Memories In Clay, Northville, $99.99
This is a gift any new parent will treasure for years to come. Each of these handmade signs has a child's hand or footprints on it. The letters, and the child's prints are 3-dimensional and attached to the wooden backdrop. Purchase the kit as a gift and your recipient can capture a child's prints and send them back to be kiln-fired and colored with ceramic glaze. They'll then be added to this simple keepsake that will last a lifetime.
Boscraft, Roseville, $14.00
Whether to provide comfort for a wee one, or shed light on a sleepy parent's path, this will be a welcome fixture in any nursery. In addition to the darling ballerina, lens options include animals, trains, sports, space, and more. Made of baltic birch plywood, each is energy-efficient and long-lasting with a .5 watt LED included. They even have built-in photo eye, which means turning on and off automatically based on the darkness in the room.
Brightly Twisted, Detroit, $35.00
That baby's got you wrapped around its finger, so why not wrap your heart around it? This charming one-of-a-kind blanket is just one of many colorful options at Brightly Twisted. Made of bamboo cotton fabric, each piece is dyed by hand for a special look all its own.
Detroit Scroll, Grosse Pointe Woods, $20.00
Original Detroit bus scrolls have been digitally scanned to create this unique line of products. These adorable onesies are perfect for the littlest Detroiters among us. They feature famous Motor City streets on the front and a bus on the back. Offered in Vintage Red or Blue, they come sized for 6, 12 or 18 months
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $12.00
Just because a baby's sporting a bib, doesn't mean it can't still be stylish. This 50/50 blend fabric is comfortable yet absorbent, and the velcro closure makes it simple to quickly get on or off. Best of all, the unsalted and shark free descriptions of the Great Lakes are sure to even make some grownups smile.
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood, $39.99
Serious cuteness meets legendary style. It's never too soon for your first Stormy Kromer, especially when it comes with a matching blankie. Your favorite little one will stay warm and cozy wrapped in this baby soft, 100% polyester fleece blanket in signature Stormy plaid with matching tassel-topped beanie.
Child Be Safe, Northville, $7.99
One of the most important tasks for new parents or grandparents is baby-proofing their house when a new little nugget arrives. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over 3,900 children are treated in ERs each year due to electric shock suffered from wall outlets and light switches. Protect your favorite new addition. These cover devices deter children from being able to open the unit while easily allowing adults access.
Lindenwood, Inc., Grand Rapids, $40.00
Despite all the electronics in the world, nothing beats good old fashioned alphabet blocks for teaching children everything from reading to sorting. This classic set of 28 Uncle Goose blocks is made from sustainable Michigan basswood. It features four full alphabets, colorful numbers, math symbols, plus a menagerie of handcrafted animals. Get down on the floor with them and teach them to sort, stack, and laugh along the way.
Finding the Trail Home Brewed Soaps, Jackson, $15.00
Make your bearded man's day. Just a dime-sized dollop is all that is needed to rub into a beard and massage. He can then style it as he normally would. This special blend of light oils, combined with beeswax, conditions both the hair and skin beneath it. Dragon's Blood has a deep, rich fragrance that is an earthy blend of citrus and floral.
Nellie's Lavendar Estate, Jackson, $9.00
Your loved one will take a virtual stroll through lavender fields, gently unwinding from the stress of the day with this thoughtful gift. The lavender pillow mist is blended with bergamot to create a lovely, calming transition to sleep. It can be sprayed on a pillow or into the air. Then a few breaths later, relaxation sets in. It may also be enjoyed on linens before ironing or to freshen one's wardrobe.
My Secret Stash, Traverse City, $8.00
Four generations of soap makers have got to be onto something. Handcrafted and gentle, this true soap can be used in their shower, tub and sink. It's made with saponified oils of olive, coconut, soybean, hemp, organic shea butter, sea salt, essential and fragrance oils. The luxurious feel is noticeably more enjoyable than big box brands, not to mention nontoxic.
Peppermint Jim's, St Johns, $10.00
This sweet gift may be just the ticket for someone on your list. Herbs have been used since ancient times for their health promoting properties. Peppermint?Oil is known for its cooling, and uplifting?effects. It has been known to ease headaches, muscle aches, itching, and other problems when applied topically. It can also aid in digestion. This 100% pure version is distilled from mint, grown right on the maker's farm. Each order includes a sheet with potential uses.
Healthy Body Investment, Clarkston, $14.00
With winter upon us, it's the perfect time to share this foot and hand cream with someone you love. The combination of coco butter, lanolin, castor oil, emu oil, calendula extract, and allantoin work together to restore rough and dry skin. Free of synthetics, Restore Hand and Foot Cream is lightly scented with sweet orange and peppermint oils.
Jamark Labs, Grand Rapids, $17.99
If someone on your list struggles to protect their skin from the elements, then they will love you for introducing them to this revolutionary moisturizer. Developed by a doctor, its creamy formula melts right into dry, parched skin to soften and moisturize elbows, arms, legs and feet. Choose from lavender, vanilla cream, lemon cream or honey and almond.
Bellaroma , St Clair Shores, $24.00
Create a spa experience without making your loved one leave home. Like a smooth indulgent pudding, this skin-silkening blend of tapioca, whipped egg whites and coconut milk will help to even out the skin's surface with a renewing glow while also giving a firming boost. Hand-whipped to perfection with white kaolin clay that will mildly exfoliate and cleanse sensitive skin, it's like a professional facial in a jar.
Natural Red, Detroit, $30.00
Pamper someone you love, or treat yourself with this bundle of Natural Red's most popular products. They are made from all natural ingredients and essential oils. Choose from a variety of scents. The bundle includes: Intensive Mositurizer, DeFunked DeOdorant, Chapped Skin Relief, Hand Sanitizer, and Lip Balm. It's the ideal get me through the day, care package.
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, Mancelona, $15.99
Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. The idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed. The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane. When Cane's suddenly found dead in Zoe's fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit
Donald Levin, Ferndale, $16.00
In this sixth in a series of Martin Preuss adventures, the hero is hired by a distraught Carrie Morrison to find out how her younger brother wound up clinging to life in a disreputable Ferndale motel. Preuss thinks the story will be a familiar one?a young man takes a walk on the wild side and pays a terrible price. The deeper he digs, the more he realizes that nothing is as it seems in the brother?s world of secrets and lies. Gift this book, or the whole set, to your favorite fan of crimal fiction.
Steven C. Harms, Oxford, $12.99
This thriller features Detective Roger Viceroy, who is tasked with investigating a bombing in a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee. As he and his team dive into the investigation, a mysterious clue launches a manhunt with scant other evidence to point them in the right direction. Soon other related murders unfold, each with a unique twist and the same clue left behind. As the death toll mounts, Viceroy aims to stop the carnage before it reaches Governor Kay Spurgeon.
