2019 Detroit Mom-Approved Holiday Gift Guide

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There’s something so incredible about shopping local and supporting businesses within our community. It’s something we’re extremely passionate about here at Detroit Mom. Buying local gives back to our community and I don’t know about you but that’s something I want to be a part of. For our Detroit Mom-Approved Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve made it super simple for you to shop. Majority of these businesses have the option to purchase online and ship anywhere. In honor of shopping small this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of local businesses we think are worth checking out. It’s safe to say that we’ve tried every single one of these businesses ourselves. Check them out!

Give a “zoonique” holiday gift that supports the animals at the Detroit Zoo  and life-saving animal rescues. You’ll get a supply of Vitamin Z as low as $56 and receive a FREE tiger plush toy.

Each membership gift includes:

• Daytime admission and parking at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center
• Discounts at Zoo gift shops
• Seasonal Members-only entrance and more

Three ways to purchase:
• Go to detroitzoo.org/membership
• Visit our onsite Membership Office
• Call (248) 541-5717 and press 3

The Detroit Drawstring is an urban utility backpack that smells like a new car because it nearly was. Made by U.S. Veterans and Detroiters on our team using leather upcycled from the production of new cars in the motor city.

This bag is designed and crafted in Detroit and made for every season. It comes with a maker tag so you know the name and story of the Detroiter or veteran who made your goods. Includes a waterproof exterior and interior zipper pocket.

Pingree Detroit is a worker-owned, social impact company founded in 2015 to create resiliency and living wage work for veterans and Detroiters and to create sustainable products that maximize well-being. Their team of Detroit makers handcraft bags, accessories and footwear, using high-quality leather reclaimed from the Detroit auto industry.

Each piece has character and purpose. Just like the people who make it. Right here, in Detroit.

Kendra, the owner of the The Blonde Mom is a Practical Fashion Stylist. Her services include but are not limited to closet audits, style sessions, styling parties, and personal shopping. The best part, she’s a budget-shopper by nature and will pass along all discounts. Your savings will far exceed the cost of services.

If you have that special someone in your life that would love this, grab a gift card. What better way to surprise the one you love!

Bee Waxed Cosmetics has served the Detroit Metro area for more than 30 years. As both mothers and lovers of skincare, sisters Sandy and Julie realized that many of their own skincare products were filled with ineffective toxins and chemicals. Sandy and Julie sought to develop alternatives for men and women of all ages that are made exclusively with all-natural, organic ingredients.

The Bee Waxed brand is anchored to three core principles: Integrity, Quality, and Excellence—the integrity of our ingredients, the quality of our products, and the excellence of our customer service. Our ingredients are carefully selected, researched, and designed for us by certified skincare scientists.

Madison Boutique is ready to help find fashions for moms that make you feel good! We’re located right in downtown Plymouth, always open online and travel for private parties.  We offer a full service styling and shopping experience to make sure you’re as trendy or timeless as you’d like to be. Come check us out, we’d love to meet you. 




Deck the halls with handcrafted art tile from Ann Arbor’s Motawi Tileworks. Pictured here is Perfect Tree, a holiday bestseller based on artist Charley Harper’s original design. This 6×6-inch art tile ($79) captures the thrill of finding a tree that makes the trudge through cold and snow worthwhile. Compatible with frames, easels and wall hanging, Motawi tiles make artisanal additions to holiday décor and are the perfect gift for art lovers. Motawi art tiles are available for purchase in the Motawi Tileworks gallery and online at www.motawi.com.

Little High Flyers brings organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade items for the metro Detroit kids. We believe you do not need to sacrifice the fun style to be socially conscious and we guarantee one of a kind gifts for your little one.

With a background in social work, Corina Baldwin, started this boutique in 2016 bringing the idea of social equality and environmental sustainability into fashion.

She has been creating a community around her store with free events and charity collaborations.

Supporting cancer research and always non-toxic and cruelty-free, The Lipstick Journey is a collection of creamy, decadent liquid lipsticks.

“Every woman’s life takes a different path; mother, daughter, sister, friend. I am all of these, plus I have cancer. This has been my journey for over 10 years, and the fight is real. I am a fighter.” Read Anna’s story here.

*Every purchase from our collection helps us donate and volunteer in the fight against Cancer.

Dutton Farms exists to change the world and inspire others to see all people with disabilities treated with equality, valued for who they are and given equal opportunity to achieve their dreams. 

Dutton Farms Market creates high-quality, natural products created by one of their employees and personalized with their signature. Every purchase helps empower and employ adults with special needs. 



Healthy Roots Dolls is a toy company that creates products that empower young girls. Our first line of dolls are all about curl power and teaching girls how to love their curls through hair play.

Zoe’s hair is a unique fiber full of curl power that can be styled with hair care products like real hair.

Zoe is back in our Limited Edition My Black Is Beautiful Bundle which includes our Zoe doll, MBIB Curl Care Kit with five full size products and a MBIB Kids Shirt.

