Great Spots in Grand Rapids to Find Gifts for Your Holiday Hosts

Whether you’re headed to a festive family gathering, a Christmas feast with co-workers, or a holiday soiree with friends — we’ve wrapped up your guide of great local spots to find holiday host gifts in Grand Rapids this season!

Wax Poetic Candle Bar — This holiday, have as much fun making the gift as you’ll have presenting it — with a candle pouring experience at Wax Poetic Candle Bar! Let your senses guide you through the Fragrance Bar as you select a few favorite aromas, then choose your container and an expert will help concoct your custom blend. Grab a bite, a pint, or a glass of wine at a nearby eatery and return after just 90 minutes to pick up your hand-poured, one-of-a-kind creation!

Art of the Table — Step inside Art of the Table, where it’s always gifting season. Be greeted by the soft jingle of bells as you enter, and instantly welcomed into a world of thoughtfully curated products — designed to make your time spent gathering together special. Stroll, smell, and sample your way through the store to hand-select options, or have a tasteful spread built for you with a handmade, modern gift basket. Try “Holiday Hot Drinks”, “Holiday Cocktails & Treats”, “Michigan Made”, or “The Full Fancy” (a wine, cheese, and chocolate trifecta)!

Martha’s Vineyard — From the outside, Martha’s may look like cozy neighborhood corner store. But inside, the walls are lined with international wine selections, small-batch liquors, plus local craft and imported beers — and this gourmet grocer’s deli options are every bit as impressive. Purchase cut-to-order cheeses from small dairy farms across the globe — or artisan confections and Nantucket Baking Company cheesecakes — to pair with your gifted bottle of choice!

Aperitivo — With imported and domestic cheeses, charcuterie, wine, beer, and cider — who wouldn’t love to get the gift of Aperitivo? And with its full-service cheese & charcuterie counter, plus a bar, all situated inside the Downtown Market — you can sample your options and take the guesswork out of gifting. Rather let the expert cheesemongers work their magic? Order a prepared platter in advance and show up to your holiday gathering with a perfectly arranged tray of cheeses, meats, and accompaniments.

Fromage — Tucked into the Gaslight Village neighborhood of East Grand Rapids, you’ll find this gem of a boutique gourmet and gift store. Shop wines, cheeses, crackers, jams — even wine chips designed to be enjoyed with wine — or have Fromage craft a gift box or board that fits beautifully at your hosts’ holiday table and right within your budget.

The Crushed Grape — With an exquisite selection of both local and global wines — and especially hard-to-find varietals from smaller vintners — get in the holiday gifting spirit while exploring The Crushed Grape! Wander up to the Wine Loft, visit the “Build Your Own 6-Pack” Station, and shop cheeses, dips, pastas, chocolates, and desserts to beautifully complement your beverage choices.

Old World Olive Co. — Offering over 50 authentic flavors of pure extra virgin olive oils and premium balsamic vinegars, spend some time exploring the tasting room of one of Old World Olive Co.’s three West Michigan locations — Downtown Rockford, Downtown Monroe Center, or Downtown Market Grand Rapids. From Tuscan Herb Olive Oil to Traditional Balsamic aged 18 years, White Truffle Oil to Wild Mushroom & Sage, you’ll find presents to please any palate. Not sure which flavors your holiday hosts would love? Pick up a four- or six-pack sampler and pair it with a gift card so they can stop back in to purchase a few favorites!

Mokaya — Pre-order holiday confection perfection from Mokaya! From limited-edition seasonal boxes of truffles and bonbons to caramels delicately crafted using local brews and wines — the bites from this small-batch artisan chocolate shop are no ordinary holiday gift!

Rebel — Nestled snugly in the heart of Eastown at Wealthy and Woodmere, discover Rebel, a homegrown, modern gift shop. From on-trend jewelry to wine glasses, Michigan-made art to handcrafted paper cards — you’re sure to find that best-gift-ever here.

Gemini Handmade — From soy candles and paper goods to self-care balms & butters, serving boards to handmade holiday ornaments — every unique option you’ll find inside Gemini Handmade is artisan crafted. Enjoy gifting your one-of-a-kind finds!