Richard L. Baldwin, Haslett, $12.95
Gold from Germany is discovered on board an ocean-going freighter docked in Muskegon. Also discovered is a body near the yachts at Pointe Marine. Follow famed detective, Lou Searing and a cadre of Muskegon area citizens as they discover clues that lead to solving a murder in Michigan?s Port City. Readers who enjoy suspense and mystery will relish this any many other Baldwin Michigan murder mysteries.
J. R. Armstrong, Fowlerville, $14.95
Set in the 1960's and '70's this is a story of love and betrayal. It begins with the high school romance between Michael, an underprivileged all-star athlete, and Meg, an only child in an upper-middle-class home. Determined to flee an abusive parent, Michael abruptly departs their small hometown in Michigan immediately after graduation to play football for USC. Before he leaves the young lovers make a pact to meet in five years. Neither realizes the consequences of this decision or how it will forever shape their future.
Cari Noga, Traverse City, $14.95
At 45, Jane McArdle has experienced her share of life's twists and turns. Yet she's shaken by the sudden death of her estranged half sister and the news that she's now the guardian of her orphaned niece, Lucy. Still reeling from other challenges, Jane is content to focus on her small Michigan farm. Now, confronted with a traumatized eleven-year-old, the prickly empty nester is thrust into motherhood again, unsure she'll do any better this time.
Wendy Sura Thomson, Bloomfield Hills, $15.99
Maggie Fraser met the man of her dreams. She had never been happier, until tragedy struck. Her recovery was rudely interrupted by her accidental possession of a mysterious and ancient amulet. What is this amulet? Why is she being pursued for it? Travel with Maggie as she criss-crosses multiple countries unraveling the secrets of the amulet and searching for the inner peace, acceptance, and personal direction that had been so disrupted. Set in New York, Michigan, Scotland, Italy and London, follow Maggie as she reveals the secrets of the amulet that have spanned a nearly a thousand years while overcoming her personal grief.
Steven Hartman, Wixom, $16.00
A toy store Santa Claus named Wallace Davis starts to lose the spirit of Christmas. One special night, he is visited by the real Santa Claus who whisks him off to the North Pole in order to attend a three-day workshop for those who play the role of Santa at shopping malls and stores all across the country. It provides them with the tools and understanding on how to rekindle the Christmas spirit back in their hometowns. The question that remains is whether or not it's too late for Wallace and his hometown.
Loreen Niewenhuis, Traverse City, $16.95
In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. This book chronicles that journey, a 1,000-mile walk around the world's fifth-largest lake. The book explores both the geology of the lake and the measure of a person--a woman, married, mother of two sons (who joined her for portions of the walk). But most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discovery of self and place. Niewenhuis conveys a sense of the magnitude of the lake she loves, a place so elemental to the four Midwestern states that form its shores. From a ground-level perspective, the book explores the natural and human history of Lake Michigan . . . and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.
Patricia Harbottle, Grass Lake, $12.00
On May 22, 2011, Patricia and her husband's home in Joplin, Missouri, was leveled by one of the most powerful tornadoes in recorded history. This experience caused them both to look at life's challenges differently. Storms of all kinds bring turmoil and loss into our lives, often leaving us bitter, alone, depressed, or defeated. In this book, Patricia shows how storms, both big and small, have affected her life and marriage. If you know someone struggling, they may be aided by Patricia's path from victim to victor.
Dianna Stampfler, Walloon Lake, $19.99
Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state and some thirty of those are rumored to be haunted. If someone on your list is intrigued by the idea of spirits or just loves a lighthouse legend, this book is a treat. Michigan expert, Dianna Stampfler, shares stories of those who dedicated their lives?and afterlives?to protecting the Great Lakes shoreline.
Kath Usitalo , Naubinway, $19.00
A great read for adventurers and armchair travelers alike, this is a fun and quirky look at what makes Michigan?s Upper Peninsula unique. From intriguing people to historic sites to events to foods and of course natural wonders, this easy read will have your recipient jumping in the car to explore da Yoop.
Tavarski ?Taz? Wallace, Adrian, $13.00
Tavarski Wallace was an ambitious football player striving for a spot in the NFL. He was also a resilient player in the turbulent, challenging, and sometimes unfair game of life. From resolving struggles academically to supporting his hard-working single mother to ultimately managing the unforgiving politics of professional football, readers will go with Taz on his journey. It is a story that will uplift and inspire.
Linda Soloman, Bloomfield, $34.99
Linda Solomon, met Aretha Franklin in 1983 when she was just beginning her career as a photojournalist and columnist. Aretha's brother arranged for Linda to capture the singer's major career events. Aretha requested that Linda document everything. What developed over the years of photographing private parties, celebrity galas, private backstage moments, and more, was a friendship between two women who grew to enjoy and respect one another. Aretha fans will delight in this rare look behind the curtain.
Karen Dybis, Grosse Pointe Woods, $19.99
Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rumrunners and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city's soaring population. Amid the tensions of the Great Depression, a mysterious murder took place at the boardinghouse of Hungarian immigrant Rose Veres. Amid accusations of witchcraft, Rose and her son Bill were convicted of the brutal killing and suspected in a dozen more. Their cries of innocence went unheeded--until one lawyer, determined to seek justice, took on the case. Mystery fans will adore the twists and turns of this shocking, but true, Michigan story.
Joseph Byler, Albion, $9.99
Any hunter on your list will relate to this quest to find an elusive animal. It's a true narrative of a Whitetail Buck the author hunted for many years and what transpired in pursuit of that deer. This book was written to encourage and inspire other hunters. The story is a reminder that sometimes doing your best, with the resources you have, can result in an amazing tale to tell.
Colleen and Michael Monroe, Brighton, $16.95
This charming tale of an overgrown pine tree always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.
Marie LaPres, Grand Rapids, $9.99
Teenager Christine Sullivan finds a key for a door that brings her through a tunnel into the past. There she finds herself in Colonial Michilimackinac. She meets fellow time travelers Henri and Jacques, along with French fur traders and British soldiers, but the tensions are high between the French and British. Henri and Christine uncover the plot of British Major, Callum Lewis, to eradicate all of the French settlers in the Mackinac Straits area. What will Christine and Henri do to save the settlers and possibly change the course of history? Will she be able to survive Colonial America without her cell phone? Will she be able to find her way back home before the start of her junior year of high school?
Russell Slater, Leighton Township, $9.99
A fun tale with some state pride, this book follows Eddy Elk and Mandy Moose as they've stepped out of the flag, and are on the loose. The adventurous duo explores the natural wonders of the Great Lakes State. From the Petoskey stone to the Whitetail deer, kids will learn why there is no place on Earth quite like Michigan.
Kelsey Fox, Madison Heights, $9.99
Perfect for the child who is nervous about trying new things, the story follows a little fox named Wyatt. He is very set in his ways, but eventually discovers that trying something new can be both fun and exciting.
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 adorably-illustrated book can help take away that scary feeling about starting something new.
