How many times have you struggled during the Christmas season to hurry up and buy all of the gifts on your list and found yourself confronted with long lines, jacked-up prices and many items already sold out? Probably one Christmas too many. Well, in Detroit, there are a number of great shopping areas and awesome places for you get your shopping done early and, just-as-importantly, cheaply. Don’t wait until the last minute and get yourself stuck with I.O.U.s or a massive bill. This year, make it count and get the peace of mind of an early shopping job well done, so you can worry about everything else on your mind this Christmas!
Lakeside Mall
14000 Lakeside Circle
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 247-1590 mall is the original suburban Detroit shopping oasis! For decades, metro Detroiters have headed out into Sterling Heights in Macomb County to visit the Lakeside Mall, one of the largest and most convenient malls within the tri-county area. Lakeside Mall is a little more low-key, without many of the high-end shopping options that can allow stores to ramp up their prices. If you’re looking for a more affordable mall with plenty of good options to choose from, then Lakeside is your best option!

Somerset Collection
2800 W Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 643-6360
www.thesomersetcollection.comIf it is more of the high-end style that you’re looking for, then the Somerset Collection in Troy is right up your alley. You know it’s fancy when they don’t even call themselves a mall, but rather, a “collection.” But Somerset deserves its luxury reputation. High-end consumers come from far away to shop at their top-tier stores and find nothing but the best of the best when it comes to this year’s Christmas presents for their families and friends. If you have someone on your list who likes “the good stuff,” do yourself a favor and make your way to Somerset Collection, and fast!

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
4000 Baldwin Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 454-5000
www.greatlakescrossingoutlets.comIf you’re on the north end of Metro Detroit, or find your way out to Auburn Hills this Christmas shopping season, then the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets are a fantastic place for you to stop and get some of your holiday shopping done this year. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is a relatively new mall in terms of style and design, but there are a massive number of stores here to choose from. If you have a large family or an eclectic one with some wide-ranging tastes, then Great Lakes Crossing Outlets will have the stores you need to get all of your shopping done in one place, at one time!

Related: Best Craft Beer Shops In Detroit

The Twelve Oaks Shopping Mall; Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Twelve Oaks Mall
27500 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377
(248) 348-9400
www.shoptwelveoaks.comAnother upscale option in the metro Detroit area, Twelve Oaks Mall has over 180 stores for you to choose from with some of the top-notch items you’ll need for your family this year. Whether it is clothing or specialty items, Twelve Oaks Mall has it all. There’s also plenty of the big department stores as well, in case you want to do a little shopping for those people on your list who want something a little more “easy” to get. Located right off of a major freeway, this mall is quite simple to get to, so even if you’re not from the area, it’s a breeze to find.

The Somerset CityLoft Collection; Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Somerset CityLoft Detroit
660 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48212
(248) 643-6360 year for the past few years, the organizers at the very popular Somerset Collection in Troy have been opening up a pop-up mall in downtown Detroit known as the Somerset CityLoft, and each year, it gets better and better! Fans of the Somerset Collection love reliving Detroit’s storied history and doing their big name shopping in the First National Building in downtown Detroit, just like their parents and grandparents used to shop at Hudsons when it ran the Motor City.

Related:  Best Lunch Spots Near Detroit’s Jury Duty

Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at