The Nature of Giving

Careful craftsmanship can turn precious metal, found objects, or raw materials into thoughtful holiday gifts


Magnifying glass, $23, Sideways, Plymouth; 734-453-8312;

Emmerson reclaimed wood table (used throughout as backdrop), $400, West Elm, Birmingham; 248-593-8200;


Framed Gwen Frostic print, $20, and Arrow collar necklace, $65, both at City Bird, Detroit; 313-831-9146;

Shinola Brakeman Chronograph 40mm watch, $775, Shinola, Detroit; 313-285-2390;

Leather box, $35, The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500 

Pura Lopez ankle boots, $445, Capricious, Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-458-8719;

Tokyomilk candle, $12, and Tibet necklace, $74, both at Saffron, Royal Oak; 248-541-8000

Leather notebook, $28, Scout, Royal Oak; 248-548-1065

Hilary Radley bag, $125, Frida, Detroit; 313-559-5500

Insect ring, $50, and globes, $8/each, at Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak; 248-397-8985; 

Zuny squirrel bookend, $43, Woodward & Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-2848;


Z Ballerini Detroit “Capac” bag, $395,

Peninsulas notebook, $10,

Wildsam Field Guide: Detroit, $18, Complex, Birmingham; 248-792-2495

Wooden pencil, $1, Nest, Detroit; 313-831-9776;


Michigan whiskey stones, $18/set of six, Hugh, Detroit; 313-831-4844;

Paperplates Press “Rate Your Cheese” coasters, $14, Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor; 734-531-6264;

Stone vodka shooter set, $39.95, Sideways, Plymouth; 734-453-8312; 

Shiraleah cheese knife set, $36, Bed & Butter, Ann Arbor; 734-436-8905; 

The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen, $35, Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor; 734-531-6264;

Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese board, $40, Lark & Co., Birmingham; 248-723-9833;

Ring (in bowl), $104, Saffron, Royal Oak; 248-541-8000

Pinch bowl, $3, West Elm, Birmingham; 248-593-8200;


DetroitWick candle, $65, Complex, Birmingham

Gold tray, $125, and vintage key bottle opener, $12, Serafina salad servers, $48, all at Bed & Butter, Ann Arbor; 734-436-8905; 

Izola cocktail shaker, $37, Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak; 248-397-8985;

Kikkerland folding wire basket, $20, and Caliber Steel cuff links (from melted-down weapons), $250, both at The Museum Shop at the DIA, Detroit; 313-833-7948; 

Miu Miu shoe, $755, Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212; 

Aarne martini glasses, $60/set of two, Hugh, Detroit; 313-831-4844;

Metal burst decorative object, $48, Scout, Royal Oak; 248-548-1065

Trivets, $10-$11, Sideways, Plymouth; 734-453-8312;

Twig handle spoon, $6, Lark & Co., Birmingham; 248-723-9833; 

Elizabeth and James phone wallet, $195, Capricious, Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-458-8719; 

Mary Jurek branch bowl, $220, Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300;


Teapot, $30, cream pitcher, $19, teacup, $8, and tea plate, $3, all at Sideways, Plymouth; 734-453-8312; 

Alchemy Detroit cashmere scarf, $350, Lolaryan, Plymouth; 734-453-3360; 

Library of Flowers Arboretum handcreme, $24, and Saikai Japan ceramic keys, $40/set of five, Nest, Detroit; 313-831-9776; 

Hakusan Freebowl, $17, Nora, Detroit; 313-831-4845;

Illume soap, $12, Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor; 734-531-6264;

Fedora parfum, $46, Scout, Royal Oak; 248-548-1065

Butter London nail polish, $15 each, Saffron, Royal Oak; 248-541-8000

Flying Bird Botanicals tea, $12, Bed & Butter, Ann Arbor; 734-436-8905;


Auskin wool pillow, $45, and Archival Décor nest pillow, $129, Bright Ideas, Royal Oak; 248-541-9940; 

Tooth Fairy mouse, $22, Bed & Butter, Ann Arbor; 734-436-8905; 

Kenyan Giraffe Knitter Critter (from Kenya), $35, The Museum Shop at the DIA, Detroit; 313-833-7948;


Arrow ornaments, $8 each, Saffron, Royal Oak; 248-541-8000

Shwood sunglasses, $325, Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-9000; 

Juliska twig placemat, $18, Bed & Butter, Ann Arbor; 734-436-8905;

Megan Park clutch, $395, Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212; 

Slingshot, $26, and colored pencils, $13, Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak; 248-397-8985; 

Baxter silvertip badger shave brush, $90, D.R. Harris Arlington shave soap wooden bowl, $45, both at Hugh, Detroit; 313-831-4844; 

Spitfire Girl flask and shot glass set, $68, The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500.

Cutting board, $34, West Elm, Birmingham; 248-593-8200; 

Compass, $24, Scout, Royal Oak; 248-548-1065 

Wooden cars, $7-$36, Nest, Detroit; 313-831-9776; 

Vanilla extract, $13, Lark & Co., Birmingham; 248-723-9833; 

Heather Benjamin “gazelle” necklace, $350, Woodward & Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-2848;

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