Unique gift ideas can be found all over Greater Lansing, like these pretty items at Kean's Store in Mason.

Unique gift ideas can be found all over Greater Lansing, like these pretty items at Kean's Store in Mason.

How do you prefer to tackle holiday shopping? I used to be a last-minute shopper. Not like Christmas Eve, but I'd put it off pretty late because frankly, I dont like it. But as I've gotten older I've learned there is a big upside to getting your shopping handled early. Not only are you not fighting the crowds so much, you also have time to think of a plan-B if something on your list becomes unattainable for some reason. So there's my first bit of advice, take it or leave it. The other thing I'm going to recommend to you is to really try as hard as you can to shop local! Not only does it give a boost to the small businesses of our local economy it also secures for you a far more unique and personal gift for your loved one. I mean honestly, yes, you can go out on black Friday and get a cheap $10 polar fleece pullover from a big box store but trust me, the person you're buying for doesnt want it and you dont want to be known as giving lame gifts. There are so many cool, unique to Lansing shops offering cool gift ideas, you really should get out and explore them. And, because you're getting an early start, you have time to even enjoy the process - imagine that!

Try a unique food gift from Cravings Popcorn or one of the cool vendors at the Lansing City Market. Old Town Lansing is full of Lansing-based shopping, as well as downtown Lansing and downtown East Lansing! Everything from jewelry to clothing to wine and other goodies its all right here. Don't forget the charming surrounding communities in the Greater Lansing area like Williamston and Mason. Cool antiques and pretty craft stuff perfect for someone on your gift list, I'm sure. Book or music lovers on your list too? Fear not? turn to great local places like Archives Book Shop, Curious Book Shop, Elderly Instruments or Flat, Black and Circular. Great Candy? Try Fabiano's. Wine? Try Burgdorf's Winery or Dusty's Cellar. Shopping for a moody foodie? Go with Between the Buns in Holt or the Peanut Shop downtown Lansing. So many local recommendations I could make to you I could go on and on all day. Instead of jabbering away I'm just going to send you to the shopping section of lansing.org - make a plan to shop local and not only enjoy Christmas shopping, but give the bests gifts ever!