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Detroit Holiday Gift Guide

If you have been reading this blog you’ve probably realized two things about me by now:

1. I love Detroit and don’t mind shouting it to the world.

2. I am committed to buying locally and supporting my local community.

So, I’m really excited to give you Detroit Moxie’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Do you have someone in your life that loves Detroit and Michigan as much as I do? Do you want to buy locally this holiday season and support your community? Maybe you’re just looking for cool, unique gifts. Whichever it is, I’ve put together this guide, which highlights local shops and local goods.

Gifts for someone who wears their heart on their sleeve

Detroit themed t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and accessories are a great way to proclaim your love of Detroit. My favorites include Detroit Manufacturing, Made in Detroit, and Pure Detroit. I own a piece from each of these companies and my Little Miss Detroit tee from Detroit Manufacturing always produces smiles.

Wearing your pride on a tee shirt isn’t just for the Lower Peninsula. Check out these fabulous t-shirts by Yooper Steez that feature only the Upper Peninsula. I love them! They are also a great conversation starter for people not familiar with Michigan’s upper half. As an added bonus, there is a 30% off sale until the end of November, which is today. (Use discount code NOV2009)

Upper Peninsula t-shirts from Yooper Steez.

Looking for something a bit more unique?

City Bird just opened up in Midtown in the Canfield Lofts and features homemade and vintage goods. The shop carries their own line of Detroit-themed goods plus the works of over 50 local and regional artists.


Also in the Canfield Lofts, and right next door to City Bird, is Bureau of Urban Living. You can find unique designer wares, stationary, and again, Detroit-themed art. They have a fabulous print of the Detroit footprint with each neighborhood named and noted. I wish I had taken a picture of it!

I spotted these amazing skateboard decks by Einfach Skate at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair and immediately swooned. The artwork is amazing! This is the perfect gift for the skateboarder in your life. Don’t have one of those? Me neither, but I could easily see these hanging on a wall or used in another creative way. Bookshelves, perhaps?

Speaking of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, check out all the vendors that attended for handmade goodness.

Even more art

Art for the Holidays from the Detroit Artists Market offers original art from over 100 local artists. Two other great places for holiday gifts are the DIA and MOCAD gift shops.

Something for the book lover

John K. King Used & Rare Books is a Detroit institution. This is the place to find out of print and rare books, it’s also a great place to browse and see what you find. You could spend hours in this place just looking around at over a million books! 

Leopold’s is the new bookseller on the block and I have yet to visit. However, from reading the reviews on Yelp it looks to be a hit. 

Gifts for the misplaced Michigander

Gift Baskets From Michigan puts together delightful treats from across the state and some are packaged in a crate that is in the mitten shape of the Lower Peninsula. Loved ones who have moved out of state will appreciate the flavors of Michigan.


You can also put together your own care package filled with local favorites including Faygo Pop, Better Made Potato Chips, Vernors Ginger Ale, Sanders Hot Fudge, and Germack Pistachios. 

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It's just sad that Faygo is owned by a Florida company and Vernor's is made and owned by a Texas company.

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Great list! I love it when people are able to see the great things that are made right here in Michigan. People just don't realize what a wealth of unique items we produce here.

Thanks for the mention, too! By the weekend we hope to have our new Made in Detroit gift box available. It's going to be good!

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I know it's sad about Faygo & Vernors but they are still Detroit originals.

Thank you! Can't wait to see the Made in Detroit gift box!

November 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

The new Made In Michigan "Michigan Ice Cube Trays" with (2) Trays of (8) Michigan cubes makes a nice gift or souvenir for relatives or friends who have moved out of our Great Lakes State. The ice cube which is formed from the trays are approximately an inch thick, an inch and a half from the top of the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Ohio border and the same from the western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Port Huron. To prove the product is Michigan Made, all of the suppliers of materials and services are listed on the back side of the packaging header card.
They are also great for the Camper, Cottage or Home.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterH C Hatch

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