This holiday season, you can help support small businesses while snagging an awesome deal when shopping in Ypsilanti. We’ve put together a quick-glance shopping guide based on interest to get started!

Explore this shopping guide and discover more of Ypsi. Remember to pick up something for yourself. You deserve it!

Your Shopping Inspiration

Ypsi-Themed Gifts 

Stone & SpoonArtisan home and garden goods make great gifts! Ypsilanti magnets, notebooks, water tower night lights- find a perfect present here.

Brick & Mortar Modern General Store: This modern shop carries Michigan-made products and Ypsi themed items. The creative owners also specialize in custom framing for the perfect gift.

The Rocket: Shop thousands of super cool gifts including Rosie the Riveter items, Ypsi T-shirts, and novelties. Browse ornaments, Pop! Figures, and a full wall of prepackaged candy. 

Unicorn Feed & Supply: This unique shop carries “Ypsi Sparkles” items, LGBTQ+ themed gifts, sticker books, and the softest stuffed animals ever (visit soon! Unicorn Feed & Supply will move online only after December 24,2023).   

View more Ypsilanti specialty shops here

Support Area Artists 

This, That & the ODDer Things: Pick out stocking stuffers and mystery pre-made gift boxes at TT&OT. Find artwork, tarot decks, spell kits, and one-of-a-kind finds here.

Twisted Things: Carrying work of 50+ area artists, shop organic apothecary and curious goods including oddities, plus ethically and sustainably sourced animal and plant items.   

Nelson Amos Studio: Give the gift of creative artist services including custom cards, framing for all sizes, oil portraits, and images of Ypsilanti to share the Ypsi love.   

Ypsi Art Supply: Have an artist in your life? Get professional artist items and several accessories here, located inside of Riverside Arts Center.

Art Galleries: Bring home a unique art piece from area art shows at The Gallery at Stone and Spoon and the Michigan Art Gallery. Visit 22 North for expressive and visual artwork. The Deep End Cafe & Gallery is also a great spot to browse available work.

Vendor Markets: Purchase artwork from talented artists at vendor showcases including Riverside's Holiday Art Fair. 

View more holiday events here.  

Only in Ypsi: Unique Retail

Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center: Specializing in African American literature, visitors can browse books, documentaries, and jewelry. Blackstone is also connected to the industry’s largest active book inventory.

The Conjure Goddess: Products are carefully crafted and positively intended to empower and connect. Browse manifesting oils and candles, cosmetics, sage products, and more.

World of Rocks: This popular specialty store carries rare gems, fossils, and crystals. Help design and create custom jewelry for loved ones with your choice of gems.

Evenstar’s Chalice: Spiritual supplies including prayer beads, candles, and services like tarot readings are available here. Give inspiring journals and artwork for the perfect present.  

Bloodroot Herb Shop: Browse bulk herbs & teas, plants, zines, and herbal ware in a beautiful historic building downtown. You'll feel welcome in this Ypsi space.  

View more area shops here.  

Coolest Clothing 

Puffer Reds: This family-owned business and entertainment destination carries the latest apparel exclusives, rare sneakers, and brands like Ivy Park and Nike for any age and style.

Love at First Try: Browse new arrivals and seasonal top picks at this boutique carrying curvy love apparel and the latest fly, fun, feminine fashion.

MIX: Browse a curated collection of artistically chic clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Each piece is a work of art and a fashion statement.  

Ypsilantique: This cozy spot specializes in vintage clothing from dresses to accessories to beautiful hats and more. 

Thrift Shops: Thrift shops in Ypsilanti offer toys, clothing, shoes, decorations, and all kinds of goods. Visit the Ypsilanti Thrift Shop downtown, and the Thrift Depot in Depot Town.

Antique & Vintage 

Salt City Antiques: Explore two stories of Mid-Century furniture, antiques, and books. Find a selection of retro holiday decorations and gifts that will take folks back in time.   

A2 Vintage: This downtown shop is a must-visit for vintage gifts. Discover nostalgic collectibles, clothing, records, and items from your childhood at this Ypsi gem.

Jim MacDonald’s & Apple Annie’s Vintage: This Depot Town storefront carries silver goods, apparel and hats, a selection of old and new toys, Kit-Kat clocks, and all things vintage. 

Ambient Antiques: Shop from a personal collection of carefully chosen antiques! From seasonal-themed items to the great piece you know someone will love, Ambient has it all.   

Lucky Haskins: Discover nostalgic treasures at this vintage shop! Rediscover toys, games, posters, and more from your childhood here. 

View more antique & vintage shops here.    

Hobbies & Special Interests 

Schultz Outfitters: This fly-fishing shop & guide service specializes in angling, instruction, and fishing trips. Schultz carries everything a fly-fisher needs.

ModelCave: Choose from model cars, planes, boats, and figures at this single stop model shop. ModelCave offers new and vintage kits, tools, paint supplies, and plenty of fun.

Olympia Skateshop: Stock up the skaters on your list with the right goods for the skateparks nearby. Buy footwear, apparel, skateboard decks and hardware.

Comics and Board Games: Visit Fun 4 All Comics & Games for new comics. Golden Rhino Games serves the tabletop gamers, and browse pre-owned games and consoles at Gamepawn Ypsi.

Love of Music  

Technical Equipment Supply: Discover hard-to-find music, branded beanies, books, skating decks, and totally unique gifts at this low-key, cool music and skate shop.   

Ziggy’s: Support area musicians and artists by buying comic books, CDs, cassettes, and other swag. Ziggy’s carries Michigan-brewed beer to purchase for the beer lovers. 

Grove Studios: This 24/7 recording studio and creative space offers gift cards for self-service music, DJ, podcast, photography and video, and Grove merchandise.

Wyrd Byrd: This unique shop carries everything from zines to rare music finds. Catch a movie and special events here through the season.

More records & music: Search through vinyl records at A2 Vintage;s new location this year, still located in downtown Ypsilanti. The thrift shops and Black Stone Bookstore also carry a number of records to choose from. 

Ypsi Experiences

Live Theatre: Ypsilanti is home to some exceptional theatre groups, and tickets make a perfect gift. See what Neighborhood Theatre Group has scheduled, and upcoming productions from Horizon Performing Arts and Eastern Michigan University Theatre.

Escape Room: Did you know Ypsilanti has one of the top three best escape rooms in the USA? Plan a day in advance to visit Decode Ypsilanti and treat your loved one to a fun activity.

The Newton: The Newton of Ypsilanti is a beautiful historic Inn holds a lot of interesting history and is just two blocks short blocks from downtown.  The Newton offers gift certificates to book later.

More Great Gift Suggestions 

Gift Cards: Pick up gift cards from Ypsi restaurantscoffee shops, and breweries and support small businesses through the holidays! This is always a win for gift-giving.

Sweet Treats: Bring home a dozen of Dom Bakeries donuts for a flavor of Ypsilanti for your out-of-town guests. Explore sweet treats here.

Workshops: Art hubs like Be Creative Studio and Riverside Arts Center host creative workshops of various kinds. Tipsy Ypsi also hosts paint 'n pours. Surprise someone with a fun day creating something new together. 

Health & Wellness: Ypsilanti is home to amazing studios like Zion Well with several offerings, even retreat packages. Mix Fitness Studios offers unique and fun trampoline classes and ways to keep active.

Give Back: Groups like the Secret Santa Society of Ypsilanti are giving back by supporting local families by collecting, wrapping, and delivering gifted donations.

Unicorn Feed & Supply let's go gifting


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