We’ve been alligator hunting at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

alligator heads

Your stories about a gator in Goguac Lake will be more believable when you have an alligator head to show off. We’ve restocked the 6-inch alligator heads. They are well preserved with dark glass eyes, and they’re teeth are quite sharp too.

You can give one to the person who has everything or use them to play practical jokes on family members and co-workers.

We also still have a large 13″ alligator head lurking about.

Also in the alligator category are knives carved from alligator jaw bones. They have a real Tarzan vibe. Add one to your collection of oddities and fossils.

alligator jaw bone knives

To shop for unique gifts like these or pick out something practical like a hat, pocket knife, or soy candle, visit our store at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lakeview Spartans Homecoming 2016 this October 7th


Because of the location of our store on W. Columbia Ave and 28th Street, we always stock Lakeview Spartans hoodies and t-shirts in both adult and kids sizes.

The homecoming parade goes right by our store and lots of people line 28th street on both sides of Columbia to watch it. The police close Columbia for a little while so the parade can go through. Lots of people usually attend the tailgate party across the street in the middle school parking lot and watch the parade as well.

The Lakeview Spartans will be playing Norrix at 7 p.m. The parade goes by here usually between 6 and 6:30. The parade route starts by Calhoun Christian, goes down Territorial, and then comes down 28th Street to the stadium area.

In the week or two leading up to homecoming, people like to pop into our store to get a hoodie or a t-shirt to show their support for the Spartans.

Last year, we discovered that people who had grade-school kids walking in the parade came to our store because we had Lakeview shirts in kids’ sizes, which aren’t as readily available at other stores. District schools often have t-shirt sales prior to homecoming, but if you miss the deadline or the order form gets lost among all the other bales of paper the grade schools send home, we’ll have the kids’ shirts that you need.

Right now we have t-shirts in purple (adult & youth) or gray (adult). The purple ones are 100% cotton and the gray ones are 50/50 cotton polyester blend. They are made from nice quality Gildan shirts. Hoodies are also Gildan brand and a 50/50 cotton polyester blend.

Hoodies $23.99 and t-shirts $10.99

As of today, we have kids’ purple Lakeview t-shirts in these sizes and quantities:

  • Small – 8
  • Medium – 10
  • Large – 10
  • XL – 8

Kids’ purple hoodies in theses sizes and quantities:

  • Small – 2
  • Medium – 5
  • Large – 4
  • XL – 4

Adult purple Lakeview t-shirts in these sizes and quantities:

  • Small – 7
  • Medium – 6
  • Large – 3
  • 2X – 2 ($12.99)
  • 3X – 1 ($12.99)

Adult hoodies in these sizes and quantities:

  • Small – 3
  • Medium – 4
  • Large – 18
  • XL – 13
  • 2X – 2 ($26.99)
  • 3X – 1 ($26.99)

Groups that want to put together a matching look might be able to find enough shirts at our store. Our location also makes it a convenient place to come in and get a shirt before the game.

We’re located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. and open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Touch and feel a knife before you buy it

knives for sale in Battle Creek

One of the best things about picking out a new knife at the Battle Creek Gift Shop is that you get to feel how the knife feels in your hands. You can compare different knives and pick out the one that fits your hand and feels like it will serve your purposes the best.

We keep our knives in display cases, and you can ask to see any of them. This offers you a better opportunity to find the perfect knife because other stores keep their knives in plastic clam shell packaging for the most part. And if you’re knife shopping on the internet, you’ll never know what you’re getting until it arrives in the mail.

Large Selection

We stock a variety of knives, and most of them are affordable. You’ll find Kershaw folding pocket knives, fixed blade skinners, survival knives, neck knives, and multi tools.

Speciality items like ninja stars, and swords and daggers are here too.

The store is located in Battle Creek, Michigan at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 am. to 8 p.m.



