The Ultimate Local Holiday Gift Guide

. December 1, 2018.

Gifts for Kids

Flappy the Elephant – This adorable animated plush sings and plays peekaboo with its ears. We promise it’ll make your baby smile! Birth + $39.99

Auto Moto Transforming Robot Car – This 2-in 1 transforming toy changes shapes right before your eyes! It starts out as a sleek, RC sports car but say “transform” and your voice commands i to smoothly change into an upright robot that walks, spins and stomps all over the room. Ages 8+, $44.99

So Slime Case Shaker Storage Set – Anytime is slime time and this set makes it easy for your child to create their own. This set contains six metallic slime powder pouches, three shakers, three figurines, glitter, confetti and stickers to customize the slime. Bonus – the mixing helps to teach basics of science and chemistry to your child is learning new concepts as they play. Ages 6+, $24.99

Learning Express
2465 W Stadium Blvd.
734-997-0707 |

WheelyBug Small Cow Scooter

WheelyBug Small Cow Scooter – The wheelyBUG offers a fun, entertaining way to encourage gross motor skills and physical activity. Designed with kids in mind, a low profile, easy-to-grip handle, and 360º casters enable children to hop on and off by themselves, and move and spin using their legs without ever getting stuck in a corner. Age 3+ $79.99

The Little Seedling
2121 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-418-2392 |

The Amazing Star Cube – Spend hours with this geometric puzzle that can be shaped and rebuilt into 12-pointed stars, squares, rectangles and more. The puzzle transforms right before your eyes with smooth gliding pieces and no restrictions. It’s a blast and provides hours of entertainment and fun. Age 8+ $13.95

Mudpuddles in Kerrytown
407 N 5th Ave. 734-662-0022 |

Duck-a-roo from Amigo Games

Duck-a-roo from Amigo Games – Everything is ducky when Mama Duck has her ducklings in a row. But when players flip over a duck pond token that matches the last duckling in line, they call out ‘Duck-a-roo!’ and swim it to the front. If they don’t make a match they flip it back over. Play continues until Mama swims back to the front of the line. Ages 3+ $19.99

Learning Express
2465 W Stadium Blvd.
734-997-0707 |

Unique Stickers for Kids – A wide variety of sticker designs will make great stocking stuffers. Buy stickers in bulk or by the roll for rewards and everyday fun. Mrs. Grossman, Meri Meri, and Ooly Itsy Bitsy brands are always a hit! Prices range from $0.30 for individual stickers to $7.50 per sheet.

The Unicorn Feed and Supply Store
114 W Michigan Ave. | Ypsilanti
734-961-8610 |


Experience Gift Ideas

Performance Theater – Channel their inner performer with a dance class at Ann Arbor’s Young People’s Theater. Without the pressure of a polished finished product for a recital or a show, both the instructor and the dancers have the freedom to invest class time exploring their wide variety of talents. Six-week sessions include Tap I and II, Open Ballet, and Musical Dance Theater.

Ann Arbor Young People’s Theater
331 Metty Drive, Suite 3
734-222-4006 |

Outdoor Exploration – Explore the great outdoors year ‘round at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Register your child for an upcoming event including Nature Storytime, Critters that Squirm in the Night, and a host of Parent’s Night Out activities. Prices vary.

Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Road
734-997-1553 |

Interactive Pen Pal Adventure – Explore your child’s imagination with Flying Trunk Stories, original, interactive experiences told through a series of personalized letters and artifacts sent to your home by a fictional correspondent. Written by a Joanna Hastings, an Ann Arbor native, every adventure is uniquely crafted. Prices vary, depending on the adventure.

Flying Trunk Stories

Bounce Off the Walls This Winter – Burn off wintertime blues at Airtime Trampoline and Game Park where your kids can literally bounce off the walls. The park includes open jump trampolines, trampoline dodgeball courts, trampolines with basketball nets, and the Mosh Pit where you jump from a trampoline into a gigantic airbag. Jump time is priced hourly, per jumper: $5-$20.

Airtime Trampoline and Game Park
800 Eisenhower Parkway
734-470-0040 |

Give the Gift of Swim Lessons – Skip the toy store and give the little ones in your life the gift of swim lessons instead! While supplies last, Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor is offering discounted holiday packages. Swimming lessons provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons and parents get peace of mind. Package includes 2 months of group lessons, annual membership fee, tote bag, towel, sea animals toys, and a Bubbles storybook.

Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor
2107 Stadium Blvd.
To purchase a package, please visit

Best Pet Gifts

Celebrate with your pets in 2019 – Keep track of animal-friendly holidays (“Ask your cat a question day” anyone?) in the new year with the Furever Favorites 2019 calendar ($15). The calendar features photos of Humane Society alumni and proceeds go to support the most vulnerable animals in our community. Or how about a gift certificate for the Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center! They never expire, and they give back; every purchase helps the needy cats in our community. Choose a 5-hour punch-card that can be used in any combination for $25. Or get a gift certificate for Yoga with Cats classes in denominations of $10.


Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd.
734-662-5585 |

Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center
5245 Jackson Rd. | Suite A1
734-661-3530 |

Best gift ideas for Adults

Basketball Tickets to an Eastern Michigan or University of Michigan Game – For the sports lover, tickets to a game are a great choice. Prices range from $15-$45 for tickets to a University of Michigan men’s basketball game and $10-$50 per ticket to watch the men’s team at Eastern Michigan University. University of Michigan also offers family packs which include four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks ranging from $60-$80.

University of Michigan
734-764-0247 |

Eastern Michigan University
517-432-4610 |

Keeping mealtime fresh – Fresh Forage gift cards are a great gift to give your family so you know they’re eating right. They use locally sourced and foraged ingredients to craft delectable seasonal combinations for lunch, and dinner everyday. Give the gift of fast, casual, farm-to-table dining in a family-friendly restaurant to your loved ones!

Fresh Forage
5060 Jackson Rd.
734-887-6655 |

Egg nog in a cooler

The best nog – Give your loved one the gift of sitting down on a cold winter’s night near holiday lights with a glass of Calder Dairy’s world famous eggnog or a dish of their eggnog ice cream. This rich, creamy holiday splurge is worth every calorie. And be sure to check out their other dairy products, perfect for holiday baking and cooking. Find Calder Dairy products at local grocery stores such as Busch’s, Plum Market or Whole Foods Market. Visit one of their store locations or you can have it delivered to your front door with their home delivery service.

Calder Dairy & Store
1020 Southfield Rd | Lincoln Park

Calder Store
28190 Telegraph Rd. | Flat Rock

Calder Farm Store
9334 Finzel Road | Carleton
734-654-2622 |