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2017 Detroit Gift Guide

2017 Detroit Gift Guide

After living here for almost a year, it's time to shine a light on some of our fellow makers / neighbors in the Motor City. It also goes without saying how important it is to buy local and handmade during the holiday season. So much passion, innovation, creativity, humbleness, and die hard hustlin' is happening in Detroit. It's a maker's DIY paradise, and the perfect place to start and finish all sustainable gift-giving. Here's the proof.

 

Detroit Rose | Candle $24

Clean, sophisticated, and absolutely unique scents from bitter orange oil Neroli to earthy Moss or Mistletoe. These luscious babies burn for over 60 hours and are well-worth the price. All scent combinations are created by Detroit Rose & poured by hand in their Eastern Market loft. 

 

ELDORADO GENERAL STORE | Lavender/sage bundle, $5 and hand-wrapped in their shop

Eldorado is a desert-inspired curation of vintage, handmade, and earthy goods in the heart of Corktown on Michigan Avenue. Stop in for cleansing smudge sticks like this lavender/sage one, crystals, local jewelry, rugs, clothing, and accessories. There is definitely something for everyone inside their dreamy golden corner store. 1700 Michigan Ave, 12-6pm

 

 BATH SAVVY | Eucalyptus mint bar soap, $7 at The Rust Belt

The softest, sweetest soaps by Bath Savvy are truly cleansing for your body AND mind. Scents like  this eucalyptus mint and bergamot black pepper combine bathing with aroma therapy- consider giving these soaps instead of a gimmicky spa day. Just kidding. We love spas, but this is way cheaper. 

 

CORBE CERAMICS & ANTHOLOGY COFFEE  | Dusty black cup, $28 online & Nansebo coffee, $15.95 at their store in Ponyride.

A duo that were meant for each other - Corbe ceramics and Anthology Coffee. Our friends at Corbe are truly skilled when it comes to their perfectly designed and executed ceramic wares. Pictured here is a wine cup those dually serves as a vessel for hot things. We paired it with a Detroit favorite, Anthology Coffee. Sustainable and carefully roasted in small batches (only 8 pounds at a time) in their quaint location inside of Ponyride. 

 

ELAINE B JEWELRY | Tillandsia holders, $28 online

Our brass coil air plant holders are a best-seller and look perfect hanging in a window sill or in a well lit corner. Next time you want to give a special person flowers, consider giving an air plant. We promise it takes a very dedicated person to kill one of these things. 

 

ELAINE B JEWELRY | Prisma Gem Necklace ($78 online) & Stone Studs ($78)

Here is a another quick moment of self-promotion. Our Prisma Gem necklaces are the perfect necklace for every day. It's versatile, light, edgy, and has a little flare but not too much. We'll be launching some gift sets at the end of the month, which will include the Prisma Gem as well as a variety of Stone Stud earrings (pictured above). These pieces are always available online, but stay tuned in for the release of our budget-friendly gift sets.

 

BON BON BON | Chocolates, $3 a piece (well worth it)

These 100% handmade in Detroit chocolates are one-of-a-kind and completely unforgettable. Who doesn't love chocolate, and who doesn't love amazingly fun packaging? The answer in nobody. Part of the Bon-fun is the mystery of which one of their culinary adventures you're about to take. Go on their website and track the flavor profile corresponding to your treat's number. Pictured here are #24 Strawberry Balsamic, #94 Zucchini Bread, & #43 Dark "Up". See all the flavors here. Shops located in both downtown Detroit and Hamtramck. 

 

DETROIT CARD CO. | Printed gift wrap, $10 at The Farmer's Hand and City Bird

Detroit Card Company offers a plethora of cute yet tasteful printed goods. Something for everyone, we chose this kraft gift wrap with geometric patterns because of its perfect fit inside the Elaine B Jewelry aesthetic!