JACKSON, MI – With Christmas cheer in the air, highlighted by decorations and lights, downtown Jackson itself is a hidden gem of holiday shopping.
Whether it’s for a friend, relative or office party, there are plenty of shops downtown to make holiday shopping a breeze. Here are five great places to find the perfect gift in Jackson.
1. Anna’s Gifts and Home Decor
Anna’s Gifts & Home Décor has been a place for Jacksonians to find gifts, decorations and home essentials for decades, but after 38 years, owner Anna Kusterer has decided to close the store early next year.
However, before they close, people can still pick up a Christmas gift for a loved one, including knickknacks, pillows, ornaments, clothes and more.
Anna’s Gifts & Home Décor, 401 N. Mechanic St., is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday until Christmas. The extra hours will also be closer to Christmas.
Read more: Anna’s Gifts & Décor is saying goodbye to Jackson after 38 years
2. Nostalgia Ink
Nostalgic Ink has been in downtown Jackson since 1984. The business was previously owned by Leonard Litteral before being taken over by current owner Tim Stairs in 2013.
Throughout the store, people can find a variety of pop culture items. In addition to a large line of comics, the store also sells graphic novels, action figures, trading cards and accessories, said employee Josh Kelly.
Card and role-playing games are also popular gifts, including “Magic: The Gathering” and “Dungeons and Dragons.”
Sales are happening through Christmas, including 10% off gift certificates and 50% off back issues. Almost everything else in the store is also 10% off during the holiday season, Kelly said.
Nostalgia Ink, 139 S. Mechanic St., is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
3. Rustic Market Co.
Sadie Bradley and her husband Dave opened Rustic Market Co. in 2018. Since then, it has been a place for unique gifts and stocking stuffers.
Filling the shelves are gifts and home decor items, soaps, mugs and several products from Michigan businesses. Women’s clothing, including the ‘Midwest’ sweatshirt, is popular with customers.
People can also find unique decorations, such as a stick of butter, donuts and a coffee mug. The boutique also has a children’s section, with Jellycat stuffed animals and other toys.
Rustic Market Co., 139 N. Jackson St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
CottonTales was in the Jackson County Tower building before it moved to its new location at 340 S. Mechanic St. 2016.
CottonTales features a large collection of toys not found at Walmart or Target. Popular gifts can be bought for children, teenagers or adults.
HABA toys are popular in the store, along with Hot Wheels, Melissa and Doug and Green Toys, which are a range of toys made from 100% recycled plastic, especially milk jugs. Also popular are puzzles and squishable plush toys, especially Plague Doctor toys, Kidder-McQuown said.
CottonTales, 340 S. Mechanic St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
FarmSudz, owned by Julie Konkle, specializes in natural skin and hair care products using ingredients such as goat’s milk, herbs and raw beeswax. Soaps, creams, balms and serums are made on site in both the Chelsea and Jackson locations.
The store has included all kinds of gift items this year, said manager Erin Valkuchak. These include kits for hands, feet, lips, face and the ‘Naughty Kit,’ which includes goat’s milk soap, which looks like charcoal.
“For those people who have to clean up,” he said with a laugh.
Individual soaps, shampoos and conditioners are also popular packaging materials, Konkle said.
FarmSudz, 229 S. Mechanic St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Honorable mention: Nevermore Décor Store, Jackson Candle Co., CK Barrymores and Blessed Nest.
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