The Curly Gift Guide

Think outside boxes

Finding a present that sends the right message can be tough. We’ve worked with many local businesses over the years, so we’re in a unique position to recommend some different kinds of gift ideas. Make the process more meaningful by shopping local and thinking outside of the box. We compiled a list of some of our favorite items below!

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The Tailgater

We all have that friend who’d rather be at a game than almost anywhere else. Encourage the love of college football with This is Big, the complete history of The Big Ten through compelling stories and vivid pictures. This pairs seamlessly with a custom six-pack from Craft Beer Cellar, a hybrid beer store next to the Downtown Market. Or, jump in with something you can enjoy, too and find an item from Emerald Spa and Billiards to take their game room to the next level.

The Naturalist

Know someone who loves just about anything that wanders or grows in the great outdoors? Check out the beautiful handcrafted jewelry from Brambles Woodwork, with items made from locally-sourced wood. Learn about the history and craft of pipe making by renting Father The Flame, a documentary that highlights a Michigan-based pipe maker and his creative legacy. Or start the year off right with one of Amy Carroll Printshop‘s 2020 calendars or prints of strikingly beautiful animals.

The Home Improver

Got a new home owner on your hands? Whether they just moved in or are constantly changing their space, find a gift that will brighten their day. There’s nothing better than getting cozy by a new fireplace from VanderWall, with selections of everything from fuel to wood ovens. Improve the exterior of someone’s home with a beautifully landscaped yard from Walden Design. Or, decorate their interior tables with a beautiful arrangement from Ludemas Floral & Garden.

The Pet Lover

At CurlyHost, we love our pets and we like working with people who love their pets, too. Shower your pets with love this year with treats and services from these boutique pet providers. Try the delicious and nutritious premium dog food and cat treats from Bench and Field Holistic Natural Pet Foods sold on their website or at your local Trader Joe’s. Get your furry friend a cute outfit from Dog Love Repeat with their unique gift items for dogs. Not feeling up to those regular dog walks in this cold? Ensure your dog is getting ample exercise while you stay cozy and warm by hiring Nature of the Dog to give your pup a trot around the block.

The World Traveler

Give the gift of travel and experiences to enjoy as a gift for one, or a couples gift for you and someone you care about. Check out Sunset Travel for a customized travel experiences or Onward Travel for their small group packages all through 2020. Or, you could support the travels of Tyler and Kendra with HAS HEART, a nonprofit that connects veterans and artists together to make unique apparel for sale on their online store.

The Educator

Give the gift of learning. Check out the educational flash cards from Embracing Motherhood, a program that teaches letter names and sounds as a foundation for learning to read. You can take a peak at the Amazing Michigan product line, with unique Michigan focused coloring books and products highlighting scenes from Michigan’s past. For a more involved gift, take your book idea and work with Crooked Tree Stories to turn it into a published keepsake that can be read over and over again.

The Date Night

Sometimes you just need a reason to get out of the home to connect with that special person in your life. Build great memories at some of these establishments by a night out or a gift card for a promise of a night to come. Set your evening on course for a tiki adventure at Max’s South Seas Hideaway. Drink specialty cocktails with house-made vodka, whiskey, and more at Long Road Distillers. Who doesn’t love tacos? Gift delicious Latin cuisine at Luna that they’re sure to love. Harmony Brewing in Eastown or at the Hall is sure to please any fan of pizza. Creston Brewery will provide a night of fantastic food, beer, and atmosphere. Or you could perk up their mornings with a bag of Madcap Coffee. Want to get away from Downtown Grand Rapids scene? Head to Cedar Springs Brewing Company for German inspired cuisine and beer, Tripelroot in Zeeland for their amazing flatbreads and beer, or Coppercraft in Holland for their delicious cocktails menu that is sure to please.

The Self Improver

The holidays can be stressful. Don’t feel guilty about treating yourself or a friend with something special to feel relaxed. Give back to your brain with a session at Neurocore, a center that will help treat anxiety, depression, or stress. Gift yourself a solid night’s sleep with a Peaceful Product weighted blanket, which is proven to help reduce anxiety and stress. Take charge of your pain with 360 Wellness, a center that combines eastern and western medicine; they’ll help you feel well through services like acupuncture, medical massage, and CBD oils. Ease your body and mind at Paradigm Wellness with an approach to whole body wellness that starts with flotation thearapy. Sound Body Sound Brain is a holistic health provider that focuses on the sound-mind connection and healing through movement. Or try Dr. Fogg Chriopractic, a provider that builds a foundation of wellness through chiropractic care and proper nutrition.