Call us biased, but we here at Yelp Detroit think this region has some of the best small business shopping in the country. Explore the region and you’re sure to find cute shops filled with fantastic locally made goods and unique gifts. But when you decide to ditch the big box stores it can be hard to know where to start! Well, lucky for you, we’re here to help!
This year, Yelp Detroit Community Manager Annette J and the Yelp Detroit team scoured the area for the best gifts sure to please even the toughest person on your list. We also recruited a few of our most passionate Elite Squad members to share some of their favorite items from around town. Oh, and the best part? Most everything on this list is under $50!
So get your shopping lists ready, because when it comes to holiday giving – we know just the place!
Faygo Scented Candles // $12 – $15 or a gift basket of six candles for $75
Heart of Michigan, Howell
Perfect for: those who worship at the foot of Rock & Rye.
“These Faygo scented candles smell just like your favorite Faygo pop! They not only sell the candles, but they make them themselves! Heart of Michigan is the only retailer licensed by Faygo to make these amazing smelling candles, so you know they’re the real deal!” – Yelp Elite, Angela M
Corbe Company “Charlevoix” Mug // $42
Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale and The Rust Belt Holiday Market, Ferndale Perfect for: that friend or family member with impeccable taste who’s impossible to buy for.
“Because one can never have too many stylish mugs!” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Claudia K
Single Lipsticks // $10-$13 | Ultra Splurge: Fast Face Kit // $114
The Lip Bar, Detroit
Perfect for: your glam squad.
“A lip bar lipstick is great for all the women in your family. Vegan, cruelty free, and high quality!” – Yelp Elite, Carolyn S
Detroit Pistons Bad Boys Snapback Cap // $29.99
Vintage Detroit, Detroit
Perfect for: a die hard Pistons fan.
The dream of ’89 is alive with this snapback cap. We think Spider Salley would approve.
Santa Figurines // $16-$27
Mama Coo’s, Detroit
Perfect for: your Christmas decor collecting aunt.
Hand painted by Mama Coo’s owner, Lana, these Santas and elves come in a variety of skin tones. Also available? Black and brown angel ornaments! Representation is everything!
See Things Differently Sweatshirt // $50
Soul Studio, West Bloomfield
Perfect for: your Stranger Things obsessed friend.
“Super soft sweatshirt with an important message. When you visit Soul Studio, they’ve got many unique pieces of art and fun decor and home items made by artists who have special needs, and who participate in these life changing art programs. Money raised by the sale of the products helps fund the programs and the artists earn a portion as well.” – Yelp Elite, Jodi F
Pewabic Tiles // $21-$100
Pure Detroit, Detroit
Perfect for: your art collector boss.
Handcrafted in Detroit, these tiles are one of a kind and feature a variety of images, illustrations, sizes and price points. There’s something for everyone in their collection.
Lil’ Shave Kit // $49.95
Detroit Barbers, Detroit & Ferndale
Perfect for: your partner that likes a close shave.
“Stubble be gone! This all-encompassing kit has all the necessities needed to keep your facial hair at bay: a safety razor, razor blades, shave oil, and a bar shave soap.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Mehdi A
Wooden Ornaments // $12
Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor
Perfect for: your pop culture obsessed pal.
For the person who knows everything about media. Get them a Bea Arthur ornament and you know they’ll be saying, “thank you for being a friend.”
Ghost Pepper Cherry BBQ Sauce // $9.95
Cherry Republic, Ann Arbor
Perfect for: your spice obsessed dad.
Kick those wings up a notch with this irresistible blend of sweet and heat!
Washi Tape // $30 bundle
Thistle & Bess, Ann Arbor
Perfect for: someone young or someone young at heart.
“Bring a smile or a note of encouragement to mundane tasks with this adorbs washi tape from Worthwhile Paper of Ypsilanti.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Claudia K
Joe Louis Brittany Earrings // $45
Rebel Nell, Detroit
Perfect for: your hockey fan mom.
