Ideas to finish your gift shopping close to home

It’s the final stretch of holiday shopping! Skip the long lines and stress of shipping delays by shopping locally. You can find the perfect gifts for your loved ones in Kalkaska, and support community businesses at the same time.

Holiday Decorations

Kalkaska Floral and Klump’s Flower & Garden can produce a stunning centerpiece for the table or elegant fresh wreath. Small Town Girls displays offer country chic decorating touches, candles and custom orders.  Although not in downtown, Past to Present Emporium on M-72 gives you beautiful ideas for those that treasure antiques and the unique. Refinished furniture and home decor to deck your halls and plenty more to look at fill the store wall to wall.

Tasty Treats

Go to Sweet Shannon’s to find local crafter’s wares, cakes, cupcakes, handmade caramels, lots of fun candies perfect for stockings, teas, soda, and you can even place an order for a Christmas pie or pounds of smoked meats from R&B BBQ



At Jack’s Sport Shop find winter boots, fishing hats, insulated flannels, hats, hand warmers, safety vests, pocket knives, and a huge array of hunting apparel. Add a new fishing pole, an array of lures or even a new bow for the outdoor enthusiast.

Don’t forget about the clothing and gift section at Northland Food & Family Center. Carhartt coats and overalls, soft women’s sweaters, winter hats and gloves for all ages, robes, socks, wallets, purses, and fun Kalkaska sweatshirts can all be purchased when you stop for your Christmas ham, eggnog and candy canes. 

Handy Gifts

Just across the railroad tracks McLean’s Home Center has bird feeders, outdoor thermometers, kitchen appliances, power tools, snow shovels, tape measures, project materials and bicycle accessories. Does someone you care about need an ice scraper or some nice warm gloves? McLean’s has those too!

More Spirit

Maybe nice bottles of wine and a local liquor are the gifts you are seeking to give. Check out the huge selections at Pick KwikFamily Fare, and Saco’s for international, national and regional libations. 

Something Extra

In the heart of downtown Kalkaska shoppers can find several colorful retail options offering inspiring home decor and funky gifts for all of the creative and fun loving people on your list.  Quirky Headquarters is packed full of flair and bright colored toys, adornments, and extras. 

One of the newest shops to open just in time for gifting season is The Shopping Basket located on Elm Street has rooms loaded with wood and fabric crafts, jewelry, wall art, books and lots more.

Re-home for the Holidays

If buying new stuff isn’t in your budget this year, check out the new and gently used items at Kalakska’s two downtown resale stores. You never know what treasured gems could be unearthed at KAIR Resale Store and Hidden Treasures


One Size Fits All

Gift cards and certificates can be purchased from nearly all Kalkaska retailers, restaurants, personal services, vehicle care and specialty shops. Gift cards come in most any denomination and will always fit everyone on your list.

Keep it local for the last few shopping days this holiday season. There is no gambling on shipping because you can walk out with gifts in hand and ready to wrap. 

Save your time, enjoy browsing and come explore Kalkaska.

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