At The Present Time – A 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Support small businesses this year and check off your holiday shopping list with must-haves that don’t come from a mall. A host of specialty boutiques and independently-owned galleries and storefronts line the walkable streets of our downtowns, giving you the opportunity to find distinctive gifts in a more relaxed shopping experience.

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Arts Lover

Home to over 20 galleries and artist studios, there is no shortage of places here to shop for incredible artwork. Stop by the Jeff Blandford Gallery for unique and original plates, bowls, and vases to delight everyone on your list. Check out this artist’s intriguing glow glass pieces, made from phosphorescent glass and inspired by bioluminescent species, for a one-of-a-kind gift. Be sure to visit J. Petter Galleries, the largest fine art gallery in the area, which also offers extraordinary wine-themed gift and other items that make for the perfect host/hostess gift. Extraordinary ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and other handcrafted treasures can be found at Capizzo StudioFernwood 1891Armstrong De Graaf International Fine ArtButton GalleryMixed Media Gallery, and the Water Street Gallery, just to name a few of our galleries. For a complete listing of all our galleries and studios, click here. With many galleries offering gift cards, like Amazwi Contemporary Art Gallery, you can be sure your recipient will get exactly what they want.

Smaller, but just as meaningful, art gifts can also be found throughout the area. James Brandess Studios & Gallery is offering beautiful 2022 Calendars and Hand-Deckled Cards that are suitable for framing. And don’t forget to stop by The Laffing Glass to treat yourself and everyone else to a handcrafted, whimsical glass ornament or nightlight.

If experiencing the arts in a myriad of ways is what you’re looking for, gift someone with an SCA Art Pass. Passes can be used for performances, classes, concerts, or camps hosted by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

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Foodie & Entertainer

Please someone’s palate with Michigan-made edible gifts from Crane’s Pie PantryThe Butler Pantry, and American Spoon. A seasonal favorite to share with friends is American Spoon’s Holiday Jam, a festive limited release made from a merry blend of figs, sour cherries, tart cranberries, and holiday spices. For the freshest, most aromatic herbs, spices, and teas available from around the globe, explore all the exotic offerings from Spice & Tea Merchants. Or, for a selection of small-batch and artisan extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from all over the world, stop by The Olive Mill. Your favorite gourmand is sure to appreciate a food gift basket from Isabel’s Market + Eatery or a gift card that can be applied to their specialty food items or demonstration cooking classes.

For the craft beer connoisseurs in your life, purchase a six-pack (or two) from Saugatuck Brewing CompanyGuardian Brewing CompanyWaypost Brewing Company, and The Mitten Brewing Company. Or pick up a bottle of Michigan wine or cider from Fenn Valley WineryCrane’s WineryVirtue CiderModales, or Michigan Wine Company. And don’t forget to pick up a gift certificate from one of our many fabulous restaurants for a memorable stocking stuffer.

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Fashion-Forward

For unique Saugatuck apparel and a wide selection of men’s and women’s outerwear and activewear, be sure to stop by Landsharks. Stylish men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, all imported directly from France, are featured at My French Marta boutique dedicated to cultivating affordable French style. Carefully curated West Coast-inspired styles for both men and women can be found at Coastal Society, which also features a craft cocktail lounge on-site for the ultimate shopping experience. 

For the fashionista in your life, Articles Boutique offers a selection of classic modern styles with an urban edge, while TOTU Boutique features European-inspired fashion and accessories. Other on-trend clothing and accessories can be found at Brass Anchor Co.Gina’s Boutique, and Glik’s, while more classic styles can be found at Saugatuck Traders. And for a unique accessory that also makes a sustainability statement, check out Sea Bags for a wide assortment of stylish bags made from used sails.

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Jewelry Lover

Make someone’s eyes sparkle with handcrafted fine jewelry from Koorey Creations for a blend of stunning originality and timeless design that’s sure to become a family heirloom. Find unique and beautiful artisan-made jewelry in precious metals and stones at Good Goodsalong with a variety of other beautiful handmade items. Or, for Southwestern-inspired jewelry, stop by Santa Fe Trading Co.  For inspiring and unique sterling silver necklaces, earrings and rings entwined with beautiful opals and semi-precious stones, explore the Blue Wildwood Jewelry Boutique.  Handcrafted fair trade jewelry can be found at Lucia’s World Emporiumwhile other covet-worthy statement pieces await your discovery at Endora BohemianArt Glass Alcove, and Urban Found.

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Home Decorator

Plant lovers will love receiving a handcrafted traditional English-style terracotta pot or a beautiful pre-potted Kokedama moss ball garden from Puddingstone. Home décor enthusiasts will appreciate eye-catching finds, both vintage and new, from Upscale Mercantile. Stop by Brackett & Company to find urban contemporary, French country, and elegant estate quality home and garden accessories and furniture for the discerning decorator. While known for their stunning array of contemporary fine art, Roan & Black also offers beautiful home furnishings and accessories that are sure to spark delight.