These round post earrings are made in partnership with the Red Wings and made from salvaged paint from their former home Joe Louis Arena. Gift a piece of Detroit history!
Emoji Rubber Stamp Kit // $19.99
The Rocket, Ferndale & Ypsilanti
Perfect for: cheeky crafters.
Digital goes analogue with these emoji stamps. Put a cake on outgoing birthday cards! Heart eyes on your love letters! Poop on your gas bill! Fun for all ages!
Layered Necklace // $37
Free Phoenix, Ferndale
Perfect for: any fashionista in your life!
“A simple layered necklace that any girl can easily add as a staple in her wardrobe. Free Phoenix has tons of great necklace and other jewelry options for your girlfriends with any style, including this one!” – Yelp Elite, Nicole S
Neroli Votive in Detroit Rose // $32
Eldorado General Store, Detroit
Perfect for: your work Secret Santa.
“’Warm, musky earth paired with white floral. For earth goddesses and sensual creatures.’ These candles are true luxury. Each scent feels like an indulgence.” – Yelp Community, Coordinator Claudia K
Medal Display Holders // $40
Inspire Marketplace, Novi
Perfect for: Your 5k frequenting neighbor.
“This is the perfect gift for the runner in your life. So many races. So many participation medals. This gift is a great way to display all that fun race bling.” – Yelp Elite, Jodi F
Beaded Holiday Earrings // $22
Peacock Room, Detroit
Perfect for: yourself, DUH.
“Like ugly Christmas sweaters—for your ears!” Says the Peacock Room. Get these beaded babies and be the most festive person at your office holiday party.
National Parks Candles // $10-$38
Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor
Perfect for: your outdoorsy coworker.
What was that famous John Muir quote? Oh yeah, “These candles are calling and I must go…” OK, maybe that’s paraphrasing it a bit. But these candles will take your right back to your favorite park.
Bangles // $39.95
Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak
Perfect for: your stylish sister.
These delicate gold-plated bangles would be welcome under any fashionista’s tree.
Lounge Socks // $18
Free Phoenix, Ferndale
Perfect for: friends you want to keep warm over the winter months.
“These lounge socks mix big, super comfy socks with leg warmers to create the perfect winter gift to anyone trying to stay warm during the winter months in Michigan. Candidly, I bought these for myself while shopping, and I wore them for three days straight because I couldn’t take them off whenever I was home – don’t judge me.” – Yelp Elite, Nicole S
Hand Blown Glass Ornaments // $20 and up
Glass Academy, Dearborn
Perfect for: your handmade loving coworker.
“Locally made glass items, including glass candy canes, round ornaments, icicles and more. Watch them blowing glass while you’re in the shop. And for the person who has everything, why not buy them an experience? Classes start at $20.” – Yelp Elite, Adrienne A
Cat Daddy Enamel Pin / $10
Perfect for: cat enthusiasts.
Cat dudes rejoice: you can finally represent your love for your feline on your jean jacket. (Don’t worry femmes, there’s a “cat lady” pin too).
Choo Choo Choose Detroit Print // $40
Signal Return, Detroit
Perfect for: your art collecting friend.
This 18″ x 24″ silkscreen print by artist Stephen William Schudlich is printed right in Signal Return’s Eastern Market outpost.
Manhole Cover Apparel // $32-$49
Well Done Goods, Detroit
Perfect for: streetwear fans (literally!)
Well Done Goods is going “drainspotting” and you’re the beneficiary! These unique pieces are made by applying water based printing ink directly to the sewer grates, with a reverse print as the result.
Detroit Tigers’ Toddler Sweatshirt // $30
City Bird, Detroit
Perfect for: your baseball crazy niece or nephew.
A cozy crewneck sweatshirt perfect for a kiddo’s first opening day!
Thor Comics // $10
Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor & Detroit
Perfect for: comic book lovers.
Can’t get enough of the God of Thunder? Grab his comics, and hundreds of other titles, at the Vault!
Glass Growler with Beer // $5 For the Growler, Beer Fill $15 to $25
Supernatural Brewing & Spirits, Livonia
Perfect for: beer enthusiasts.
