To locate the perfect gifts for anyone on your list during the holiday season, birthdays or just because gifts throughout the year, we’ve got you covered. Several independent toy stores call Oakland County home, offering a variety of specialty toys and gifts that are guaranteed to capture your eye and delight your loved ones!
Are you shopping for someone on your list who enjoys handmade crafty treasures? Check out Green Hippo Gifts in Lake Orion which offers a variety of handmade creations from local artist and Union General in Clarkson which offers a selection handmade goods for your body to delicious treats and much more.
Looking for something specific? Check out our interactive map of toy stores and use the legend to sort by different types of specialty shops: Collectibles; Comics; Dolls; Games; Hobby; Magic; Anime, Manga & Kawaii; Blocks & Robots; Toys; and Toys & Gifts.
Can you feel the excitement and anticipation in the air? The holiday season is officially here and we’re thrilled to share our list of holiday events happening in Oakland County. There are so many ways to delight in the magic of the season during this special time of year.
View our list of Holiday Happenings. You’ll find everything from parades and seasonal excursions to performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs. Kids, young and old, are sure to have a jolly time!
Oakland County is home to eight “u-cut” tree farms. Enjoy the holiday tradition of cutting your own tree whether it’s your first adventure or an annual tradition. Check out our interactive map and full list to find the best tree farm for you:
Fall and winter hiking is an exhilarating experience, especially after a blanket of fresh snow. Don’t let the chilly weather hold you back; unless perhaps you are visiting snowbound Buffalo. The important thing is to be thankful that you have the opportunity to “Opt OutSide.” Make the day after Thanksgiving, a day to embrace the concept of Opt Outside! I’ll be out there too, not long after sunrise. I might even have a turkey sandwich stashed in my day pack along with a mug of hot cocoa.
The #OptOutside movement was started in 2015 by the outdoor retail company REI. The basic meaning of Opt Outside is to enjoy the outdoors on Black Friday instead of a crowded shopping frenzy. Since 2015, REI has closed its doors on Black Friday—inviting employees and members to spend time outside rather than shopping. This year, REI just announced their Opt Outside movement will be permanent for all their employees.
Many other retailers have joined a similar movement to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day to encourage employees and early bird shoppers to stay at home with their loved ones. In addition, Oakland County Parks and Recreation also hosts one of their Park Appreciation Days on Thanksgiving, when visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, playgrounds, dog parks and all park amenities.
There are plenty of adventures on the wilder side of Oakland County this season, whether you are taking advantage of Oakland County Parks Appreciation Day on Thursday, or Opting Outside on Friday (or both)!
Oakland County is looking for the next class of young adults who are “All Ways, Moving Forward” for the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Class of 2023. The award program seeks individuals under the age of 40 who are “all ways, moving forward” with high achievement in their professional field, creative innovation, or significant and essential service to their communities.
“Oakland Together 40 Under 40 is awarded to people who are dedicated and committed to improving the quality of life in our county. I want to recognize and engage the next group of Oakland Together 40 Under 40 leaders and continue to support their efforts at creating a community and region that strives for collaboration, innovation, creative problem solving and success.”
Eligible candidates must be born after Dec. 31, 1982, and live or work in Oakland County. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate high achievement in their respective field, creative innovation or outstanding service in their community. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022.