Metro Detroit Holiday Shopping Guide 2019

Our go-to list of the newest stores, best deals, and hot-ticket items

Holiday shopping can be one of the most stressful parts of the holidays – or it can be the best. Our Holiday Shopping Guide 2019 is up to date with the newest stores, best deals, and unique items to make your holiday gift giving easy, fun, and memorable.

Photograph courtesy of Hugh
The September popup Ecce Pomo captured the mid-century esthetic of Hugh.

Art & Home

Nine Furniture and Design 

Since moving from Colorado to metro Detroit in 2017, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas have been flipping homes and gaining fans. In September 2018, the couple opened Nine Furniture and Design, which sells vintage décor items and handmade furniture that draws inspiration from the Detroit area’s mid-century modern and Art Deco history. The shop offers reasonably priced trinkets, custom-made furniture, and full interior
design services as well. 22757 Woodward Ave., No. 110, Ferndale; 248-965-3603

Steele Angel 

Another Colorado import, this relaxed lifestyle brand recently made its Birmingham debut. Steele Angel offers a wide range of giftable products for men, women, and children spanning from gemstone jewelry and fragrant bath soaps and candles to motivational artwork and decorative glassware. You’ll likely leave with a votive or two for your own home as well. 150 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham;

Free Phoenix 

This gift shop is filled with bohemian home décor, jewelry, and unique trinkets, like a set of Chambongs — champagne bongs. From Dec. 11 to Dec. 24, Free Phoenix will extend its hours also offering 40% off select gifts, jewelry, and décor. You can visit the permanent brick-and-mortar space, shop online, or check out its booth during a Holiday Headquarters pop-up event at the Renaissance Center. 171 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-965-2914;


From personal accessories to glassware, this design and lifestyle store is stocked with a constantly rotating selection of beautiful mid-century modern pieces. This season, Hugh will host a selection of the store’s top-selling items from 2019 — timepieces by Braun, vintage art and design books, and ’80s post-modern design elements — and will have extended holiday hours between Dec. 22 and Dec. 24, to accommodate any last-minute gift shoppers. 171 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-965-2914;

Well Done Goods 

The flagship store of beloved Detroit-based tie brand Cyberoptix, Well Done Goods has recently expanded into the home and lifestyle market. It’s carrying new lines of pillows, aprons, mugs, and more from designers around the globe alongside its own line ofcCyberoptix handmade apparel, which now includes T-shirts, tanks, socks, and even baby clothes. Hours will be extended the entire week leading up to Chriscmas. 1440 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-404-2053;

Bow on Top
From thoughtful cards to glittering wrapping paper, these place will help make sure your gifts shine from the outside in.
Rock Paper Scissors
Photograph courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors: This fun stationery store offers gift-wrapping year-round. Pop in any day between Dec. 13 and Dec. 24 for its version of the “12 Days of Christmas,” featuring a different holiday deal each day until Christmas. 216 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-531-6264;

Catching Fireflies: This quirky gift store stocks an extensive collection of cards for every holiday – and other special occasions. 3117 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-336-2030;

Posite Atelier: Everything here from the cards to the candles is feminine, floral, and giftworthy. 1435 Farmer St., Ste. 120, Detroit;

Detroit Bikes
A B-Type from Detroit Bikes may be just the thing for the Type A on your shopping list. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit Bikes


Pages Bookshop

Though few and far between in metro Detroit, independent bookstores offer what Amazon and big-box stores can’t: charm. Pop into this cozy Grandmont Rosedale store for an intimate shopping experience — Pip, Pages’ house cat, will likely greet you at the door — and a selective curation of books from a variety of genres, including history, humor, poetry, and children’s literature. Typically closed on Sundays, Pages will keep its doors open seven days a week through December. 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-473-7342;

Detroit Bikes

With a 50,000-square-foot Detroit factory — the only large-scale bike frame factory in the country — Detroit Bikes designs and manufactures signature commuter bicycles made of high-strength U.S. chromoly steel. The comfy and versatile A-Type has gained a rep as the ultimate urban ride. The shops will offer deals from Dec. 16 through Dec. 31. Bikes will be 5%-15% off, and clothing and accessories will be 10% off. 1216 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-502-5883; 13639 Elmira St., Detroit; 313-646-4109;

Detroit Surf Co.

