Every holiday, it's the same drill: Turn the calendar page, have a panic attack when you realize you have only a few weeks left to finish all of your gift shopping. This year, make it easy on yourself and save a tank of gasoline at the same time – shop within the Grosse Pointes and get everything you could ever need or want.
To that end, your happy holiday elves at Patch have put together a shopping list to ease your burden. Here are some suggestions for her, him, your favorite kid, the family pet and even home, sweet home.
All you need is one afternoon, some sensible shoes, and a nice big latte from or . Most areas have free parking during December, and the on select days.
Gifts for her
It's true what they say: If you can make mom, sister, auntie or the favorite grandmother in your life happy, then everybody's happy. For the chocolate lover, few things are as sumptuous as ; its succulent pecan toffees are dipped in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate and are available only this time of year. The girly girl will appreciate the stylish yet functional lingerie at , where every figure can find something flattering. In the Village, the fashionista in her will be delighted with a gift certificate from , , , , , or . And a gift card is always guaranteed to fit.
For him: For the outdoorsman, there is a sizable selection of hiking boots, water shoes, fleece sweaters and more at . The Mad Men fan will appreciate some fine dress clothing from in the Village or in The Hill shopping district. For the high-tech gadget guy, try a new set of iPod earbuds or docking station from Radio Shack on Mack Avenue. And if you want the best in stereo or television equipment, there is no end of holiday joy at Mack Avenue's Pointe Electronics.
For children: Little misses who love to dress up will adore the latest kiddie fashions from . Across the street, your little princess or cowboy-to-be can find their bliss at , where you can find everything from 99-cent stocking stuffers to outrageous show-shopping playthings. Just down the street, be sure to check out , where tots, tweens and teens can dress in one-of-a-kind fashions and pretty shoes. Then jog over to or , where you can pick up the latest volume of Pinkalicious or Pokemon for your lil' readers.
For home: The holidays are a great time to deck the halls. So start with some new luxury bedding from , where you can also find complementary artwork and accessories. Mack Avenue's many decorator shops, such as , the , and , have one-of-a-kind merchandise that would make any homeowner proud.