2020 has been one rough year, but at least the holidays are finally around the corner! Now more than ever, small businesses need your help to stay afloat this year, so we wanted to put together a quick and easy guide to help you shop local this holiday season and give your loved ones some unique gifts! To make it easier for you, we’ve broken up some shops by Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland areas…check it out below!

Saginaw Small Biz

(Source: Wub Store)

Wub merch for the fashion-focused or the Saginaw lover in your life! They also have kids beanies for the little ones!

Know some music lovers? Snag a record from one of the these record shops in town…yeah you have options, why not hit up all three? Audiogazing, The Listening Room, and Records & Tapes are sure to have some treasures for you to gift!

For the Foodies in your life, you cannot go wrong with a gift card to any of the many awesome restaurants and bake shops in town. Get some delicious artisan bread from The Bread Guy  or treat your sweet to some sweets from Patisserie. Basically, it’s impossible to go wrong with food!

Purchase a tattoo gift card from one of the local shops here in town like Old Town Tattoo or Drunken Monkey!

Find something totally unique at any of the many shops at SVRC! At SVRC you are sure to find something to take home for your friends and family…and probably yourself.

Bay City Small Biz

Did you know you can order coffee beans with a custom image on the bag? Get the caffeine addict in your life a bag of beans from Populace Coffee and put a picture of their animal or their favorite person, it is sure to bring a smile to their face!

For the cheese lovers, check out Artigiano for a wide assortment of fine cheeses and other goodies to go along with it. Not sure what to get? You can purchase a gift card on their site! If you don’t think your person you’re shopping for is a cheese person, there are tons of sweet options to choose from at St. Laurent Brothers right around the corner.

Know someone who enjoys the finer things in life? Get them a cigar from Timothy’s Fine Cigars. Even if you have no clue what you’re looking for, they’ll make sure you get the right cigar for whatever occasion you’re looking for.

(Source: Public House Bay City)

Treat your friends to some pre-crafted cocktails (yes, that’s cocktails ready to go, no assembly required!) from The Public House, or snag a gift card to their sister store Harless & Hugh Coffee!

Be the coolest gift giver this holiday by supporting the Electric Kitsch …they’ve got retro clothing, eclectic items, and records galore! We all have a hipster in our life that would love an item from them.

Purchase a certificate for a new hair cut or massage from Looks Unlimited! Know someone who is into self care? Can’t go wrong with services from Tondue Medical Spa!

…& finally if you haven’t noticed a trend, food is on our minds. Purchase gift cards to any of the local restaurants in Bay City… there are tons to choose from. Bier Garten, MI Table, VNO Wine, are just a few to get your gears rolling…seriously, there are TONS of great food options!

Midland Small Biz

Snag some coffee beans from Loch Coffee Company or check out their merch!

Check out Peel ‘n Pare for some nice kitchen gadgets for the chef if your life, they’ve got everything from cookie cutters to cooking oils, and tons more to see. After you hit them up head down the street to Little Forks Outfitters for some great gear from Yeti and Patagonia!

Serendipity Road is sure to have something for you, and they’ve already got gift ideas highlighted for you on their Facebook page.

Imagine That has an assortment of different art and custom gifts to choose from in their store front! They are a group of artists who have joined forces as a co-op to bring great art to the community.

When in doubt…gift cards always do the trick. Midland has so many restaurants to choose from, Molasses , Gratzi, Diamond Jims, Witchcraft, Pizza Sams…the list could go on.


As always, we would love you hear from you there are some local shops that you personally love that you don’t see on the list…hit us up on our Facebook page or Instagram so we can share more love to our local businesses!