What started with a simple T-shirt expressing Detroit pride quickly grew into what’s now Detroit Surf Co. The company sells all kinds of boards — skateboards, standup paddleboards, and, yes, surfboards, all made entirely in Michigan. The company’s newest skateboard, hitting the market just in time for the holidays, will retail just under $100 Check the website for more deals. 4240 Cass Ave., No. 104, Detroit; 313-744-3727;

Flipside Records

Whether you’re shopping for a recent vinyl convert or an old-school album junkie, this is a great place to start. The eclectic shop is overflowing with new and used LPs, CDs, and cassettes along with electronics and retro collectibles like 1960s game Behind the 8 Ball. Not sure what to get? Ask store dogs Seamus and Mira. They probably won’t answer, but they might let you scratch their heads. Flipside will be open extra hours and will offer various holiday specials. 41 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-585-4090;

Paper Trail Books

If you’re looking for that 1985 reprint of Tom Sawyer you read in middle school, chances are you might find it among Paper Trail’s selection of over 20,000 used books. For lovers of contemporary — and especially local — literature, the shop carries the works of Detroit-based authors who have been published through local presses like Wayne State and Arcadia. Mention that you were directed to Paper Trail via Hour and you’ll also receive 20% off of your purchase. 414 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-677-4628;

Give Proudly
A Detroit souvenir is the perfect present for the lover of all things local 
For The Love of Maps
Photograph courtesy of For The Love of Maps

Rochester-based Etsy shop For the Love of Maps sells creative prints, including many celebrating various regions of the Mitten State. For the Love of Maps assorted art prints, $24, Helium Studio, 3127 S. Wayne Rd., Wayne; 734-725-3811;

Photograph courtesy of Nora

4 Detroit: Four Chefs. Four Courses. Four Seasons (Nora Modern, 2017) features recipes from the founding chefs at four of Detroit’s culinary heavyweights — Gold Cash Gold, Takoi, Supino, and Selden Standard. $46, Nora, 4240 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-4845;

Well Done Goods
Photograph courtesy of Well Done Goods

Looking for a unique way to proclaim Detroit pride? Each of Well Done Goods’ one-of-a-kind manhole items is hand-printed using the city’s actual manhole covers. Manhole Cover Women’s Cropped Pullover Hoodie, Detroit Tire Print, $49, Well Done Goods, 1440 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-404-2053;

Gateaux Patisserie
The raspberry-loaded Ispahan Cake is a favorite at Gateaux Patisserie. // Photograph courtesy of Gateaux Patisserie

Food & Drinks

Gateaux Patisserie

This family-owned Dearborn pastry shop — a classic French patisserie and tea room that bakes everything fresh on site — will offer exclusive creations for the holidays, like its Busche de Noel, traditional yule log cake, and Ispahan Cake, which is a larger version of the shop’s most popular pastry, layered with rose and cream cheese buttercream. Don’t miss their Parisian hot chocolate, made with Valrhona chocolate. Or take a shopping break with an afternoon tea service from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily. 1004 S. Military St., Dearborn; 313-930-1113;

Mrs. Mason’s Co.

Nutty, buttery, sweet, and salty, Mrs. Mason’s Luscious Temptation’s Premium Brittles are now available in two new flavors right in time for the holidays: Orang’ You Sweet and Dark Coffee Brittle. Mrs. Mason’s will also introduce new packages of bulk brittle, exclusive for the holiday season. Old favorites are back too, including the traditional holiday wrap — a golden box topped with a crimson bow — so beloved by customers. 619 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-660-0675;


With an extensive selection of gourmet dates, cookies, and fine chocolates, Bateel is a can’t-miss stop for the sweet-toothed foodie on your list. Its selection melds European culinary heritage with traditional Arabic flavors, all updated with a contemporary flair. Try the popular Christmas tree-shaped box or customizable Christmas boxes filled with
elegant dates and chocolates. 215 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-885-8006;

The Cheese Lady

With locations in Rochester, Farmington, and more, The Cheese Lady has been bringing metro Detroit a taste of Europe since 2011. For the holidays, they’re offering pairing packs of wine and cheese, in partnership with Rochester Wine. And if you don’t know your Appenzeller from your Cambozola, fear not. The Cheese Lady’s staff will happily make up a gourmet cheese tray or gift basket that’s sure to please. 33041 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-957-9581; 302 W. University Dr., Rochester; 248-413-5758;

