Shopping local has never been more important. Here are the top small and local businesses in West Michigan to buy gifts.

In a year like no other one can only expect that will include a holiday season like no other. Many businesses are struggling to keep afloat including our small locally owned stores that make our communities unique and are the backbone to our local economies. Shopping online may be convenient but many times items received don't live up to the hype of their description and returns can be a hassle.

When you shop at a local mom and pop businesses, the majority of that money stays in the community. You're not paying for a CEO's bonus, you're paying for a little girl to take ballot lessons and a little boy's karate lessons. You're supporting a business that contributes to local fundraisers and has a vested interest in contributing to our communities.

Yelp* recently made a list of the "Top 100 places for gifts in Michigan" and we have broken that down to top local businesses in West Michigan. By shopping at these businesses not only are you helping the local economy, but you will also have fun customer-centric experiences, avoid the crowds, and are likely to find unique gifts the receiver will not receive a duplicate of.

Top 26 West Michigan Small Businesses To Buy Gifts:

  1. Mokaya, Grand Rapids
  2. ChocolaTea, Portage (Chocolatea's sister store The Pantry On Tap Oil & Vinegar is located nearby and is a must for the foodie on your list)
  3. This Is A Bookstore & Bookbug, Kalamazoo
  4. Confections with Convictions, Kalamazoo
  5. Le Bon Macaron, Grand Rapids
  6. Vertigo Music, Grand Rapids
  7. Horrocks Market, Kentwood
  8. Horrock's Farm Market, Battle Creek
  9. Wax Poetic Candle Bar, Grand Rapids
  10. Fanfare, Kalamazoo
  11. Martha’s Vineyard, Grand Rapids
  12. Rock & Road Cycle of South Haven, South Haven
  13. Patricia’s Chocolate, Grand Haven
  14. Global Infusion, Grand Rapids
  15. Black River Books, South Haven
  16. Pedal Bicycles, Kalamazoo
  17. Books & Mortar, Grand Rapids
  18. Rebel, Grand Rapids
  19. Evergreen Lane Farm and Creamery, Fennville
  20. Gazelle Sports, Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo
  21. Flagship Specialty Foods & Fish Market, Lakeside
  22. Tweed Baby Outfitters, Holland
  23. Nord Jewelers, Kalamazoo
  24. Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids
  25. The Corner Record Shop, Grandville
  26. Holland Peanut Store, Holland
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