Your Last Minute Michigan Made Gift Guide

By Noelle Sciarini on December 19th, 2014 / Comments

It’s not too late to find the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Why not try something unique with a bit of local, Michigan-based aesthetic?

Here is just a sample of options:

For The Bibliophile

How about a nice book? If you’re in the Ann Arbor, check out their many independently-owned bookstores. You can even grab a cup of coffee or a delicious baked good while you browse if you visit Literati’s recently expanded second floor, which includes The Espresso Bar and an adorable children’s book area.

For The Techie

Try a great smartphone case from either Turtle Cell or Original Stix, startups based in Ann Arbor and Detroit, respectively. Turtle Cell offers options that also detangle headphones, while Original Stix offers custom-made cases that use recycled gaming equipment such as hockey sticks. Perfect for the practical, sports-fan, or any combination thereof!

For The Fashion Lover

One word: Shinola. This Detroit-based company is not just a watch factory — they are a fashion force to be reckoned with, and an excellent gift source! Choose from custom-made watches, leather goods, even bicycles, all while giving back to a truly innovative Motor City enterprise.

For The Market Rummager

Consider an outing to The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, MI. You’ll find artisans, designers, and more all in one open-market location! This is perfect for those looking for gifts that are a bit off the beaten path, or could be a great resource to share with any budding entrepreneurs looking to find a place to get their business off the ground!

For The Explorer/Planner

How about a handmade typography map of the mitten state, featuring an in-depth look at our Great Lakes? Best of all, each map is produced by an artist in Harbor Springs, MI! Note: because of the labor that goes into making each piece, these maps take a bit longer to send, but this could be an excellent opportunity to get a head-start on next year’s holiday season!

We hope you keep these choices in mind as you make your final holiday purchases, and as always, hope that you’ll consider shopping local. Great gifts that give back to a Great state — what more do you need?


About the Author

Noelle Sciarini

Noelle Sciarini is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. Now an Ann Arbor resident, she fills her spare time with reading, writing, and the occasional road race. Find her on Twitter: @NoelleSci.