Mid-Michigan Moms Holiday Gift Guide | #ShopMidMichigan2020

Ring-a-ling, the holidays are here and that means it’s time to do a little bit of holiday shopping with #ShopMidMichigan2020, our 4th annual Holiday Gift Guide!

This year, more than ever, there is truly something special about supporting the businesses in + around Mid-Michigan.

The Mid-Michigan Moms team is beyond excited to bring you our fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, #ShopMidMichigan2020, with a focus on shopping in The Mitten!

We’ve compiled some AMAZING businesses that we consider must-see, must-shop, and must-experience this time of the year, and beyond!

Do you have a favorite Mitten business? Share it with us! Like you, we’re moms looking for the best gifts for the little and not-so-little people in our lives this holiday season.

Happy Shopping!

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We’re thrilled to feature Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, #ShopMidMichigan2020!

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets has over 185 distinctive stores, restaurants, and attractions. Many can’t be found anywhere else in Michigan. Many new stores, like Nordstrom Rack, Arhaus, and Michigan Artists Exchange, have opened just this year! Check out all open stores HERE, including some curbside pickup options. Visting LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Peppa Pig World of Play are always at the top of our children’s wish lists. Cap it off with a visit to Santa, and it’s easy to see why Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is our team’s number one pick for one-stop shopping during the holiday season and beyond.

Santa’s and his team arrived on November 12th! This year, Santa’s Flight Academy has been reimagined into a socially distanced, non-contact holiday experience. All photo sessions are by reservation only, HERE, and require pre-payment. Masks required at all times, including the photoshoot, for guests ages 2 and up. Santa will be masked, too, and will maintain a 6’ distance from guests at all times. Heightened cleaning protocols and hand sanitizer will be provided as well. 

This year might look a little different, but the magic of the holiday season is all around at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets! Voted a 2020 Traveler’s Choice by Tripadvisor, GLCO is your one-stop shopping destination! 


Located in Fenton, Fenton Candle Company offers hand-poured, 100% soy wax candles made with essential oils and a wooden wick for a fervent burn. Transform your space into your sanctuary with luxury 100% soy candles. Fenton Candle Company’s multi-sensory candles combine a luxury look and sound with a signature soothing, sophisticated scent. Featured in Mid-Michigan Moms Fall Crate, this local company is a Mid-Michigan Moms team favorite! We’re thrilled to feature this local business in #ShopMidMichigan2020.  

WhitMIMade is a Michigan based small business using clay and other mixed mediums to create unique statement earrings. Each pair is thoughtfully and individually designed, sculpted, baked, sanded, and packaged. If you love color, pattern and standing out, then we’re sure they have something for you. We’re thrilled to feature this local business in #ShopMidMichigan2020.  

Give the gift that lasts a lifetime with Goldfish Swim School Holiday Packages! Life-saving skills and a fun experience for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. Buy a package or an e-gift certificate today! E-gift certificates are valid for 1 year after the purchase date, so you can buy now and use later! Goldfish Swim School Clarkston is a state-of-the-art swimming facility dedicated to teaching children as early as 4 months how to swim. Many of our Mid-Michigan Moms’ team members have children who are proud Goldfish graduates. We’re thrilled to feature this local business, currently open and accepting new students, in #ShopMidMichigan2020.

The Magic of Lights is a spectacular 1.5-mile drive-through holiday lights display featuring various holiday-themed light displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Families and friends will experience the event from the comfort and safety of their own cars as they weave through its course. Magic of Lights will open each day from November 13, 2020 – January 2, 2021. We’re so excited to feature this local experience in #ShopMidMichigan2020.


Skip the Card, Stake the Yard! Card My Yard Grand Blanc is a full-service yard greeting rental service that specializes in making your celebration extra special. If you’ve got something or someone to celebrate, Card My Yard will be there. If you’ve ever experienced the magic that this local business brings, you know just how special it is. Rain, shine, snow, they’ve got you covered! We are thrilled to feature this amazing local, mom-owned business in #ShopMidMichigan2020.


Peach Creek Studio Handmade Gifts is a Black, woman-owned business in MI. It was started in April 2020 during our statewide lockdown when owner, Brie, was looking for crafts to do to keep her busy. She started sculpting her pets out of polymer clay & decided to turn her new hobby into a business when friends started asking for custom orders. A business was born and named after Brie’s 12.5-year-old Chihuahua, Peaches. Fast forward a few months, and Peach Creek has expanded to jewelry, goat milk soap & hand-poured soy candles! We are thrilled to feature this local business – showcasing products in Michigan and Ohio gift shops  – in #ShopMidMichigan2020.


Gilliland H&C Wild Rags offer handmade wild rags, silk scarves, headwraps, and silky hair ties for those in search of western and boho fashions. Styles are updated weekly and they do their best to stay with western fashion trends. Offering high-quality chiffons, satins, and even silk wild rags! Contact their design team to see what fabrics are best for what you’re looking for. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for weekly live tutorials on things like how to tie a buckaroo square knot or how to use your wild rag as a headwrap! We’re thrilled to feature this local business in #ShopMidMichigan2020.  

Green Hippo Gifts is a family-owned gift boutique located in Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan. They carry a unique, always-changing array of gifts for all ages. Each order is carefully and thoughtfully packaged up, so it can be delivered directly to your gift recipient. This unique, family-owned and run shop is truly your one-stop-gift-shop – in store or online – for the holidays and beyond! Check out Green Hippo Gift’s social media channels for events, one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas, and more. Curbside pickup and local delivery are available this year, which is such a great option! We’re thrilled to feature this local gem in our Holiday Gift Guide, #ShopMidMichigan2020, for the second year in a row!

Allison Spooner is a Michigan based author creating personalized stories for someone special in your life. Allison will use her talents and passion for writing to create a unique and special gift for a loved one. We love showcasing local talent and Mitten businesses and are thrilled to feature Allison Spooner and Snack Size Fiction in #ShopMidMichigan2020.

Moon Macarons is located in Midland and offers delicious macarons in a variety of flavors. Featured in the Mid-Michigan Moms Fall Crate, this home-based French Macaron business is family-owned and uses fresh ingredients. If you were one of our lucky Fall Crate winners, you know just how wonderful these macarons are, and how these tasty delights appeal to adults and children alike. Moon Macarons are made with love just for you! We are thrilled to feature this local talent in #ShopMidMichigan2020.

Located downtown Fenton, Bridge Street Exchange is our go-to for all of our men’s gifts. Bridge Street Exchange is a men’s specialty shop that prefers quality and USA made items. This local brick-and-mortar shop – a treat to visit and follow on social! – carries apparel, boots, grooming products, and amazing gift items. A favorite with our Mid-Michigan Moms team for the men and dads in our lives, we are thrilled to feature this unique, Mitten-owned, and operated gem in #ShopMidMichigan2020. 

Curio is a local business offering STEM kits to families in + around Mid-Michigan. Curio provides hands-on, scientist developed STEM kits for delivery and free virtual learning opportunities for children to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Curio encourages creativity, collaboration, and curiosity. Featured in our sold-out Fall Crates and loved by our team members, we are so excited to showcase this wonderful and unique business in #ShopMidMichigan2020.

Oohincorn was created by a daddy-daughter duo located right here in Michigan. When 2020 presented students with virtual schooling Gabi and Jesse, Co-founders of Oohnicorn, took it upon themselves to start a business so that Gabi could learn all about entrepreneurship. Oohnicorn offers magical unicorn gear as uni-que as you are!

Crust A Baking Company offers delicious baked goods including donuts, fresh bread, cookies, and so much more! CRUST is dedicated to producing exceptional baked goods using artisan principles. A full-service restaurant is on-site, as well, featuring breakfast, lunch & dinner options along with a full-service bar.

Waterfall Jewelers was founded in 1979, and has remained a family-owned and operated business ever since. Keeping customers’ needs in mind, Waterfall staffs only the best employees, sources the best brands, and offers a unique set of services to ensure that all of your jewelry needs are met. Whether you’re looking to design that custom jewelry piece that you’ve always dreamed about or need help repairing a family heirloom, you can rely on Waterfall.

Each year we ask our team to list their local favorites.
We had to share them with you in hopes that you may adore them as much as we do!

We have had the pleasure and privilege to work with many amazing sponsors to bring you our annual Holiday Gift Guide, #ShopMidMichigan2020. Our team sourced each featured business and included a few extra favorite local ideas and companies. Happy shopping!


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