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8 holiday gifts for Detroit lovers

From iridescent candles to beer flight trays

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With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to find that perfect present for everyone on your list. If that list includes fans of the Motor City, or those who want to rep Detroit in their home, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve chosen some of the best Detroit-themed and Detroit-made presents around, from an out-of-this-world candle to a handy Detroit tote to books about Detroit’s past and present. Happy gift giving!

Image courtesy of Detroit Wick

Supermoon Candle

$150 | Detroit Wick

Bring some cosmic radiance into your home with this Supermoon candle from Detroit Wick that celebrates the recent “super moons” on the calendar. The scent profile includes “Lunar Fig” and “Space Musk.”

Image courtesy of Mutual Adoration

Marbled Frames

$39+ | Mutual Adoration

These fun frames from Mutual Adoration add bold color to a living space while showcasing cherished memories. Each one is unique—just like your photos—and marbled by hand here in Detroit. They can be ordered or picked up at Post, a shop on the east side.

Image courtesy of Shinola

Small Natural Leather Tray

$85 | Shinola

This simple, classic leather tray from Shinola easily fits in and on any desk. Created from a single piece of cowhide, it’ll help you stay organized while offering timeless style to an office. And it has that all-important stamped Shinola logo.

Image courtesy of Woodward Throwbacks

Reclaimed Wood Beer Flight Tray

$35 | Woodward Throwbacks

Flights take on a double meaning with this reclaimed wood tray from Woodward Throwbacks. Adorned with leather handles, it carries four glasses of your favorite brew. It’s customizable for 30 cities, from Detroit to San Francisco to Toronto.

Image courtesy of Pewabic

Pewabic Stein

$75 | Pewabic

For over 100 years, Pewabic has created beautiful ceramics in its Detroit studio. This new vessel is a durable and classic addition to the company’s drinkware collection, and it comes in warm tones reminiscent of cinnamon and charcoal.

Image courtesy of Paisley Paper Co.

Detroit is a Feeling tote

$20 | Paisley Paper Co.

Carry your Detroit pride with you. This durable tote from Paisley Paper Co. can hold your essentials while shopping or running errands around the Motor City or beyond.

How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

$16 | Belt Publishing

Detroit has changed since Aaron Foley’s first edition of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass was released in late 2015. The updated guide for newcomers—or those just curious about living in Detroit—includes reflections on gentrification and what it really takes to buy and renovate an old house.

The Dawn of Detroit

$27.95 | The New Press

There’s no shortage of books about Detroit’s history, but few take on its complicated past with slavery like Tiya Miles’s The Dawn of Detroit. Miles collects multiple historical records to bring to light the experiences of black and American Indian early Detroiters. Since its release, the book has won multiple awards.


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