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Best Holiday Shopping in Traverse City

The time for holiday shopping is upon us, a season defined by easy go-getters, fate-guided flaneurs, last minute dashers, and excel sheet planners! However, the annual question remains the same: what can you get that compliments all the beloved people in your life? For the eccentric, serious, silly, and fancy, the perfect gift lies waiting to be discovered.

Fortunately, Traverse City is home to a cornucopia of shopping stores and boutiques with gifts that will be sure to please even the pickiest. If the shopping scene sounds too good to be true, it only gets better as you dive into the local history of each retailer, all near Delamar Traverse City. Here are some of our favorite places to shop (you might even find a treat for yourself):

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, head to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Set in renovated buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, The Village is nestled within 480 acres of preserved parkland and features a dazzling array of unique shops. 

The Village’s indoor marketplace is home to local, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques that highlight what makes Traverse City so special. Discover craftsmanship in gorgeous jewelry, apparel, and accessories that are found nowhere else. We all know that shopping leads to a strong appetite and The Village offers plenty of restaurants and beverage experiences to try.  

Downtown Traverse City

The quaint streets of Downtown Traverse City are nothing short of a pleasure to walk through. Brimming with shops that warrant a full blown shopping spree, spend the afternoon touring local businesses for a smorgasbord of gift ideas and delights. 

While shopping in Downtown Traverse City, you’ll be sure to also find a refined selection of restaurants and attractions worth checking out once the shopping winds down. Or if you love spontaneity, sprinkle in a quick lunch bite and gallery visit along the way! 

Wilson Antiques 

One of the best ways to find unexpected treasures is by visiting an antique store. Dive into local history by visiting Wilson Antiques in Downtown Traverse City. Established over 30 years ago and home to over 40 dedicated dealers, Wilson is an emporium of neatly curated items that will have you marveling for hours. Discover unique, collectible, and memorable items that transcend time and are certain to pique the interest of anyone shopping with intent or curiosity. 

Wilson Antiques has everything from vintage toys & comics, regal furniture & jewelry, sports memorabilia & glassware, and so much more. Their welcoming employees and four floors are a shopping galore for anyone who loves gifts with a story and significance.  

Horizon Books

There is nothing like combing through the bookshelves at an independent bookstore, and Traverse City has one to remember for the ages. Plus, what’s better than a gift that reflects one’s interests? At Horizon Books, discover recipe books for the aspiring cook, novels for the bookworm, illustrated stories for young learners, or stumble across that unexpected book that you know someone would instantly adore. 

Not only do they have a special collection of rare and unique books, Horizon also publishes its own non-fiction that primarily delves into Michigan’s history – perfect for anyone with an interest in local tales, notable biographies, and state traditions.  

Miner’s North Jewelers 

Discover dazzling gemstones, luxury watches, custom jewelry, and more at Miner’s North Jewelers. This exceptional and local jewelry store has been adding that extra sparkle in customer’s lives for more than 40 years and carry a stunning array of pieces. 

Miner’s North is also the only place to purchase Shinola goods in Traverse City. Whether you are looking to gather inspiration or have that perfect piece in mind, this is the place to visit for finely curated watches and jewelry to make the holidays even more brilliant! 

Great Lakes Bath & Body

There is nothing like handcrafted body care and Great Lakes Bath & Body does it right. Shop artisan soap bars, bath fizzies, lotions, salts, and candles all from Downtown Traverse City to turn any bath into a relaxing spa night. All their products are crafted for sensitive skin and use high quality, all-natural, ingredients. 

Great Lakes Bath & Body also features products from Paperworks Studio where you can find beautiful handmade cards and paper, perfect for that special holiday note. 

Cherry Republic

There may be no better place for a quintessential Michigan gift than Cherry Republic. As the largest producer of sour cherries in the United States, Cherry Republic reimagines, redefines, and always delights with their unique cherry products. 

Swing by their store in Downtown Traverse City where you can sample nearly 200 cherry products, including cherry wine and soda pop, as you shop for that perfect gift. If you know someone who loves cherries, Cherry Republic should be at the top of your list!

Shop with Ease for the Holidays

Spend this season having fun during your holiday shopping in Traverse City and discover the local businesses that bring life, joy, and culture to the region. And while you’re out buying gifts for others, take the chance to treat yourself too. Coordinate your shopping strategy from Delamar Traverse City and indulge in the epitome of luxury, fine dining, and fun events. If you loved your adventure through Traverse City and the experience of Delamar, give the gift of a Delamar experience with one of our gift certificates, and make that special someone’s holiday even grander!

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