These Are the Best Holiday Gifts for Detroit Lovers

Modified: July 07, 2022 | Photos by Shinola courtesy of Shinola; Buddy's Pizza by Marvin Shaouni

The holiday season is right around the corner, and instead of shopping at the big box stores, we’re encouraging you to shop local for the Detroit lover in your life!

There are so many unique, local shops throughout the city of Detroit and metro area where you can find something for everyone in your life.

Below you’ll find the 10 best Detroit-centric gifts to buy this holiday season.

Best Detroit Holiday Gifts

Shinola notebook or planner

The COVID-19 pandemic made planners obsolete in 2020, but everyone is hoping that we can begin putting things in a calendar again in 2021. That’s where you can get a Shinola planner for under $25. With locations in Midtown, Downtown Detroit, Somerset Mall, Ann Arbor and Great Lakes Crossing, you can get one in store or online. Plus, you can get a custom monogram to make it personal.


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A Detroit City Distillery Tour

A Detroit City Distillery tour is perfect for either the whiskey lover or Detroit history lover in your life. Detroit City Distillery distills its spirits in Eastern Market in the former home of Goebel Brewing Company. They offer tours on Saturday afternoons for $20, where you will see the distilling process, sample whiskey, and see how whiskey ages.


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Détroit is the New Black shirt or tote

Head over to the Détroit is the New Black store on Woodward Avenue in Detroit to get a shirt that features the name of the store on it in English or in French. Or grab a tote bag for your Detroit lover to carry all of their favorite things while sporting their favorite city.


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A book from John King Used & Rare Books

For the book lover in your life, head over to John King Used & Rare Books and check out their collection of over 1 million books in stock. With locations in Detroit and Ferndale, you’re sure to find something anyone will love. The book heaven has a large selection of rare books, so pick up a vintage edition of your book lover’s favorite read. Or when in doubt, but them a gift certificate!


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Detroit Historical Society painted manhole cover shirt

The Detroit Historical Society has partnered with Well Done Goods to create an awesome manhole cover shirt, which are painted on directly from the manhole cover in front of the Detroit Historical Museum.


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Pewabic Pottery Tile

Pewabic Pottery on Detroit’s East Side has been making pottery for over 100 years in Detroit. They have more than two-dozen tiles ranging from Belle Isle and Detroit sports teams to automakers and Michigan Central Station. If tiles aren’t your thing, you can also get necklaces and pendants, postcards or old prints.


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A DetroitWick candle

Also located in Eastern Market, DetroitWick produces and manufactures candles on site, right in front of visitors. They have a wide variety of candles you can buy and smell, with limited-edition candles as well.

Tie or scarf with your favorite Detroit buildings

Cyberoptix Tie Lab has the type of ties, bowties and even scarves you never knew you needed until seeing them. You can get them with blueprints for the Michigan Central Station, Detroit Opera House, Cass Tech and more. If those don’t fit your style, you can also get some with bus scrolls, or coney dogs!


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Detroit-style Pizza

There’s nothing more Detroit than Detroit-style pizza with its caramelized crust and square design. Grab someone a Buddy’s Pizza gift card so they can use it at one of their 12 locations in metro Detroit.

A Buddys Pizza slice is some of the best pizza in Detroit

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    City Bird
    460 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Detroit City Distillery
    2462 Riopelle St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Detroit is the New Black
    1430 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    John K. King Used & Rare Books
    901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    John K. King Used & Rare Books North
    22524 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
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    Detroit Historical Museum
    5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
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    Pewabic Pottery
    10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214
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    Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
    17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212
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    CyberOptix Tie Lab
    1440 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA