45 Presents With Personality

Make the people on your ‘nice’ list extra happy by doing a little typecast shopping. Following is some retail inspiration for five familiar characters
fashionista gifts
Styling by Aleene Jinn Hang


noun. A devoted follower of fashion.

Fashionista shopping: Linda Dresner, Birmingham; Calvin Klein, Clinton Township

1 Red Sea pressed-powder compact by Estée Lauder, $45, at area Estée Lauder counters; esteelauder.com.

2 Bow-embellished red-leather gloves, $125, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023.

3 Classic Noel  rain hat, $125, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023.

4 18-karat white gold and diamond cocktail watch, $70,000, at Tiffany & Co., Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-2800.

5 Silk camisole by Huit, $95, at Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham; 248-642-2555.

6 The Story of the Supremes, by Daryl Easlea (Harry N. Abrams Inc.), $19.95, through area booksellers.

7 Italian-made Brioni cashmere scarf, brown with stripes, $395, Carl Sterr Haberdasher, Birmingham; 248-645-6675.

8 Alford & Hoff Shave Performance Cream, $32, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300.

9 Leather handbag by Yves Saint Laurent, $1,195; ysl.com.

connoisseur gifts


noun. A person with informed and astute discrimination, especially concerning the arts or matters of taste.

Connoisseur shopping:  John King Books, DIA Museum Shop, both in Detroit

1 Selsi red opera glasses with handle, $80, at the Detroit Opera House Boutique, Detroit; 313-961-3500; motopera.org.

2 Warre’s Otima 10-year-old Tawny Port aged in oak, about $29.99, at  Merchant’s Fine Wine, Dearborn; 313-563-8700.

3 William Henry Persian knife with mother-of-pearl handle and Damascus blade set with citrines, $990, from Marella & Co. Fine Jewels, Royal Oak; 248-549-9100.

4 Acetaia del Cristo Tradizion-ale Balsamic Extra Vecchio (vinegar) aged in cherry wood, $275, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor; 734-663-3354.

5 Motown 50th anniversary boxed set, The Complete #1s, 10-discs packaged in an imitation of the Hitsville, USA headquarters in Detroit, $139, available Dec. 9 at area CD retailers.

6 German-made wind-up musical/moving head Steiff collectible stuffed hedgehog (with certificate of authenticity), $250, at Adventures in Toys, Birmingham; 248-646-5550.

7 Semi-abstract sculptural Girard Dolls designed by Alexander Girard to represent fantasy, imagination, humor, and love, $150 each, Design Within Reach, Birmingham; 248-593-9640.

8 Camacho Bag of signature-blend cigars, $239.95, at J-R Cigar, Southfield; 248-357-2340.

9 Robert Talbott silk bow tie, $68, at the Claymore Shop, Birmingham; 248-642-7755.

homebody gifts


noun. A person who likes to stay at home.

Homebody shopping: Art Loft Gallery, Root & Sprout, both in Birmingham.

1 Claude Dozorme French pizza knife and fork, $87.50, at Lee’s Specialty, Bloomfield Hills; 248-737-6060.

2 Giraffe measuring spoons, $28, at Anthropologie, Birmingham; 248-593-5653, and Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-458-1976.

3 Modern-twist silk-screened silicone placemats, $20, at Goldner Walsh Garden & Home, Pontiac; 248-332-6430.

4 The Chef’s Planning Kit, $21, through knockknock.biz, other Knock Knock kits at Write Impressions, Royal Oak; 248-541-8921.

5 Sunny side and Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar, $5.65/bar, at Lush, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-458-1690.

6 FrancisFrancis X1 Trio Espresso Machine designed by Italian architect Luca Trazzi (in six colors), $899.95, at Sur la Table, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township; 586-226-1452.

7 Be Sweet South African hand-spun baby mohair ($30) with Lantern Moon rosewood needles ($22), from Ewe-Nique Knits, Royal Oak; 248-584-3001.

8 Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites, by Giada de Laurentiis, (Clarkson Potter/Publishers), $32.50, at area Borders Books and Music stores; borders.com.

9 Luxury Plush Throw (available in four colors), $49, Restoration Hardware, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-614-6984

enthusiast gifts


noun.  a person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject.

Enthusiast shopping: REI, area stores, Lucy, Birmingham.

1 Ernst Benz Great Circle ChronoDiver watch with exhibition sapphire crystal back, water resistant up to 200 meters, $5,200, at Universal Watch, Birmingham; 248-723-5550.

2 2009 Louis Vuitton City Guides, $38 each, at Louis Vuitton, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-8930.

3 New Balance Luggage Pack sneaker (designed to resemble high-end suitcases), $200, at Burn Rubber, Royal Oak; 248-543-3000.

4 Boeri Tactic ski/snowboard helmet with built-in video camera and microphone, $599, Don Thomas Sporthaus, Birmingham; 248-220-1999.

5 Arbor A-Frame snowboard, $600, at Moosejaw, four metro Detroit locations plus Ann Arbor and East Lansing; moosejaw.com.

6 Hammerhead aluminum-frame sled with patented steering and interchangeable skis, $399, Don Thomas Sporthaus, 690 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham; 248-220-1999.

7 Fitness workout bag, by Puma, $50, at Puma, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-614-4724.

8 Remote-control boot heaters (keeps toes warm for up to 18 hours), $379,  Don Thomas Sporthaus, Birmingham; 248-220-1999.

9 Sigg aluminum water bottles in various colors and sizes, $19.99-$24, at Moosejaw, four metro Detroit locations plus Ann Arbor and East Lansing; moosejaw.com.

hipster gifts


noun. One who is aware of or in accordance with advanced tastes and attitudes.

Hipster shopping: Bureau of Urban Living, Pure Detroit, both in Detroit.

1 Deer pressed-wood laminate French tray, $65, at Shine, Royal Oak; 248-414-5277.

2 Vanity Fair Portraits, by Graydon Carter and the editors of Vanity Fair, (Harry N. Abrams Inc.), $65, at area booksellers.

3 Chrome Transport “Metropolis” messenger bag, $160, at Great Lakes Cycling & Fitness, Ann Arbor; 734-668-6484.

4 Ikimono 110-film mini camera, $20, at Naka, Ferndale; 248- 582-9113.

5 Crosley AV Room Portable USB Turntable (converts vinyl to digital), $160, at area Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters.com.

6 Teal Members Only jacket, $122, at Caruso Caruso, Birmingham; 248-645-5151.

7 Tank top by Alternative, $31, at Caruso Caruso, Birmingham; 248-645-5151.

8 Schwinn Madison fixed-gear bicycle, $600, at Cycleworks, Clawson; 248-435-4200.

9 Italian Coffé Mokarabia 100-percent Arabica whole beans, $11.99, Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414.