Mini-Mocs, Redford, $42.00
Snuggly, warm little toes are so important in the winter. These super comfy boots for babies and toddlers combine fabulous style, cozy warmth, and soft machine washable suede. They are designed to keep feet toasty warm while also wicking moisture away from babies feet to keep them dry and comfortable.
Grandma's Lavender , Parma, $15.99
Baby Butter is formulated as a daily use moisturizer to keep skin soft and protected from environmental irritants. The light Lavender aroma is not only calming but pleasing to the senses. It is made with Organic Coconut and Almond oils infused with Organic Lavender, local beeswax and Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $12.00
It is that time of year when keeping your favorite peanut warm is of utmost importance. Heat often escapes through the head, but with this gift they can stay cozy and show of their Detroit pride. These adorable caps are 100% ringspun cotton and available in lime, navy, and aqua.
Jessica Dennis Designs, Bellaire, $21.00
Time goes by so fast. Honor a new addition to the family in a way that will allow you to fondly look back every year. Each of these 2" aluminum disc ornaments is hand-stamped with a name and the year desired. Then red, green, and blue snowflakes are added to the metal and a small Christmas tree stamp. This ornament comes with a silver snowflaked pendant as well. Personalized, handmade ornaments make wonderful gifts that the recipient can enjoy and reminisce with year after year.?
Detroit GT, Ferndale, $12.00
It is always so difficult when a new baby in the family lives far away. This cute bib will serve as a reminder that you are holding that little pumpkin close to your heart even when you cannot be together. It is available in blue, pink, or grey.
Lindenwood, Inc., Grand Rapids, $34.00
Alphabet blocks remain an ideal tool for teaching children everything from reading to sorting. This classic set of Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks is made from sustainable Michigan basswood. The blocks are embossed and printed with colorful non-toxic inks. A set consists of 28 blocks with four full letters, numbers, math symbols, and animals.
Finding the Trail Home Brewed Soaps, Jackson, $14.95
Beards are all the rage for men these days, but can be hard on their skin, and a little rough to the touch. Pamper him with some beard oil. He can just rub a few drops on a damp beard after a shower and massage the skin underneath. It is an invigoarting way to start his day, and his beard and skin will be softened and enriched by the Golden Jojoba and Argan oils.
Places, Canton, $40.00
Soaps are always a useful gift, and these come in a sturdy, gold box that is reusable long after the soap has melted away. The soaps in this collection are inspired by different places. Mix and match a set of four like Charlevoix, Empire, Mackinac Island and Marquette, to create a personalized gift that is both luxurious and practical.
Natural Red, Orion, $50.00
You can really pamper someone you love with this bundle of scrumptious body products from Natural Red. They are made from all natural ingredients and essential oils. Choose from a variety of scents. The bundle includes: Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Deodorant, Cream, Hand Sanitizer, Rawk & Roll On and Lip Balm.
Nellie's Lavender Estate, Jackson, $9.00
They will feel like they have just taken a stroll through the lavender fields of France as they gently unwind from a long, stressful day thanks to this spray. A quick spritz of this lavender pillow mist will create a lovely, calming and slightly seductive transition to sleep. It can be sprayed directly on a pillow or misted into the air. It may also be used on linens before ironing or to freshen a wardrobe.
Bellaroma, Saint Clair Shores, $24.00
This delicious mask smells just like fresh pumpkin pur?e with a dash of vanilla! It is infused with natural crushed pumpkin powder and mingled with organic pumpkin seed oil. These ingredients contain enzymes that naturally dissolve dead skin cells and impurities resulting in radiant healthy looking skin. This mask contains a vast amount of vitamin A and beta carotene, to give skin a renewing glow.
Keeki Pure & Simple, Grand Rapids, $35.99
Bursting with color, Keeki Pure & Simple specializes in safe, healthy, beauty products. Their nontoxic nail polish is 100% biodegradable, with a vegan, gluten-free formula. This Radiant Gift Pack includes four vibrant colors: Orange Sorbet, Lemonade, Raspberry Sorbet, and Sour Apple Slushie.
Kath Usitalo , Naubinway, $19.00
The explorer in your life will love this guide to making the most of the glorious Upper Peninsula as seen through the eyes of a local. From must eat foods to must try experiences, these suggestions are sure to inspire a road trip and a few fun detours along the way.
Michael H. Hodges, Detroit, $39.99
Anyone interested in architecture, architectural history, or the history of Detroit will relish this story of Albert Kahn. His influence on both architecture and industry is undeniable; evidence of which is still ever-present throughout Detroit. The book places special emphasis on his relationship with Henry Ford, his previously unknown intervention to save the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and his work as a consulting architect in the Soviet Union for the first Five Year Plan.
Richard L. Baldwin, Haslett, $12.95
Copper Harbor, a peaceful and tranquil community at the tip of the Yoop, is at the heart of this story. Filled with interesting characters and plenty of drama, it chronicles a Finnish family who has their tranquil existence torn apart by the role their son plays in a murder.
Monte Nagler, Farmington Hills, $38.00
Monte Nagler is a renowned photographer who has traveled all over the Upper and Lower Peninsulas capturing his unique perspective of this wonderful state. This beautiful hard cover book is filled with stunning Michigan images taken by Monte Nagler. It deserves to adorn a coffee table and is sure to be a point of conversation.
Pam Rossi, Detroit, $39.95
Pam Rossi has been the producer and host of the acclaimed Over Easy morning show on WCSX in Detroit since 1999. Her book stemmed from listeners wanting to go back and hear guest interviews again in conjunction with the ever-evolving technology of radio broadcasting. It was also a way to preserve one of her favorite parts of radio, live guest interviews. This book allows readers to experience conversations with musicians in an intimate setting, giving a glimpse into their personalities, experiences and stories.
JP Ribner, Flint, $13.99
The adventure-lover on your list will relish the chance to get involved in tales told through the creativity of a local artist. An eager hero, a legendary prophecy and a host of fearsome adversaries come together in this sequel to Legacy of the Bear. Set in the Viking Age, the sequel reunites the original cast of memorable characters while introducing many new allies and enemies who help shape Autar on his journey to greatness. This fantasy adventure is filled with bloodshed and revelation as Autar seeks to unravel the prophecy of the bear.
