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The 2017 Eater Detroit Holiday Gift Guide

Must-have items for the food-obsessed

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Still hunting for that right gift for a loved one? Looking for the perfect item for a friend or a coworker? Don’t get strung out on the stress of gift giving. Use Eater Detroit’s 2017 holiday gift guide help check a few boxes off on this year’s list. Below find items curated by Eater editors from candles to graphic posters and sweet treats from some of Detroit’s best restaurants, bars, and shops. The gifts are designed to suit all types budgets. Even better: Many of them are available online for easy ordering and delivery.

For even more great ideas, head over to Eater’s national list, as well as Detroit’s 2016, 2015, and 2014 guides. Don’t wait a another minute. Here’s a guide to gifting inspired by the best of edible Detroit.


Supino Pizzeria Print

Tucked away on Division Street in Eastern Market, local print shop Signal-Return is producing some amazing art by local makers. It’s not only an excellent spot to find a greeting card, but also the perfect place to shop for colorful wall decorations. Among the posters are a few restaurant-inspired pieces such as this Joel Grothaus’ letterpress print, Saturn Devouring His Slice.

Price: $25, other prints vary


Our/Detroit Vodka Tea Infusion Kit

Vodka distillery and tasting room Our/Detroit offers plenty of spirits in clear, gift-sized bottles, but fans can also spruce up their cocktails this year with an assortment of oh-so-trendy tea infusions. The packets come in flavors like earl grey and gin spice, as well as oak and citrus.

Price: $23.49


Sha La Cynt’s Popcorn

Sha La Cynt’s Popcorn Co. founder Cynthia Davis has taken home recipes for healthy snacks to markets and grocery store shelves throughout metro Detroit. Each package is made with non-GMO corn and is gluten-free. While flavors like sea salt and chocolate and chocolate caramel crunch are pitch perfect stocking stuffers, don’t overlook The Detroit Mix — made with dill weed, vinegar powder, nutritional yeast, and pink Himalayan sea salt.

Price: $5


Kaleidoscope Drinking Chocolate

Chocolatier Avida Johnson traveled the world learning about cocoa before returning to her hometown of Detroit. She’s now building a brand around her passion for chocolate. That business — Kaleidoscope — focuses on high-quality drinking chocolate in flavors like chai and chocolate-peanut butter. The chocolate works well as a mix-in for rice milk, water, coffee, and even oatmeal.

Price: $15


Shatila Bakery Baklava

Dearborn’s Middle Eastern pastry oasis Shatila Bakery is known for its phenomenal baklava, which comes in a variety of styles and flavors. The company also happens to run a popular mail order business that comes in handy around the holidays. The gift boxes come in half and full sizes. If baklava isn’t tempting, the online shop also offers tempting sweets such as pints of pistachio ice cream and cheesy knafeh.

Price: Starting at $22


House of Pure Vin Wine and Gear

Wine drinkers can will find plenty of ideas at downtown retail shop House of Pure Vin. For the holidays, the store is offering bottle sets of cabernet, champagne, and bordeaux. Each box comes with tasting notes, so the recipient can learn a little as they drink. Pure Vin also sells nifty gear such as a silicone bag that collapses when its not in use and extends to fit a single bottle of wine.

Price: Gift boxes start at $99, Wine bag is $6 (in-store purchase only)


4 Detroit: Four Chefs. Four Courses. Four Seasons

Published by Midtown shop Nora Modern, 4 Detroit: Four Chefs. Four Courses. Four Seasons features a collection of recipes by chefs Josh Stockton (formerly Gold Cash Gold), Brad Greenhill (Takoi), Dave Mancini (Supino Pizzeria), and Andy Hollyday (Selden Standard) with photos by photographer/restaurateur Joe Vaughn. Readers will find recipes for restaurant mainstays like Takoi’s Som Tum Thai (spicy green papaya salad), tucked between Detroit dining recommendations and other anecdotes.

Price: $46


Detroit Rose Candles and Accessories

From The Apparatus Room to Lady of the House, Detroit Rose’s candles were everywhere this year. Each candle is made with long-lasting vegan soy wax and cotton wicks in scents like mistletoe, pine, and tobacco-bay leaf. To purchase Lady of the House’s signature scent “Lady” (sandalwood, oakmoss, amber) head over to the restaurant.

Price: $24


American Coney Island in a Box

Former Detroiters can get that old-school coney island diner flavor shipped right to their doorstep thanks to the American Coney Island coney kit. These patriotic boxes come with all the ingredients to assemble one’s very own sausage party including the famous chili, natural casing Dearborn hot dogs, yellow onion, and even a paper hat.

Price: Starting at $40


Gus & Grey Preserves

Several years in, Gus & Grey founder Tara Grey’s preserves business is booming. These days, her jams, jellies, and marmalades can be found on a variety of restaurant menus including Stache International (where her husband is a co-owner) and Avalon’s Cafe & Biscuit Bar in New Center. Special for the holidays, Gus & Grey is offering options such as Mistletoe Madness (cranberry-cinnamon jam) and the black-as-coal Naughty & Nice (a charcoal lemon marmalade).

Price: Starting at $8


Detroit Coney Dog Shirt

Coney-obsessives can rep Detroit while showing off their adoration for the city’s gift to the hot dog compendium with this coney dog shirt designed and printed by City Bird in Midtown. The tee is printed on a soft grey cotton material for extra comfort and plenty of stretch.

Price: $24


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