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30 Gifts for the Michigander Who Loves Shopping Local

Shopping local is easy this holiday season when there are so many great artisans and designers right here in Michigan! Each of these products are made in the Great Lakes State and will make gift-giving to your favorite Michigander extra special. Click the links or the photos to shop! 
Jewelry and Accessories 

Goldeluxe Jewelry

Goldeluxe Jewelry designer Libby Hopper-Trajkovski hand makes her design-forward brass pieces out of her Detroit studio. These pretty pieces are perfect for special occasions or simple, everyday wear. 

Kept Jewelry

Yvonne Spaminato's jewelry line KEPT features gemstones, geometric shapes, and brass metals and is hand made in Royal Oak. These pieces are sure to make a statement and make a wonderful gift for a fashion-forward friend. 

Porcelinen Jewelry

Vanessa Ilene's line Porcelinen is a marriage between her love of ceramics and design, creating beautiful pieces out of her Detroit studio. Perfect for the lover of bold designs, these pieces are lightweight but still pack a punch. 

Rosemarine Textiles

Rosemarine Textiles designer Megan Navoy uses plant based dyes to create her vibrant hair accessories fro her zero-waste textile studio on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. These scrunchies and bandanas make a great gift for the friend with a focus on sustainability and fashion. 

Cellar Door Soaps

Canton-based soap maker Brandon Mitchell makes his small batch, vegan, craft soaps with a cold-process method, using 95% Michigan-sourced ingredients. Functional for use on face, body, and hands, these soaps feature unique scent notes and natural ingredients. 

ILERA Apothecary

Detroit-based ILERA Apothecary founder Chinonye Akunne uses her background in Public Health and Environmental Health Science, to create products beneficial to the skin and body. ILERA products use ingredients that can be found in Africa, such as chamomile, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, and leave skin soft, glowing, and refreshed. 

Detroit Rose

Hand-crafted by a small team of artisans in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market neighborhood, each of Detroit Rose's indulgent skincare products are formulated without synthetic ingredients, parabens, phthalates, or chemicals and are perfect for the friend or family member who deserves to be pampered. 

Ace High

Made in Ferndale, Ace High puts a twist on classic, old-school pomade with hair-nourishing ingredients and a signature scent of eucalyptus, apple jack, and orange peel, and makes a great gift for the retro enthusiast. 

Good Medicine

Good Medicine candles are made in Detroit with the finest quality fragrance oils and a soy wax blend for optimal scent throw. Available in an array of fragrant scents and complete in a black box with red paper tape, they are gift-ready. 

Kalamazoo Candles

Kalamazoo Candle Company sources their materials locally from Kalamazoo (of course!), uses recyclable vessels, and their trademark wooden lids can be returned to their storefront and reused, maintaining their dedication to sustainability. With seasonal holiday fragrances, these candles are perfect for the eco-friendly Michigander. 

Simply Curated Candles

Founder Sarah Hart started Simply Curated as a vintage housewares shop, and their roots are evident in their pretty, reusable vessels. The soy wax candles are hand-poured in their Grand Rapids studio and are as lovely to look at as they are to smell. 

Detroit Rose

Each Detroit Rose candle uses 100% non-gmo soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and premium oils, and include soothing scents like lavender, neroli, and oud. Give the gift of relaxation this season with one of these pretty, minimalist candles. 
Prints and Paper Goods

Worthwhile Paper Prints, Notebooks, & Notepads

Ypsilanti-based designer Kristen Drozdowski creates the bright, energetic colors and shapes that make up the designs of Worthwhile Paper. They are then screen-printed in-house using sustainable materials. Gift one to a friend who likes to stay organized, or could use a burst of positivity in their life.  

Party Of One Notepads

The clever slogans and observant illustrations found on Party of One paper goods are designed by Alisa Bozien in her Ann Arbor studio, who uses locally sourced materials, soy inks, and recycled paper. They make a great gift for someone who appreciates the witty and whimsical.