Exciting Books about Battle Creek Cold Cases, Crime King, and History

Books about Battle Creek, Michigan

We’re pleased to announce that we have Battle Creek books by Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester in stock at the store. Along with copies about the compelling cold cases of the murders of Daisy Zick and Maggie Hume, we have the writing team’s new release The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam “Pump” Arnold’s Vile Reign.

Packed with historical photographs and thorough research by Pardoe and Hester, The Original Battle Creek Crime King will introduce you to a Victorian era citizen of this town known as an assassin, pimp, bootlegger, arsonist, and loan shark. This book will relate the terror he inflicted on the residents of the town and then let you experience his public trial for the murder of his own son.

In the other titles, Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick and The Murder of Maggie Hume, you’ll get to examine the evidence and reach your own conclusions. The cold case about Zick is very vexing whereas the evidence in Hume’s murder points strongly in one direction although charges were never made against the suspect.

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Battle Creek: Postcard History Series

Carol Bennet and Kurt Thornton have created an interesting collection of postcards that show how the town developed from its frontier origins in the 1830s.

Also find at the store, another pictorial history of Battle Creek by Kurt Thornton.

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Whether you’d like to know about your home town, pick up a cool souvenir during your visit, or simply enjoy a good read, visit the store and buy one of these books.

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. We’re open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 269-753-1793

Swords for Sale in Battle Creek, Michigan

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Collectors, cosplayers, Renaissance festival performers, and people in need of edgy decor can find an expanding selection of swords at the Battle Creek Gift Shop. We’ve been selling knives since we opened in 2014, and we’re working on adding more swords to our inventory.


Because people like to buy them, and we think they look cool.

Good News on Prices

We don’t put crazy numbers on the price tags. We want you to be able to buy these fun items so you’ll be ready for an orc ambush on your way home.

As of today, we currently have in stock:

  • Sword with 23″ blade and brown sheath for $32.99
  • Napolean sword with 29″ blade for $29.99
  • Alien sword (48″) inspired by Klingon bat’leth for $59.99
  • Japanese katana with sharp 29″ blade and faux snake skin sheath for $29.99
  • Medieval broad sword with black sheath for $34.99
  • Eagle dagger with 11″ blade and decorative sheath for $18.99

The store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We’re located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Click here for directions so you can come see all of our knives. We also sell unique local gifts, hand-poured 100% soy candles, and concealed carry jackets.

Coin Rings and Coin Art

coin rings in Battle Creek

At the Battle Creek Gift Shop, you can select a handmade coin ring made right here in our shop. Half dollars, quarters, and Sacagawea dollars make sturdy and attractive rings. We even have a few rings made from old silver coins.

We also make coin art by carving designs into a coin. The half dollar jigsaw puzzle ($30) is a popular gift for the person who has everything.

hand cut half dollar coin puzzle

Custom Work

If you’d like a coin carved into a design of your choosing or a ring made to order, then come on in and talk to us. We can size your finger for a ring. If you want to surprise someone, try to sneak one of the person’s other rings into the store so we can size it.

Most projects will only cost about $20.

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What Else Do We Have?

Scott hand pours soy candles and wax melts. We have many scents available in the store. Next time you want a candle, choose ours because they are local made and affordable.

Our shop also stocks a large selection of knives, survival and camping supplies, backpacks, paracord, Petoskey stones, hats, and concealed carry jackets.

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 269-753-1793

Get Your Gear for the Battle Creek Field of Flight 2016

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is coming up on June 29 through July 4, 2016.

Our store is conveniently close to the action when you need to get something for a long day of fun outside. We’re at 1778 W. Columbia on the corner of 28th Street (first light east of Helmer Road).


Protect your head from the sunshine and heat with one of our Boonie Hats. They have a broad brim, vents, and chin strap to keep your hat on your head when the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds go roaring by.

Boonie hats
Boonie hats available in multiple camo patterns plus solid colors olive drab, black, khaki, and navy.

Backpacks and Bags

Are you in charge of carrying everything? Get a nice backpack or shoulder tactical bag to keep your things organized.

We have a large selection of Rothco backpacks and bags in a variety of sizes.

