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BTL 2019 Gift Guide

By | 2019-11-14T10:32:13-05:00 November 13th, 2019|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|

Shopping for the holidays is an annual tradition that for most, whether they love or hate it, starts in November and lasts all the way through the end of December. But even if it’s a necessity, it’s not always easy to find the items on everyone’s wish list. That’s why this year, Between The Lines has put together a list of stores across Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing that’ll satisfy even the pickiest of gift-getters.

Detroit

1. City Bird
Founded by siblings Andy and Emily Linn in 2005, City Bird was a way for the duo to “merge their mutual love for design with their admiration for their city and region.” The shop showcases art, design and handmade goods from over 200 artists from the Great Lakes region. Shoppers can pick up a destination greeting card, browse through a selection of local jewelry, home goods, accessories and more.

460 W Canfield St.
citybirddetroit.com
313-831-9146

2. John K. King Used & Rare Books
John K. King started his shop after his high school guidance counselor advised him to follow his passion of buying and selling used books and antiques. Today, King’s wares fill the four-story Advance Glove factory building. Visit to search through books on topics from Americana to World War history, while browsing through a unique selection of furniture and antiques.

901 W Lafayette Blvd.
savvychictrends.com
313-961-0622

3. Savvy Chic
Located in Detroit’s Eastern Market, Savvy Chic is a lifestyle boutique that sells a variety of luxurious stock from French linens and gourmet foods to candles and greeting cards. This store “with a Parisian flare” holds the perfect gifts for anyone looking to make a style statement.

2712 Riopelle St.
savvychictrends.com
313-833-8769

4. Eldorado General Store
Named after the famed city of gold, “Eldorado represents the relentless search for true love, heaven and happiness,” write shop owners. This vintage general store is stocked with “one-of-a-kind trinkets and treasures” that includes clothing, handcrafted accessories, locally made goods and more.

1700 Michigan Ave.
eldoradogeneralstore.com
313-784-9220

5. Nora Detroit
Nora is a curated shop of uniquely designed items fit for anyone looking to make a house a home. Whether looking for bath or kitchen accessories, jewelry or office supplies, Nora has a wide selection of items available for gifting.

4240 Cass Ave.
noramodern.com
313-831-4845

6. Shinola Detroit Store
Taking its name from the long-defunct shoe polish company, Shinola has built its reputation as a quality retailer of luxury leather good, watches and bicycles since 2011. Gift-givers should consider Shinola for anyone who loves accessories.

441 W Canfield St.
shinola.com
313-285-2390

7. Hugh
Hugh is a design and lifestyle store based out of Detroit with a mid-century modern focus. Those looking for the perfect piece to accent their bar, office or kitchen can find a variety of goods at various price points.

4240 Cass Ave.
thankhugh.com
313-831-4844

8. Carhartt
A fifth-generation family-owned company, Carhartt is a clothing company that specializes in outerwear, accessories and work clothing. Whether it’s a gift for someone who makes their living in the outdoors or simply someone looking well-made, locally owned gear Carhartt is a great choice.

5800 Cass Ave.
carhartt.com
800-833-3118

9. Pure Detroit
Pure Detroit is a great way for those new to the area to familiarize themselves with Detroit’s sights, offering tours of the Packard Plant, Fisher Building, Guardian Building, Detroit Skyscraper and a walking tour. And for those looking for a way to remember the city even once they’ve left, Pure Detroit sells Detroit-focused apparel and hand-made goods.

3011 W Grand Blvd., #101
puredetroit.com
313-873-7873

10. The D Shop
For rabid Tigers fans, a gift from The D Shop is a must. Everything from hats, jerseys, pants and swimming gear can be found at this shop located at Comerica Park in the heart of the city.

mlb.com/tigers/fans/team-store
2100 Woodward Ave.
313-471-2673

Ann Arbor

1. Cherry Republic
Complete with a wine and soda pop tasting counter, Cherry Republic has a collection of cherry-themed salsas, candies, baked goods, gift boxes, chocolates and snacks for the gourmet in your family.

223 S Main St.
cherryrepublic.com
734-585-5231

2. Vault of Midnight
A collection of comics, board games, Dungeons & Dragons dice and “all things geeky,” finding a gift at Vault of Midnight is perfect for the entertainment junkie in your family.

219 S Main St.
vaultofmidnight.com
734-998-1413

3. Rock Paper Scissors Stationary
The holiday season always brings with it a need for cards, invitations and decorations for all sorts of celebration. Located just a few blocks from The University of Michigan, Rock Paper Scissors Stationary can help you decorate your gift or find its perfect final touch.