Donald Levin, Ferndale, $15.00
This is the fourth in a series of novels set in Ferndale, Michigan, that feature Detective Martin Preuss, a member of the Ferndale Police Department. In this adventure, the newly retired detective is asked by friends to investigate a couple of cold cases. Obsessed, he revisits the countercultural fervor of Detroit in the 1970s--and plunges into hidden worlds of guilty secrets and dark crimes that just will not stay buried.
Dorene O'Brien, Detroit, $18.95
Readers who love interesting characters will be captivated by this first full-length collection of fiction from accomplished Metro Detroit writer Dorene O?Brien. In eleven first-person stories, a variety of authentic and unexpected voices come to the forefront to confess or retell stories of lost innocence like an urban graffiti artist who plots the downfall of a rival gang. There is also perspective from a middle-aged woman reliving a harrowing childhood abduction and a young man who remodels his house in a misguided attempt to win back his wife.
Clay Boura, Oak Park, $14.95
Grown-ups have a funny way of saying things sometimes, and this book makes fun of just one of our goofy phrases. In this beautifully animated tale, Beamer imagines a kingdom of mice who have to fight off the evil cat, Meowzer, and stop him from taking over their kingdom. In the end, Beamer learns the TRUE meaning of the silly saying that titles the book.
Karen and Darrin Brege , Brighton, $9.99
This is a great read for kids who are grappling with their own angst about new things at school. The first day of school at Beastly Elementary can even be a scary time for little monsters like ghosts , gremlins, aliens and mummies. This book can help take away that scary feeling about starting something new.
Russell Slater, Leighton Township, $6.99
Books can often be a fun way to start important conversations, and this one is no exception. It is a soft-hearted tale about kindness and helping others in need. Sheltered by an overpass during a rain storm, an ogre and his red dog Rover share their lunch with a boy who has lost his way.
Kelsey Fox, Madison Heights, $8.00
If there is an overly talkative pumpkin in your life, this book may be just what he or she needs. The star is a cute little fox named Wyatt who eventually learns when and where he needs to be quiet. Most importantly, he discovers the importance of letting others have a turn to speak too.
Mary Morgan, Lansing, $7.95
Kids who love the great outdoors will enjoy this Mary Morgan series of adventure books set in our national parks. In this book, while camping at Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula, Ben, Bekka and Eli, find themselves witnesses to a crime. Looters are attempting to steal artifacts from a sunken ship in Lake Superior, and the kids attempt to stop them.
Wayne L. Brillhart, Hartland, $19.95
This is a fun mystery for animal-loving youngsters. English Setters, Rusty and Purdy, find a birdfeeder down and broken. Donna the Downy Woodpecker discovers huge footprints ten feet apart in the back of the yard. Nancy the Red-breasted Nuthatch says the prints look like the Bigfoot prints she sees when she flies North for the summer. That is the only clue to who knocked the birdfeeder down, but the bigger mystery is who made those footprints?
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $20.00
Sure, a hat keeps us warm through these tough Michigan winters, but that does not mean it cannot be stylish too. This nod to the foundation of the city will look great while being snuggly warm.
Detroit Street Apparel, Eastpointe, $45.00
Cozy and oozing with Detroit pride, this hooded sweatshirt design also shows love for the entire state. The cotton-poly blend has been soft-washed for extra comfort and features a pouch pocket for warmth or storage. Sizes range from small to XXL, and are available in Denim Blue or Crimson Red.
Motor City Creations, Taylor, $20.00
Faygo remembers when we were kids, and knows that part of us still is. That may also be why Motor City Creations makes this collection of candles with the scents of popular Faygo flavors like Orange, Grape, Rootbeer, Cream Soda, Cotton Candy, Redpop, and of course Rock & Rye. Each candle is made of soy and burns for 50-80 hours in a reusable jar.
Detroit GT, Ferndale, $195.00
Whimsical, yet historic, this 24-inch print designed by artist Chris Gorski, is wrapped canvas. It is one of several iconic scenes capturing the soul of the city like Lafayette and Belle Isle parks, which are also available on wrapped canvas. Other scenes in the same style can be found in smaller sizes, on metal, and as coasters.
Records Redone, Lansing, $45.00
Few images are more synonymous with Detroit, literally, than its skyline and, figuratively, than the Motown sound. Records Redone combines the two in these unique creations. A variety of Motown artists are featured, based on the vinyl records available to be repurposed. All pre-cut Detroit Skylines will be on a Classic Motown Label, and each measures?10.5" x 12."
Iconic Detroit, Royal Oak, $18.00
Whether shopping at Eastern Market or just bouncing around town on the QLine, a tote bag is a handy item to keep around. This neutral-toned gem highlights some of the most famous and infamous "towns" in Detroit.
City Bird, Detroit, $12.00
This mug provides a sunny way to start any day. It is reminiscent of Detroit legend Emily Gail, and features the phrase that she turned into a movement in the 1970s. Those who were believers in the city before it was cool will undoubtedly remember and appreciate Emily, who was one of the first.
Detroit Bold Coffee, Highland Park, $10.99
With or without the sunny mug, you can start their day out thinking about their love for you and Detroit. No other road defines the essence of the city like Woodward Avenue. This namesake blend is roasted to perfection with a slight amount of smoky balance. You can also choose from other flavors like: 1701 French Roast, Cafe Signature, Nightmare Black, and a special Christmas Roast just in time for the holidays. They are also available in single serving versions.
Suite 104 Productions, Southfield, $55.00
This idea is about more than an enhancing a damaged photo. It is a conversation-starter that can unite a family in sharing its history. The service includes a reprint of the photo in original size and a digital file (.JPG) to preserve and archive the picture. The price for restoration of any photo varies based on severity of damage and size, but begins at $55.
Great Lakes Cornhole, Grand Rapids, $179.00
Whether your family calls it cornhole, corn toss, bags, baggo, or that game where you throw stuff, this gift will be a hit for tailgating, picnics, and backyard BBQs. Shown here with a football design, a wide variety of options are available ranging from plain wood to team names to custom logo options. Bags are also available, and in most cases sold separately.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, $185.00
One of the greatest attractions in America is right here in Michigan at The Henry Ford. Greenfield Village offers a stroll back in time with Model Ts, the Thomas Edison lab, old time baseball, and more. Meanwhile inside the Henry Ford Museum, guests can compare presidential limos, stand a foot away from the Lincoln theater seat, or sit in the same bus where Rosa Parks famously took a stand. This is an educational and inspiring gift. A Family membership provides free admission to both places for two named adults and all children/grandchildren ages 18 and younger.
Emagine Entertainment, Troy, $50.00
One of the best things any family can enjoy over the holiday season is a trip to the movies. Emagine offers gift cards that can be used for both tickets and merchandise in eight different Michigan locations with more than 80 screens combined. Cards can be purchased in increments of $5-$500. A $50 gift card will typically cover four tickets and possibly a snack too!
Carrom, Ludington, $64.00
Getting children to unplug for some family time can be a tough battle these days, but most kids do still love a challenge. Reintroduce game night with this versitle option that features 100 games on one beautiful, reversible wooden board. The convenient size allows for simple storage, but big time fun. It makes an deal gift for the family cottage.
Motor City Creations, Taylor, $35.00
Personalize a sign for a special family. Due to the nature of solid wood, each piece will be one-of-a-kind with natural cracks, knots and markings in the wood. Each of these works of art is extremely durable. You can choose colors, names and/or dates during the checkout process.
Tassier Sugar Bush, Cedarville, $31.25
Each year, Michiganders anxiously await spring, not just for warmer weather, but because the spring thaw means the maple will begin to run. Not long after, it's syrup time! This unique wooden crate gift box contains pancake mix and a quart of pure Michigan maple syrup that will bring the warmth of spring their way.
Zingerman's, Ann Arbor, $150.00
Wolverines will weep upon receipt of this perfect lunch from A2's iconic deli. As Oprah said, Zingerman's sandwiches are an 11 on a scale of 1 to 5. Included in the kit are: Jewish Rye (Pumpernickel in Brooklyn Reuben), sliced deli meat, freshly sliced Emmentaler Swiss cheese, Zingermans potato chips, coleslaw, Sauerkraut, Russian dressing, garlicky pickles, and Magic Brownie Bites. It serves 3-4, and there is an option for a larger kit that serves 6-8.
American Coney Island, Detroit, $40.00
With a Coney Island in nearly every town in the state, coney dogs may be one of the best-loved foods in Michigan. Send that taste of home to someone who has wandered far away, and they will love you forever. Each kit contains 12 Dearborn Sausage special recipe hotdogs, buns, a sweet onion,?the famous American Coney chili sauce, instructions, and even a hat for authenticity.
Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor, $17.95
Nestled in the heart of the Cherry Capital, this company offers a nearly endless array of ways to serve up the delectable fruit. Sometimes the simplest is the best, though. These Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries are both a top seller and a staff favorite. They take tart, dried cherries, pan them in a bittersweet dark chocolate, and pop them in a 1 lb. bag so you can delight a loved one.
Sanders, Clinton Township, $19.99
Sanders has been coating us with chocolatey goodness since 1875. This adorable gift basket will certainly get any recipient in the holiday spirit. It includes chocolate elf bites, individually wrapped chocolates from the Sanders favorites collection and a tin of gourmet holiday cocoa. Best of all, enter code BUYMI17 when ordering online to save 10%!
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, $40.00
Harken back to a simpler time. Regulars to Greenfield Village know the deliciousness of the dough baked in a can that is better known as Hobo Bread. The site is also well known for its farm to table efforts, and this box is a wholesome combination of both. Select two fresh delicious hobo breads like Ramblin Raisin Walnut Original, Punkin Pumpkin Seed, or Cran-Apple Crossing. They will be accompanied by a 16oz. jar of pumpkin butter and a 16oz jar of apple butter, along with a wood spreader primed for serving.
Ferris, Grand Rapids, $34.95
West Michigan natives recognize the name Ferris as being synonymous with quality. Since 1924 they have been perfecting the taste of coffee and nuts. These cashews are hand-selected, placed in a beautiful apothecary jar, and packaged in an elegant gift box. Colleagues, clients, and even cousins will be delighted and impressed by these crunchy treats from a Michigan institution.
The Original Murdick's Fudge, Mackinac Island, $29.98
Fudge is such a significant component of Northern Mackinac history that tourists are often referred to as Fudgies. Summer may fade, but the craving for fudge does not. Fill a box with three scrumptious slices. Choose a combination from these 12 delicious flavors: Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Walnut, Double Chocolate Dark, Double Caramel Sea Salt, Holiday Cranberry, Michigan Maple Walnut, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Turtle or White Chocolate Candy Cane.
Epiphany Glass Studios, Pontiac, $25.00
Weather for the recently engaged, or just a jewelry lover, this elegant ringholder is a work of art on its own. Each piece is handmade in a custom color combination, though the color and pattern may vary slightly, making each a one-of-a-kind gift.
Tee See Tee, Traverse City, $25.00
To the women who loves her Michigan life, this will be a true delight. While the Great Lakes existed long, long before 1615, they were not known by that name until then. By any name we all have reason to be grateful for them, which is rhe inspiration behind this charming tee.
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood, $49.99
As winter sets in, every woman looks for ways to stay warm, yet still fashionable. Fortunately, Stormy Kromer has been making durable clothing and accessories that still look for more than a century. This incredibly warm hat is also super-stylish. It comes in a versatile black or white, as well as a unique combo of olive green with Partridge Plaid.
Cyberoptix, Detroit, $44.00
The fashionista in your life who revels in expresing her own, unique brand of style will love this tribute to the Mackinac Bridge. Make this design uniquely suited to her by choosing custom ink and fabric colors. Each scarf is screenprinted on modal linen with nontoxic water-based ink, creating a spectacular work of wearable art.
Artist Mike McMath, Midland, $400.00
If you want to really make her favorite moment last forever, commission a painting from talented, Midland-based artist, Mike McMath. He can take an ordinary photo and turn it into a remarkable work of art that captures the spirit of a person like this adorable grandpa dazzling his favorite girl. Portraits vary in price beginning around $400. Contact the artist for a quote.
Angel of Grace, Shelby Township, $15.00
Angel of Grace Awareness Bracelets are designed to raise awareness about worthwhile causes and $5 from each purchase is donated in support. This particular pink piece is made with Swarovski Crystals, silver plated tubes and a handmade glass bead. It can
Livnfresh, Gaylord, $52.00
This Great Lakes Girl Varsity Fleece Crew will quickly become her favorite go to sweatshirt. Made from a perfect blend of fibers, it is super soft and will not shrink, so she can have her new favorite fleece for years to come. Choose from navy or turquoise.
Lena Marie Creations, Ypsilanti, $26.98
These days most photos end up staying in digital devices, rather than making it into a frame to be enjoyed year-round. You can help her relish those shots even more by filling a Lena Marie frame with options. Each frame can store up to 12 photos so that what is on display can change regularly. Even better, the simple metal frame can be changed to suit the look and feel by adding a magnetic mat. Mats are available for seasons, sports, occasions, vacations, and more. ?
Marine Publishing Company, Inc., Ann Arbor, $18.95
Most men cannot seem to resist checking out a ship as it passes nearby. Now in its 58th year, this 184-page guide contains nearly everything he wants to know about the ships that pass our shores. In addition, it contains valuable information about locks, canals, cargos, museums, and includes tons of photos.
AMP, Pontiac, $39.95
Weary of so much outsourcing, AMP set out to create fashionable, functional clothing that was actually made in the USA. Each of these performance shirts are woven with 100% proprietary AMP technology to ward off moisture, while looking and feeling good.
Ferris , Grand Rapids, $30.00
Featuring roasted and salted cashews, salt and pepper peanuts, and salted sesame sticks, this crunchy mix is the perfect gift for the craft beer lover in your life. If you want to really step up your gift giving game, pair it with a 6-pack of his favorite Michigan brew.
Country Smoke House, Almont, $65.00
Country Smoke House is known for its wide range of sausages and smoked meats. There are plenty of gift boxes to choose from, or you may customize your own. This Jerky Lovers 8-pack collection includes a mixture of domestic and wild game flavors ranging from Beef to Pheasant to Peppered Elk.
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood, $49.99
Any vet on your list will love this cap. Stormy Kromer partners with the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. They honor American veterans for their sacrifice by transporting them to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials standing in their honor. $18 from each cap purchase will go directly to Upper Peninsula Honor Flight in support of this noble mission.
Skyline Hammock Co., Lake City, $74.99
One of his favorite pastimes may be getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. Perhaps his version of that is just a nap in the yard, or perhaps it involves camping overnight. With these portable, durable hammocks, nearly any location can be converted into a space of supreme comfort. They are available in a wide range of colors.
Detroit Denim Co., Detroit, $35.00
This is the perfect wallet for the guy who likes to keep things simple. It is made to hold a few cards and some cash. This vegetable-tanned leather bi-fold is cut and sewn by hand here in Detroit with a sturdy saddle stitch. Finally, the edges are burnished with bees-wax. It is meant to develop a deep rich patina and shine after years of use.
Cyberoptix, Detroit, $36.00
Once Navin Field, then Briggs, and eventually Tiger Stadium, the old ballpark at Michigan and Trumbull still holds a special place in our hearts. Remind him of those great memories with this stdium blueprint tie. Choose from Charcoal, French Blue, Navy, and Black.
Carrom, Ludington, $88.00
The Balance Board is a valuable conditioning tool for every athlete or exercise junky, especially for the skiing or skateboarding enthusiast. Even kids who are not sports-minded will have fun learning to improve their balance and coordination with this stylish tool. It can be used in a standing, kneeling or sitting position.
Silver Loon Jewelers, White Lake, $19.95
Outstanding as a stocking stuffer, and an ideal gift for tweens and teens, each of these pendants is handcrafted in Michigan earthenware clay, kiln-fired and glazed. They come with a black leather 18-inch cord with a metal lobster clasp, but longer cords are available at no extra charge. Choose from a variety of styles like these adorable turtles or loons, owls, dragonflies, suns, or even Michigan.
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $21.00
Detroit is becoming increasingly cool across the state and across the country. If your favorite kids are not able to live there, they can still show off for their friends with this cotton, jersey, tee. Note, when ordering that it is made from super soft fabric that will shrink an average of one size when put in the dryer
Fling A Ring, LLC, Holly, $29.99
Trust us, this is harder than it looks, which adds to the fun. Imagine combining the nostalgia of lawn jarts with trendy disc golf, and then sprinkling in a little bit of horseshoes, and you have Fling A Ring. Players toss the funky discs like frisbees in an attempt to hook them to the distant pole. The discs are light and safe, making it a fun game the whole family can enjoy. Perfect for cottages and backyards.
Comfort Research, Grand Rapids, $49.00
Every sports fan knows a thing or two about the love of the game. There are few better ways for kids to to show off their sports passion than right in their own bedroom. These bags are built to withstand even the roughest players, and are also available in soccer and basketball themes.
Construct A Truck USA, New Boston, $30.00
Building a car or truck kit together is a tremedously fun activity for adults and kids to share. This Rascal kit is a great intermediate build for people who love their off-road vehicles. You will only need a Philips-head screw driver and some wood glue to complete this model.
Puzzles That Rock, LLC, Charlevoix, $19.99
Jigsaw puzzles may be figured out more online than off these days, but that does not mean it has to stay that way. This puzzle depicts a beachcoming collection of Agates from Lake Superior. It makes for a fun family project and is challenging enough to take apart, shake up, and repeat.
Tait Design Co., Detroit, $18.00
Introduce your favorite kids to an old fashioned toy that brings modern joy like a Turbo Flyer. Available in four vivid colors, these fun, easy-to-build and collectable balsa model kits are ideal for ages 8 and up. This plane is an all-new spin on the childhood classic, with thicker wood, better aerodynamics, and sustainable packaging for storage. They have been known to be thrown 50 feet in the air!
G3 Studios, Interlochen, $79.99
Chances are you have a craft beer lover on your holiday shopping list. Those folks love to try out different brews so a stylish wooden beer caddy will come in handy. To make the gift extra special, pick up a six-pack of different brews. Build your own gift basket using this beautifully crafted caddy which features the Michigan Great Lakes cut out on both sides of the carrier and comes with an opener attached.
McClure's Pickles, Detroit, $40.00
Spice is the key to life and to a great Bloody Mary, and these party packs have plenty of it. Available in four different tantalizing combinations that include different amounts of mix, pickles, and Bloody Mary chips, your loved one will not be disappointed in any version you choose. For an extra enthusiastic reaction, pair this gift with a bottle of vodka from your favorite local distillery.
Wayne State University Press, Detroit, $34.99
This book is not a beer-tasting guide. Instead, it is a look inside the industry and the unique forces behind the leading craft breweries in Michigan. Through a series of interviews with brewmasters over an eighteenth-month sojourn to microbreweries around the state, the author argues that Michigan craft beer is brewed by individuals with a passion for excellence. Similarly, the taprooms have become places where strangers become friends, friends fall in love, and lovers even get married.
Michigan Brewers Guild, Lansing, $55.00
The passionate beer fan will love this gift which includes exclusive invitations to VIP ticket pre-sales for all beer fests--which typically sell out fast. Early entry into those festivals, four issues of MiBrew, a Michigan Beer bumper sticker, a members only T-Shirt, and an invitation to special member only events, are also included.
McClary Bros., Farmington, $40.00
Craft cocktails are all the rage these days. In fact the trend even landed the entrepreneurs who make these drinking vinegars in the Shark Tank. The true bartender on your list will love the chance to experiment with any of these flavorful delights. Choose any three flavors from Detroit Fig Leaf, Michigan Cranberry, Lemon & Ginger, Michigan Apple Pie, Michigan Beet & Carrot, Detroit Thai Basil, or Michigan Saskatoon.
Nellie's Lavender Estate , Jackson, $6.00
Lavender not only smells incredible, it is a culinary delight. This amazing sugar can be used as an elegant glass rimmer or to create a unique simple syrup for craft cocktails. It can even add new life to old non-alcoholic standards like tea and lemonade.
Michigan Grape and Wine Council , Lansing, $25.00
Year-round fun for a true Michigan wine enthusiast makes a phenomenal gift. With a lifetime membership your loved one will receive these terrific benefits: discounts at participating wineries, wine retailers, restaurants, and inns across the state; a complimentary Michigan Wines corkscrew or etched Michigan bottle stopper; a subscription to Michigan Wine Country magazine; a bi-monthly email newsletter with the latest Michigan wine-related information; and discounts on tickets to selected local wine events.
UsableArt4U, Waterford, $25.00
Wine charms to hook around stems are a great way for guests to distinguish their glass from anothers. Unfortunately they often seem to disappear or get tangled in a drawer. These wine bottle huggers are here to save the day. Crafted of ceramic high fire clay, they slip over the neck of the bottle and hold four wine charms when they are not in use. Give them to a wine lover, or present them with a bottle of Michigan wine to your party host or hostess.
Monte Nagler Fine Arts, Farmington Hills, $98.00
An image from award-winning photographer, Monte Nagler, is a gift that will continue to inspire and delight its recipient for years to come. There are literally hundreds from which to choose, like this stunner of Lower Tahquamenon Falls. A variety of matting and sizing options are available.
Motawi Tile, Ann Arbor, $62.00
When you speak with people who have moved west or south of Michigan, what they often miss most is fall. That is no small wonder, as Michigan takes on gorgeous color each year. That beauty is reflected in this autumn piece from Motawi. The work is adapted from Pines, a tile by Grueby Faience designer, Addison LeBoutillier. It measures 3-13/16" x 7-13/16" and may also be ordered with a wooden frame.
The Wood Garage, Ann Arbor, $39.99
The neutral tones of this pillow will go with just about any room and add some winter cheer. Designs on these handmade pillows are painted with permanent fabric paint on a cotton/poly blend. Each is stuffed with 100% new polyfiber filling. There are a variety of holiday and non-holiday themes from which to choose.
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, $135.00
Each of these vases is individually handcrafted by Pewabic artisans, continuing the long tradition of wheel-thrown stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a gift that is uniquely Detroit, as it carries on an artistic tradition in the city that dates back to the work of Mary Stratton in the early 1900s. The mark of the Pewabic artisan is stamped on the bottom, as well as the Pewabic logo featuring the year of production. Each Medium Classic Vase measures approximately 8-9 onches in height with smaller or larger versions also available.
Cass Community Social Services, Detroit, $35.00
An ideal gift for the new homeowner on your list, this indestructible mud mat is made from recyled tires. Cass Community Social Services collects illegally dumped tires from vacant lots in Detroit and recycles them. To date, Cass has picked up over 30,000 tires from the streets of Detroit and better yet, this program now employs twelve formerly homeless men. The mats come with multicolored pieces in-between the tire treads for a splash of color. This medium-sized mudmat measures 20" x 30". Small and large are also available.
Horse Creek Candles, Jackson, $10.49
A candle makes an excellent gift for people who have wlecomed you into their home over the holidays. These 8 oz. Mason jar candles are made with eco-friendly wicks and all natural American soy wax. Choose from over a hundred different scents ranging from Apple Pie to Basil Sage and Mint to Christmas Tree and many more. Also available in 15 oz options for 17.99
TCB Concepts, Royal Oak, $19.99
If you have ever spilled a bowl of soup or burned your hands from steam when removing something from the microwave, you will see the immediate value of this item. It catches spills and boil-overs and eliminates the need for oven mitts. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and best of all, comes in a set of two so you can buy one as a gift, and keep the other for your own home if you wish.
Detroit Denim, Detroit, $125.00
The true kitchen chef needs a sturdy, yet stylish apron. This classic double-stripe ticking with selvedge denim pockets is just the ticket. It is good looking enough to wear even when guests arrive, tough enough to provide some splash protection, and the pockets make it truly functional as well.
Michigan Ice Cube Trays, Warren, $8.49
The ice from these trays makes an attractive addition to any drink or bucket, and that would be reason alone to give them. However, creative minds are cooking up even more applications like candy, jello shots, fudge, ornaments, and more. Get some for yourself to surprise guests for the holidays or gift them to your favorite host or hostess. Package includes 2 trays.
Straits Area Services , Cheboygan, $5.95
These fabulous cookie cutters, made of durable stainless steel, are handcrafted in Northern Michigan. Everything from the cutting and rolling of the steel to the spot welding is done at Straits Area Services. The nonprofit is a community rehabilitation organization that empowers people with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential--so your purchase also supports the great work they do.
Kitchen Happy, Richmond Township, $6.95
Get one for yourself for holiday entertaining or make this a fun stocking stuffer. It is designed to grab an entire portion of food without putting a plate down. The clamshell design allows people to effortlessly scoop a portion of their favorite foods without dropping any. The tool works particularly well with messy dishes such as pasta and salads, as well as fruits andveggies.
G3 Studios, Interlochen, $25.99
G3 Studios is known for creating aesthetically beautiful pieces that are still highly functional like pepper mills and grinders, wine accessories, beer caddies, and more. This MI-themed trivet is made from solid Cherry Wood. Each trivet is hand-sanded and hand-dipped in a natural oil finish preserving the natural beauty and luster of the wood grain. It is laser-cut and measures approximately 6.5? square x .63? depth.
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, $70.00
These Twelve Days of Christmas collectable ornaments were first introduced in 2005 at Pewabic Pottery. Pewabic issued three days each year for four years. The collection, which was designed by senior designer Dave McGee, was completed in 2008. Now you can buy them one at a time, as a set of three, or even the whole collection.
Michigan In Metal, Beulah, $10.25
Michigan and boating go together like Christmas and ornaments. The anchor on this is copper patina, with the Michigan in metallic blue. Both are clear coated to bring out the beautiful colors, and then permantently attached. It measures approximately 4"x3" and will delight the captain or sailor on your list.
RMCreations, Gregory, $22.00
Cardinals are said to represent loved ones who have passed. A visit from one is a reminder that your loved one will always be with you. This ornament is a sweet acknowledgement of a person who cannot be at their table during the holidays, but still holds a special place in their hearts.
Epiphany Glass Studio, Pontiac, $40.00
These one-of-a-kind glass ornaments make truly special keepsakes to be handed down for generations. Each piece is made from hand-blown glass and measures approximately 6"x2.5"x2.5". Color options include Cobalt Blue, Lime Green, Orange, Aqua Blue, Amethyst, Violet, Lemon, Silver Blue, and Cranberry. With each color you can choose from one of three patterns.
Peninsulas, Berkley, $26.00
Inspired by authentic vintage imagery, this is a beautiful way to light up their home and spread cheer. It is made from 100% soy wax and has a subtle toasted marshmallow scent. Mix that with the crackling sound of a real wood wick and it will remind them of a campfire. After the 40 hours of burn time, they will be left with a beautiful souvenir glass to display or use. The remaining drinking glass is even dishwasher safe.
Willie's Wicks Candle Company, Flushing, $16.99
The perfect scent can help create an ideal holiday ambiance. This festive pine scent has top notes of sweet berries and green apples. It is made from 100% natural braided threads and produces a very stable flame with minimal or no soot. Give one as a host or hostess gift or pick one up to enhance your own holiday celebrations.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, $14.50
The Model T Ford is one of the most distinguished vehicles in American automobile history. It was favored so much that it has been featured on Christmas cards almost as early as when the car hit the road. For the artisans in the Greenfield Village pottery shop, making the Model T was the fitting candidate as a new ornament this year. It makes an adorable and nostalgic addition to any tree.
Motawi Tileworks, Ann Arbor, $72.00
This beautiful, decorative tile is the kind of classic holiday piece that can be handed down from generation to generation. On its own it is a 5-13/16" square, yet it can also be ordered with a wooden frame. If you think they would prefer a lighter version, choose a white background instead.
Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, $35.00
With one of five stores nestled right next to Sleeping Bear Dunes, it is no surprise that Becky Thatcher Designs would be inspired to create this beautiful piece. The detailed Sterling silver cast bear pendant is a gorgeous symbol of life in Northern Michigan.
Rebel Nell, Detroit, $85.00
This is an incredibly cool idea for jewelry that not only makes a stylish gift, but starts conversations. Rebel Nell was created for the sole purpose of employing, educating and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. Each product is created by repurposing graffiti that has fallen off of walls. Not only is it an amazing concept, these are truly beautiful pieces, and every item is unique. This particular pair of earrings, for example, is sourced from the Dequindre Cut.
Silver Loon Jewelers, White Lake, $179.95
There is perhaps no image more symbolic of our beloved state than the Mackinac Bridge, which joins our two magnificent peninsulas together. This stunning necklace is a custom design created in striking Black Onyx and Sterling silver on an 18-inch black leather cord. The pendant measures approximately 1.5" wide by 1" tall. It's 100% handcrafted from start to finish.
Creative Collection Gifts, Traverse City, $46.00
This creative statement of Michigan pride employs both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas in its design. It is available in your choice of silver, rose gold or gold, and a variety of chain lengths ranging from 16" to 30" to best suit the style of your intended recipient.
Beth Millner Jewelry, Marquette, $120.00
Does someone on your list belong to that great class of hardy northern people affectionately known as Yoopers? This handcrafted pendant is made from salvaged Upper Peninsula copper, so they can now wear a little piece of home wherever they go.
Hoola Jewelry, Chelsea, $54.99
This unique, Michigan-based concept, gives users the ability to design their own unique looks with kits of different jewelry elements. You are giving both the gift of beautiful jewelry and of a creative outlet with each little box.
Mitten Crate, Royal Oak, $99.00
A gift from Mitten Crate is full of locally-produced surprises. The collection of Michigan-made items varies each month, but always includes a carefully curated selection of delicious foods, crafted in small batches by independent food producers from around the great state of Michigan. You can send one crate or a 3-month subscription to continue to delight your loved ones as the winter months start to take their toll.
Detroit Basket Company, Plymouth, $89.99
This collection is ideal for the Detroiter who has moved away. It contains Vernors, Detroit Popcorn Company popcorn (Cheese, Caramel, or Detroit Style), Faygo, Better Made chips, Sanders hot fudge, Sweet Lorraines dressing, Mels Toffee, Ethels Baking Co. chocolate chip cookies, and a fun Detroit postcard. Each basket is hot-wrapped with a signature bow, and includes a personalized greeting card.
Gift Baskets From Michigan LLC, White Pigeon, $24.00
There are a lot of spectacular gift box and basket collections out there, but in some cases, you want to choose your own combination because only you know what your intended recipient truly loves. Anticipating that need (and in response to customer requests) Gift Baskets From Michigan has these unique crates available for purchase. Each measures approximately 10.5? in length, 6? wide, and 9? tall, and is made in their wood shop in White Pigeon.
Benjamin Twiggs, Traverse City, $68.50
Michigan is the most cherryriffic state in the nation and the fine folks at Benjamin Twiggs have been helping ensure that since 1966. It may not be July anymore, but you can still give someone their fix with this attractive basket filled with Cherry Salsa, Cherry Festival Preserves, Dark Chocolate Covered Dried Cherries, Cherry Berry Deluxe Trail Mix, Michigan Dried Cherries, and a scrumptious Cherry Poppyseed Vinaigrette salad dressing.
Heart of Michigan, Howell, $126.95
Not only is this collection filled with delectable Michigan flavors, it is a gift that keeps on giving well after all has been consumed. The 12"x14" wooden serving tray outlining the Lower Peninsula includes: Hanover Michigan Mints Mixed, Sour Cherry Patches, Michigan Cherry Sleeve, Saykllys Salt Water Taffy, a Bag of Germack Cashews, Fireside Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa, Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa, a Great Lakes Mint tin, and a Maple syrup jug.
Michigan Farm Market, Ellsworth, $179.99
This gigantic assortment is perfect as a family or client gift. It includes sweet treats and fruity delights from over a dozen Michigan communities including: Atwood, Charlevoix, Beulah, Central Lake, Detroit, Ellsworth, Escanaba, Gaylord, Leelanau, Metamora, Swartz Creek, Traverse City, and Williamsburg.
Michigan Awesome, Grand Rapids, $24.00
These mugs are handmade in Michigan with stoneware clay and hold approximately 12 fluid ounces. (There may be some slight variations in size and shape due to the handmade nature of the mug.) They are perfect for enjoying a favorite hot beverage on a cold Michigan day. Conveniently they are both dishwasher and microwave safe.
248Studio, Ferndale, $30.00
Drawing inspiration from life and the city around him, artist Aaron Miller creates his products using a variety of techniques and mediums, mixing new and old. For example, this 5x7-inch wood-panel canvas depicts the glory of the Great Lakes state with a loving nod to the Arsenal of Democracy known as Detroit. It would make a really unique addition to a college dorm or urban loft.
Livnfresh, Gaylord, $24.99
The world needs a little more love these days. These adorable Houndstooth hats convey that message, as well as Michigan pride. A Velcro back allows for easy size adjustment. They are available in charcoal grey, black/white, brown/tan and navy patterns.
Coastal Sands, Charlevoix, $24.99
If you have a woman on your list who just adores this state, chances are she will adore this tee as well. It is soft and comfy with a flattering V-neck cut and feminine styling that the maker insists is not too tight, nor too loose. Sizes range from small to XXL.
Iconic Detroit, Royal Oak, $56.00
Completely handcrafted, these wooden signs feature rustic edging along with uniquely distressed stain and paint. Thick twine hangers make for a stylish finish that will look great hanging on a wall or sitting on a mantel. Each piece may vary slightly, but measures roughly 16"x16"x1".
My Secret Stash, Traverse City, $45.00
Honor the Great Lakes State and our state stone by gifting this sweet pillow. At 16 inches, it is the perfect size to add a soft, handmade touch a family home or cottage. It is made of duck cloth and custom-printed cotton with a non-allergenic, poly-fil pillow form inside.
Records Redone, Lansing, $30.00
The Motown sound is one of the great prides of our heritage. Imagine how cool this art will look on a wall in the home or office of the music lover in your life. It evokes great musical memories amidst its familiar design. The company also makes city skylines, countries, and artist likenesses from recycled vinyl records.
MI Rootswear, Pontiac, $45.00
This clever design is an ideal gift for a proud Michigan native who may be living elsewhere at the moment. These unisex hoodies are sure to be conversation starters and a unique way to show off their MI pride. They are mid-weight, made from cotton/poly blend fleece, and come in a wide range of colors and sizes.
Ready Industries, LLC, Northville, $19.99
Some woofers just cannot resist a ride in a vehicle, but their enthusiasm can make the ride a little unsafe for themselves and others. This convenient doggie seatbelt is designed to click right into the vehicle belt and the length is adjustable to provide for size and desired distance.
RMCreations, Gregory, $24.00
Honor your favorite kitty by adding one of these to your Christmas Tree or gifting it to a cat-lover. The opaque art glass colors, paired with black and green eyes, create a unique apperance to this full body feline. Each Cat is handmade, including selecting and placing each piece used for the ears and nose. If there is also a pooch in the family, this company makes adorable paws ornaments too.
