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Detroit Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Stocking stuffers? Hostess gifts? Prezzies for the Detroit lover in everyone? Check, check, and check! Detroit Moxie brings you a few of my favorite things to help with your holiday shopping, all with a bit of Detroit flair.

Whether you’re sending something to your Detroit expat loved one or running out the door on the way to a Christmas party, I’ve got you covered!

Bonus: All but two of these gift suggestions are less than $40! Yes, there are two splurges that I couldn’t resist.


City Slickers: How cool are these tee’s from the Detroit City Futbol League? Find them at Bureau of Urban Living on Canfield. ($24) ~ Perfect for the book hound, Reimagining Detroit by John Gallagher looks at our city from a different perspective. ($20) ~ Not all toys have to be for the little ones! Pick up this Detroit-themed figurine at Lift Designer Toys & Gallery in Royal Oak. ($38)

Adventure: “I’m FLYING a plane” will be the new “I’m on a boat!” Experience Detroit from above while manning the controls with a 30 minute flying lesson. ($129) ~ Pop open a bottle of Sex or Detroit from the M. Lawrence line from L. Mawby and start celebrating. Find the bottles at your local shop. ($15) ~ Flip through the pages of “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins” and take a glimpse into Detroit’s past and present. ($25)

Pure Class from Etsy: No more naked walls! Detroit’s motto, “We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes” is just as appropriate now as it was after the fire. Hand pulled screen print from Perfect Laughter. ($15) ~ This Detroit Typewriter photograph on metallic paper from LilacPOP Photography is sure to spruce up any wall. ($30) ~ Style makes the man and this snazzy bow tie from toybreaker is silkscreened with a blueprint of Cass Tech High School. ($40)

Baby Blues: I can haz football team? Our Lions continue to break our hearts; it’s time to send the kitties out on the field! Detroit Kittens Football t-shirt from Café Press. ($23) ~ Tune into the Horse Power EP by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and prepare for hypnotic jams. ($4-$6) ~ Hang a bit of Twitter on your Christmas tree with this tweetable bird ornament from Bronner's. ($7)

Red-Blooded: Add some zip to your festivities! McClure’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix is the perfect cure to your holiday hangover. ($10) ~ What Motor City gal wouldn’t love this large tote made of seatbelts from Pure Detroit? Plenty of room to stash all your gifts! ($115) ~ Lather up in city style with these ultra cute Detroit map soaps from City Bird. ($6)

If you still haven’t found that perfect gift for all that are on your list check out The Detroit Shoppe at Somerset and Goods in Midtown.

Happy shopping!

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Good stuff. I'm going to have to try the McClure's Bloody Mary Mix. I also recommend these Michigan goodies from around the state.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Chilcote

Great roundup of unique Detroit items, Becks. Too bad my wife already got my presents. Hmm, guess I might have to do some shopping of my own :)

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Thanks Tim. Great post, will you share some of that wine with me?

Thank you! Yep, I found a few things I want to buy for myself. That's allowed, right?

December 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Great suggestions, Becks! I absolutely love my seatbelt purse and definitely recommend it as a gift for women. It's the perfect combo of fashion and eco-friendly material.

December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki Stephan

Thanks so much for featuring my Typewriter print! Love your blog!
Janna Bissett
Lilacpop Photography

December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanna

I am currently reading Reimagining Detroit. I'm only three chapters in so far, but I think it is an excellent book. Thought provoking an honest.

Great post!

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

No problem, I love your Detroit photography! I saw on Facebook that one of my friends was eying that print because of this post.

I'm only a few chapters into the book myself, but as you said, very thought provoking.

December 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Wow. I love Detroit so much, even though I no longer live there and Go Detroit Lions!!!

May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikel

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