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It’s that time of year again! Peaceful walks through snowy Old Mission Point Park, lovely books by a gentle fire, “White Christmas” on Netflix … we love the holidays at Old Mission Gazette, and we’ve hand-picked the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday list – crafted by folks right here on the Old Mission Peninsula and in the Grand Traverse Region. This Local Gift Guide is brought to you by Old Mission Gazette, the Old Mission Peninsula’s only daily news source. To be part of this gift guide, click here or email Jane Boursaw, [email protected].
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Old Mission Boat Company

Have you ever wanted to build your own wooden boat? Local start-up Old Mission Boat Company has made it easier than ever. Co-founder Kurt Jankowski, Naval Architecture graduate from the University of Michigan, and his boatbuilder dad, Al, have designed a kit that lets even novice builders construct a beautiful wooden stand-up paddleboard in just days. Their unique construction method significantly reduces construction time and produces a boat that is lightweight and easy to paddle. Not a builder? Sign up for a building class or purchase a fully constructed wooden paddleboard. Paddle kits are also available. Purchase on our website or in person at our boat shop. Shop hours are by appointment.WebsiteFacebook; Email.

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Bella nōVA Essential Oils

We are a group of dōTERRA Wellness Advocates dedicated to educating and empowering you in your natural health journey! Upcoming free classes:
* Nov. 16, 5:30p – Happy Hour Make-N-Take. Make several different essential oil gifts for everyone on your list.
* Nov. 26, 6:30p – Cold & Flu Season. Learn how to combat seasonal threats
* Dec. 8, 10a – Coffee & Muffins Make-N-Take
* Dec. 14, 5:30p – Holiday Happy Hour. Spreading holiday cheer & talking oils
* Jan. 7, 6:30p – Essential Oils for Fur Babies
Classes are free; no RSVP required. Make-N-Take products are $10/each or 3/$25. Classes are held at Smith Chiropractic and Wellness, 3760 US-31, across from Meijer in Traverse City. For more info, call Kelly Rice, (231) 510-1859; Ruthanne Bohrer-Agosa, (231) 645-0665; or Shawn Saxton, (231) 866-0082. Follow us on Facebook.

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M37 Gear

This beautiful M37 line from OMPstore.com includes hats, tees, sweatshirts, car stickers, coffee mugs and more. The iconic M37 road begins at Exit 92 off I-94 southwest of Battle Creek, Michigan, following the path of an early Indian trail that connected the St. Joseph Trail near Kalamazoo to the Grand River Trail. At Alpine Avenue just north of Grand Rapids, M37 winds its way north through rolling hills and dense forests, passing crystal-clear lakes and streams, ending at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula. Buy M37 items at OMPstore.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Email [email protected].

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Lavender on Old Mission Peninsula

Our 10-acre farm, located in the center of the gorgeous rolling hills of Old Mission Peninsula, is home to 8,000+ breathtakingly beautiful plants. We are your hometown lavender farm, producing hand-crafted lavender products from thoughtfully sourced ingredients and our own French and English lavender varieties! We offer U-Pick Lavender, handcrafted lavender bath products, buds, sachets, essential oils, neck wraps and more! In order to bring you the best products possible, we’ve chosen nine unique varieties of lavender that thrive in the exceptional climate on the OMP. Purchase our products online through our website or by visiting us at any of our seasonal vending appearances throughout northern Michigan. Click here to see where we will be, and when! WebsiteFacebook[email protected]; (231) 642-6341.

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Nutcracker Sweets
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The Coloring Book for Grownups

The magical story and timeless beauty of The Nutcracker leap from the pages of Nutcracker Sweets: The Nutcracker Coloring Book for Grown-Ups. The book’s 45 detailed images feature iconic scenes, characters, props, moves and costumes of this seasonal treasure. From the festive party scene to the midnight fight between the Nutcracker Prince and the Rat King, this book is a feast of all things Nutcracker. The regal Snow Queen reigns over her swirling Snow Flakes before Clara and her prince enter the Kingdom of Sweets. A special entertainment follows featuring dances by sultry Arabians, leaping Russians, and swirling flowers. Clara’s exciting dream culminates with a Grand Pas de Deux by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier. Buy it for $12 at tututhepointe.com. Email [email protected].

