Holiday to-do lists tend to contain the same basic items–clean the house, get cookie-making ingredients, and buy presents for the friends and family you love. But you don’t want your gifts to be considered basic, and that’s where shopping in Metro Detroit at the many small and independently owned businesses comes in to help. Retailers across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties have some amazing gift ideas that will thrill everyone on your list.
Not only that but supporting local stores will keep them going well into the new year and make sure they are there when you need them for future shopping. Here are some Metro Detroit gift ideas where you can support small businesses and get something truly unique for the people you love.
This Detroit-based jewelry and accessories company makes one-of-a-kind gifts for men, women, and children alike. This year, the socially conscious business added new collections that feature local artists such as Louise “Ouizi” Jones and expanded its footprint into other cities as well, highlighting baseball stadiums such as the one for the Atlanta Braves. Its children’s collection also is a fresh take on cute gifts every little girl would love.
Head to the Fisher Building and you’ll find a bevy of clothing and accessory retailers who specialize in customer service. Rachel Lutz of Yama and The Peacock Room is known for making all of her guests feel like they’re VIPs, and her selection of dresses, handbags, books, and paper products are funny and fabulous. You also can visit Pure Detroit and get a treat from Promenade Bakery.
Detroit-based authors are producing some of the best fiction and nonfiction books around, so there are plenty of good reads to choose from for people on your list. You can support local bookstores such as Source Booksellers, Pages Bookshop, Book Beat, and John King with your shopping dollars as well as grab your next read as well.
Makers from students to professional chefs all have great food gifts if you want to buy the people you love a gift of yummy experiences. Detroit Food Academy has healthy yet delicious gift baskets as one great option–its Small Batch Big Change gourmet gift boxes come in a variety of sizes and price points. That makes them ideal gifts for foodies, co-workers, and clients. Plus, who wouldn’t love a taste of Detroit for the holidays, specially treats like Mitten Bites and Slow Jams?