Shop Small Gift Haul: Detroit Edition


I try to shop small as much as I can every holiday season, and this year was no different. Since I'm new to the mysterious yet lovable Detroit, USA, I thought it would be kind of fun to share some of my favorite things that I picked up, most of which I got at an event at Ponyride last weekend (which also made a cameo in episode three of Vlogmas.)

First, I can't go without mentioning the bottle opener sign that I got awhile ago from Woodward Throwbacks for the beau (above.) If this isn't one of the coolest gifts to give a Detroit enthusiast, I don't really know what is. Not only is it a great conversation piece, but it's also fully functional and made out of wood salvaged right in the city.

Firebrand Candle Company

Switching gears a bit from the rustic to the luxe (don't worry, I've got plenty more wood to show you...), I couldn't resist buying a couple of these candles from Firebrand Candle Company. I thought they would be perfect for stocking stuffers - if I don't decide to keep them for myself. Park Avenue is a blend of vanilla, musk, and sandalwood, while Jefferson Avenue is a warmer scent with notes of tobacco, leather, and amber cozying up to patchouli and black tea.

How to Live in Detroit

I knew that How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass by Aaron Foley would be a great purchase no matter who it goes to. I'm new here and I don't think I'm a jackass, but I probably do some really annoying things sometimes. Can't hurt to check my ego now. Plus, let's face it, transplants are everywhere, so I'm sure there's at least one of them on my list this year, and if not, I'll pass this along to a local Detroiter who will probably think it's hilarious.

  Branded by Detroit

Speaking of locals... how could I not? Branded by Detroit also makes decor out of reclaimed wood, but I've got a soft spot for these guys. They make signs for tons of neighborhoods in the city, as well as these more generic signs that most anyone from Detroit would appreciate. Best part is they're super affordable, so stock up!


Of course, ornaments are never a bad idea. I like to buy my mom an ornament every year, and since she's a nature girl at heart, I thought these would be perfect. Branded by Detroit made the one in the center, and I got the others from Tree Trunk Arts. Cast from real leaves and homemade in metro Detroit, they're mini works of art that I seriously love.

Gus and Grey

And finally... you know what else is never a bad idea? Food. Who doesn't like food? I'm a little obsessed with Gus & Grey's Strawberry Cinnamon Jam that I recently got from Socra Tea, but my Detroit-ish food obsession doesn't end there. I'll be picking up bags of Great Lakes Coffee, grabbing beers from 8 Degrees Plato Detroit, and stocking up on baked goods from Avalon International Breads before heading out for the holidays. This really is a great city for food.