8 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Michigan Enthusiast on Your List

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift with a Great Lakes state 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.

1. 2017 Pure Michigan Calendar - $14.95

The official 2017 Pure Michigan calendar highlights 12 professionally photographed landscapes and landmarks from all across Michigan. Among these "bucket list" locations are Tahquamenon Falls during a winter freeze, Comerica Park during a spring afternoon and Highway M-41 as fall's colors blanket our state.  If you spend more than $100 on the Pure Michigan store, you'll get a 2017 calendar FREE!

Pure Michigan calendars make for great gifts while also keeping important dates in mind

2. Pure Michigan Seasonal Mouse Pad - $9.95 (each)

Pure Michigan mouse pads make a perfect gift for those who might be stuck in the office but are dreaming of the outdoors. Each mouse pad features a beautiful photographic representation of one of our state's four seasons and measures approximately 8.5"W x 7.5"H

Enjoy Michigan's outdoors from the home or office with these seasonal mouse pads

3. Model T Driving School at Gilmore Car Museum - $105

Have you ever wanted to drive a nearly century-old vehicle? One can gift the unique experience of driving a Model T with lessons starting next May through September! At the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, one can get behind the wheel of a Model T and even receive a certificate of completion and souvenir booklet to remember the experience by. Sign up online today as the lessons tend to sell out quickly!

Gilmore Car Museum Model T Driving School
Drive one of these at the Gilmore Car Museum's Model T Driving School

4. Pure Michigan Cutting Board - $39.95

Constructed with alternating strips of cherry and maple wood, this small cutting board is as beautiful as it is practical. In addition to the board's stunning construction, a burned-in map of Michigan and the "Pure Michigan" logo add delicate yet artistic accents. Larger cutting boards also available.

Perfect for the culinary-enthusiast you know, Pure Michigan cutting boards are an eye-catcher

5. Pure Michigan Lake Signs - $39.95

In a perfect world, every meeting would be held around a campfire. This beautiful lake sign measures approx. 24″ x 7″ and would serve as a great reminder of all campfire memories. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: Some of our favorite memories have been made around a campfire. Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows sold separately! Check out all of the Pure Michigan lake signs to decorate your home or lake house.

Photo Credit: Samantha Elizabeth

6. Pure Michigan Stormy Kromer Cap - $54.95

It all started in 1903, when George "Stormy" Kromer asked his wife, Ida, to stitch him a cap that could withstand high winds and freezing temperatures. Fast forward over 100 years, and the story of Stormy Kromer lives on as one of the Midwest's most iconic brands. A longstanding passion for American-made quality and tradition has continued Stormy Kromer's appeal to new generations of customers. If you aren't already a fan of Stormy Kromer, we are confident that you will love the quality, attention to detail and traditions they offer in every one of their products.

The classic look of the charcoal Stormy Kromer cap matched with the Pure Michigan logo is stunning

7. My Michigan by Bearwave Publications - $20

Six extraordinary photographers have joined international award-winning writer and photographer, Ron St. Germain, to bring you a unique, fun and lyrical story of Michigan like it has never been told. Find the hidden Petoskey stones, search for your favorite town signs etched into the natural Michigan gemstone page borders and learn fun facts about the state you probably never knew, all while enjoying stunning full page, one-of-a-kind photographs. From cover to cover, you are holding the beauty of Michigan in your hands. Whether you are a Michigander or just visiting, here is a piece of the Great Lakes State that shows exactly why it's great.

My Michigan by Bearwave Publications

8. Benson's Adventures in Michigan - $22.95

Throughout Benson’s Adventures in Michigan, Benson travels to Michigan landmarks and vacation destinations that are ranked among the top places to visit in the world. Benson stops in 10 Michigan cities and in each city he stops in, he spends time in two locations. Can you guess which destinations he will explore?

What are your favorite Michigan-related items? Share in the comments below!