M3 Group’s Gift Guide


In a gift-giving rut? No idea what to buy your boss, best friend or mother-in-law? Look no further, the M3 Group and Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle team have you covered! Check out our team’s top picks for perfect presents and get celebrating!

Austin Ashley
Let someone else deal with the hassle of grocery shopping: give the gift of unlimited free grocery delivery from Meijer with a subscription to Shipt at shipt.com/gift.

Ellen Dowling
It’s pretty simple to make your own bath bombs with ingredients most people have at home. All you need is a mold, so add your own combination of essential oils to make a unique smell!

Megan Fleming
Through the World Wildlife Foundation, you can adopt an animal in a person’s name. There are different levels that come with a certificate, a plush animal, a reusable bag and more. It’s a unique gift for an animal lover while also giving to an organization that protects wildlife.

Kerry Hidlay
The Petcube Play is for the animal lover in your life. This home camera has a built-in laser pointer and two-way audio so you can talk to and hear your pet. You can monitor your pet from your mobile device with the video capability and touch the screen where you want to point the laser for some pet playtime when you’re away. petcube.com/play

Kristopher Johnson
A gift book or “love book” is the perfect keepsake! It’s a book that you personalize online with an array of character models, text and imagery, and publish in paperback or hardcover copies for any friend, family member or significant other. Tell a story or piece together a shared memory to show someone they matter to you! lovebookonline.com

Skylar Kohagen
The internet is currently all about the Instant Pot, a crockpot and pressure cooker hybrid. Anything you could cook in a crockpot, and a lot of things on the stove, can be cooked in an Instant Pot and much faster. I’m adding this to my lazy cooking collection!

Joyce Ruttan
A journal to write down special sayings or happenings is nice, so someone can go back and reflect on special events or thoughts.

Jennifer Hodges
Since I am a native of North Carolina, I like to give my family Michigan-made items. I like to make a stocking for each family member and fill it with treats like Mackinac fudge, Traverse City dried cherries, Cravings popcorn, Better Made potato chips, Faygo drinks and Vernors ginger ale.

Manny Garcia
Update your old briefcase with style: The Coach metropolitan commuter is definitely on my Christmas list this year. It has a classic look and coach bags are built to last!

Mary Gajda
I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air, so I plan to craft all my gifts by making personalized mugs, signs, candle jars and more. If that fails, I’ll be filling cute jars with colorful rock candy and other treats!

Heather Thielking
Everyone has enough stuff — make it a memorable gift by giving an experience! You can purchase tickets to a theme park, zoo, concert, theater, wine/beer tour and a host of other activities.

Kristine Richmond
My husband and I keep it simple when it comes to giving each other gifts. With all the added expenses from buying a house a few years back, we decided to start a tradition of giving each other a stocking filled with personalized items, all for under $20. It’s a challenge, but it sure is fun!

Ami Iceman-Haueter
A friend of mine gave the coolest gift to his mom this year for her birthday and, I’ve thought that it was a perfect gift to give to someone that has it all: an Ancestry.com membership. You are basically giving them their family tree!

Adam Lansdell
Google’s newly released Pixel Buds come complete with gestures controls, external speakers to send commands to your android phone and the ability to translate foreign languages in real time! This might be perfect for an international business traveler, or perhaps a student planning to study abroad.

Melissa Dowrick
Around the holidays, it can be hard to get to the grocery store between all the parties you’re going to and hosting. Purchase a food-subscription box such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron!

Spencer Flynn
An awesome, personalized gift that is great for any family is a handmade “welcome” sign. You can work with the artist to make sure it matches their house and decor! etsy.com/shop/CorisLovelyCreations

Kelly Mazurkiewicz
For those in your life with a dog, a great gift to give for both the human and pet is a daycare package. While you’re away at work they can run around and play all day, allowing you to come home to a tired-out dog and relax after a long day of work.

Angela Carlone
For someone that loves to travel, a unique way to track your adventures is with a framed pushpin world map. These can be found on Etsy.com and can be personalized to who you are gifting it to.

Jill Bailey
I love to give scratch off lottery tickets because it’s something people don’t usually buy for themselves. When they win, they are so excited!

Jaime Hardesty
This year I am giving the gift of oils. I recently started using Young Living oils and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! Not only do they provide so many chemical free health and wellness benefits, they smell wonderful too. I can’t wait to gift my loved ones with something that is so beneficial for their overall wellbeing this year.

Mark Warner
For that friend or family member who is a music fanatic give the gift of a concert. It can be pricey but, depending on the venue, you will be giving a great gift and an experience full of memories that will last a lifetime.

Tiffany Dowling
For the person who seems to have everything, giving a personalized gift will impress. Monogramed kerchiefs, charms or a welcome mat with the family’s initial is practical and thoughtful. Remember to plan early so the customization can happen.

Zack Krieger
There are classes for literally everything nowadays. Give a unique gift that is sure to please your friends or family that they may not necessarily buy for themselves. Try a couples cooking class or an art class (with a side of wine), dancing lessons, etc.

Nikki Nicolaou
I’m a huge advocate for shopping local. Last year, I got stained glass pieces from Lansing Art Glass — they have all sorts of stained glass pieces to accommodate almost everyone in your life (even sports fans)!


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