216 S Main St.
rockpaperscissorsshop.com
734-531-6264

4. The Dawn Treader Book Store
Avid readers will rejoice to receive a book from one of the over 70,000 titles found at Ann Arbor’s The Dawn Treader Book Shop. The shop also caters to collectors, as it sells “rare and antiquarian” maps and prints.

514 E Liberty St.
dawntreaderbooks.com
734-995-1008

5. Nickels Arcade
Though Nickels Arcade isn’t a standalone store, it houses a collection of shops and services that’ll inspire any holiday gift-buyers. It’s home to a barber, antique shop, several clothing stores and much more.

326 S State St.
734-769-0941

6. Found Gallery
Featuring the work of Michigan artists who use recycled materials in their handcrafted works, Found Gallery carries home goods, jewelry and gifts.

415 N 5th Ave.
foundgallery.com
734-302-3060

7. Catching Fireflies
Known as a “whimsical gift gallery,” the Catching Fireflies crew is dedicated to “finding whimsical goodies that’ll brighten your day.”

419 Detroit St.
catchingfireflies.com
734-531-6293

8. Unicorn Feed & Supply
Whether your presents are for someone who likes stuffed animals, plants, stickers or is looking to expand their selection of Pride items, Unicorn Feed & Supply has exactly what you need.

114 W Michigan Ave.
unicornfeedsupply.com
734-961-8610

9. Salt City Antiques
Finding that perfect piece to tie everything in the living together can be tricky, but Salt City Antiques is a great place to start — for the living room, or any other place in the house.

115 W Michigan Ave.
saltcityantiquesypsi.com
734-487-1259

10. 16 Hands
Located in The Kerrytown Market & Shops, 16 Hands is a locally owned Ann Arbor business that specializes in handcrafted objects, artwork and gifts of “uncommon beauty and character.”

407 N 5th Ave.
16handsannarbor.com
734-761-1110

Lansing

1. Bad Annie’s Sweary Goods
This shop is for those looking to revamp their wardrobe with a statement — literally. Bad Annie’s Sweary Goods has a huge selection of cards, stationary, clothes, drinkware and more, all with a variety of choice words printed on.

1209 Turner Road
swearygoods.com
517-927-8293

2. Country Stiches
For those in your life who love sewing, quilting and everything in-between, Country Stitches has repair services, sewing gear and even classes.

2200 Coolidge Road, East Lansing
countrystitches.com
517-351-2416

3. Kellie’s Consignments
Described as a retail and consignment store, a charity operation and gathering place, Kellie’s Consignments encourages customers to come in and donate unused items. While they’re downsizing, they’re invited to take a look at the upscale stock that’ll fit in any stocking.

5000 Marsh Road
kelliesconsignments.com
517-574-4523

4. Mother & Earth Baby Boutique
Even the most prepared of new parents find themselves missing an item or two from time to time. Those looking for a gift for their own child or that of a friend or family member will find hundreds of options and Mother & Earth Baby Boutique.

1212 Turner Road
motherandearth.com
517-721-1868

5. Old Town General Store
This shop specializes in Michigan-made and Michigan-themed gifts that include ornaments, clothing, glassware and much more. And for those who don’t have the time to put together a ready-made gift-basket, Old Town General Store will do it for you.

408 E César E. Chávez Ave.
oldtown-generalstore.com
517-487-6847

6. The Peanut Shop
The Peanut Shop is the perfect stop for everyone on the list with a sweet tooth. Shoppers can pick up dozens of varieties of hand-crafted candy and snacks.

117 S Washington Square
517-374-0008

7. Pruess Pets
Not only does Pruess Pets have a huge selection of pet products and playthings, it’s filled with a variety of classic and unique pets, too.

1127 N Cedar St.
preusspets.com
517-339-1762

8. SPIN Bicycle Shop
Both the occasional and frequent biker will find what they’re looking for here, SPIN Bicycle Shop is a full service shop that carries a variety of interesting brands.

spinbicycleshop.com
206 E Grand River Ave.
517-372-3000

9. Metro Retro
This vintage store has classic looks and then some. At Metro Retro shoppers can find the perfect leather jacket right alongside some feather boas and a jumpsuit or two.

304 E Grand River Ave.
517-220-4951

10. Retail Therapy
This womenswear boutique focuses on giving shoppers an “experience rooted in sustainability, craftsmanship and luxury.” All the clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts here are designed to be fashionable with a flair.

iloveretailtherapy.com
204 E César E. Chávez Ave.
517-574-4427

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