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Your Gift Guide for the Holiday Season

Below are some gift ideas and where to find them locally.

Traditional bricks and mortar retail stores face a real challenge these days. They must compete with the ease of online shopping, the perception of discount pricing and most often, free delivery. I always do my part, especially at this time of year, to do my shopping in person, at locally owned companies.


Holiday Gift Guide

Linda Lombardini

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Dec 7 5 minutes read

The Tech Gifts

Amazon Echo

“Hey Alexa, can you add this to my holiday list?” This hands-free speaker called “Alexa” allows you to play music, make calls, check the weather, and ask questions all through your voice.

Although tempting to go online for this, it can be purchased at ABC Warehouse, a family owned and operated appliance store with 42 stores in the Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, and headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan.

This is only $69.99 and you can purchase it here.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Hey Alexa, can you play “Home Alone” on Hulu? Alexa can also play Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, and more with this voice-controlled remote.

This is only $40 and can be purchased here.

Amazon Smart Plug

Tired of Alexa yet? You can use your voice to also turn on and off lights, fans, and appliances. You can even control them when you aren’t home.

This is only $25 and can be purchased at ABC Warehouse.

The Kitchen Gifts

Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer 

If you have small counter space or too many other kitchen appliances, give your baking enthusiast loved ones this shrunken-down KitchenAid mixer that works just as well but is available in 10 colors!

Click here to view all the available colors to purchase, or you may want stop in at Ace Barnes Hardware. They have a great selection of housewares to browse including dinnerware, cookware and seasonal treats.

Big Green Egg

For housewares to garden furniture to clothing by Carhartt and Stormy Kromer (both Michigan companies!) try Downtown Home and Garden - a century-old retailer located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Since the Hertler family opened the store in 1906, it has evolved from a livery stable and feed mill into an urban emporium. My favorite purchase so far has been the Big Green Egg. They even delivered it for free and set it up too. Be careful though, because it is a bit of a cult. You can get all sorts of BGE accessories there too.

The Dutch Oven

This timeless dutch oven by Le Creuset is an essential in any kitchen. Available in 19 colors and 9 sizes, there is surely one for your special person on the list. Enamel coated cast iron provides strength and durability and is the prime material for slow-cooking, braising and roasting, thanks to its ability to maintain even and consistent heat. This is also available at Downtown Home and Garden.

For the Kids

For Teens or Fun Grownups

The hottest store around is Vault of Midnight. It's full of comic books and graphic novels, as well as a huge selection of traditional and the latest games. Their staff are very knowledgable and helpful - so don't worry if you don't know what this stuff is. The kids will!

Try to get that from the internet. 🙃

For the Younger Kids

If you are looking for awesome and creative toys & games, try Mudpuddles Toy Store in the Kerrytown Market & Shops. It's full of stuffed animals, books, games, musical instruments and more. Plan for a long visit so you can really explore their offerings.

Still need some help?

Local Treasures

Vinyl is back! Visit Encore Records or Underground Sounds for the records, or Overture Audio for the most knowledgable folks around when it comes to audio systems or home theaters.

Stop in at Hollanders in Kerrytown for art supplies, bookbinding supplies, specialty papers, and my favorite: puzzles! They have beautiful images and available for all skill levels of puzzlers.

Back to the kitchen: Fustini's has a great selection of delicious oils and vinegars packaged in starter sets so that you can experiment with different flavor combinations. All are available for tasting and the staff can help you put interesting combinations together. Hard to do that through a screen!

Looking for a new home this Holiday Season?

Now is the perfect time to wrap up your goals for 2018 or get a head start on your New Year's resolution of buying or selling a home.

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