21 Gifts for Detroit Enthusiasts

November 21, 2016  |   Story by Lori Bremerkamp  |   Photos by Bill Bowen

Stumped on what to buy your friends and family members this holiday season? Fear not. We’ve created a distinctly Detroit list, packed with items that are sure to please everyone from foodies to fashionistas.


1. A bottle of Our/Detroit vodka.

Pick up a bottle at the distillery on Bagley Street in Mexicantown.

2. Germack coffee or nuts.

Consider combining Germack products with other Michigan-made items for a custom gift basket. Call the retail store at 313-566-0062 and ask for the gift department if you need ideas.

3. Coasters from Pure Detroit.

Choose from tiles or four-packs with cork backing. These make great hostess gifts for your holiday parties.

4. An American Coney Island kit.

Each kit contains 12 Dearborn Sausage hot dogs; buns; a sweet onion; the restaurant’s famous, family-owned Detroit chili sauce; instructions and a hat. Order online and they’ll ship it anywhere in the country.

5. Go Lions! snack mug from Viviano Flower Shop.

Perfect for any Motor City football fan. Available for local delivery or pickup.

6. A gift from Pewabic Pottery.

Handcrafted for the holidays, their ceramic wares make excellent gifts for the special individuals in your life.

7. Glass Academy ornament.

Check out their Holiday Show and Sale event Dec. 3 and 4 for favorites, including signature glass ornaments, candy canes, snowmen, Christmas trees and decorative bowls.

8. RUNdetroit T-shirt.

Who doesn’t love T-shirts? The shop also offers a wide variety of running shoes, apparel and accessories.

9. A handcrafted watch from Shinola.

Shinola believes that products should be built to last “” and they should be built right here in America.

10. Detroit map tote bag from City Bird.

This tote features an amazingly detailed map of Detroit, including Hamtramck and Highland Park. Pick up one at the brick-and-mortar location in Midtown or order from the Etsy shop.

11. Down with Detroit poster.

These posters are the perfect addition to a man cave or any other Michigan-themed space.

12. Gift certificate to Enjoy The D! tours.

Recipients can select from a number of upcoming tours or create a customized one of their choosing.

13. Detroit Tigers hat.

Choose from dozens of styles at Lids, which has locations inside several area malls, including Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Fairlane Town Center and Lakeside Mall.

14. Morley Candy and Sanders products.

Pick up some sweet treats to use as stocking stuffers. Order online or visit one of the seven local shops to purchase.

15. Walnut Raisin Hobo Bread from The Henry Ford.

Organic Michigan flour, raisins, eggs, butter, brown sugar, some walnuts and a dash of baking soda. The result is bread that makes a great holiday gift.

16. Holiday Nights lantern from Greenfield Village.

Give a stainless steel version of the classic lanterns carried around during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.

17. The Historic Detroit 2017 Wall Calendar.

Share life during the turn of the century, with 12 black-and-white photos from the past, along with expanded information about each image. Pick it up at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Shop.

18. Gift card to a local restaurant.

Here’s a list of our favorites. Good luck choosing just one.

19. Spa package at the MGM Grand Detroit.

After all the holiday hustle and bustle, who couldn’t use a little pampering?

20. Have a trendsetter on your shopping list?

A Détroit Is The New Black T-shirt is the perfect gift for any fashionista.

21. Give your favorite Detroiter a bag worth talking about.

The “Detroit is My Home” patchwork tote from Will Leather Goods is not only practical, but is also a conversation piece that will have any native describing each patch with pride.


Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Our/Detroit
    2545 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-656-4610 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Viviano Flower Shop
    32050 Harper Ave., St Clair Shores, MI 48082586-293-0227 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Pewabic Pottery
    10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214313-626-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. The Glass Academy
    25331 Trowbridge St., Dearborn, MI 48124313-561-4527 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Shinola
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-285-2390 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. City Bird
    460 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-831-9146 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-465-1777 Highlight on map | More Details