Stumped? We asked the experts – local retailers and service providers – to tell us about their most unique, special items. So if you want to really surprise and please that special person on your list, check out these gift ideas:
“Abracadabra is proud to represent Chris Ploof’s Mokume, Damascus Steel, and Meteorite Jewelry,” said summer Mathewson of Abradabra in Ann Arbor. Featured is a faceted and etched Damascus Steel Ring with a 18k yellow gold liner. Price $ 1,470
Abracadabra Jewelry & Gem Gallery, 205 Liberty St., Ann Arbor
“This watch is amazing. Come see this fine timepiece along with the rest of the Ball Watch line,” said Charles Eliias of Spiralz Studio of Contemporary Jewelry Design in Birmingham. He was describing the Engineer Master II Diver, which is capable of measuring environmental temperature from -30 to 110*F with a precision of 3% that is only achievable by a mechanical thermometer. The measurement is easily read from the round indicator at 6 o’clock. The Ball caliber 9018 movement that powers the watch ensures it will function perfectly from -40 to 140*F without any adverse affect on accuracy.
Spiralz Studio of Contemporary Jewelry Design, 230 Merrill, Birmingahm MI 48009
“One of our many favorite gift items here at FIVE 15 Media, Mojo & More is our Choker Jewelry,” said Gary Baglio, owner of the new store in Royal Oak. “Moderately priced, ranging from $40 to $195, these beautifully hand crafted chokers are the perfect holiday gift for him or her. Made from semi precious stones, each piece is hand made and fully guaranteed to your satisfaction.”
FIVE 15 Media, Mojo & More, 515 S. Washington St., Royal Oak 48067
“Sweeten up your holidays and let the Cupcake Station do the baking!” said Kerry Johnson of The Cupcake Station in Birmingham. “Order your holiday cupcakes today.”
The Cupcake Station, 136 North Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI 48009
The 2008 Gay/Lesbian History Calendar
Each month features a wonderful piece of art contributed by a LGBT artist. The Gay/Lesbian calendar aids in educating readers, straight or gay, about the impact LGBT people have had on history and sociology throughout the centuries. Price is $14.95. Proceeds go to fund scholarships for LGBT youth.
Order online at http://www.dailypridepublications.com
“Give the gift that protects your most precious asset – your relationship,” said Jim Rasor, an attorney in Royal Oak. He is offering a complete PartnerPact that includes all the necessary documents for same-sex couples.
Rasor Law Firm, 500 S. Washington, Ste. 5, Royal Oak MI 48067
“My favorite item amongst all of our progressive books and sidelines that we have is an infants’ onesie with the message, ‘Question Authority,'” said Scott Harris of Everybody Reads Bookstore in Lansing. “The message is succinct, poignant and splendidly ironic! Also, the outfit is relatively inexpensive at $8.00.”
Everybody Reads Bookstore, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing MI 48912
“One of our hottest items for this holiday season is the International designer underwear,” said B.C. Cabangbang of Cho-Zen in Royal Oak.
Cho-Zen, 120 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
“Show how much you care this holiday season by giving the gift of yoga,” said Linda Makowski at Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak. Yoga = Health of Mind, Body & Spirit
Namaste Yoga, 3021 Gilford Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Work off those holiday pounds! New U Fitness is offering a holiday promotion. You can get one free in-home workout session with the purchase of two sessions or more ($70 minimum). Weight training, yoga, pilates, kick boxing and more. Whatever gets you going!
New U Fitness
“Get beautiful granite counters just in time for the holiday season. No mess, one day installation!” said Margot Narens at Granite Transformations in Farmington Hills.
Granite Transformations, 30640 W. Eight Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336
“The Orbee-Tuff(R) Orbee Ball will become a playtime favorite. We guaranteed it 100 percent,” said Michael Palmer of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills. This doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy and minty toy is irresistible to dogs, and is rated “Top Product of the Year” by numerous magazines and called the “world’s best dog ball” by industry experts. Non-toxic, recyclable and rinses clean. Comes in several sizes, from $6.95 to $13.95.
Premier Pet Supply, 31215 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills
“We cater to dog owners who shy away from the pet superstores,” said Gary Galuski of Ruffrageous Dogs in Dearborn. His favorite item is a doggie ‘Pride’ shirt. It retails for $16.95.
Ruffrageous Dogs, 25042 Fairway Fr., Dearborn MI 48124
“Our dogs-customers just go crazy for Oma’s Pride Raw Beef,” said Jill Tack at The Pet Beastro in Madison Hts. “They also love Buffalo Recreational Bones for Dogs.”
The Pet Beastro, 27796 John R, Madison Hts. MI 48071
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