Waited until the last minute to shop for the holidays? No problem! Shops have been opening around the city at a rapid pace, and carry a variety of stellar gifts. There are so many excellent places to shop for last-minute gifts in Detroit, the problem actually becomes where to go instead of what to buy. From pop-ups and niche boutiques to new stores and retail galleries, there is definitely something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
1249 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
If there are children on your list this season, Spielhaus Toys in a must. Find a curated collection of unique items that will quickly become cherished gifts at this neighborhood toy shop. From books and puzzles to old school classics such as slinkys and spirographs, this independent business has play for all ages covered. The pop-up was created by Chandra Moore of Cog Studios, who designed the space with kids in mind, and features conceptual components that allow imaginations to run wild. Bring the entire gang to browse while enjoying a special event. Story time, a puppet show, crafts, magic shows and musical entertainment are held on select dates. This location will be open during the 2013 holiday season.
Detroit Mercantile Co.
3434 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
Step inside for a shopping experience like no other. Detroit Mercantile stocks an interesting array of handmade, unique and vintage goods. This independent retail shop is run by Detroiters, and carries an extensive selection of well-known brands made exclusively in Detroit, as well as a ton of items that are made by artists and smaller local companies. And while you are most likely searching for holiday gifts for others, it is almost guaranteed that you will be leaving with an extra bag full of presents for yourself.
City Bird has an astounding number of cool gifts that recipients are guaranteed to love. Go down the list and find just about anything for anyone at City Bird and its decorative counterpart, Nest. City Bird is brimming with awesome local and regional goods such as clothing, artwork, jewelry, postcards and stationary while Nest carries housewares and decor for the home. Products carried in both shops are made by artists, including a unique line of Detroit-centric items which bear the City Bird logo.
Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit Artists Market is a retail gallery that exhibits work by talented and influential artists in the Detroit region. DAM holds openings, exhibitions and special events where artists mingle and discuss their work with guests and patrons. This unique setting provides a opportunity to shop for gifts that are perfect for art collectors or friends and family members who appreciate fine art. A variety of mediums are showcased for purchase including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and photographs.
4240 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
For the discerning man on your list, there is Hugh. This men’s boutique features classic gifts that every guy would want to own, including items for the bar, grooming accessories, cuff links, drinkware, flasks and timepieces. It’s actually fit for all males with refined taste, including your father-in-law, uncle, brother or beau. It’s also the place to stock up on decorative items that will make your husband feel like he lives in the house with you, instead of just dropping in for a visit. If shopping for presents for the male persuasion, be certain to stop here first, the person who receives the gift will be elated you did.
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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.