So you find yourself in Ann Arbor in December. Maybe you’re visiting friends, checking out the college campuses, or even watching a football or basketball game. Whatever the case may be, you may decide while you’re here that it’s an excellent time to shop for holiday gifts for loved ones back home — or even local loved ones. Where do you shop, and what do you buy for the different people in your life? Here are a few of our suggestions in this year’s holiday gift guide:

For Kids

Ann Arbor has some great toy stores, including The Learning Express and The Little Seedling both on Stadium Boulevard. These stores are the perfect place to find gifts that will delight small kids as well as educate them. Do you want to reinstate a family game night? Consider Astro Trash, a game that gives kids a space adventure while also teaching them environmental responsibility. The TimberTots Treehouse Playset is great for precocious and imaginative toddlers. At The Little Seedling, you can find adorable blanket friends for babies as well as gifts for bigger kids. Looking for something unique? In Ypsilanti at the Unicorn Feed and Supply, you can find quirky stickers that make great stocking stuffers for any age.

For Sports Fans

Have any sports fans on your list? Ann Arbor is a great place to find the perfect gift for them. In fact, in some ways, a trip to Ann Arbor could be the gift. You can tour Michigan Stadium — aka The Big House, the largest football stadium in The United States. Tickets to a basketball game or football game are also a great option here. If you can’t bring your Wolverines fan with you, check out The M Den for merch catered specifically to fans.

For Pets

Sometimes traveling can really make you miss your cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes, or whatever pet members of your family you might have. So why not get a Christmas gift for them while you’re in town? The Pet Emporium is a great, locally owned pet store where you can find toys, treats, pet beds and plenty of cat and dog food. What about gifts for pet lovers? Consider adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Huron Valley — but only if you’re sure the gift recipient will truly want to keep them.

For Locals and Visitors

Are you visiting friends and family, or do you know someone who wants to visit Ann Arbor soon? Maybe you have a student getting ready to start college or go back to college at University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University? These people will have access to all of the stores where you might shop, and it could be more special to gift them with an experience. A museum membership, such as the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum or the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History could be a great gift, as well as lessons in some area that they might enjoy. Tickets to see a play or even season membership to The Michigan Theater is great for those who love the arts.

Looking for a place to stay while checking out Ann Arbor this holiday season? Contact University Inn today, conveniently located near the college campus, and of course, the stadium. Don’t forget, students visiting the college campus get 10% off if you book directly with us, as well as discounts for parents of UM or EMU student athletes.

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