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Benjamin Twiggs Cherry Products

Benjamin Twiggs’ gourmet gift boxes perfectly capture the flavor of Traverse City. Founded in 1966, as Traverse City’s first cherry shop, we specialize in local product gift-giving. Cherry gift boxes and baskets make excellent choices for your family and friends. You’re bound to find cherry gifts perfect for your chocolate lover, or indulge others with one of our cherry salsas or a sour cherry flavor. We offer corporate discounts for your business clients, too! All of our cherry boxes and baskets ship safe and fresh to delight someone special in your life. Located just east of the base of Old Mission Peninsula with free parking, we are happy to help you choose the perfect gifts in the shop to take with you or for us to ship. Or, shop online from home! 1213 E. Front Street (in Campus Plaza) in Traverse City. Website; [email protected]; (231) 649-1032; Facebook; Instagram; Twitter.

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Haserot Beach Tee

Where’s your Happy Place? If you’ve spent time at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula, we’re guessing it’s a top contender. Now you can wear your Happy Place all year long with this fun t-shirt that celebrates the little beach in the heart of Old Mission. Buy it at OMPstore.com. While you’re there, shop for OMP and Northwest Michigan apparel, home goods, vinyl car stickers, photo prints, artwork and more. Your purchases help to support the online newspaper Old Mission Gazette and a small family business devoted to the Old Mission Peninsula community. OMPstore.com[email protected]FacebookInstagram.

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Empireblu Vintage Furnishings

Gifts for all can be found at Empireblu Vintage Furnishings in Traverse City! Vintage and antique furniture and decor, furniture painting classes and parties, custom furniture painting, estate sales, staging, decorating and organizing. Purveyors of Bungalow 47 Furniture Paint. Upcoming Events at Empireblu:
* Holiday Open House: 11/17, 10-6
Regular Store Hours:
* Monday-Saturday, 10-6
* Sunday, 10-3
Empireblu is located at 1123 E. 8th Street in Traverse City. FacebookInstagram; [email protected]; (231) 944-0643.

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Neahtawanta Candle Co.

Born and raised on Neahtawanta Point on the Old Mission Peninsula, Celeste (Leonard) Johnson has been hand-pouring her 100 percent dye free, essential oil fragranced, natural soy candles for 10+ years. Sold locally, they’re available in 6 oz. tins for travel ($8) and 9 oz. glass jar candles ($14). They burn very clean and have a very long burn time. Celeste will be selling candles at the Lake Ann Market (Lake Ann Town Hall) on these dates, 10a-2p: Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. You may also order via email, [email protected], or by calling (231) 218-9484. Cash, local checks and PayPal accepted. She will also ship candles, with additional shipping charges. Follow the Neahtawanta Candle Co. on Facebook.

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Pure Imagination Custom Jewelry by equipparel

This handmade jewelry is where you love – on the OMP! Order one for you and more for gifts! Where is your Happy Place? Pewter disc necklace (16″ or 18″ silver plate with lobster clasp) or stainless steel wire bangle with heart (60MM). Made to order. Choose one text and one charm for $32 from:
* Text: OMP, N44°59′ W85°28′ (Longitude/Latitude), Happy Place, Best Place 45°, or create your own!
* Charms: Cherries, Tassel (request color); Swarovski crystal (request color); or no charm
Email [email protected] or call (303) 883-2337 for charm choices – we will let you know what we can do. We can also create custom pieces just for you. Contact us for details or shop on our website.

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Saving Arcadia
by Heather Shumaker

Read the book Traverse City book clubs are raving about!
* Michigan National Book Award Winner 2018
* Eric Hoffer Book Award, category finalist
* Indie Next Generation Book Award, Environment Winner
Pick up a copy of this David and Goliath conservation adventure story, set on our very own Lake Michigan shoreline, featuring people and places you love. Readers say:
“This book reads like an action thriller. It’s fascinating and mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down, and neither could my husband. All the people I’ve recommended it to have loved it and bought more for friends.” And from Jerry Dennis, author of The Living Great Lakes: “I highly recommend this book to everyone who cares about the Great Lakes.” Saving Arcadia is available wherever books are sold or at wsupress.wayne.edu. Follow them on Facebook; visit Heather’s website and Facebook page.

