Local Gift Ideas

The holiday season is here and, for many of us, it’s time for last-minute gift shopping … but what if you want something that stands out from the usual wares at chain stores? Where to begin?

Luckily, the city of Warren hosts many local shops that residents can support, offering a variety of gift ideas.

Know someone who loves collecting antiques? Since the early 1970s, Silver Quill on Van Dyke (south of 9 Mile) stocks carnival glass, vases, teapots, china sets, and ornaments that would satisfy the collector in your life. Most items are no less than 70 years old.

Do you have a friend or relative who is a teacher? According to their website, the family-owned Learning Gizmos offers “school supplies, family-friendly educational games, tons of resource books, decoratives, posters,” as well as special programs for schools & families like “Family Math & Game Nights.”

If someone you know is a model builder or R/C (radio control) enthusiast, there are certain to be many gift options at Prop Shop Hobbies. Established in 1975, the family-operated store offers plastic and wooden scaled model kits, rockets, puzzles, tools, building materials for DIY projects, and much more.

For the person in your life who likes vino, AHD Vinters offers a variety of labels from across the globe – from Australia and Morocco to New Zealand and Portugal – along with a few American varietals, including some bottled in the state of Michigan.

To show your patronage at these and other local businesses, you can start your search here.