wraps, plastic-free hair ties and vegan shower supplies for a gift that’s both practical and ethical. When you’re done shopping, throw your goods into a branded, Bee Joyful canvas tote for future shopping trips. Who said stockings had to be sock-shaped anyway? Give the gift that keeps on giving with products that can be reused and refilled for years to come.  

Endora Bohemian
Saugatuck
endorashop.com

Endora Bohemian is the store to buy gifts for your friends obsessed with their star signs. Pices? We’ve got her. Leo? Come on in. From crystals to moon mist, to sage and decks, these stocking stuffers are sure to give the gift of good vibes. The Saugatuck-based boutique also has a wide collection of perfumes — which they delightfully call potions — as well as earrings and clothes to browse through. Consider this a message from the universe to stop by Endora Bohemian for all your holiday shopping needs. 

Agate & Herb
Grand Rapids
@agateandherb

One of Grand Rapids’ latest additions to the downtown shopping scene is Agate & Herb, a store completely dedicated to — you guessed it — gifts. The Wealthy Street boutique features meaningful trinkets, useful-yet-beautiful objects, and unique finds that are almost all stocking stuffer sized. Agate & Herb has an earthy, organic vibe, making it perfect for those with an eye for muted colors, a heart for gemstone jewelry, and a love for natural self care products.

The Outpost
Holland
hollandoutpost.com

Love it or hate it, winter in Michigan means plenty of snow. The Outpost in Downtown Holland offers outdoorsy gifts that are both practical and durable for the colder months, including hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the great outdoors, and a gift from The Outpost will make it possible to bundle up, forget the frostbite, and get back to pretending like we live in a snowglobe. ν

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