For an eyeful of holiday inspiration, make Kindel & Company a must-visit on your shopping excursion. Dubbed as a “Lifestyle Mercantile,” this boutique is recognized for its creative decorating ideas, which are demonstrated on full display throughout the store. Looking for some holiday décor? Stop by It Is What It Is for festive and fun home accessories along with other handmade treasures and unique gifts. And don’t forget Tuck’s of Saugatuck, a year-round Christmas shop that features stunning collectible ornaments from Old World Christmas, Christopher Radko, Kurt S. Adler, and more.

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Furry Members of Your Family

Spoil your beloved pet with a new collar, chew toy, or whimsical holiday hat from Lakeshore Pet Boutique, which also offers pet-themed items for humans and their homes. Or find a new bandana, food bowl, or specialty treat at LUXE of Saugatuck.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours

Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.

🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water! Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.

🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).

🍁 Stamp your map at 10 of the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)

2019 Depot to Depot Map
Click here to download the 2019 map

🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways!
Every Monday during Depot to Depot we will search for your checkins to draw one winner.So be sure to check-in to the designated stops and share on social media with the hashtag #D2D19. The more check-ins, the more entries! (Be sure to post “public”. If we can’t see them, we can’t count them).

🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau).
610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
* Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

🍁 Designated Stops:
Art Cats gallery
BananaDogStore
Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon Heritage Museum
Lakeshore Museum Center
Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts
Muskegon South Pierhead Light
The Playhouse at White Lake
Dog ‘n Suds Drive-In of Montague, MI
Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Sweet Annie and Company
White River Light Station
The Book Nook & Java Shop
Pitkin Drug and Gift Shoppe
Century Club Retail Center
The Bird House, llc
Muskegon Farmers Market
The Cheese Lady Muskegon
White Lake Community Library
Red Rooster Tavern
Visit Muskegon
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex, Muskegon State Park
Muskegon Blockhouse
World’s Largest Weathervane
Monet Garden of Muskegon,MI
WaterDog Outfitters
Morat’s Bakery
Montague Branch Library
COLBYS Hokey Pokey Downtown Whitehall
PUB ONE ELEVEN
BoomTown Market
Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens

Specials Offered at Depot to Depot Designated Stops:

  • Art Cats Gallery: 10% off earrings with Depot to Depot map.
  • BananaDog Loose Leaf Tea: Goodie bag and coupon with map
  • The Bird House:  20% off bird baths, fountains and bird feeders.
  • The Book Nook & Java Shop: $1.00 off breakfast or lunch per person.
  • Century Club Shops: 10% off any one item at any one store.
    (Not applicable on consignment items)
  • The Cheese Lady:  40% off 1 lb. of Irish Cheddar cheese with map.
  • Colbys Hokey Pokey: Enter your name in a drawing for gift certificate.
  • Montague Dog –N- Suds: FREE small root beer float with food purchase and map.
  • Hackley & Hume Historic Site: Free tours to Muskegon County residents.
  • Lakeshore Museum Center: 10% off gift shop purchases. Free tours for residents.
  • Montague Branch Library: Free craft and book giveaway! Note: closes at 1:00pm
  • Morat’s Bakery (next to the Cheese Lady): Cider & Donut Holes  closes at 3:00pm
  • Muskegon Farmer’s Market: Enter at the main office receive a FREE apple &
    Get your map stamped before they close each Saturday at 2:00pm
  • Muskegon Heritage Museum: October 19 is FREE to tour & pickle tasting
  • Muskegon Historic Depot: goodies and pumpkins for the kids while supplies last.
  • Muskegon Museum of Art: $2.00 admission with map October 5 & 19. FREE admission and family activities Saturday October 12.
  • Pitkin Drug & Gift Shop:  20% off gifts & clothing with map.
  • The Playhouse at White Lake: refreshments will be available.
  • Red Rooster: $1 off lunch or dinner per person with map.
  • Rootdown: $1 off any juice or smoothie of your choice with map.
  • Sweet Annie and Company: Enter in drawing for a Willow Tree Figurine and 20% off any jewelry purchase with map.
  • Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts: 20% off gift items.
  • WaterDog Outfitters: 20% off everything in the store and 10% off sale items.
  • White Lake Community Library: FREE children’s activity, free hot beverage, coupon for upcoming book sale.
  • White Lake Historic Depot: refreshments and pumpkins for kids while supplies last
  • White River Light Station Museum: Just $3.00 admission fee

Specials apply October 5, 12 and 19 

#VisitMuskegon 🍁 #D2D19 🍁 #LiveWhiteLake