0
Gift Guide Holidays Lifestyle

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

November 2, 2021

We searched the state for present-worthy trinkets, gadgets, treats and more — and they’re all designed or produced right here in the great state of Michigan!

By the SEEN Team

Shopping small and shopping local is one of our missions at SEEN Magazine. This year, our team compiled some of our favorite Michigan-made products into the ultimate holiday gift guide. All prices were current as of press time.

Michigan-Made Fashion Gifts Ideas

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶ Set in a studio outside of Grand Rapids, Conscious Clothing churns out goods that are ethically and sustainably made by hand. Cairo Dress, $180, and Riverside Scoop Top, $125, consciousclothing.net

▶Stay cozy with this flannel from Deviate, the Detroit-based genderless label that’s turning heads everywhere f rom here to Vogue. Twill button-down long-sleeve flannel, $290, deviatefashion.com

▶Inspired by Neapolitan ice-cream, this retro track jacket from Detroit’s K. Walker Collective is a treat for the eyes. $119, kwalker.co

▶Chic, versatile and made f rom buttery Italian leather: the new Bixby Basket Bag has it all. Shown in Vachetta leather, $1295, shinola.com

▶Based in the U.P.’s Ironwood, Stormy Kromer is perhaps best known for the wool caps that have been keeping ears toasty since 1903. But its warm, durable jackets are worth a try, too. The Mackinaw Coat, $299.99, and the Iron-wood Jacket, $199.99, stormykromer.com

▶A perfect pair of sunnies is a great gift all year long. These Genusee Roeper West Sunglasses are made right in Flint, Michigan from 100% post-consumer recycled (rPET) water bottles. Each pair of frames upcycles 15 single-use water bottles and creates jobs for returning citizens in Flint. $180, genusee.com

Michigan-Made Beauty Gift Ideas

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶With its shave soap, natural-bristle brush and a soap made with “manly” essential oils, the Shave Soap Trio from Rochester’s Moon River Soap Co. will leave any guy feeling so fresh and so clean. $42, moonriversoap.com

▶Give the gift of self-care over and over again with the Northern Nail Polish Seasonal Subscription Box — which features local, handmade beauty products, treats, and of course, nail polish — delivered from Traverse City four times a year. $69, northernnailpolish.com

▶Started by Hamtramck native Humayra Bobby, Boubi Skin specializes in organic, vegan skincare — all of which is hand-made in Detroit. Super Clean set, $50, boubiskin.com

▶“Florida” means flowers — and that’s just what this 100% plant-based cologne f rom Ferndale’s Alchemy Slow Living Studios smells like. Florida Water, $40, alchemyslowliving.com

▶You can feel good about buying the gift box from Metro Detroit skincare company Fig + Olive — not only is the soap, scrub, and serum (and more) inside made with all-natural ingredients, but the business routinely pays it forward with donations to local nonprofits. $65, figandoliveproducts.com

▶The beard butters from Detroit Grooming Co. are loaded with organic and natural oils and come in all sorts of delicious scents. Because doesn’t his beard deserve the best? $15.95 each, detroitgrooming.com

 

Michigan-Made Gifts for the Home

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶The handcrafted wooden bowls at the Holland Bowl Mill take nearly a month to complete, but their simple beauty and quality make them worth the wait. Choose from all different woods, finishes, and sizes. Price varies, hollandbowlmill.com

▶Hand-assembled at Tait’s Detroit studio, this solid maple, steel, and aluminum wall clock is a sleek way to keep time. $185 ($210 for custom monogramming), taitdesignco.com

▶Started by a stay-at-home mom of four who lives outside of Jackson, Etsy shop BlocksetC specializes in unique wooden gifts, like this personalized, “Game of Thrones”-themed cheeseboard that makes a great hostess gift. $90, etsy.com/shop/blocksetc

▶Handmade in Kalamazoo, Grayling Ceramics’ pieces are designed to reflect the color and form of the Great Lakes region. Coffee cup, $34, and 64-oz. growler pitcher, $85, graylingceramics.com

▶Summer is a ways off but the Float ‘N’ Grill — which was designed by two friends f rom Plymouth and recently appeared on “Shark Tank”— will make you look forward to sunny days ahead. Just add burgers (and a lake)! $229, floatngrill.com

