Looking for the perfect holiday gift with a Great Lakes touch? Finding the perfect Michigan-made gem is a battle within itself. To help with some of your gift decision making, guest blogger Hailey Anderson from the MEDC, has compiled a list of some of the most novel items on the Michigan market as well as the benefits of buying local.
There are a number of reasons to consider Michigan-made products when holiday shopping this season, but here are just four specific appeals:
- Keeps your hard-earned cash in the state, which boosts Michigan’s economy.
- Lets you join the season of giving by supporting talented Michigan craftsmen and entrepreneurs that appreciate your business more than corporate companies.
- Lets you share your love of Michigan with the people who matter most, and gives your out-of-state relatives a little taste of where you’re from.
- Enhances the uniqueness of your gift, making it more meaningful to loved-ones.
With this in mind, here are just a few gift ideas to keep in mind when shopping for that Michigan-lover this holiday season.
Iconic Detroit Coasters ($10)
Iconic Detroit’s coaster collections feature images of everything to love about Michigan, from popular tourist destinations to vintage logos of beloved local companies and much more.
Mitten Crate ($99/3 months)
Mitten Crate will deliver a wide of assortment of Michigan-made food items right to your loved one’s doorstep. These attractive gift-boxes include products ranging from gourmet popcorn to mini cocktail mixers and everything in between.
Classic Stormy Kromer Cap ($39.99)
Based out of Ironwood, this baseball-style winter cap has been a favorite among outdoorsmen for more than 110 years. Each Stormy Kromer hat is hand-stitched with quality wool and made to last for years to come. This item will keep the outdoor-enthusiasts on your Christmas list cozy all winter long.
LoveBook (From $33.96)
LoveBook is a Detroit printing company that gives anyone the power to be a romance novelist. With their easy-to-use online building system, you can create a personalized book to tell your significant other all the little reasons why you love them. The book is then printed, laminated, professionally bound in either hard or soft cover, and mailed right to your doorstep.
Christmas Town Ale, Frankenmuth Brewery
This festive, Michigan-brewed ale is the ideal Christmas gift for your friend that’s a craft beer connoisseur. Christmas Town Ale is the seasonal favorite among Frankenmuth Brewery’s devoted fan-base for its subtle hint of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Grab a case at select liquor outlets or from the brewery’s store in downtown Frankenmuth.
Classic ABC Blocks, Uncle Goose ($38)
This children’s gift is a throwback to simpler times. Uncle Goose’s Classic ABC blocks are crafted from Michigan basswood, and then beautifully printed with a colorful assortment of letters, animals, numbers and math symbols. Pick them up today from one of their retail locations or from their toy store in Grand Rapids.
Mint Chocolate Cream, Round Barn Winery ($24.99)
Nothing says happy holidays like a glass of delicious Michigan-made wine. Round Barn Winery offers a large assortment of wine varieties including this festive crème wine that’s basically a mint chocolate cookie in a glass. Cheers!
Isle Royale Michigan Mittens ($24.95)
There isn’t a more fitting Michigan Christmas gift than a pair of knitted mittens, unless those mittens were to have a map of the Lower Peninsula on one hand and the Upper Peninsula on another. Yes, these mittens actually exist and you can order them in a variety of colors including this stunning royal blue, properly named after Isle Royale.
What are your favorite Michigan-made gifts? Don’t forget to also check out the Pure Michigan store, which sells a variety of merchandise including apparel, headwear, coffee mugs and more!
Have you ever given or received a memorable Michigan-made gift? Share with us below!
Hailey Anderson is a travel intern with MEDC. She is a senior at Michigan State University studying advertising and public relations. When Hailey has free time she enjoys traveling to her favorite Michigan getaways and cheering the Spartan football team to victory. Go Green!