Mary Morgan, Lansing, $7.95
While exploring Michigan?s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park, twins Ben and Bekka Cooper, along with a new friend, Eli discover not only the beauty of Lake Superior, but encounter more than they bargained for. With keen eyes and quick thinking they discover thieves planning to steal artifacts from sunken ships. This is an especially fun adventure for kids who have been, or are planning on going, to Lake Superior in person.?
Joseph Spraga, Clinton Twp., $24.99
Perhaps it's time for your kids to discover a new world. Enter Moonwood where the Snitch, the Witch, and The One Who Was Rich, and other quirky townsfolk, seek wisdom from the town elder. It's a new and modern nursery rhyme.
Scott Reddinger, Iron Mountain, $12.99
When you already have an easy word for starting with a Y, how do you not make an alphabet book? Y is for Yooper is an ABC book for all ages, that involves all things Upper Peninsula through a rhyming children?s book. Crafted and created by a former elementary teacher, Y is for Yooper is sure to help young and old, natives and visitors, learn their Yooper ABC?s.
Cyberoptix, Detroit, $44.00
Belle Isle, or "beautiful Island" in French, is easily one of the city's most beloved destinations. It also takes center stage on this lovely scarf, designed from original 1970s maps. Made of bamboo cotton, the scarf is hand-printed in Detroit and comes in teal, navy, or black.
American Coney Island, Detroit, $69.00
The American Coney Island Hot Dog has been a favorite with Detroiters and visitors for nearly a century. Send a kit to someone you love for a true taste of Detroit. It includes the specially-seasoned, natural skin casing hot dogs from Dearborn Sausage, the Keros family secret recipe Coney Island Chili Sauce to be topped with mustard and sweet chopped onions and served in a warm, steamed bun. The box includes enough to make 12 coneys plus a waiter's hat from the classic dining destination. Price includes shipping anywhere in U.S.
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $25.00
The colors in this 100% cotton twill cap mau be a nod to the Tigers baseball team, but the Detroit design allows any lover of the city to sport their pride all year-round. The snapback allows for adjusting the size to suit any head.
City Bird, Detroit, $10.50
If you know an artist, writer, or list-maker, then this lovely notebook just the ticket. It's portable and perfect for notes, doodles, sketches, thoughts, and plans. They'll draw inspiration from the cover that features original illustrations of several of Detroit's most appreciated landmarks. The notebook is 5? x 7? with 50 archival, acid-free blank pages.
Detroit GT, Ferndale, $50.00
The only thing more popular than Detroit pride these days, might be a well-made hoodie. Combine both and send it to someone who doesn't live in the city and you have this touching gift. The sweatshirt is soft, warm and cozy with unisex sizing. They'll wear it with pride and it will surely be a conversation-starter.
Iconic Detroit, Royal Oak, $10.00
Handmade using a one-of-a-kind Italian tumbled stone and featuring a natural cork backing, these coasters are resilient. Iconic Detroit's proprietary process incites liquids to bead-up on the tile's surface to protect the artwork from any fading and stains. Each tile is roughly 4x4 inches and .25 thick. These coasters immortalize a wide range of Detroit memories from iconic local brands like Vernors, Stroh's, Sanders, Faygo, and Better Made to epic locations like Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Boblo Island, and Eastern Market. Get one that has special significance or pick out a collection for the Detroit lover on your list. There are dozens of options.
Sister Pie, Detroit, $25.00
Sister Pie has quickly become the kind of Detroit business that legends are made of, so a cookbook is a welcome addition. It delivers a friendly guide into the magic behind the famous bakery, which is located in the heart of West Village, as well as scrumptious recipes. From fillings to crusts, hand-pies to salads, Lisa Ludwinski's creations are sure to get your mouth watering.
Detroit Scroll , Grosse Pointe, $295.00
Whether they went to Uof D or just love the city, this unique piece will breath life into any room. It features historic bus scroll of stops near the university. Professionally printed on art-grade canvas, the scroll maintains the integrity of the historic originals right down to the last details of patina and wear. Each scroll is 30? wide by 66? tall and weighs just 12 lbs. There are 17 different street lists from which to choose.
Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, $125.00
It's always a treat to have something to look forward to after the holiday hoopla has faded. Hosted on January 25, 2020 as part of the third annual Ice Wine Festival at Chateau Chantal, this dinner fits that bill. Each course will be paired with a wine hand-selected by the vintner. Vidal Ice wine, Entice (port-style ice wine), and the Estate bottled Ice Wine will be featured along with other favorites to deliver an experience that is unmatched. This price includes food, wine, tax and tip.
Glass Academy, Dearborn, $100.00
Is it time for that crafty person on your list to try their hand at a new skill? The Glass Academy in Dearborn offers gift cards that may be used to enroll in a glassblowing class. Classes range from $20-$200 depending upon what they want to learn to make. Gift cards may also be used to purchase products from the expert glassblowers. Any visit to this studio is an experience they will remember.
Detroit Bus Company, Detroit, $42.99
Ever since Detroit was a mere French missionary outpost, up to Prohibition and beyond, the city?s history has been entwined with the story of its citizens? drinking habits. With this ticket, your loved one will hop aboard a cool hand-painted bus that stops at some of the city?s oldest, most notorious and most interesting bars. They'll share stories, and a few pints, along the way.
Traverse City Balloon Tours, Traverse City, $299.00
The adventurer on your list will soar when you gift a flight over the gorgeous Grand Traverse Bay area. This voucher entitles the bearer to a one-hour scenic balloon flight over the beautiful bays, lakes, vineyards and cherry orchards. After landing they'll share a champagne toast with the pilot.
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, $115.00
Riding in a Model T is a really cool experience, so one can only imagine how much fun it would be to learn to drive one. The experts at Gilmore will go through starting basics, use of spark and throttle control levers, coordination of hand and foot controls, proper shifting-techniques, reversing and more. The experience includes a historian-guided tour in portions of the Museum Collection with lessons on Henry Ford and how the Model T changed the world. They'll also get a souvenir Model T booklet, admission to the entire campus of the Gilmore Car Museum, and a Certificate of Completion that is suitable for framing.
Pictured Rocks Kayaking, Munising, $149.00
Unquestionably, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of our state's and our nation's most remarkable sights. There are so many ways to experience the area, and one of the most incredible is via kayak. This tour begins on a 56-foot passenger vessel heading out of the East Channel of Munising Bay to Lake Superior. There, you're recipient will launch a kayak and join a guide for an up close tour of these remarkable formations.
Traverse Tall Ship Co., Traverse City, $50.00
There are so many ways to enjoy the water around Traverse City, but undoubtedly one of the most enviable is aboard a tall ship. These gift certificates are redeemable toward any sail on the Tall Ship Manitou or Sailing Yacht Scout. Fees being at $20 for kids and $42 for adults for a 2-hour trip.
Boyne Resorts, Boyne Mountain, $575.00
If someone on your list absolutely lives for hitting the slopes, then this will make their year. The Silver Pass allows them to ski or ride daily at either Boyne Mountain or Boynes Highlands (some holiday exclusions apply). It also entitles the bearer to VIP entry to Skitoberfest as well as spa and retail discounts.
Big Joe, Grand Rapids, $40.98
Kids will adore climbing, sitting and laying on this comfy, retro beanbag chair. Meanwhile, grown-ups will love the reliability and how easily it can be cleaned. Made of the most durable of all Big Joe fabrics, in addition to Spicy Lime, it's available in Flaming Red, Radiant Orchid, Sapphire, and Stretch Limo Black.
Mutha Shuckers, Trenton, $200.00
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 our Buy Michigan Now logo, a wide variety of options are available ranging from plain wood to custom logos. Bags are included, and pricing starts at $200.
Green Industries, Detroit, $20.00
These adorable snake-like pups aren't just cute, they're functional. Place them under doors to prevent drafts for a warmer winter. As an added bonus, when you shop with Green Industries, the brainchild of Cass Community Social Services, you are helping to provide work for adults who have developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, physical restrictions or who have formerly experienced homelessness, war, or prison.
Zingerman's Bake House, Ann Arbor, $130.00
The family that bakes together...eats together...and also makes great memories. No one teaches these skills better than the artisans at Zingerman's. The family will spend quality time in the teaching kitchen making something delicious together. Then the Zing team will clean up the mess while they head home to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Family groups work on each recipe together and take home what they made in class. Each enrollment includes one adult and two children (ages 7 to 13) or two adults and one child (age 7 to 13).
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.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, $185.00
One of the greatest attractions in America is right here in Michigan at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. 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 ten different Michigan locations. Cards can be purchased in increments of $5-$500. A $50 gift card will typically cover four tickets and possibly a snack too.
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 one of our state's best known assets, the Petoskey Stone. The color similarities are sure to make it a challenge. There are lots of other options too. It makes for a fun family project that can be repeated time and again.
Sanders, Clinton Township, $33.99
It's hard to beat a gift from a legendary chocolatier like Sanders. This gift tower combines 4 of their most popular boxed chocolate candies. Compnents of the elegant Boulevard Collection are stacked and tied with a bow. They'll enjoy Milk Chocolate Cherry Cordials, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Milk Chocolate English Toffee with Dark Chocolate Drizzle, and Milk Chocolate Pecan Torties.
Dobber's Pasties, Escanaba, $5.66
This gift harkens back to a time in the 1800s when miners wanted a hearty and hot meal for lunch, but had no time to come above ground. Since then, Pasties have become the unofficial official meal of the Yoop. Dobber's makes a delicious, traditional 3/4-pound beef pasty made with 90% lean, custom chopped beef, farm fresh potatoes, sweet rutabagas, onions, and salt & pepper. All that goodness is wrapped and baked in a flaky crust then frozen and shipped. Upon arrival they can be warmed up in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
The Bueberry Store, South Haven, $24.00
There's nothing quite like a delicious breakfast when friends and family are visiting for the holidays. This makes a phenomenal host/hostess gift or an afforadable taste of home to send out of state. It contains: one Blueberry Pancake Mix, one Blueberry Syrup, one Blueberry Coffee, and one jar of Old Fashioned Blueberry Preserves. All items are neatly packed inside a Fresh Blueberry box.
Zingermans, 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 or there is an option for a larger kit that serves 6-8.
Grand Traverse Pie Company, Traverse City, $32.99
As actor Judy Greer once told us, "You have to get a cherry pie from Traverse City. Holy buckets!" This top-seller from Grand Traverse Pie Company is made with tart Michigan Montmorency cherries baked into a mouth-watering flaky crust. For only $5 you can even add a personalized message up to 10 characters made from cuts of pie crust. Serve it up to your own guests for the holidays or send it to loved ones to serve to theirs.
Germack, Detroit, $14.25
The name Germack is synonymous with scrumptious nuts, particularly pistachios. They artesian dry roast their colossal natural pistachios and lightly salt them to let the natural flavor shine through. Added bonus: Pistachios are the lowest calorie and lowest fat nut. Each signature paper bag includes 14 oz. of nuts. You can also buy a case of 12 if you have multiple recipients.
Fessler's Sauces, Brighton, $38.79
Since the early 1920?s, Fessler?s Original Sauce has been enjoyed by fish and seafood lovers throughout Michigan. Now they've got a food line with some incredible flavor profiles. Choose from the Mild or Hot collection. Mild includes Fessler?s Original Sauce, Mild Summer Salsa, Peach Salsa, along with Oriental and Baja spice rubs. It's great for chicken, pork, fish and other seafood. The hot box features Fessler?s BBQ Sauce, Hot Summer Salsa, Cherry Salsa, as well as Cafe and BBQ spice rubs. It's best with ribs, chicken and Pork.
Trenary Home Bakery, Trenary, $4.75
For over 90 years Trenary Home Bakery has specialized in the production of this Finnish Korppu, which has put this tiny hamlet on the proverbial foodie-lover map. It is a crunchy snack that is coated in a signature blend of cinnamon and sugar. Each 10-oz bag comes with 16 slices. It is made daily in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but can be sent to friends near or far. ?
Holland Bowl Mill, Holland, $130.00
The craftsmen at the Holland Bowl Mill turned this beautiful, solid cherry bowl. These one-of-a-kind pieces have holes in them to allow air circulation around fruits and veggies. The aeration will keep produce fresh longer. They also give the bowl a unique style when left empty. Both practical and aesthetically appealing, this makes a great gift and conversation piece.?
Better Life Bags, Detroit, $200.00
If you know a woman who has always secretly wanted to be a fashion designer, then this is a gift she will treasure. Gift certificates for Better Life Bags range from $50-$250. Your recipient can use the funds to design her own, personalized bag to suit her style and functionality or purchase a ready-made bag from the site. The bags are assembled in Detroit by a team of people who truly appreciate your business. Many have been under-employed for years before this company came along.
Kooty Key, Clinton Twp, $9.95
Protect the women in your life from colds and flu with this anti-microbial key chain accessory. It allows the user to avoid touching germ-riddled public objects such as restroom doors, ATM?s, elevator buttons, credit card machines, etc. She can use the hook end to open doors and the rubber-tipped end to push keypads and buttons to avoid touching those commonly germy surfaces. It comes in 4 colors so you can find one that goes well with her favorite purse.
Livnfresh, Gaylord, $54.99
Help her show off her pride in Michigan, and her love of winter at the same time, with this super cute design.This adorable zip hoodie is perfect for the lake, the boat, and for late nights relaxing around a roaring bonfire. Every woman would welcome this piece in their hoodie collection. Choose from misty blue or dusty rose, both of which are an excellent complement to those favorite jeans.
Gail's Lighthouse Cards, Clawson, $15.00
Artist Gale Borman McGuire travels around the state and the country photographing then drawing different lighthouses. With this beautiful set of ten cards featuring Michigan waterway destinations, you can give her the perfect format for crafting a hand-written note that can be cherished for years to come.