Skinny Pete's Gourmet Catnip, Rochester, $17.99
This is 3-piece gourmet gift set is ideal for the feline connoisseur. Each set comes complete with three tins of organic catnip. Each tin contains about .2 ounces of dried catnip, all home-grown. Use the discount code: HAIRBALL at checkout and get a 10% discount.
K Grant Designs, Grand Rapids, $6.50
Your cat is going to love these extra long, extra durable sticks of joy. Each adorable stick is filled with enough super potent cat nip to knock their socks off. The exterior wrap is made from high quality designer fabric so they are both durable and cute.
Hunter's Healthy Treats, Livonia, $6.99
These Peanut butter treats taste just like a peanut butter cookie that any other member of the family might eat. The ingredients used are all beneficial for your pet with a flavor they will love. They are all natural with no artificial preservatives added so you can feel good about giving this treat to your dog everyday.
Ardwin Products, LLC, Royal Oak, $18.99
Unbreakoball is made to withstand anything and everything a pet can dish out. It is a virtually indestructable toy. Dogs will go crazy trying to master this ball, which is 6 inches in diameter (about 3 times the size of a baseball). For an added kick, place some of their favorite treats inside and watch them go to town! It is also available in a 10-inch diameter (basketball-sized) for the really big pup.
Simple Supple Foods, Birmingham, $15.00
Convert the health nut on your list to a lentil-lover. These crunchy, nutritious treats are an excellent addition to salads and dips, or simply as a snack right out of the bag. Gift a selection of all three flavors: Standard, Mediterreanean, and Actually Spicy, and let your loved ones determine their favorite. Enter the code of FREESHIPSSF for free shipping on orders of $30 or more.
Fessler's Sauces, Brighton, $40.00
This flavorful bundle of goodness will be a welcome gift to any grillmaster or foodie. It includes Fesslers Original Sauce and BBQ Sauce as well as all four of their handcrafted spice blends: Baja, Oriental, Caf? and Classic BBQ rub.
Paul's Gourmet Jerky, Kent City, $6.00
This gourmet jerky is hickory smoked the old fashioned way and handmade from start to finish from the finest cuts of meat. The Hot Darn variety is the spiciest with a heat factor of 7 on a scale of 1-10. Other milder options are also available.
Scotty O'Hotty, Dearborn, $55.99
Drive a loved one crazy with this incredibly hot gift set. They will receive all six of these award-winning sauces: Beer Bacon Chipotle, Roasted Pepper, Premium Habenero, Ghost Sauce, Beer Bacon Chipotle Scorpion, and the deadly Reaper de Muerte. It all comes in this cool and functional Michigan-made delivery truck.
Little Diablo Salsa, Brighton, $35.00
Families will love getting this box. Made with only the freshest ingredients, these salsas are chemical-free, preservative-free, and gluten-free, with no additional sugars or thickeners. Choose five flavors and they will ship along with a salsa dish in a branded gift box. Choose from : Original Mild, Mild Garlic, Mild Artichoke, Medium, Medium Chipotle, Double Diablo Hot, or the newest addition to the lineup, Seared Pineapple and Ginger.
Michigan Salted, LLC, Spring Lake, $20.00
M Salt is a tasty blend of salt, herbs and spices that can be used to enhance steak, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, fish, salads, eggs, pasta, and vegetables. The gift set includes 1/2 a pound of M Salt, nestled in a beautiful refillable jar. The gift box is adorned with the perfect set of measuring spoons: a pinch, a dash, and a smidgen. It makes a great host or hostess gift.
Kelly's Karamels, Troy, $40.00
Based on an old family recipe, and crafted with the finest ingredients, these buttery soft caramels melt in your mouth, but don?t stick to your teeth. They are slow-cooked, hand-cut and hand-wrapped for a spectacularly attractive presentation.?This box includes a 50-piece assortment of these scrumptious flavors: Vanilla, Pecan, Cherry, Cocoa, and Coffee. Smaller quantities are also available.
Clara Cookies, Rockford, $24.00
This is a gift that is not only good for them, but does some good. 100% of all profits are donated to Team Orphans, where the money is used as adoption grants for children with special needs. Clara Cookies are large individually-wrapped, gluten-free protein cookies that can be used for training, a tasty meal replacement or a snack. Choose a dozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Lemon Poppy Seed, Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip with Almonds or a combo pack of all four.
The Chocolate Garden, Coloma, $11.99
Chocoholics will be elated by this box of decadent delights. No one makes a rich, creamy truffle quite like the artisans of The Chocolate Garden. They come lined up in an attractive box, finished with a raffia tie, and sporting a small tag reading Enjoy, Mmmm, or Yes, Yes, Yes!. The cards are randomly attached so you are likely to get a different one each time you order. The map on the inside of the lid shows which piece is which. It includes one each of White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Darkest Dark Chocolate.
Granny's Confections, Howell, $38.99
Made from a secret recipe handed down from a grandma to her grandson, imagine their delight when they open up this scrumptious trio. The set contains one pound each of Grannys Handmade Peanut Brittle, Pecan Brittle, and Cashew Brittle. It comes packaged in a festive white holiday box with a red bow on it. This delicious brittle starts of crunchy with a satisfying melt in your mouth finish.
Kilwins, Petoskey, $15.99
There are so many incredibly decadent choices available from Kilwins that it is almost impossible to choose. This 8oz bite-sized version of a Kilwins Classic makes an ideal stocking stuffer. It is buttery almond toffee surrounded by luscious milk chocolate. You can also opt for a dark chocolate version or an almond toffee crunch.
Dr. John's, Grand Rapids, $6.99
The holidays can be a tough time for diabetics and others who are trying to avoid sugar. If you know someone in that boat, help them partake in the sweet decadence of the holiday season with these unique Peppermint treats. Sweetened only with birch Xylitol, these minty treats deliver the classic flavor they would expect, but without sugar. They are a gluten-free, kosher, alternative candy, that even those sensitive to sugar can enjoy. Each 8-oz bag includes individually wrapped hard peppermint candies that will provide refreshment in the car, office, or at home.