There’s nothing quite like the Northern Michigan holiday season when our small towns twinkle with strings of lights and Northern Michigan businesses glow with beautiful window displays, creative gifts and often a cup of warm cider. Experience the magic of shopping locally, and find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list.

Holidays are meant to be savored—and that includes shopping. Wander a picturesque town and pick out gifts then grab a bite at neighboring restaurants or sip a locally crafted drink while you check your list twice. Can’t make it to your favorite Northern Michigan town or store? Many businesses also offer the convenience of online shopping with delivery or curbside pickup—a local alternative to big box stores. Get started on your holiday shopping at the 14 businesses below, and know that each purchase supports our local economies and neighbors.

Tip: If you’re planning to have gifts delivered, make sure to order them well ahead of time. There is a shortage of cardboard boxes and packaging materials across the country as the supply chain continues to be interrupted.

Bearcub Outfitters // Petoskey

This family outfitter has outdoor clothing and gear for all ages and adventures, from hiking packs and binoculars to sleeping bags and dog jackets. Bearcub Outfitters has made it a goal to carry more brands that use recycled products, responsible production or are making contributions to environmental or world causes.

Crystal Lake Alpacas // Frankfort

Shop for sweaters, throws, mittens, socks, hats, stuffed animals and much more—all made with unbelievably soft alpaca fiber. Visit the Frankfort farm and boutique, or the new Traverse City location in the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Or browse a selection of cozy items online.

Hull’s of Frankfort // Frankfort

From classic to casual styles, Hull’s has been a destination for quality women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry since 1956. Find brands such as Liverpool, FDJ, Starling Hats, Joy Susan, and Jess and Jane, both in-store and online.

Natural Northern Foods // Traverse City

Choose from a wide variety of salsas, hummus, spreads, hot sauces, salts and seasonings—all preservative-free and perfect for gifting or sharing at holiday gatherings. View the full selection online or find Natural Northern Products in more than 100 stores across Northern Michigan.

Nature & Me R.V. // Traverse City

Carrying a large selection of new and pre-owned RVs, including a variety of Airstream models, Nature & Me R.V. prides itself on providing outstanding service, from assisting you while you’re selecting an RV to ongoing maintenance and customization.

Norte! Youth Cycling // Traverse City

Show your support for team orange, and give an awesome gift! Hats, ornaments, mugs, bike license plates, shirts, hoodies, used bikes, gift cards and more are available online. Gift cards are also available at the Clubhouse.

ShopMyNorth // Traverse City 

Browse Leland blue stone jewelry, Petoskey stone ornaments, books, home decor, artwork, apparel and so much more from a wide selection of Northern Michigan retailers all in one place at

Staffords // Alanson, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs & Petoskey

Stafford’s gift cards can be used at any location—Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge, Perry Hotel, the Pier or Weathervane Restaurant. Use them for dining, lodging, gift shop purchases and more. Stop by any Stafford’s establishment to purchase or buy online.

St. Ambrose Cellars // Beulah

Made with Michigan grapes and local honey, the meads and wines at St. Ambrose are a refreshing gift idea. (Razzmatazz, a raspberry and honey melomel, is a favorite.) Visit the tasting room or have bottles, drinkware, apparel or gift cards shipped.

Sunrise Bliss // Petoskey

Here’s a unique hair and beauty gift: T-shirt hair towels. Made with organic cotton, the lightweight towels leave your hair with less breakage, tangles and frizz. Available in large, medium and small sizes. Pair one with a cute scrunchie.

Tillie’s Tafel // Petoskey

You can have gourmet cinnamon rolls and extra cream cheese frosting shipped to your door (think cozy Christmas morning breakfast!). Tillie’s cinnamon roll recipe has been passed down for generations—you’re in for a treat. Gift cards and custom roasted coffee bags are also available for in-store pickup.

Uniquely North // Bellaire

Browse clothing, home decor and gifts that pair comfy and casual with chic and upscale. There’s something new each time you visit. Find something special at the boutique or send a gift certificate, available for online shipping or pickup.

Wexford Jewelers // Cadillac

In business since 1995, Wexford Jewelers has a beautiful collection of handcrafted, Michigan-made rings, pendants and earrings. You’ll also find favorite brands such as Pandora and Obaku. The team also creates custom jewelry for life’s big moments.

Wind Dancer Traverse City Charters // Traverse City

Give an experience they’ll never forget! Wind Dancer offers daytime and sunset sails along with captain-chauffeured pontoon trips and a guided e-bike tour that includes a picnic. Get a gift card for the 2022 season.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner