It’s a fact of life that not everyone is going to be proactive about their holiday shopping. Even when I tell myself to get all of my shopping done over the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday weekend, there are always a few things I forget or don’t have the chance to grab. If you find yourself in that boat this time of the year, here are a few local suggestions to help you find some last-minute gifts for your friends and family.
For the ethically conscious person on your list, check out Elaine B. Jewelry in Ferndale. Each piece of jewelry has a story behind it and Elaine and her team are happy to tell you just where the materials came from to make your one-of-a-kind piece. There are plenty of pieces designed by Elaine for those last-minute needs, but if you have the time, ask about custom designs, too.
With a new name and a new store, Mongers’ Provisions is ready to take on the holidays with party plates galore. The gourmet cheese, meat and chocolate store has been prepping their new Detroit location since opening a small counter within Farm Field Table in Ferndale. Visit their new store and chat with their informed staff to build the perfect platter for a friend, a party or any occasion.
Sister Pie in Detroit has certainly made a name for itself in the craft of pie-making. Now, you can unwrap that expertise at home. For the person on your list that loves to bake, pick up Sister Pie’s new cookbook, “Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit.”
Have you ever wondered what your aura looks like? How about your friends’? Wonder no more. Eileen Lee at Aura Aura in Detroit takes portrait photos on a special camera that captures a person’s electromagnetic field. Best of all, gift cards are available!
Filled with tons of independent vendors, Rust Belt Market is a great one-stop shop for last-minute gifts. Just by strolling through the space, you’re sure to find a few unexpected, but great gifts that will catch your eye, such as local apparel, tableware, metalwork, cosmetics and more. Plus, many of the vendors make their products themselves so you’re helping fund the artists and entrepreneurs themselves.
For the audiophile in your family, look to Third Man Records in Detroit to fill their ears with classic and modern music on vinyl. There’s also plenty of White Stripes merch, turntables and music gear.
Don’t forget about your four-legged family members! What sets them apart from other pet stores is that they make their own grain-free, filler-free pet food based on specific dietary needs. They also have chips, jerkys, burgers and bones, all made especially for pets. They even have birthday cakes! Check them out in Ferndale and Bloomfield Hills.