 

Michigan-Made Gifts for the Outdoor Lover

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶Jason Thelan knows a thing or two about the waterways around Petoskey, where his shop, Little Bay Boards, is based: He’s the great-great-great grandson of the legendary Odawa chief after whom the area is named. Thelan honors his ancestors’ connection to the natural world by building gorgeous, one-of-a-kind stand up paddleboards made out of hollow wood, which guarantee an unmatched ride. Choose from stock or made-to-order. custompaddleboards.com

▶Give the gift of adventure with a Pictured Rocks Kayak tour led by Paddling Michigan, which has been running tours in the around the U.P.’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for more than a decade and is now booking for summer 2022. Tour lengths and prices vary; visit paddlingmichigan.com for details

▶There’s no outsourcing at Shaggy’s factory in Boyne City, where every pair of skis is handcrafted from local lumber. Choose from different types and styles, or build a customized set. They’re all designed to help you make the most out of every day on the snow. Prices vary, skishaggys.com

▶Created by Birmingham designer Sue Fuller, Oliver Thomas is the go-to brand for chic sports bags, whether you need a cute carrying case for your tennis racquet, pickleball gear, or ski boots. Everything comes in multiple colors and can be customized with a cool patch. 24+7 Tennis Backpack in Citron Stripe, $199, theoliverthomas.com

 

Michigan-Made Foodie Gifts

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶Started in 2016 to restore Michigan’s bee population, Bees in the D now manages 200+ hives statewide. How sweet! Raw honey, $12 for 6oz., beesinthed.com

▶Michigan is the second most diverse agricultural state in the country next to California. Celebrate the bounty with a gift basket from Michigan Fields, which is packed with goodies from producers and purveyors statewide. Pricing varies, michiganfields.com

▶A little pinch of Grand Haven-made M Salt — a blend of Kosher sea salt, black pepper, and garlic salt — goes a long way on steak, chicken, fish, eggs, and pretty much anything else you can think of. M Salt Gift Set (includes measuring spoons), $22, msalt.com

▶Sample Michigan’s sweetness for yourself with vanilla bean-infused syrup, buckwheat mix, and maple sugar f rom the trees surround-ing Harwood Lake in Charlevoix, plus a cook-book full of maple-starring recipes. Michigan Maple Gift Set, $54, shoppeninsulas.com

▶Baseball season is over, but you can still get a “taste” of the Tigers with this limited-edition, Holland-born gin, made with 13 botanicals and blades from the same kind of grass that grows in Comerica Park. Coppercraft Distillery Social 416 gin, available to purchase at local liquor and wine shops and grocery stores. Find a store near you:  coppercraftdistillery.com

▶In My Little Michigan Kitchen cookbook, Grand Rapids blogger Mandy McGovern offers recipes for more than 100 classic Michigan recipes, from smoked whitefish chowder to Mackinac Island fudge and more.$34, citybirddetroit.com

▶2020 was a bad year for most things … but not Michigan wine. Take the new releases f rom Detroit Vineyards — grown during a warm, dry vintage that yielded fruit at full ripeness — as proof. Cheers! Sauvignon Blanc, $28, and Frais, $32, detroitvineyards.com

▶The family behind the Holland Cutting Board company has nearly 300 years of woodworking experience, and it shows in their products, which are designed to be handed down from generation to generation. Prices vary, cuttingboardscustommade.com

▶A hot sauce with no processed sugar? That substitutes bananas for sweetness? Leave it to four University of Michigan grads (who started their biz as students last year) to come up with that. Bombanana hot sauce, $7.99, seekthespice.com

 

Michigan-Made Jewelry Gift Ideas

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶The Pride 2021 Necklace from Ferndale’s Elaine B. Jewelry celebrates love in all forms with rainbow-colored sapphires. 30% of the proceeds f rom this necklace go to Ferndale Pride, which supports the local LGBTQ+ community. Starting at $200, elainebjewelry.com

▶Goldeluxe Jewelry founder Libby Trajkovski crafts pieces like this delicate pearl bracelet — strung with white baroque freshwater pearls — in her Detroit studio. Eden Pearl Bracelet, from $120, and Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings, from $36, goldeluxe.com