“Give the gift of beer this holiday season! Supernatural Brewing & Spirits has a constantly rotating list of craft beers that include something almost everyone on your list would like. From the funky flavor combos to classics, they even have a few gluten removed beers on tap for those gluten sensitive folks in your life.” – Yelp Elite, Kimberly S
Bon Bon Bon Winter Collection // $42
Bon Bon Bon, Downtown Detroit, Midtown, & Hamtramck
Perfect for: your sweet toothed BFF.
We know you’re going to want to keep this for yourself. And with flavors like Cookies & Milk, Yule Log, and Maple Chestnut we don’t blame you. But it’s the giving season. So be good. Your friend will thank you (and maybe even share).
Detroit & College Themed Coasters // $10 each
Inspire Marketplace, Novi
Perfect for: Your college bound kiddo.
“This gift is perfect for anyone who has connections to Detroit or around Michigan. They’ve got coasters for most local colleges, historic sites, sports teams, various Michigan cities and even classic foods and beverages such as Sanders, American Coney Island, Vernors and Better Made. These artistic, thick ceramic coasters are fun and durable.” – Yelp Elite, Jodi F
Uashmama Reusable Paper Bag // $24
Perfect for: your eco-conscious sibling.
Not just a paper bag. Completely washable and reusable, this bag is hand sewn in a cottage in Tuscany. Fancy!
Third Man Records Holiday Sweater // $30
Third Man Records, Detroit
Perfect for: your brother or sister in-law that lives and breathes rock and roll and the holidays.
“No ugly Christmas sweaters here! This stylish seasonal frock features Third Man’s iconic lightning bolts, records, and three men.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Mehdi A
Catcher’s Rye Whiskey // $50
Two James Distillery, Detroit
Perfect for: that person on your list who already has everything they need.
“Their story is great — Two James is the “first legal distillery in Detroit since prohibition,” and Catcher’s Rye is made with 100% Michigan grown rye.” – Yelp Community Coordinator Claudia K
Detroit-ish Tee // $30
Leon and Lulu, Clawson
Perfect for: your suburban cousin.
“For when you tell people where you’re from…kinda.” – Yelp Community Coordinator Claudia K
Genusee Sunglasses // $99+
Perfect for: your fashionista friend with a conscious.
OK, we know these are over $50 but listen to how cool these are: “Genusee eyewear is Made in Flint, Michigan, from recycled single-use plastic water bottles. Every purchase upcycles 15 water bottles and creates jobs for returning citizens in the Flint community.” Good for the environment, good for for Flint… and they’re stylish AF.
Michigan Pride Ornaments // $12
Live Well Shoppe, West Bloomfield
Perfect for: diehard Detroit enthusiasts.
“Cool Christmas bulbs made by City Bird in Detroit. They’re see through on the outside with a Michigan icon in the center: the Tigers’ mascot, Detroit skyline, Michigan mitten outline, all the way to the famous Detroit coney dog.” – Yelp Elite, Robert P
Alchemy Slow Living Florida Water // $40
Eldorado General Store, Detroit & POST, Detroit
Perfect for: your crush.
“A perfumed spirit for scenting the body, freshening the bath, sweetening dreams and conjuring up good juju. Alchemy Florida Water is formulated with natural essences of fruits and flowers in a tincture of organic lavender.” – Alchemy’s Monique Herzig
My First Bunny // $26.95
Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak
Perfect for: your best friend’s new baby.
OMG. Look at this bunny! It’s so cute we might die. Don’t you want to snuggle it? Maybe you should buy two. One for you and one for the baby.
White Sage Smudge Bundle // $11
Perfect for: your best friend that needs a cleanse.
Bad juju in your friend’s aura? Gift them positive energy with this sage smudge stick and bid adieu to bad vibes.
Reusable Straws // $15
Free Phoenix, Ferndale
Perfect for: environmentally friendly pals or a white elephant gift exchange.
