Friends, as evidenced by the 60-foot Christmas tree that's now standing in Campus Maritus, Christmas is upon us. Which means one thing: Christmas shopping. For some, this is a dreaded activity that fills that elicits unquenchable rage. We kind of like shopping, so we thought we'd put together this little guide of local places to shop for Christmas gifts.
You won't find any malls here. Personally, we think malls are a catalyst for that Christmas shopping rage. Hit these locally-owned shops for a better experience. Plus, you're supporting your fellow metro Detroiters.
The official 2014 installment of Small Business Saturday isn't until Nov. 29, the day after Black Friday, but why not make every Saturday in November and December a small business Saturday?
Leon & Lulu
96 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson | 248-288-3600 | leonandlulu.com
This place is huge! It's located in the old Clawson skating rink, but now it's filled with home decor, furniture, kitchenware, funky gifts, and quirky kids toys. You'll probably be able to find something fun for every lady on your list, and maybe something for the men too. Oh, and don't forget about you!
The Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale | rustbeltmarket.com | 810-441-0956
OK, we're all familiar with the Rust Belt by now, right? It's a well-curated vendors market found inside what used to be Old Navy on the corner of Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale. Inside you'll find mini-shops from Incognito Eyewear, Lady Lazarus, Painted Lady Trashions, Cyberoptix and many more. There's always plenty of jewelry-makers, artists, and vintage clothing sellers on hand, too.
2840 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte | 734-552-6323 | www.glowfishstudios.com
Located in cozy downtown Wyandotte, Glowfish Studios is a gem in downriver. Somewhat akin to Clawson's Leon & Lulus has everything from candles, to books, to jewelry, toys, and more. It's a great place to poke around if you find yourself in the area – who knows what you'll find.
Rail & Anchor
502 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak | 248-397-8985 | railandanchor.com
New-ish to downtown Royal Oak, Rail & Anchor is a dream if you're looking to pick something up for your hipster friend. Their stock includes Paddywax Candles, jewelry from local artisans, air plants, copper mugs, books, and plenty more. We even had a friend who bought a vintage typewriter from here once.
2628 Bagley Ave, Detroit | 313-963-9013
If you're not fluent in Spanish, Algo Especial means "Something Special" which is exactly what you'll find inside this Mexicantown gift shop. It's right down the street from Our/Detroit, so, you know, you can get some drinking in after you've picked up something
4201 Cass Ave., Detroit | 313-832-2477 | facebook.com/tulanirose
Tulani Rose is small, but packs a lot of great goods that make perfect gifts. Think: coffee table books, bath products, pretty candles, locally-made jewelry, art and plenty more. It's located in the thriving retail section on Cass Corridor just down from Wayne State, but be careful not to miss it. It can be found inside the Spiral Gallery.
Nora & Hugh
4240 Cass Ave., Detroit | noramodern.com & lovehughlongtime.com
Just across the street from Tulani Rose are these two stores. Nora is more for your lady friends, while Hugh will likely hold something for the stylish and fabulous man in your life. Both hold fun but expensive-ish gifts that range from shaving kits and barware to fancy soaps and Japanese salad thong sets.
Savvy Chic & Savvy Gents
2712 Riopelle St, Detroit | 313-833-8769 | www.savvychiceasternmarket.com
This retail long-standing retail establishment is found in Eastern Market, tucked behind the busy sheds.
Inside Savvy Chic you'll find a collection of home goods from pretty tablecloths to candles, to pantry items, soaps to glassware and more. Of course, that stuff is probably better suited for the ladies. The adjoining space was recently transformed into a gentlemen's store with lots of goodies for the guys.
Nest & City Bird
460 W Canfield St, Detroit | nestdetroit.com & ilovecitybird.com
City Bird is pretty ubiquitously known around town, so we probably don't have to tell you much about them. Nest, is their neighbor and sister store, where you'll find a housewares theme. Both are great for little quirky little gifts like a spoon rest emblazoned "Rest in Grease," a vintage palmistry poster, or a wooden cutting board shaped like the state of Michigan.
3030 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte | 734-282-2244 | www.belicosocafe.com
Another Wyandotte establishment, this cigar shop offers a great selection of cigars for the stogie lover in your family. Plus, they offer a full bar and serve up a great cappuccino. After you select the perfect cigar, pull up a chair a stay awhile, you deserve it.
228 W 4th St, Royal Oak | 248-545-5245 | www.liftdetroit.com
We all, inevitably, have that one adult friend who still loves toys. Stop in for a KidRobots, Dunnys, Labbits, and more. Art by locals like Kill Taupe is available to boot.
Refuge Skateboard Shop
24334 Michigan Ave, Dearborn | 313-277-5283 | refugeskateboardshop.blogspot.com
This locally-owned skateboard shop can be found on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn and stocks everything the alternative sports enthusiast in your life needs. Pro tip: their shoe selection is phenom.
Yellow Door Art Market
3141 12 Mile Rd., Berkley | 248-336-2038 | yellowdoorartmarket.com
This little collective bills itself as a "hip handmade goods from over 60 Michigan artists." Shop here for one-of-a-kind gifts. Next Saturday, Nov. 15, they have an open house planned where lots of special artists will be in-house with their latest wares and holiday items.