21 Gifts for Detroit Enthusiasts

November 8, 2017  |   Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola  |   Photos by Bill Bowen

Detroit pride shines when shopping in this city. Whether you’re seeking gifts for friends, family, souvenirs that are distinctly Detroit – or just ready to treat yourself, we’ve got just the thing. Make someone’s day, Detroit-style, with these gifts.

1. A Pewabic wheel thrown rocks mug

Cocktail culture is alive and well, and you can see it in the new line of dinnerware now available by Pewabic Pottery.

2. All of the Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit’s own Buddy’s Pizza created the square-shaped, sauce-topped pizza that everyone loves. Ship one to a friend by calling the original location 313-892-9001.

3. These three-striped socks

Detroit music fans embrace Third Man Records for a lot of reasons. One of them is all of the unique, rock-inspired clothing that you can buy for friends, family or yourself.

4. Ship a box of Bon Bon Bon

These amazing little handcrafted chocolates are unlike any other (and come in packaging just as inventive). Send a Bon Bon Bon box by mail, or book tickets to an upcoming Bon making class.

5. An insider’s look at Detroit

Give a gift certificate to a Show Me Detroit Tour to catch all the highlights the city has to offer.

6. A custom nightlight by Glass Action

Artist Carey Gustafson may be best known for her handmade glass night lights and they depict anyone from David Bowie to your pet dog. It’s a quick or custom gift that’s oh-so-Detroit.

7. A way to keep it all together

Shinola made its name on luxury watches, leather goods and coveted bicycles, but your practical friends can stay organized with a new 12-month planner. Pro-tip: Have it monogrammed too.

8. Carhartt’s Sherpa Blanket for warmth

Detroit-born outdoor wear institution Carhartt can serve the whole family with its iconic rain-proof overalls and soft flannel shirts. Pet owners adore this soft and durable blanket for fido as much as they do family road trips.

9. A taste of Detroit

Give a gift card to your favorite Detroit restaurant. Trouble choosing? We can help.

10. Tote your love for Detroit where ever you go

Detroit Is The New Black not only offers some of the hottest tees and fashion accessories around, it’s a motto of the moment. Get the tote to keep all your Detroit finds handy.

11. Detroit Rose Candles for a sweet keepsake

Shops like The Farmer’s Hand and Eldorado General Store carry these hand-poured candles for a good reason – they smell delightful. Light one in Milk & Honey, Cinnamon Chai or Campfire and feel the calm rush over you.

12. Show your love for Coney dogs

City Bird is a treasure trove of original Detroit goods. You can’t go wrong with a silkscreened Detroit Coney Dog print.

13. Send flowers from Pot + Box

The slow flower movement is alive and well with Pot + Box Owner Lisa Waud, whose seasonal, local flowers can be delivered to the ones you love, or purchased right from the mobile Flower Truck.

14. A bag of Detroit-inspired and locally roasted coffee

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company will make your morning with handcrafted blends like the Motor City or Corktown signature blend. Coffee-making accessories are also available online or at the Woodward Ave. shop.

15. Hand the hostess a bottle of Michigan-made wine

Motor City Wine in Corktown offers a selection of wines from all over the globe. Grab a last-minute hostess gift in a pinch. We’d suggest seeking out something from the Mitten, like L Mawby Vineyards’ Detroit blend.

16. A Detroit Denim Co. handmade leather key ring

Get a gift that they’ll carry always from Eastern Market’s own Detroit Mercantile Co. The stylish leather strap looks even better with a little wear.

17. A tee shirt worthy of the Motor City

Pure Detroit has plenty to choose from. We love this vintage Cadillac yellow and navy blue tee for $22.

18. Pick a team, and a hat

Detroit Athletic Co. is the spot to grab that must-have merch and collectible for your favorite Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings or Pistons fan.

19. Sip a little Detroit inspiration

Get a daily dose of advice from Innovator Henry Ford in the form of a travel-friendly water bottle or mug. Purchases support The Henry Ford, a nonprofit dedicated to the American experience.

20. Detroit Barbers Lil Shave Box for stylish guys

Enjoy the old-school barber shop experience as a shave set, men’s products or a gift certificate to this locally-owned barbershop.

21. Drink in the beauty of Belle Isle

Albert Khan influenced Detroit more than perhaps any other architect. These Albert Khan Blueprint Collection pint glasses make a perfect gift. Fill them with Michigan-brewed craft beer or your favorite cold beverage.

Bonus

ColorDetroit: A Coloring Book Tour Of The Comeback City

This coloring book provides a therapeutic experience and creative opportunity to express your own unique take on The D.

 

Discover more Detroit shopping.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Pewabic Pottery
    10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214313-626-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
    17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212313-892-9001 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Third Man Records
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-209-5205 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Bon Bon Bon
    719 Griswold St., Ste. 100, Detroit, MI 48226313-316-1430 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Show Me Detroit Tours
    , Detroit, 313-444-2120 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Shinola
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-285-2390 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Carhartt
    5800 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-1274 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Detroit is the New Black
    1426 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-818-3498 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. The Farmer's Hand
    1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-377-8262 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Eldorado General Store
    1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-784-9220 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. City Bird
    460 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-9146 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.
    3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-9627 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Motor City Wine
    1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-483-7283 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Detroit Denim Co.
    2987 Franklin St., Ste. B, Detroit, MI 48207313-626-9216 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Detroit Mercantile Co.
    3434 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-831-9000 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Pure Detroit - Downtown
    Guardian Building, 500 Griswold St., Ste. 250, Detroit, MI 48226313-963-1440 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Belle Isle State Park
    2 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844 Highlight on map | More Details