The Holiday Gift Guide

. November 26, 2013.

The best presents to give don't necessarily satisfy materialistic desires — they give us a chance to show our friends and family that we truly know them. We've found local experiences, presents and goodies to help you demonstrate your gift-giving prowess.

Loosen Up

Know someone who can’t stand the cold? Maybe their joints could use a rubdown to loosen them up. A therapeutic massage from Body Conscious integrates a number of massage modalities to soothe daily aches and pains and also offer preventative advantages as well.

Therapeutic Massage by Body Conscious
2454 E. Stadium Blvd. Suite B 734-929-5930 M-Su 9a-9p by appointment only




The Good, the Gaudy, and the Ugly

Have an ugly Christmas sweater party coming up? Thinking about hosting one? Ragstock has the best selection of ugly Christmas sweaters in town. Pick up a sweater in all different colors and sizes. Prices range from $25 – $75.

337 E. Liberty St. 734-997-0932
M-Sa 10A-9P • Su 11A-8P





Make it yourself

These Swarovski earrings are just a sample of what you can learn to make at Stony Creek Bead. Schedule a time to go learn from the experts at Stony Creek to learn how to bead. They provide the tools you need to create the best gifts of all – the ones that come from your heart and are made by you.

Stony Creek Bead
2060 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti 734-544-0904
T-F 10a-6p • Sa 10a-4p • Su 10a-2p




Jack of all trades

Right in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, this hundred-year- old shop has evolved from a livery stable and feed mill into an urban mecca of garden supplies, housewares and gourmet kitchenware. This is the perfect place to pick up unique ornaments and cool gifts for the holidays.

Downtown Home & Garden
210 S. Ashley St. 734-662-8122
M-F 7:30a-7p • Saturday 7:30a-5p • Sunday 10a-4p





Be the hit with chips

By only using three ingredients in the creation of their tortilla chips, the flavor and texture of these chips are the perfect snack. Be the hit of your holiday party by offering non-gmo corn, preservative free, gluten-free chips.

A2 Tortilla Factory
727 W. Ellsworth Rd. # 6 1-888-479-3587 Hours vary






Stay soft

With old man winter blowing around the corner it’s important to protect your skin. A salt scrub gift set ($38/3 4oz jars) made in house, uses pink Himalayan salt, organic sunflower oil and organic wild crafted essential oils. Try it once a week in the shower. Follow up with one of Jessica’s Body Oils to protect the skin against the elements for that soft, sensual skin.

Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary
301 N. 5th Ave.
M-F 10a-8p • Sa 10a-5p • Su 12p-5p





Exercise your body. Exercise your mind.

A2 Yoga is dedicated to healing your soul as you explore movement and ease your way into a greater body and life. They’re open every day allowing you to stay in shape as the sweets of the holidays taunt us. Through a variety of traditional yoga styles, they cherish awareness of the vital energy within you and inspire you to harness it to promote health and healing. The packages below include access to any class on our schedule

• 30 Day Unlimited Classes $115
• 90 Day Unlimited Classes $325
• 6 Months Unlimited Classes $625
• 1 Year Unlimited Classes $1200

A2 Yoga
2030 Commerce Blvd.
Sa-M 8a-1p • Su-F nights 4p-9p • T-F 7a-12:30p

For the birds

Want to fly? The Aviary is the place to learn and hone your skills. They offer classes in aerial silks, static trapeze, lyra and conditioning, as well as open gym hours to perfect your technique. Whoever said exercise is boring needs to get off the treadmill and in the air.

A2 Aviary
4720 S. State Rd. 734-726-0353






X marks the spot

With 8500 square feet of antique collectibles and household items, Treasure Mart has something even for that hard-to-buy-for person. The hundreds of thousands of peculiar items to peruse makes stopping in worth a visit. What makes the Treasure Mart more worthwhile? Selling on consignment means the dollars spent go back into the local community.

Treasure Mart
529 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI
48104 (734) 662-1363
M-S 9a-5:30p






Everyone knows that person that loves wearing spandex and
riding their bicycle like there’s no tomorrow. Maybe you’re that person. Wheels in Motion offers the best deals in bikes and gear and will meet or beat any SE Michigan bike shop deal. Stop in and get the gear you need to keep on riding, even in the cold.

Wheels in Motion
3400 Washtenaw Ave. 734-971-2121
M-F 10A-7p • Sa 10a-6p • Su 12p-6p





Ring Bling

You’re walking through the woods with your loved one as you enjoy the calmness of the cool air. Snow begins to fall. Suddenly it’s like you two are the only people in the world, frozen in time in the picturesque snow globe of love. Abracadabra has a great love of working with customers to design custom jewelry. They design rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, pins and more. No gift conveys love more than jewelry.

205 E. Liberty St. 734-994-4848
Tu-Th 11A-6P • F 11A-8P • S 11A-6P


DIYpsi Champions Local Artists (and here’s a PLAYLIST)

DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All

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The Mountain—’Spinning Dot Children’s Theater Company’ Premieres Play on Immigration

When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their