Holiday Market

Once a small neighborhood butcher shop and specialty store, Holiday Market has grown over the years into a 60,000-square-foot store. It’ll be offering special deals for the season and 10% off select deli party trays until Dec. 31, 20% off all online grocery orders (excluding alcohol), and 15% off BBQ Smokehouse parties. Wine will also be discounted the week of and before Christmas. Holiday Market was named Best Gourmet Market and Best Place to Buy a Cake in Hour’s Best of Detroit 20181203 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-541-1414;

Shop The Bubbly
Decoding the difference between Maison and Grower Champagne 

Farm eggs, single-origin coffee, farm to table, heritage apples — these are just a few of the labels many of us seek out in the food we buy. They let us know that those products are direct from the source and specific to a certain quality that is related to terroir. It’s not new to want to know where our food comes from and what methods of farming produced it. If we’re so particular with what we eat, why would we not extend this interest to what we drink? With champagne, the labels Grower and Maison can help.

Grower or “farmer fizz,” unlike Maison or “house” champagne, is direct from the source of its birth. Having passed through fewer hands, we can experience the life of the grape, its relationship to terroir and farmer, the varying characteristics from its vintage and its vinification process. Much like albums from singer-songwriters, we get to experience the journey of the artist and what she is experiencing in her growth. Contrary to Grower, Maison champagne is much like today’s top 40, where the lyrics and musical compositions are pre-written, not by the artist, using a palatable formula that has been well received by the masses and duplicated from record label to record label. For Grower champagne, I highly recommend Pierre Gerbais, André Clouet, and Bruno Paillard, who are fairly accessible here. Another benefit of Grower champagne is the price point, which I’ve found to be more affordable, especially considering the quality. Lelañea Fulton

Good Neighbor
A portion of proceeds at Good Neighbor goes to charity. // Photograph courtesy of Good Neighbor

Clothing & Accessories

Ted Baker

The story goes that young Ted Baker came up with the idea to launch a specialty shirt shop while fishing in 1987. In the decades that have followed, Baker’s vision has expanded into an international fashion house — with a location that opened in Somerset this May — and is now one of the best places to find contemporary men’s and women’s clothing imbued with British sensibility. 2800 W Big Beaver Rd., Somerset North, Level 2, Troy; 248-530-9242;

Good Neighbor

Monroe native Carli Goltowski opened her downtown boutique in November 2018 aiming to bring stylish, reasonably priced clothes with a social conscience to metro Detroit. Good Neighbor’s featured brands practice mindful sourcing and ethical manufacturing, and a percentage of the proceeds goes to charity. The shop is rolling out new brands, including the wallet and everyday essentials maker Bellroy, Australian womenswear designer Elk, and athleticwear brand Girlfriend Collective. Stop by Dec. 5 for a holiday party featuring local men’s fashion influencer Ty Davis. 1435 Farmer St., Ste. 115, Detroit; 313-788-7800;

Petite Cabane

After walking runways in Milan, Paris, and London as a fashion model, Grosse Pointe native Carrie Martin returned home and set up shop in Birmingham. Her boutique, which opened this March, features a timeless selection of children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories inspired by her time abroad. For those overwhelmed by the store’s selection — it’s filled with European brands like Bonton and Petit Nord — Martin offers bespoke gifting and styling services to help you pull together a wardrobe to capture your little one’s unique personality. Petite Cabane will host a Christmas Storytime on Dec. 21. 205 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-792-7979;

Eldorado General Store

Eldorado General Store, in the heart of Corktown, offers rare vintage finds including men’s and women’s clothing, handmade accessories, worldly housewares, and found trinkets. Owner Erin Gavle, who pegs herself as a “creative mind” and “gypsy soul,” is the hand behind El Dorado’s carefully curated merchandise. Gavle tags each item with the era and location from which it was sourced to give customers a sense of the piece’s history — making a gift from here all the more special. 1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-784-9220;

Final Touches
From perfumes to polishes, compliment your fashion purchased with beauty goodies for the trendsetters on your list
Le Labo
Photograph courtesy of Le Labo
The Lip Bar

This vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics retailer sells more than just punchy-colored lipsticks. Its Fast Face kits — six products that are guaranteed to have your face flawless in seven minutes — are perfect for any time-pressed makeup lover. 1435 Farmer St., Ste. 122, Detroit; 313-506-9679;

Le Labo

Try the New York-based perfume brand’s newest scent, Baie 19, which is layered with notes of juniper berry, green leaves, patchouli, and a whiff of petrichor. 1434 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-816-5600;

Rugged Beauty

Nail color that’s environmentally friendly, free of harsh chemicals, and comes in dozens of pigmented shades? Count us in.

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