Gwen Frostic Notecard Sets

Artist, poet, and educator Gwen Frostic spent her life captivated by the natural beauty of Michigan, and sought to capture that beauty in her stationary and print work from her Benzonia studio. Though she passed away in 2001 after working well into her 90s, her work can still be enjoyed for generations to come with these gorgeous linoleum block printed notecards.
Home & Kitchen

Sister Pie Cookbook

A classic holiday gift, this cookbook delivers a friendly guide into the magic behind beloved Detroit bakery Sister Pie. From fillings to crusts, hand pies to salads, this book is sure to get your mouth watering with its seasonal recipes. 

June & December Tea Towels

June & December is a celebration of the natural world. Each tea towel is hand-designed by founders Katie and Nick Forte from their Berkley studio and screen printed using sustainable materials. These are sure to add functionality and beauty to any kitchen, especially during the busy holiday season. 

Stacey Malasky Tea Towels

These pretty tea tea towels by Detroit-based artist Stacey Malasky will give your kitchen a pop of color and keep you thinking warm thoughts all winter long.

Ceramic Travel MugsRing Dish

Each dish and mug are is hand crafted from clay and glazed by Lansing based artist Debbie Carlos of Debbie Carlos Studio. With their whimsical designs and functional uses, these beautiful ceramic pieces make a wonderful gift in any home. 

Cellar Door Jams

Cellar Door Preserves are proudly made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, using local ingredients from Michigan's agriculture-rich farmlands whenever possible. Spread on crackers, bread, or added in baked goods, these preserves come in both savory and sweet varieties to please every palette. 

Sanders Chocolates

A Detroit staple, Sanders has been sweetening the lives of Michiganders since 1875. You can't beat this classic treat for the chocolate-lover in your life. 

Great Lakes Pickling Company Pickling Pouches

When Beverly Patterson's husband Lou was put on a low-sodium diet by his doctor, she knew she had to make sure he could still enjoy his beloved pickles. From Fraser, Great Lakes Pickling Company was born, bringing pickle-lovers all over the Midwest a flavorful, fun, and unique twist on their favorite snack.

James Oliver Coffee

James Oliver started his roasting company in 1995 in New Hampshire, turning it over to his daughter Miranda and son-in-law David in 2019, who moved the operation to Detroit. With rich flavors and a proven roasting method, this coffee is the perfect way to wake up. 

Lamie Wellness Teas

From Traverse City, Lamie Wellness offers premium loose leaf teas that are naturally flavorful and sourced using environmentally conscience practices. Featuring a variety of herbs, florals, spices, and fruits, give the gift of a warm, flavorful cup of tea this holiday season.

Harwood Gold Maple Syrup

Give breakfasts, grilling, baking, and even cocktails a sweet kick with this tasty, 100% pure maple sap syrup from Harwood Gold, sourced from Charlevoix. 

Happy Girl Granola

With a focus on locally-grown ingredients like Michigan's famous cherries, all batches of Happy Girl Granola are hand-made in Owosso and are a light, sweet, crunchy treat any time of the day.

Gus & Grey Jams and Preserves

Founder Tara Grey started her Detroit-based jam business with the intention to create a product as wholesome as it is delicious, using primarily Midwestern grown fruits such as cherry, quince, fig, and rhubarb, and never any pectins or preservatives. Give the gift of flavor this holiday season!

Crow & Moss Chocolate Bars

Though their cacao beans are sourced from Ecuador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and India, Crow & Moss chocolate bars are hand-crafted right in Petoskey by founder Mike Davies and his team. Featuring mouth-watering flavors like coffee, earl grey tea, and gingersnap, Crow & Moss has elevated the chocolate game and is a must-try for true chocolate lovers. 

Retea Teas

Retea brings flavor with a mission. From their kitchen in Detroit, founders Saad Saad and Ali Bazzi put proceeds from every bag of Retea sold towards their non-profit partners that work towards education for refugee children. This is a gift that you can feel doubly good about, both for its delicious taste and humanitarian goals. 

Six Lugs Cocktail Cherries

Nothing says Michigan like Traverse City cherries! Founder Sheryl Umulis grew up on her family's cherry orchards and has passed down the tradition of enjoying fresh-picked fruits with her brand Six Lugs. Enjoy a cocktail featuring the flavors of Michigan with these homemade cocktail cherries, fresh from the farm to your table. 

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