Angela K. Berent, Burton, $15.00
A Modern-Day Memoir is a journal where busy women of today are encouraged to write their stories. In the book, women are invited to respond to various topics pertaining to who they are and what has shaped them into the women they are today.?This is an incredible gift for a mom, and especially if she shares her work with you. The end result is a document that shows how far she's come, acknowledges her influences, and celebrates her achievements.? ??
Brite Bites, East Lansing, $8.99
If she loves to eat healthy then these powerful snacks will delight her. Each is dairy-free and contains 1 billion CFUs of Live Probiotics. The probiotics will help support both her immune and digestive systems. Plus, they taste great. Hand-rolled in East Lansing, there are three flavors from which to choose. Go with a sampler pack which includes 2-packs of each flavor so she'll have a variety or can identify a fave for the future.
Epiphany Glass Studios, Pontiac, $28.00
Whether for the recently engaged, or just a jewelry lover, this elegant ringholder is a work of art on its own. Each piece is handmade so the color and pattern may vary slightly, making it truly a one-of-a-kind gift. Choose between a heart-shape or round.
Livnfresh, Gaylord, $56.99
The hunter on your list will love this cozy hoodie. Made from a 60/40 cotton/polyester blend, it won't shrink when washed. In addition to the antler design, it incorpates another common element of the season--room for a beverage. It has a built-in neoprene beverage holder inside the front pouch pocket, with a metal bottle opener inside. It's easy to see why they call it the Tailgate hoodie. Available in Charcoal or Camo, it'll be a hit around the hunting camp or the football tailgate.
Pingree Detroit, Detroit, $189.00
Men need a way to carry belongings around town too. Made by U.S. Veterans and Detroiters using leather upcycled from the production of new cars, this manly backpack will get the job done. The military-grade extra thick 1/4" braided nylon straps have leather comfort cinches for extra support and stability. This bag is designed for every season and comes with a maker tag so he'll know the name and story of the Detroiter or veteran who made it.
Paul's Gourmet Jerky, Kent City, $480.00
In the hunting blind, on the golf course, or just sitting in his favorite chair, having these snacks on hand will make his life tastier. Smaller and larger subscription options are also available, or simply select a couple of his favorites to put beneath the tree. With the $40/month I'm a Fan of Paul's subscription, he'll receive 6 Jerky packs and 12 snack sticks delivered to his door each month.
Cyberoptix, Detroit, $36.00
With the restoration underway, there's never been a better time to show some pride in the historic train depot in downtown Detroit. The architectural image on the tie was painstakingly digitally-restored from the original 1912 blueprints. It's one of many clever designs available from Cyberoptix. Each comes in a wide range of colors and even a variety of widths to best suit his style.
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. This artistically cool Brookie Moon design also comes in white, yellow, or silver.
Skyline Hammock Co., Lake City, $59.99
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 napping comfort. They are available in a wide range of colors.
Owens Family Food, Inkster, $28.99
Some like it hot. If your guy is one of them, then this set is sure to either tantalize his taste buds or test his mettle. It has 3 delicious sauces that are made with the hottest peppers in the world: Ghost, Scorpion, and the Carolina Reaper. The scorching 3-pack features Scotty's award-winning The Ghost Sauce, Beer Bacon Chipotle W/Scorpion Pepper, and hottest of them all, Reaper de Muerte. The gift comes with a hand-crafted carrying case that is perfect for taking condiments to and from the grill long after the heat dies down
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood, $59.99
We've trusted Stormy Kromer with our ears for years, now its time to keep those paws toasty too. No matter how cold he gets, these mitts will keep him warm and working...or playing. The palm and fingers are covered in durable, authentic goatskin, while the inside is lined with polyester sherpa for superior heat retention. This is a gift that will keep on giving.
Author Stephen C. Johnson, Detroit, $21.99
From the days when Stroh's dominated the market to the rise of Atwater and the craft brew scene, Detroit's storied beer history through Prohibition and reinvention is unique. Author Stephen Johnson, founder of Motor City Brew Tours guides readers on the journey of Detroit's brewstory.
Michigan Brewers Guild, Lansing, $55.00
The passionate beer fan will love this gift which includes exclusive access to VIP ticket sales for beer fests (which typically sell out fast) as well as one-hour early entry to those festivals. Recipients will also enjoy a Michigan Beer bumper Sticker, invitations to special member only events, and your choice of a Michigan Beer t-shirt, hat, or swag bag.
Coppercraft, Holland, $49.99
Michigan's spirit industry is quickly rising, as is its status. This particular whiskey garnered the 2018 Spirit of the Year award from USA Spirits Ratings, one of the most prestigious competitions in the country, and has gone on to earn Gold in Denver and San Francisco as well. It will delight even the true connoisseur on your list. Barrels of 4+ year old and 11+ year old sourced bourbons are blended to create a rich, smooth flavor.
St. Julian, Paw Paw, $13.99
Wine with dinner may be very common, but the same is not always true of dessert. That's what makes this St. Julian port such an interesting gift. With currant, black cherry, caramel, and chocolaty aromas, it is said to have a rich, ripe entry that leads to a slightly sweet finish.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, Leelanau, $200.00
The Annual Wine Trail Pass is an ideal choice for oenophiles who live in or love Northern Michigan. Recipients may attend any or all of the qualifying events they wish to throughout the year including Sips & Soups (Jan), Taste the Passion (Feb), Sips, Chips & Dips (Mar), Spring Sip & Savor (May), Ros?s All May (May), Harvest Stompede (Sept), The Hunt for the Reds of October (Oct), Toast the Season (Nov) and Premium Pour (Dec). As an added bonus, if you order a pair of certificates you'll receive a complimentary Toast the Season 6-bottle woven wine bag.
McClary Bros., Farmington, $18.00
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 Lemon & Ginger flavor is as good in a mocktail as in a cocktail. Whether mixed with soda water or combined with vodka, gin, or whiskey, it'll take your favorite bartender's drinks to a higher level.
Glass Academy, Dearborn, $32.00
Once a wine bottle is opened, there's nothing like an elegant stopper to maintain freshness. Hand-crafted by apprentice glassmakers learning the trade under the guidance of master glassblowers, each of these stoppers will have its own unique character and charm.?It's a gift as uniquely special as your loved one.
Vivio's, Detroit, $7.50
Since 1967, Vivio's has been a staple in Detroit's historic Eastern Market. People flock from all over to get a good meal and a great Bloody Mary. Thankfully now, the mix is available online and all over town. Give a bottle or two on its own, or combine it will a bottle of Detroit City Distillery vodka and/or a few bottles of Michigan beer since a shot of brew is a common chaser at the restaurant.
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.
