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12 Days of Holiday Giving & Gifting in Grand Rapids
By: KAREN TRACEY
TISBITS
Dec 13, 2018

12 Days of Holiday Giving & Gifting in Grand Rapids

We're in full-on Holiday Mode here at TIS! As we're preparing to do both an internal Secret-Santa-style gift exchange as well as donate gifts to our Fulton St. neighbors Other Way Ministries, we'd like to encourage you to not just GIFT locally this holiday season, but to GIVE locally too.

To get you started, we're sharing twelve outstanding places TO GIVE and TO GIFT for the 2018 holiday season. Let the Twelve Days of Gifting & Giving begin!

To Give

Boys & Girls ClubClick here to donate

Address: 726 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens through education, recreation, and positive community experiences in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Early Learning Neighborhood CollectiveClick here to donate

Address: P.O. Box 2956, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501
Mission: The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative will create and provide targeted neighborhood collaborative partners with technical, developmental and educational support in order to increase the accessibility of early education resources for vulnerable children.

Friends of GR ParksClick here to donate

Address: 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Suite 540, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mission:To empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees, and green spaces in the Grand Rapids community.

Hope NetworkClick here to donate

Address: 3075 Orchard Vista Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Mission Statement:In Christian service, Hope Network empowers people to overcome challenges to achieve their highest level of independence.

HQClick here to donate

Address:  320 State Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mission: To create a safe and affirming space for youth to find rest, build connections and pursue their passions to realize their dreams.

LINC UP: Click here to donate

Address: 1167 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
About: We are a community development organization that provides services to Kent County, and are involved in a host of projects and services that reach families, houses, businesses and neighborhoods at large.

Mel Trotter MinistriesClick here to donate

Address: 225 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mission: Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness.

The Other Way MinistriesClick here to support

Address: 839 Sibley St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mission:  To help families discover spiritual direction, relationship growth, and economic stability through a diverse range of services, programs and classes.

Sole SistersClick here to donate to Sole Sisters.

Mission: To support and inspire other women to overcome barriers through the transformational power of physical activity.

Well HouseClick here to donate

Address: 600 Cass SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
About:  Well House provides safe, affordable housing to the homeless. We recognize that each individual has their own unique needs and challenges, and that a “one size fits all” approach is often a barrier to housing.

Westown Jubilee HousingClick here to donate

Address: 724 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mission: To serve as a missionary arm of the Church in Westown and beyond to advocate for and provide affordable housing in collaboration with all the partners God provides.

YWCAClick here to donate

Address: 25 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mission: Eliminating racism; Empowering women and girls; Promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

To Gift

Fitness Studio Membership or Gift Card AM Yoga, FLEXcity Fitness

Giving the gift of health and fitness really shows you care about a loved one. Make it extra fun by giving them a membership, gift card or class pack to a studio you attend, as well! A couple of our favorites are AM Yoga and FLEXcity Fitness.

Class at Downtown Market

A great thing to do together with a loved one! Click here to see the class schedule.

Gift Card to Essence Restaurants

A gift card to Essence Restaurants is valid at Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well, and Grove! Plus, for a limited time, you can get a $10 bonus card for $50 purchased and $20 in bonus cards for $100 purchased! (In-store purchase only).

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters

We love our weekly delivery from Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters! Get your favorite caffeine addict a pound (or two... hehe) of beans this holiday season! Click here to shop their catalog.

Booze from Long Road Distillers & Gray Skies Distillery

We're lucky enough to have a couple AWESdistilleriesires in town, like Long Road Distillers and Gray Skies Distillery. Make it a fun gift set with a couple rocks glasses and other accessories.

Beer from Mitten Brewing

If a brewski is more your thing than liquor, we're obviously blessed with a ton of breweries in Grand Rapids. One of our neighborhood favorites is The Mitten Brewing Company on the west side. Growlers, gift cards, or even a pizza and beer on you are all solid gifts to give.

Michigan Gear from The Mitten State

Shopping for an out-of-towner, or even out-of-stater? The Mitten State on Bridge St. has an awesome collection of unique Michigan-themed apparel, accessories, glassware, décor, and more!

Local Museum Membership

Grand Rapids is home to several museums that are available to explore. A museum membership is a unique gift that can be utilized all year! A handful of our favorites include Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Grand Rapids Children's Museum.

The Funnest Pins, Magnets & more from Arthur's Plaid Pants

Arthur's Plaid Pants is an awesome local business owned by illustrator Jen Husted-Goss who creates the raddest pins, magnets, stickers, greeting cards, prints, posters, and more. You have probably seen her goods in local shops and boutiques like Rebel.reclaimed, but you can also purchase her goods online! Click here to browse her shop and pick out the perfect gift for the music-obsessed, cult-TV-show follower, movie-fanatic, and women's-rights-activist in your life.

Woosah Outfitters + Outside Coffee

Woosah Outfitters has been a staple local shop in GR for several years, and now with their new location on Wealthy St. and the addition of Outside Coffee Co. (which is the cutest coffee shop to ever exist), Woosah is extra-cool. A piece of handmade apparel paired with a trip or gift card to Outside Coffee is perfect for the outdoors enthusiast in your life.

Book from Books & Mortar

Flex those brain muscles by gifting a book from Books & Mortar to a loved one this holiday season! With a breadth of genres for both adults and children, and frequent in-store events, Books & Mortar has much knowledge to offer for folks of all interests.

Art, Goods or a Workshop from Light Gallery + Studio

Light Gallery + Studio is a little gem of a gallery (and studio) on Division Ave. that has a plethora of super-cool home goods, art pieces, and frequent workshops for things like tapestry weaving, embroidery, and more. You'll also probably be tempted to purchase a thing or two for yourself. ; )

& All the Things at Rebel.reclaimed!

We've been huge fans of Rebel.reclaimed since Day 1, and their new, much bigger location can house so many more goodies to browse and buy! Rebel truly has something for all occasions—you're sure to find an awesome gift for your loved ones there.

What are Your Favorite Places to Give & to Gift?

There are so many incredible organizations to give to and local businesses to do your holiday shopping in Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area. Tell us your favorites below! Happy Holidays to all. : )

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