The gift shops in Grand Rapids’ local attractions offer one-of-a-kind items perfect for unique gift giving all year round.

If you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have time to tour local attractions with Culture Pass GR, don’t worry, because many attractions allow guests to access their gift shops without having to purchase admission to the attraction.

By shopping at these gift shops, you are supporting the missions of these cultural attractions, many of which feature locally-made products:

Most of the items in The Shop at UICA have a connection to a local artist.

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The Shop at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA)

The Shop at the UICA is home to a nearly 500 square foot retail space filled with over 200 items. The majority of the items in The Shop have a direct connection to Grand Rapids and the surrounding area since local artists, students, and vendors make them. The Shop currently offers sculptures, 3D works, screen prints, original illustrations and watercolors, paintings, and photography. Some of the shop favorites are jewelry stocked in a wide variety of styles, materials, and methods from artists around Grand Rapids. During the holiday season, The Shop also offers ornaments to give your home a festive local touch.

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA)

Located at 87 Monroe Avenue, the gift shop at GRAAMA carries a wide variety of Afrocentric items.

Local artists provide handmade clothing, jewelry, and dolls along with their own collection of GRAAMA logo mugs, tee shirts, backpacks, and bags. Customer favorites are Martin Luther King Christmas ornaments, Black history calendars, kente' scarves, and reflective backpacks.

During the holidays the GRAAMA store stocks Afrocentric holiday cards, calendars, Kwanzaa items, toys, games, and art to get you in the spirit. With prices ranging from a few dollars to limited art worth $500, there is something for everyone. And many purchases count as tax-deductible donations to GRAAMA.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Stocked with items specially selected by owners Nick and Trisha Stratton, the gift shop at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum ensures no one leaves empty-handed.

Toy reps by day, Nick and Trisha happily run the museum’s store and keep it stocked with items designed to encourage play and creativity. Nick and Trisha admit that the store’s most popular item is its popular stuffed animals on a leash -- a perfect gift for children wanting a pet.

Buying something from the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum gift shop is a gift that keeps on giving since 25-percent of the profits go right back to the museum.

Members of the GRAM receive 10% off their purchase at the gift shop and free gift wrapping.

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The Museum Store at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)

From art-inspired gifts for all ages, to 20th-century design classic furniture, The Museum Store at the Grand Rapids Arts Museum has it all.

With a selection that is constantly being updated, there is always a reason to stop by The Museum Store. Their products are made by local and international artists, and range from jewelry, decorative items, fun children's toys, art literature, and more. 

GRAM members also receive free gifting wrapping and 10-percent off purchases at The Museum Store, making gift giving a breeze! 

DeVos Keeler Gift Shop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The expansive DeVos Keeler Gift Shop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park carries a wide variety of items to meet the gift-giving needs of its diverse kid, teen, and adult guests.

With prices ranging from fun little things for less than $1, to original, rare, and unique Chuhily glass pieces selling $1,000+, there truly is something for everyone.

Customer favorites include everything from Pomegranate notecards, Joy Susan tote bags, and puzzles, Michigan Mints, and many toys. The shop also stocks up on holiday decorations and gifts.  

Don’t forget, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park members always receive a 10-percent discount at the DeVos Keeler Gift Shop!

Fan-favorite items of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum's Gift Shop include: Presidential mugs, key chains, scenic postcards, holiday ornaments, and Michigan-themed gift items.

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

From pencils to copies of Gerald R. Ford’s autobiography signed by Ford himself, the gift shop at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum has gift giving covered, especially for history buffs.

With most items ranging from $10 to $20, the gift shop carries hundreds of items throughout the year for people of all ages. Gift shop favorites include Presidential mugs, key chains, scenic postcards, holiday ornaments, and Michigan-themed gift items.

Best of all, a portion of gift shop proceeds helps fund museum exhibits and the attraction’s overall upkeep.

The Gift Shop at John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo is also home to its well-stocked gift shop, The Gift Shop at John Ball Zoo. The shop is filled with a variety of locally and internationally-made items for kids and adults.

Plenty of the products offered in The Gift Shop at John Ball Zoo pay homage to different cultures and animals. T-shirts, souvenir cups, key chains, hand-crafted items made by Kenyan tribesmen, handmade purses from India, and beautifully carved marble animal figurines are just some of the items you'll find in The Gift Shop at John Ball Zoo.

As an added bonus, John Ball Zoo members receive a 10-percent discount on all items in The Gift Shop at John Ball Zoo.

Additional Ideas

If you’re staying overnight, don’t forget to visit your hotel’s gift shop, too. The gift shop within the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and Plaza Essentials located within the Amway Grand Plaza offers goodies that go beyond the traditional gift shop items.

If you’re traveling through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, don’t forget to purchase a Michigan-momento at the airport’s gift shop conveniently located after TSA check-in.

And for the ultimate in Grand Rapids gear, visit the Experience Grand Rapids online gift shop; Open 24 hours for your convenience and shopping pleasure.

Did we forget a local gift shop? Let us know in the comments.

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