Lead Head Glass, Ferndale, $150.00
Lead Head Glass terrariums are handcrafted out of reclaimed glass from deconstructed homes in Detroit. The Baret house features a hipped roof, and a repeating horizontal straight line design, reminiscent of the longitudinal coordinates Baret, a Victorian explorer, used to cross the world. It has ample space for multiple succulents, mosses or air plants for a unique and stylish indoor garden.
Big Joe, Grand Rapids, $50.99
Whether it's for a man cave, family room, or dorm, this chair is a perfect fit for anyone looking to relax. It has a convenient drink-holder and side pocket for storing a remote or good book. There's even a handle that makes moving from room to room a breeze.
The Wood Garage, Ann Arbor, $35.00
These little gems will add the perfect touch to any farmhouse or cottage. They are handmade with fabric that contains 100% cotton and is upholstery grade material. Inside, each is stuffed with 100% new polyfiber filling. They have a nice weight and feel in addition to homespun charm.
Nite Brite, Beaverton, $79.95
Street address are getting harder and harder to find, which is not really a good thing. Help visitors or emergency responders find your loved ones quickly and easily with a stylish address sign. There are a variety of options including this 60" pole with scroll bracket and solar light. It's the perfect gift for a new homeowner.
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, $150.00
New meets old in the creation of this beautiful vase that will add elegance to any home. The teardop design is the latest addition to the Pewabic series of vases, and this piece also has the world famous Iridescent glaze. Through trial, error, and sheer persistence, Mary Chase Perry Stratton developed her first successful Iridescent glaze in 1906. Establishing the formula and stabilizing the firing process took another three years, but lasted through the test of time. This vase has that same amazing glaze.
Rebel Metalworks, Elmire, $49.95
There are few, if any, landmarks more iconic and beloved in this state than Mighty Mac. That's why this black metal Mackinac Bridge will make a statement in any home, cottage, or office. It is available in 24"x11" or an impressive 36"x22" version for an additional $30.
Mutual Adoration, Detroit, $63.00
Give this empty to be filled by the recipient, or print an 8x10 photo of a favorite moment with family or friends to make it extra special. With or without a picture, these frames are exceptional. Each is made from reclaimed wood, typically from an old home or business in Detroit. There are a variety of sizes, colors and types of wood at any given moment, depending on availability. Prices may vary based on size and type of wood.
Savage Arts Studio, Lake Orion, $52.00
This unique piece is sure to bring inspiration to your loved one as well as to those who see it being worn. It features a Dragonfly bi-metal pendant, an inspire word charm and a dyed jasper bead on a 30" copper charm chain. Dragonflies are a common symbol of change and self-realization. If that reminds you of a woman you know or one who is looking to be inspired, this will be a great surprise.
Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, $75.00
With five stores in Northern Michigan, it is no surprise that the Great Lakes are reflected in many of the pieces at Becky Thatcher Designs. In fact lake bubbles inspired an entire collection, inlcuding this stunning silver ring. If she has fashion flair and loves the lakes, this is perfect for her.
HOMES Bracelets, Traverse City, $186.25
This bracelet features the rare and sought after stones known as "Leland Blue,"?which refers to the town of Leland, Michigan where they originate.?A byproduct from the smelting of iron ore is what creates the distinct and unforgettable shades of blue. Weathered for over a hundred years within the mighty Lake Michigan, a beautiful relic from a different time remains. The surrounding beads in this piece are made from genuine Petoskey Stones.
Hoola Jewelry, Chelsea, $49.99
This unique concept, gives users the ability to design their own versatile 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. The BXMI Made in Michigan Set includes includes pieces handmade or hand-pounded in Chelsea.
Motawi Tile, Ann Arbor, $30.00
Motawi is famous for its gorgeous tiles, and nature has provided much of the inspiration, particularly for the jewelry line. Each piece is in the collection is based on an artistic tile. The pendants are made of silver-plated die cast bronze inlaid with colored enamel. In addition to the bee, songbird, and frog options pictured here, there are flowers, birds and even a dragonfly from which to choose. Each pendant comes with a 18? silver plated snake chain with a 1? extender and a black velvet pouch.
Silver Loon Jewelers, White Lake, $59.95
Many times jewelry depicts either the Upper or Lower Peninsula, but this delicately crafted piece features both. Handcrafted in solid cast premium .935 Argentium Sterling Silver, it has a bright mirror finish and is slightly flexible for a good fit. This ring is built to last, and will be treasured for years to come.
Beth Millner Jewelry, Marquette, $95.00
Beth Milner draws much of her inspiration from the land around her, particularly that of our state's glorious Upper Peninsula. This pendant is perfect for anyone born, raised, or simply in love with the U.P. Made with salvaged local copper, it's literally a piece of the land our roots are grounded in.
My Captured Journey, Traverse City, $35.00
By the very nature of the design, no two pairs, nor even earrings within the same pair, are alike when it comes to these gems. Sand from the Great Lakes is housed within each set so that she'll almost hear the waves crashing whenever these studs are on her ears. Give them to someone far from home or as a remembrance of a favorite place or moment.
Michigan Awesome, Grand Rapids, $57.00
This collection is perfect for snacking at a holiday party, or a great way to say thank you to family or friends. The?Bi-Peninsular Bites?Gift Box features Classic Granola, Dried Cherries, Dark Chocolate Cherries, Milk Chocolate Blueberries, Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and Cherry Berry Nut Mix. All products are, of course, made with pride in Michigan.
Heart of Michigan, Howell, $52.00
Not only is this collection filled with delectable Michigan flavors, it is a gift that keeps on giving well after all has been consumed. They take one medium-sized Michigan Maple cutting board, and package it with one Win Schuler's Party Mix, one Williams Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and one Michigan Brand Hickory Sausage. It will arrived shrink-wrapped with a bow, and a gift note.
Detroit Basket Company, Plymouth, $159.99
This collection is ideal for the Detroiter who has moved away. Detroit Popcorn Company Detroit Style, Detroit Bold Coffee, Faygo Pop, Vernor?s Ginger Ale, Mel?s Toffee, Germack Stadium Peanuts, Sanders Dark and Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Michi-Gummies, Germack Honey Toffee Nut Mix, original and BBQ Better Made Chips, and Ethel's Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can include a personalized greeting card, and the gift will come hot-wrapped with their signature burlap bow.
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.
Mitten Crate, Royal Oak, $64.00
With all of the streaming services nowadays it seems like more movies are seen at home than in a theatre. Just because they're opting for comfy chairs and convenience, doesn't mean they need to forego great snacks. Shurms Michi-Gummies, Dave's Sweet Tooth Toffee, Bur Oaks Farm Heirloom Popping Corn, Crack-in-a-Sack, Lush Gourmet Candied Peanuts, Sanders Chocolate Mini Caramel Bites, High 5 Salt, and Benjamin Twiggs Cherry Sours ought to get the party started on any movie night.
American Spoon, Petoskey, $55.00
American Spoon is known across the country for its gourmet products so it's an excellent choice to send to impress a client, or for that foodie on your list. There are several collections, or even individual jars from which to choose, but you can't go wrong with cozy breakfast fixings during a cold winter. The set includes: Wheat & Malt Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup, Fruit Perfect Blueberries and Sour Cherries.
Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor, $120.00
Few things say Michigan, or deliciousness, like cherries. At Cherry Republic they top this scrumptious tower with a festive red gift box housing Milk and Imperial chocolate-covered cherries. The bottom tier features a stunning hand-turned cherry wood bowl that will easily outlast the rest of the gift. Speaking of the rest, they'll also find 75% Premium Dark chocolate-covered cherries, Cherry Nut mix, and dried Montmorency Cherries.
Michigan Made Store, Houghton, $49.95
Tons of snow may make traveling around the Yoop a tad challenging, so a reminder of those lazy days of summer may be just what your loved one needs to make it through the winter. Well that and lots of delectable hot coffee. This box will provide both. It has an 8-oz. Keweenaw Coffee Borealis ground coffee, an 8-oz. Keweenaw Coffee Yooper Blend ground coffee, an 8-oz. package of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, and a hand-painted glass coffee mug.
My Secret Stash, Traverse City, $35.00
This might be the coolest looking coin ever. Depending on how you look at it, they either show off the state or the Great Lakes, or maybe it's both. Hand-cut in Traverse City, they are hip, chic, and easy to care for, with absolutely no tarnishing.
State of Copper, Houghton, $87.00
There are so many elements that makes this piece a symbol of state pride, aside from the obvious subject matter. The combination of copper and barnwood uniquely captures our state's past and present. Pictured is a sample of the one-of-a kind art you will be gifting. Due to the handcrafting, no two pieces are exactly alike, just like the uniqueness of the Wolverine State. The dimensions are approximately 4.5" x 6.5" for the art and a frame of approximately 8.5" x 10.5".
Roeda Studio, Grand Rapids, $14.99
Help someone on your list show off their lake love at home or at work with this unique magnet art. Each piece of Roeda decorative art is laser-cut from metal and hand-painted and there are dozens from which to choose. This particular piece measures 5.8" long and 2.6" high and includes magnets to bedeck a fridge, frame, or filing cabinet.
Iconic Detroit, Detroit, $56.00
Whether they still reside here or have flown the coop, any lover of Michigan would be proud to have this in their home. Completely handcrafted in Detroit,?these wood signs feature rustic edging along with uniquely distressed stain and paint. Thick twine hangers make for a stylish finish. Suitable for a mantle or hung from a wall, the piece roughly measures 16"x16"x1".
Motawi Tile, Ann Arbor, $59.00
There are few sights more instantly associated with our great state than the majestic Mackinac Bridge. Michigan's beloved engineering marvel stands proudly in this approximately 4" x 8" tile. Though it wasn't actually built until 1957, the bridge is rendered here in the style of old posters from the 1930s. The tile is approximately 5/8? thick and has a notch in the back for hanging unframed.
Michigan Mittens, Pontiac, $24.95
We're arguably the only residents that always travel with a map of our home state. Now we don't even have to think hard about it, or get frost bite when we try to use it, with these handy mittens which are available in 15 different colors.
U.P. Supply Co., Marquette, $26.00
The fine folks at U.P. Supply Company contend that if you take a look at a map of the contiguous United States, you'll notice this isn't just the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, it's the Upper Peninsula of America. Hence, this premium mesh trucker cap, which comes in navy or red. It'll be a source of pride for the wearer and likely a conversation-starter too.
Author Greg Kretovic, Marquette, $14.95
Lots of people talk about taking a trip to discover the state's waterfalls, though far fewer actually do it. There are so many spectacular discoveries to be made. If one of those folks with wanderlust is on your list, this guide might just provide the needed push. From Michigan?s most popular Tahquamenon Falls to more remote and quaint falls in the western portion, this book covers the must-sees across the U.P.?
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, $26.00
As an ornament on a Christmas tree or a decorative addition year-round, this beautiful 3" round porcelain piece is a great memento for anyone who lives in or has visited the Great Lakes State. It serves as a reminder to Enjoy the Beauty and Bounty of Michigan. Each ornament is hand-pressed.
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.
Geri Mateus Studios, Ada, $18.50
These ceramic ornaments are the perfect choice for that get together with the friends who always stand by you. Each is approximately 3? round and hand-painted. You can choose between thank God for girlfriends?or?girlfriends are the best. Either will have black lettering with a decorative floral design. They come with a high quality glass glitter that doesn?t shed. As handcrafted pieces, each vary slightly, adding to the charm.
Michigan In Metal, Beulah, $12.00
This cheerful ornament is a gift on its own or can be used as a gorgeous decoration on a package to those far away. It is approximately 4" x 4" and made from 18-gauge metal, powder coated in metallic red. It is then protected with a baked on clear coat. The lettering is done with permanent metallic silver vinyl so it will stand out on a tree and last for years to come.
City Bird, Detroit, $10.00
This unique ornament features an image of Detroit?s historic, and soon to be restored, Michigan Central Station suspended inside. It's a thoughtful gift for your favorite fan of Detroit to mark the year the train station was saved. It measures about 3? in diameter and hangs from a red satin ribbon.
Hastings Pewter Company, Hastings, $9.00
The folks at Hastings Pewter Company have put a clever little twist on the traditional Michigan-themed ornament by using the iconic Mackinac Bridge as the base of the tree. The unique trinket is handcrafted from lead-free, fine pewter and measures approximately 3" high x 2 7/8" wide. The satin ribbon comes in your choice of red, green, black or white.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, $16.00
Ford's Model T 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. Made by the artisans in the Greenfield Village pottery shop, this ornament makes an adorable and nostalgic addition to any tree.
Epiphany Glass Studio, Pontiac, $45.00
These elegant, one-of-a-kind glass ornaments make truly special keepsakes to be handed down for generations. Each piece is made from hand-blown glass by the amazingly talented artisans at Epiphany. There are a dozen color options from which to choose.
Sister Bees, Ludington, $12.00
Even our furry friends can stuggle with dryness at this time of year. This product?is a breathable paw wax for your pet.?It helps to heal and nourish dry, cracked paws that have been exposed to the elements.?Beeswax and vitamin E are all-natural ingredients that create the perfect barrier from the cold and the heat.
Precision Metal Art, Hillsdale, $62.99
Now your feline-loving friends can welcome guests to their home with this cat-themed welcome sign made out of raw, American steel. This 18" x 15" sign may be hung with nails or screws and comes in black, silver, gold, rose gold, bronze or patina. A variety of other cat or dog signs are also available.
Squish&Scrub, Grosse Pointe Farms, $16.00
The?Comfy Pet Brush??is made?from a silicone that easily de-sheds and removes loose fur without harming your pet. The No Slip/No Grip flexible ergonomic handle?allows you?to easily hold and control while?gently massaging?your pet's coat.
