The Ultimate Local Holiday Gift Guide 2019

. November 30, 2019.

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Shop these local businesses to find something special for everyone on your holiday gift giving list this season.

For the Whole Family

Name a Shelter Animal


Honor a loved one and make a difference in the life of a needy animal by naming a cat or dog at the Humane Society of Huron Valley! Your tax-deductible donation will go toward the feeding and care for a homeless pet while they await adoption into a forever home. $100
Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd.
734-662-5585 |

Ann Arbor YMCA


Spend time being active as a family! The YMCA let’s families come together and stay active and connected all year long. Enjoy swimming in the family pool in the evening or on the weekend, or shooting hoops on the basketball courts. Fitness, sans a rigid class schedule or punishing routine, can be an integral part of your family life and enhance together-time while maintaining your health. Through the generous contributions of donors, the YMCA provides financial scholarships to enable all members of the community to enjoy YMCA programs. Call for membership rates.
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W. Washington St.
734-996-9622 |

Happy Honda Days


Give the gift of a new ride this year from Fischer Honda, fondly known as The Best Little Honda Dealer in Washtenaw County. All 2019 car models are now on clearance, and they even deliver. Zero down leases are available and be sure to ask them about free oil changes and powertrain warranties. Prices you’ll love. People you’ll trust.
Fischer Honda, 15 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
734-483-0323 |

Shop the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Store


Find something for everyone on your list this holiday season at the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Store and support Ann Arbor Public Schools’ parent teacher organization and student activities while you shop. Don’t forget to check out The Showcase and its selection of vintage toys, designer and high-end brand clothing, sports equipment and more.
Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Store
2280 S. Industrial Hwy.
734-996-9155 |

For the Bookshelf

Atlas of Ocean Adventures


Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world’s great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you’re travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the world’s oceans with Lucy Letherland’s animal characters. A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and facts about the highlighted destination. $35
Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave.
734-662-0600 |

Girl of Mine


This companion book to Boy of Mine, Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim, shows a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon’s soft glow. As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight. The sweet text, inspired by “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” will whisk little ones off to peaceful slumber. With Asim’s engaging and adorable rhymes and Pham’s vibrant illustrations, babes and parents alike are sure to fall for Girl of Mine. $7.99
Blackstone Bookstore, 214 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
734-961-7376 |

Cactus on a Ledge


This 16-page hardcover book tells the delightful story of a small, meek cactus who dreams of becoming a big, strong tree. Based on the upbeat song written by Detroit-based singer and songwriter Olivia Millerschin, the book is accompanied by a download card of the song. $26
McPherson Local, 105 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline
734-237-7509 |

Give Creatively

Loog Pro Electric + Paul Frank


Get this guitar and play your favorite songs today. With its slim 3-string neck and accompanying app, the Loog Pro will have your child playing songs, not just scales or exercises, from day one. Designed for kids, this guitar durable with a solid wood body, maple neck, custom metallic blue paint and a pickguard by Paul Frank. Ages 8+. $180
Oz’s Music, 1920 Packard St.
734-662-8283 |

Ann Arbor Civic Theater


Founded in 1929, the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre has long been one of the quintessential community theaters in the Wolverine State. Their new season promises to be a great one, with Godspell 2012, Matilda, and Proof as some of the highlights. The Theatre offers plenty of passes for gift givers, from a “Flex Pass” good for a ticket to any three performances throughout the season, or a “Flex Subscription” garnering one admission to every show! Or sign your child up for one of their upcoming theater classes or workshops.
Ann Arbor Civic Theater, 322 W. Ann St.
734-971-2228 |

Chow Asian Street Food


A trip to Asia may seem out of reach, but your family can still enjoy street food delights from China, Korea, and Indonesia at Chow Asian Street Food this holiday season. Select one of their bowls, such as the Ham-Solo Bowl featuring pork belly and char siu BBQ sauce or create your own. Their menu also offers an assortment of bao buns, dumplings, Korean rice cakes, and klepon, an Indonesian sweet potato dumpling dessert. Travel to Asia without leaving Washtenaw County.
Chow Asian Street Food, 208 W Liberty St.
734-369-6942 |

Enjoy an Experience Together

PJ Masks Live at the EMU Convocation Center


Give the gift of tickets to the all new super-heroic, live musical, PJ Masks Live! Save the Dare for Sunday, January 26 at 2pm. Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl, leaping, flipping and climbing, all live on stage and complete with your favorite music. Upgrade to a Meet & Greet Experience featuring access to an after-show photo opportunity with your three favorite heroes along with an exclusive PJ Masks souvenir bag. $29.50-$59.50. Meet & greet upgrade is $50.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti
734-487-2282 |