▶Shinola’s new men’s watch is vibrant, playful, and bursting with color — like the boxes of Crayola crayons that inspired it. Even the pack-aging, designed by Detroit artist Tony Whlgn and his son, is fun. The Crayola Detrola 38MM, $395, shinola.com

▶ Detroit-based jewelry maker Bethany Shorb turns Michigan’s natural beauty into unique, eye-catching cufflinks. Choose from Petoskey stone or Lake Superior Blue Agate. Cufflinks, $50, shoppeninsulas.com

▶Jewelry from Detroit nonprofit Mend on the Move looks good and feels that way, too: It’s made from used auto parts and recycled car-seat leather by female survivors of abuse. Refined Through Fire Cuff and Earrings, $30 and $36, mendonthemove.org

 

Michigan-Made Games

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶You won’t strike out with this wooden bowling game made from cherry and beechwood by Plymouth natural toy company Camden Rose. $39.99, palumba.com

▶In 2018, author and photographer Phil Stagg started a line of Michigan-themed jigsaw puzzles. His collection now boasts more than 110 designs, including 1,000-piece puzzles so tricky that they’ll test your mental fortitude (literally — they’re part of the “Insanity Series”). From $17.99, mifalls.com

▶Grand Rapids’ Uncle Goose makes all kinds of hand-crafted, high-quality wooden blocks, f rom classic ABC sets to cubes bearing the faces of women who changed the world to blocks that allow little builders to erect their own village. Gosling Square Building Blocks, $85, unclegoose.com

▶Your favorite childhood game is getting the Detroit treatment. Clue: Shinola Hotel Edition is inspired by the swanky downtown hotel, with San Morello, the Birdy Room, and the Penthouse sharing space on the board. There are also beautifully painted wood movers and weapons with a gold finish. $395, shinola.com

▶Hand-manufactured in Detroit, Tait Design Co.’s Box Kite is the result of more than a year of design and engineering work. And it’s modular, which means you can link up to five kites together to form a brightly colored train in the sky. Tait Design Co.’s classic balsa wood Turbo Flyer airplane is another classic toy that can be enjoyed by little ones or adults! Kites from $85 and Turbo Flyers from $20, taitdesignco.com

 

Michigan-Made Gift Ideas Under $100

2021 Made-in-Michigan Holiday Gift Guide

▶Add a pop of color with the Madewell Blue Multi Clutch Wristlet, straight out of Harbor Springs. $68, daleandblue.com
▶This balsam-and-cedar-scented soy candle from Kalamazoo Candle Company is a fall and winter favorite. $19, kalamazoocandle.com
Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit — Second Edition features nearly 1,500 must-see sites, institutions, restaurants, shops, and more across the city. $25.99, citybirddetroit.com
▶Celebrate Michigan’s beauty with nature-inspired cards created by artist and lifelong Michigan resident Gwen Frostic. Trees notecard set by late Michigan artist Gwen Frostic, $17.25, gwenfrostic.com
▶Ann Arbor artist Brian Walline teamed up with Pure Michigan for this limited run of prints; for every one purchased, 10% of profits will be donated to an organization that helps restore attractions throughout the state. Lake Superior Print, Detroit print, and more, $19.99, themightymitten.com 
▶Show up to your meeting in style with the Pingree Moleskine Work Folio, made from upcycled leather from Detroit’s auto industry. $94, pingreedetroit.com
▶Plant some seeds and watch them grow! Michigan Wildflower Seed Packets, available in Classic, Songbird, Bird and Butterfly and Easy Care Children’s Blend, $4 each, citybirddetroit.com

What are your favorite Michigan-Made products and gift ideas? Comment below so we can keep an eye out for more amazing items to share.

2 Comments

  • Tiffany
    November 4, 2021 at 9:08 AM

    How do you make a Michigan made gift guide and not include a single item from Made In The Mitten….. did people pay for these to be posted? It’s the same 5 people over and over… ‍♀️

  • Amy Gill
    November 4, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Hello Tiffany,
    This is an editorial article created by the editors of SEEN, and nothing was paid for. These are items hand-picked by people who work at SEEN magazine based on what they love, wish for or are buying for the holidays. We feature tons of different retailers and makers throughout the year throughout our print publication and website and will certainly make every effort to keep our eyes out for great products by Made in the Mitten!

Leave a Reply