Skinny Petes Gourmet Catnip, Rochester, $15.99
Even a finicky cat will perk up with receipt of this 3-piece gourmet gift set. It is ideal for the feline connoisseur. The trio includes three tins of organic catnip. Each contains about .2 ounces of dried catnip, all home-grown.
Hunters Healthy Treats, Livonia, $7.99
These Peanut butter treats taste just like a peanut butter cookie that any other member of the family might enjoy. The ingredients 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 on a daily basis.
Color Pet Products, Livonia, $22.95
Sometimes you want to keep track of your cat just like you would a dog, but a solution can be hard to find. This 100% cotton cat harness is fully adjustable around the neck and chest areas. These harnesses come in 4 sizes. If needed, one can be custom-made to your pet's specific measurements. There are plenty of dog harnesses and leashes available too.
Dog Gone Delicious Dog Treats, Davisburg, $5.00
These doggie treats are low fat and a great source of Vitamin A.?The ingredients include: wheat flour, sweet potato, and egg. They are packaged in an 8-ounce resealable bag for your convenience, and no refrigeration is necessary. They are not only tasty, but crunchy, and promote good dental health.
Ardwin Products, LLC, Royal Oak, $23.95
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.
Biggby Coffee, East Lansing, $10.00
With locations as far south as St Joseph and as far north as Marquette, it's hard to go wrong with a Biggby gift card, especially in the dead of winter. Denominations start at just $5, which is enough to buy them the drink of their choice, up to $500, which will keep them caffeinated for a long, long time.
Detroit Shirt Company, Grand Blanc, $9.00
This is an excellent stocking stuffer for that brand new driver on your list or just a big fan of the Motor city. Each is handmade from drum-dyed USA leather. They are available in natural, sepia, burgandy or black.
Silver Loon Jewelers, White Lake, $19.95
This charming pendant will win her heart. It is handcrafted in Michigan earthenware clay, kiln-fired with an earthy green glaze that may show copper and tan undertones. The pendant measures approximately 1.5" and comes on an 18" dark brown leather cord with a metal lobster clasp. Longer cords are available at no extra charge.
Gemini Media, Grand Rapids, $18.00
Michigan BLUE?is a bimonthly lakestyle magazine. It is an ideal read for those who have an affinity for life lived on the water. The articles within it exemplify the beauty and bounty of the Great Lakes State.
Strawesome, Milford, $13.95
It's time to reduce the amount of plastic in the world, but not everyone is ready to give up drinking from a straw. Give them the best of both worlds with a personalized glass straw. You can choose the color scheme, function, size, style, and even put their initial on it. Made from borosilicate glass, these can withstand temperatures below freezing and up to 1500 degrees. That means it can totally handle a cold smoothie or a hot dishwasher.
Coyer Candle Company, Midland, $3.00
This is a gift that keeps on giving. Aroma Bead Air Fresheners are available in a variety of shapes and are great for cars, lockers, gym bags, closets, drawers, purses, etc. The scent lasts noticeably for 4-6 weeks, but the shape will remain forever so they can be repurposed as ornaments. Scent options include Candy Cane Lane, Cinnamon Sticks, Cranberry Spice, Gingerbread House and many more.
Nature Unrefined, Jackson, $4.00
Wax melts can create a scrumptious aroma in any room. These are made in small batches from all natural soy wax. You can give Apple Cider, Cinnamon Sticks, Coffeehouse, Gingered Peach, Lemon Meringue, Michigan Cherry, Mulberry Pine, Pumpkin Spice, or Red Cedar.
Sayklly's, Escanaba, $18.00
Sayklly's candy bars are a sweet way to show your Yooper pride! Folks born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan call themselves "Yoopers," and Sayklly's created the original Yooper Bar to honor the company's proud heritage. Yooper Bars are solid, homemade chocolate bars made from cocoa and molded in the shape of the U.P. Each Yooper Bar is individually wrapped and packaged in 12 count boxes so you'll have enough for a lot of stockings and maybe one or two for you.
Mel's Toffee, Shelby Twp., $7.00
Mel's Toffee loves a good collaboration, and your loved one will love the result. This unique and decadent toffee came from a partnership with Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. They combined their espresso and CEO stouts in a vat with espresso and Oreo crumbs with a little of Mel's magic. If somebody on your list loves toffee and coffee, this will be a hit. After all, it's a beer coffee toffee!
Kalamazoo Kettlecorn, Portage, $25.00
This company is known for its Buttery Caramel Corn, which is another option to send in this 1-gallon tin, but you can kick it up a notch for the passionate sweets-lover on your list. The Chocolate Gold Rush flavor is caramel corn smothered in both white and dark chocolate.
Johnny B's Cookies, St Clair Shores, $47.00
Send a scrumptious dozen old fashioned sugar cookies that have been baked to perfection and then decorated by hand for Christmas. This attractive collection consists of 1 Large Christmas tree, 3 medium Santas, 3 medium snowmen, 1 large Reindeer, 2 medium Stars and 2 Candy Cane cookies.
Gilbert Chocolates, Jackson, $28.50
With so much delicious decadence in a 1-lb box, it's no wonder they call it gold. This assortment of candies is made with glorious milk chocolate. Cream flavors include orange, raspberry, vanilla, maple, coconut, fudge, mocha, and caramels. As an added bonus there are a few peanut, coconut, and raisin clusters.
Ryba's Fudge Shoppe, Mackinac Island, $29.95
Fudge is such a significant component of Mackinac Island history that tourists are sometimes referred to as Fudgies. Summer may have faded, but the longing for fudge does not. Fill a 1.5-lb box with three scrumptious flavors from one of the island's oldest shops. Options include Chocolate, Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pecan, German Chocolate, Maple Pecan, Oreo, Sea Salt Caramel, Peanut Butter, Turtle, and Vanilla Pecan.
Shurms Candy, Oakland Township, $4.99
From its shape like the peninsulas of our Great Lakes State to the wonderful flavors that add to its character, Shurms Candy will have your loved ones reminiscing in no time. The world famous flavors of Michigan abound like: cherries, raspberries, apples, grapes, strawberries and watermelon. This 8-oz assortment of gummies comes in a resealable pouch and is a fun gift for teachers, babysitters, and anybody who has been sweet to you.
Grannys Confections, Howell, $29.00
Made from a secret recipe handed down from a grandma to her grandson, imagine their delight when they open up this scrumptious trio packaged in a festive poinsettia gift box. The trio includes one 6-oz bag of Peanut Brittle, one 6-oz bag of Cashew Brittle and one 6-oz bag of Pecan Brittle. Each scrumptious concoction starts off crunchy with a satisfying melt in your mouth finish.
Kilwins, Petoskey, $15.99
There are so many incredibly delectable options available from Kilwins that it is almost impossible to choose, but this 8-oz package of a Kilwins classic os the perfect treat. It also happens to be a top seller. Think fresh pecans, copper-kettle hand-dropped caramel, and velvety Kilwins milk chocolate. It is also available in larger quantities if there is more than one person on the receiving end.