2016 Holiday Gift Guide

. December 1, 2016.
Gift-guide

Washtenaw County has many independently owned, unique stores for finding that perfect present.

We’ve got the details on deals, gift ideas and holiday treats for everyone in the family— consider it our early gift to you.

Happy holidays!


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A2 Yoga

2030 Commerce Blvd.
734-216-4006 | a2yoga.net

A2 Yoga has been part of the Ann Arbor community for 13 years, and their staff and teachers are dedicated to helping others both on and off the yoga mat this holiday season. That means offering drop-in, multi-class and unlimited passes as well as clothing, books, mats and gift certificates for the experienced yogi and beginners alike. Head down to A2 Yoga on December 17 and 18 for 15% OFF all gift items and class passes. New to A2 Yoga, or the yoga scene in general? A2 Yoga offers a new student seven-day unlimited trial pass for only $20, and their friendly staff of yoga experts will get you into a downward dog in no time.

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Collected Works

303 Detroit St #107
(734) 995-4222 | collectedworksannarbor.com

Looking for one-of-a-kind items for the loved ones on your gift list? Collected Works is your one-stop fashion shop! Find hand-curated offerings in a plethora of styles from many American artists to satisfy all shopping budgets. Some unique things to check out – the Tipsy Zebra opera coat and the numerous silk scarves, especially the multi-color tube scarf. Also, fall in love with the beautiful jewelry and an array of other accessories.

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Ragstock

337 E. Liberty St.
734-997-0932 | ragstock.com

Everyone needs to bundle up this winter, and Ragstock has all the vintage and classic clothing for the fashion conscious. Their friendly staff will walk shoppers through all their clothing options and a numerous collection of holiday accessories. During the holiday season, there is nothing like an ugly Christmas sweater party! All of Ragstock’s vintage ugly sweaters are now 25% off. Bundle up, and look good doing it, or surprise your loved ones this year with a vintage gift from Ragstock.

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Lucky’s Market

1919 S. Industrial Hwy.
734-368-9137 | luckysmarket.com

Looking for local, natural products to wow guests during your holiday dinner? Lucky’s Market has got you covered thanks to their long history of partnering with local farmers. But Lucky’s isn’t only stocked with local food — their Natural Living department has candles, skin care products and many more gifts. Bundle up loved ones with the Andes Gifts care packages, hand-crafted gloves, hats and scarves from Peru and Bolivia, with proceeds benefitting thousands of indigenous women. With Lucky’s gift cards, your loved ones can select their own perfect product, or stock their fridge for the cold weather.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop

2280 S. Industrial Hwy.
734-996-9155 | a2ptothriftshop.org

Find everything for the holidays all in one place at Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop! They’ve got holiday trees, lights and decorations to make your house look like the best on the block, and they’ve got all sorts of party suppliesto help you entertain. There are also great gift ideas,including vintage and new items, holiday and warm weather clothing, as well as supplies to create a unique homemade gift. Check out the new SHOWCASE Space for collectable, antique items and designer jackets, clothes, and shoes.  Don’t forget that A2 PTO is still accepting donations over the winter, so clear out those old, never-opened gifts and grab something new!

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RelaxStation

300 W. Huron St. and 117 N. First St. Suite 30
734-623-1951 | relaxstation.com

The best part of the holidays? When the family is asleep by the fire, the shopping is finished and the cooking and dishes are all done. Time to finally decompress with the folks at RelaxStation. In case your family needs a hint on how to help you kick back, mention their gift cards, which can be applied to any service. RelaxStation also has E-Gift Cards available on their website, so your family doesn’t have to leave home to thank you for all your hard work this holiday. 

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Vis-a-Vis Salon and Spa

320 Miller Ave. #171
734-213-7455 | visavisa2.com

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. Why not head to Vis-a-Vis Salon & Spa, check out their vast service menu and get rewarded for all your hard work at the same time? This holiday season, every Vis-a-Vis gift card purchase of $100+ comes with a totally free Holiday Gift Set (value $42), with V2 Heart-Crafted Cosmetics, the spa’s own Ann Arbor-made, small-batch skincare line. Vis-a-Vis’ services include facials, massage, waxing, make-up, nails, airbrush tanning and more. Pamper your loved ones and take advantage of a great deal! Holiday Gift Sets available in December, while supplies last.

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