Our mission is to teach girls girls to love themselves just the way they are.

Wild Little Fawns is fit for the organic, vintage, and whimsical lifestyle of modern parents and their children. Sizes available are children NB-7 and Women XS-XL.

Natralicious is a company on a mission to eliminate the frustration, time and expense you have with your hair by creating easy-to-use products that turn your #WashDaystoWashMinutes.

Wondering what products to buy? Figure out your hair type here.


Rebel Nell exists to provide employment and transitional opportunities for women living in shelters by creating one of a kind jewelry using fallen street art. Each unique piece is a testament to the woman who made it, and is a reminder that you are one of no other kind.

Kimberly Wyman is a social entrepreneur and #1 best selling author + illustrator of children’s books. Her books are driven by impact not, not profits. Her goal is to equip young people with the 4 super powers needed to be a global citizen in an everyday global world. All goods to make the books are ethically sourced and purchased with respect for people and the environment. From eco-friendly inks, post consumer recycled sticks, to planting trees and supporting reforestation.

Goldfish Swim School is the premier learn-to-swim facility for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. We use our proven, confidence-building curriculum to promote a love of swimming and teach your children to be safer in and around the water. With seven metro Detroit locations (Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Canton, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Macomb & Rochester), they’ve got you covered.

This holiday season, skip the usual presents and gift a Golden Experience that will last a lifetime. Goldfish Swim School is offering gift certificates and Holiday Gift Packages for the special swimmer in your life.

Detroit Mom discount: receive $10 off the holiday package at Farmington Hills, Macomb, Canton and Rochester using code: holidaydmb

Gift packages are available now – reserve yours today!

Welcome to Little Pops Bow Shop!  Our shop is a place to find handcrafted accessories for all of your little ones. We specialize in fabric bows, headbands, and bow ties and we are continually adding new prints, colors, and styles to our classic styles throughout the year. After struggling to find high quality, beautiful, and affordable bows for our girls, we decided to make our own – and our shop was born! We feel so much joy and happiness through creating our products and we love seeing them on our kids and yours! We hope you (and your little ones) love them too!

The women behind Karalyn Street love creating jewelry that is effortless, versatile and unique. Their lariats and wrap bracelets have no clasps making it simple to throw on. You can style them to be worn casually with a sweatshirt, to work with a blazer, or on special occasions with your favorite dress.

Good Cakes and Bakes provides quality baked goods that are wholesome and organic in nature; and to provide our baked goods in an environment that is positive, creative, educational and friendly to our employees and our community.

Their goal is to provide the most natural and freshest ingredients; and our pledge to our customers is to use organic and locally grown produce when available.

Modern Natural Baby is a brick and mortar store in Ferndale, Michigan just north of Detroit. We can complete your entire baby registry for your modern natural baby including cloth diapers, baby carriers, wooden toys, strollers, clothing, high chairs, car seats, furniture and so much more.

Simple. Classic. Chic.

Kiloh + Co. is a small batch online shop focused on all things simple + meaningful based out of Michigan.

Natural Red was started by Karen Guilmette, a single mom of five, who was searching for products that were all-natural, worked well, and could fit into her budget. After a fruitless search, she decided to research, experiment, and make products for her family that met those criteria. After her divorce, motivated by her need for income, she realized that other moms were also searching for products for their families like the ones that she made for hers. So, she started Natural Red, and began offering personal and family care products that are safe, effective, and affordable.

Wyatt the Fox is a friendly little fox! He loves to learn and play! What makes “The Adventures of Wyatt” children book series unique, is that each book has an informational section as well as interactive activities. It’s the perfect combination of learning and fun! “The Adventures of Wyatt” series incorporates SIGHT words that are STEM and Core aligned.


Fashion is a trend, style is eternal. At Ferne Boutique, we carefully select clothing to help women dress with confidence. Whether it is a little black dress for a night on the town or a casual tunic and jeans, we want our customers to have access to unique styles that make them feel beautiful. Providing exceptional customer experiences is our main goal. We want everyone to be a repeat customer!

Mend on the Move is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise serving Metro Detroit that empowers and employs women survivors of abuse through jewelry making.  Our workers take pride in seeing their creations being admired and sold retail.  In selling and promoting our products, we strive to increase awareness of the injustices that silence and hold captive the women we serve. We currently travel to our workers and set up shop where they live while they are in recovery But to serve our women more efficiently, we are raising funds for a mobile studio with dual purpose as a creation station and a retail space.

Better Life Bags is a missional business located in Hamtramck, MI. We hire women from our community to make our custom leather and fabric handbags and accessories. The Alicia bag is a popular everyday bag. This particular one is designed with all leather, but each bag can be customized and designed by the customer on our interactive website. You pick the leather colors, the hardware finish, and any fabric accents to represent you and our talented locally hired women will make it for you!

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