Michigan Souvenirs

If you’re visiting from out of state, you can find some souvenirs at our store. We carry a variety of Petosky Stone (state stone) items, including refrigerator magnets and jewelry. We also have some Battle Creek T-shirts and local-made items like coin art and tie-dye T-shirts.

Vintage-style Leather Aviator Skullcap

Show off your enthusiasm for aviation with one of our leather avaitor’s helmets. It might just be the thing to have during a balloon ride. We also have a selection of goggles too, including a pair that fits over glasses.

Choose from black or brown. $26.99 each.

We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the air show and balloon festival visit the event website.

Have fun and we hope to see you in the store. We’re just down the road from the airport.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

You might think that men are hard to shop for. Maybe you don’t know what to get them because they never indulge themselves. And there are those Dads out there who have everything they need or want.

At the Battle Creek Gift shop, even men such as these are easy to shop for.

We have gifts for the man who has everything…or nothing.

Shop here for:

  • Pocket knives
  • Wallets
  • Packable hammocks
  • Slingshots
  • Camo T-shirts and hats
  • Concealed carry jackets

Here’s an example of one of our nice hunting knives. It’s from the Buck USA line.

Buck USA hunting knife

For the man who is impossible to buy for, consider getting him a hand-cut half dollar coin puzzle. He surely does not have one, and this gift is local made. If that’s not good enough, how can you go wrong with a 13-inch alligator head? We still have one left.

hand cut half dollar coin puzzle

alligator head

If your dad likes Ford Mustangs, we have some cool collectible prints and posters from the 50th anniversary of the car. We have an 8-pack of hero cards for only $4.99. Or get a poster that shows every Mustang model for only $4.99.

50th anniversary Ford Mustang collectibles

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shop Father’s Day gifts here.

Graduation Gifts at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

Find your grad something useful or sentimental that will help him or her travel through the next stage of life.

Medium transport pack from Rothco

At the Battle Creek Gift Shop, we have a big selection of backpacks in different sizes. Pictured above is the Medium Transport Pack from Rothco. It’s one of our most popular styles for $48.99.

If your grad is going away to college, this durable bag will offer years of utility. The backpack features:

  • 600 denier polyester construction
  • Large main compartment with zippered pouch and mesh pocket
  • 3 additional zipper pockets and storage compartments
  • MOLLE loops for adding accessories
  • Hydration bladder compatible (bladder sold separately)

If your grad would like something smaller, consider the versatile MOLLE Tactical Tech Bag. It’s only $19.99.

Tactical Tech Bag

The Tech Bag features:

  • Padded interior for carrying tablet or small laptop
  • MOLLE loops for adding accessories
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Interior zippered pouch
  • Exterior pocket

If you want to give your grad the tools to brave the world, come browse our backpacks, compasses, personal safety items, hats, shemagh scarves, and Petoskey Stones.

For Lakeview Spartans graduates, consider getting them a Lakeview hoodie or T-shirt to remember their teenage years by before they go off to new adventures. We also have some Battle Creek T-shirts.

Lakeview Spartans t-shirts and hoodies

Our family-owned store is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’re located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. Stop on by and shop for graduation gifts.

Big Selection of Knives for Sale at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

shop for knives in Battle Creek

Our store is the place in town to shop for a new knife. You’ll be able to examine our inventory and choose the one that fits most comfortably in your hand and serves your purpose.

We carry popular brands like KA-Bar, Kershaw, Cold Steel, and Buck.

Our selection includes:

  • Pocket knives
  • Fixed blade knives
  • Hunting knives
  • Multi tools
  • Throwing knives
  • Ninja stars
  • Survival Knives
  • Neck Knives
  • And one machete

If you’re looking for a particular type of knife, we might be able to special order it for you. We buy stock about once a month, if not more often, and we have access to thousands of styles, including high-end knives. We might be able to beat the prices you see on the internet for a premium blade, so talk to us first.

We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’re located on the corner of 28th Street at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. in Battle Creek. Our phone number is 269-753-1793.

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