“Help your friends be more green with a cute and easy-to-go pouch complete with four reusable stainless steel straws and a brush to keep them clean!” – Yelp Elite, Nicole S
Chocolate Santas and Snowmen // $6.99-$49.99
Sanders Chocolates, Multiple Locations throughout Metro-Detroit
Perfect for: your chocoholic co-worker.
“This gift is great for chocolate lovers who want something sweet and Christmas themed from a Michigan company. The smaller ones would make great stocking stuffers and the larger ones amazing centerpieces for Christmas dinner.” – Yelp Elite, Jodi F
Mini Jolie Collection Mixed Floral Arrangement // $30
Maison Farola, Detroit
Perfect for: that special someone.
“A beautiful mix of flowers in Maison Farola’s signature box. It’s sure to melt your sweetie’s heart.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Mehdi A
Holiday Pasta Tote // $30
Al Dente Pasta Company, Whitmore Lake
Perfect for: anyone who loves pasta (so everyone) or families who need quick homemade meals.
“Al Dente offers a wide range of pastas that cook in just three minutes. There are several varieties of egg noodles and some foodie options like Squid Ink Fettuccine and Garlic Herb Pappardelle. I receive this from my brother every year and always appreciate it.” – Yelp Elite, Dave G
Astro Coffee Roastery Tee // $35
Astro Coffee, Detroit
Perfect for: your coffee crazy friend.
Grab a bag of Astro beans and this tye-dyed tee for the perfect holiday bundle. The tee is a limited run of 50 shirts, each shirt is hand dyed and unique.
Original Michigan Mittens // $25
Michigan Mitten Factory, Pontiac
Perfect for: your ex-pat sister.
“Always have a map on hand! Perfect for any die-hard Michigander, but especially those who have moved away and need a reminder of home.” – Yelp Community Coordinator Claudia K
York Project Workwear Beanie // $26
York Project, Detroit
Perfect for: your streetwear sporting pal.
“York Project’s signature beanie. With each item purchased, York Project makes a donation of living essentials to a homeless person in 23 American cities from coast to coast.” – Yelp Community Coordinator Mehdi A
Macramé Plant Hanger // $30
Allen York Décor, Detroit
Perfect for: your boho friend with a green thumb.
“Looking for something functional AND cute? Macramé plant hangers provide a unique way to show off plants and save some window sill space. Macramé was trendy decades ago, but the revival of it is shown in these chic, modern-looking plant hangers that are a neutral color, complementing any other decor you have. I love supporting small businesses and knowing that each one of these is hand-tied by a local entrepreneur.” – Yelp Elite, Katie J
2020 Stendig Calendar // $44.95
Perfect for: Your minimalist friend.
No, they don’t live at the MoMA but your friend might feel like it with this bold, oversized date-keeper in their home.
Stormtrooper Employee of the Month Mug // $11.99
The Rocket, Ferndale & Ypsilanti
Perfect for: sci-fi aficionados.
Take your coffee on the dark side? Well, the force will be with you when you fill up your morning joe in this mug! It’s a frappe! (we could do this all day…)
Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers // $14.95
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor
Perfect for: budding Shark Tank innovators.
Kids with a flair for ingenuity will love this book full of projects and creativity.
Santal Roll-On Oil by Riddle // $50
Good Neighbor, Detroit
Perfect For: your crush.
“Santal scented oil is popular amongst both women and men. It is a spicy, woodsy, and crisp scent. Made up of Spicy Cardamom, Amber, Sandalwood, Orchid, and Cassis this beautiful oil has an addicting aroma.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Claudia K
Frankincense and Myrrh Soap by Cellar Door Bath Supply // $7
Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley
Perfect for: your brother or sister that loves a holiday scent.
“‘What was once considered a kingly gift can now be held in your hand any time you want.’ Try other scents from their holiday collection, like “Bad Santa” (cherry pipe tobacco, raspberry and vanilla) and “Krampus Nacht” (leather-bound books and camp firewood), among others.” – Yelp Community Coordinator, Claudia K
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