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Tutu the Pointe

After years of dance classes, community theatre dance roles, stints as a choreographer, and ultimately a dance boutique of her own, Traverse City native Kristen Hains took a short break to raise her son. Now, she’s once again rekindled her love of the dance and launched Tutu the Pointe, an online store offering fun, unique products created and sourced by a dancer for dancers at affordable prices. But you don’t have to be a dancer to love these one-of-a-kind gift items – coloring books to soothe your soul, beautiful jewelry, fun bags, lovely journals, creative stickers and lots more. Shop online at TututhePointe.comFacebookInstagram[email protected]. Wholesale orders are welcome.

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Warren Orchards Between the Bays

Choose from a variety of jams, honey, and maple syrup products; Wendy Warren’s pies from scratch; and breads and cookies from this farm that’s been on the Old Mission Peninsula for more than 150 years. Gift certificates are available in any denomination. You’re also welcome to customize your own gift basket! Contact us by email, [email protected], or call (231) 590-2363. Visit Between the Bays’ website here.

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OMPeace Gear

There’s never a shortage of trials and tribulations in the world, but when you head out on the Old Mission Peninsula, breathe a sigh of relief … peace is at hand. We invite you to slow down, decompress, and celebrate OMPeace, Love and Joy with this soothing collection from OMPstore.com. Buy coffee mugs, tees, sweatshirts, car stickers and more. Your purchases help to support the online newspaper Old Mission Gazette and a small family business devoted to the Old Mission Peninsula. Shop online at OMPstore.com; [email protected]; Facebook; Instagram.

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Effe Goods

Hand-crafted jewelry made on the Old Mission Peninsula from elements sourced worldwide – sterling silver earrings, wrap bracelets, cha cha bracelets and beaded bracelets. Combining new and vintage elements into beautiful and unique pieces. Choose from items on the Etsy shop, made of vintage Lucite, semi-precious stones and glass. Designs may be customized with your colors and bead type. Or, work with artist Heidi Jones to create a keepsake from your own vintage beads and buttons. Etsy; InstagramFacebook; [email protected].

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Chateau Chantal Wine Club

Have a wine enthusiast on your list? A subscription to Chateau Chantal’s wine club is sure to please. With three different club options, there is sure to be a selection tailored to their taste! More than just a wine club, a Chateau Chantal membership earns you exclusive behind the scenes privileges. Each spring, fall & winter, you will receive 4 specially selected, award-winning wines, delivered directly to your door! Membership also includes special discounts, complimentary tastings & private tours. 15900 Rue de Vin on the Old Mission Peninsula. Website; Phone (800) 969-4009.

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Secret Garden at Brys Estate

Unique, hand-made lavender products make one-of-a-kind gifts at Christmas for teachers, kids, adults and pets. Stop by and pick up a great Hostess gift for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings or shop online. Free shipping with any $40 order. Beautiful gift baskets, ranging from $20 to $75, include popular lavender body products, eye masks and neck cozies. Open weekends through November. Call for hours. After November, shop online or in the Brys Estate Tasting Room. 3309 Blue Water Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Website; [email protected]; (231) 223-4237.

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The Orphan Daughter

Traverse City author Cari Noga’s second novel, The Orphan Daughter, has a setting familiar to many of us: The Old Mission Peninsula. It tells the story of how two fragile souls – 11-year-old orphan Lucy Ortiz and her aunt, prickly empty-nester Jane McArdle – forge a family in the aftermath of tragedy. For both plot and characters, Cari mined the resources of the local resort and agriculture community. Co-protagonist Jane runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula. In real life, Cari subscribed to Barbara Wunsch’s Peak Season CSA, also located on the Old Mission Peninsula. BuyThe Orphan Daughter at Horizon Books, Brilliant Books and Amazon. Visit Cari’s website here.

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