Take a break from the Chrismahanukwanzakah shopping rush this year and give the gift of Detroit with a mix of hyper-local edibles and related products. All the gifts on this list can be purchased in the metro area or online. That means you can literally sit in your underwear and shop for the beer lover, caffeine freak, and chocolate addict in your life. There's even a kosher item or two.
Each gift comes with an official Eater stamp of approval, meaning we've personally curated and tested all of these items to make sure their quality is top notch. Still not seeing a good fit? The national guide has a full list of suggestions from across the Eater universe.
Bon Bon Bon Gift Box
Based in Hamtramck, former agricultural economist Alexandra Clark creates mind-blowingly delicious confections. Not only is the packaging delightful (Clark recently received honorable mention for design in the Martha Stewart American Made competition), but the bon bons contained within these practically indestructible boxes are something worth savoring. Clark's treats come in flavors like Fresh Raspberry and Paczki. See the full list and descriptions here.
Where to purchase: Bon Bon Bon
This crate is curated with love by native Michiganders using products from the Mitten. The company selects between four and six edible items and ships them out in monthly installments. While one never can be sure what they'll get, you can bet it will taste delicious.
Price: $99 holiday special includes a 3-month subscription with shipping included. Orders on or before December 1 will ship by December 15.
Where to purchase: Mitten Crate
McClure's Pickle and Bloody Mary Mix Pack
Nothing says Detroit quite like dill pickles, and McClure's puts this city on the map. A staple item in chef fridges the world over, these gherkins come in garlic dill, spicy, and sweet and spicy. They also make a great garnish for bloody marys.
Price: $38 for four jars
Where to purchase: McClure's Pickles
McClary Bros. Drinking Vinegar
Handcrafted with seasonal ingredients, McClary Bros. drinking vinegars are a throw back to a different age. Seasonal flavors like beet and carrot or apple pie create delightful not-too-sweet shrubs. They also pair well with soda water for a virgin treat.
Price: $45 for a three-pack (choice of flavors)
Where to purchase: McClary Bros.
Chazzano Coffee Gift Box
Rated Best Coffee Shop in Detroit four years in a row, Chazzano's pleasant café allows guests to explore different coffee techniques and flavors. The roasting happens right in the store, which means everything is fresh and the company keeps kosher. Each gift box contains an assortment of coffee-related items, from French presses to mugs. Every option is paired with fresh roasted coffee.
Price: Starting at $60
Where to purchase: Chazzano Coffee
Joseph Wesley Black Tea
Joe Uhl of Joseph Wesley Black Tea got his start as an attorney, until a trip to Malaysia in the early 1990s sparked his passion for loose tea. In 2013, Uhl decided to make the passion into a full-time business. Operating from the city's East Side, Uhl creates hand-harvested tea blends in several different styles.
Where to purchase: Joseph Wesley
Woodward Throwbacks Beer Carrier
Capturing the grit and resilience of Detroit through reclaimed materials, Woodward Throwbacks creates gorgeous clever beer holders that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Each holder has space for a 6-pack of standard sized bottles. A bottle opener is attached for easy access. While some are decorated with recycled license plates, the company also offers plain models at Eastern Market.
Where to purchase: Woodward Throwbacks