(FLINT, Mich., Nov. 15, 2022) With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Flint & Genesee Chamber is encouraging shoppers to purchase their gifts from area businesses this year. Not sure where to start? The division recently solicited gift suggestions from its members and used the submissions to create its first-ever “Flint & Genesee Chamber Favorite Things” round-up.
“Flint & Genesee is home to a number of businesses that offer products and services that would make great gifts for family, friends and co-workers,” said Andy Younger, executive director of Flint & Genesee Chamber, a division of Flint & Genesee Group. “By shining a spotlight on some of those businesses, we hope to inspire our community members to shop small and support local this holiday season.”
The Chamber’s “Favorite Things” feature more than 20 gifts ideas from Chamber members that make it easy and fun to find the right gifts for the people on your list. The list is organized into six categories, including experiences, fashion & beauty, flowers, food & drink, personal & professional development and personalized items.
- Tickets to a performance at FIM Whiting Auditorium, FIM Capitol Theatre, FIM Flint Repertory Theatre or FIM Flint Symphony Orchestra, or classes at FIM Flint School of Performing Arts. thefim.org
- A membership to Flint Institute of Arts. flintarts.org
- Season tickets for Flint United Basketball. Must purchase by Dec. 16.
- A gift certificate to Spymaker Escape Rooms or Spymaker Axe Throwing. spymakerescape.com / spymakeraxe.com
- Ski and snowboarding rental packages for youth 12 and under through Shumaker’s Ski & Snowboard’s Junior Ski Program. shumakers.com
Fashion & Beauty
- All-natural skincare products from Elle Jae Essentials. ellejaeessentials.com
- Holiday-themed gift sets – such as foot cream and socks, wrapped to look like a snowman – from Mary Kay by Dana Kurdyla (810-516-7573) and Mary Kay by Kim Westfall (810-836-1632). Must order by Dec. 9.
- Stocking stuffers – e.g., handmade soaps, bracelets, essential oils – or a gift card for your favorite thrifter from Reclaimed by Whaley. reclaimedbywhaley.com
- A gift card and premium product gift set from Refinery Hair Co. refineryhairco.com
- A wearable blanket poncho from Shopaholic Fashion & Gifts. shopaholicgb.com
- The Joyous Christmas Centerpiece – featuring a scalloped glass keepsake bowl filled with classic red roses and snowy lilies – from Bovan Floral Group. bentleyflorist.com
- Poinsettias, wreaths, porch pots and more from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint & Genesee County. Orders accepted through Nov. 15. bbbsflint.org
Food & Drink
- Cinnamon rolls – available in 50 varieties and flavors – from Cinnamom Bakery. cinnamombakery.com
- Loose leaf tea from Elations Health Tea. elationshealthwellness.com
- Fruit bouquets, platters and boxes from Edible Arrangements Grand Blanc. ediblearrangements.com
- Hot cocoa and s’more gift sets from Firecracker Marketing & Promotions. smoresdelivered.com
- Holiday gift baskets from Great Harvest Bread Co. grandblancbread.com
- The Michigan Gift Box – filled with a variety of made-in-Michigan foods – from Michigan at the Market. tastemichigan.com
Personal & Professional Development
- “I Thought You Knew… Confessions of a Chronic Assumer,” by Ellen Patnaude of LeadQuine. leadquine.com
- A gym membership to Sal’s Gym. salsgym.com
- Organizational services from Sweet Solutions Organizing. facebook.com/sweetsolutionsorganizing
- A bamboo cheese board set personalized with your company logo or text from Target Promotions. Available in quantities of 50 or more. targetwithus.com
- Personalized wooden coasters, drink caddies and more from Mott Community College Fab Lab. 810-232-4553
Please note that many of these businesses will ship gift orders to friends and family across the U.S.
To learn more about the Flint & Genesee Chamber, visit flintandgenesee.org/join or call 810-600-1404.
About Flint & Genesee Chamber
Flint & Genesee Chamber, a division of Flint & Genesee Group, is a premiere business advocacy entity that helps local business owners and entrepreneurs grow their network and visibility, develop their employees, influence public policy, and works with its partners to foster a strong business climate in Flint and Genesee County. For more information, visit flintandgenesee.org, and check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.