There’s something so incredible about shopping local and supporting businesses within our community, especially when it comes to looking for a holiday gift. 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. The majority of these businesses have the option to purchase online and ship your holiday gift 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!
Stemville is a play center for school-aged children with endless STEM activities and materials. It is our hope that Stemville will stimulate the minds of all the children who visit so they too can imagine, explore, design, and create! With the holiday gift of a monthly membership, you can enjoy unlimited visits, bi-monthly STEM patch activities, no fees for additional adults, private party discounts, and a monthly buddy pass. E-gift cards are available on our website and traditional gift cards available in store.
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 $105. Plus, get a free wolf plush!
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 on-site Membership Office
• Call (248) 541-5717 and press 3
Modern Natural Baby is a 5,000-square-foot brick and mortar store in Downtown Ferndale 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. Currently, we are only open for online shipping and curbside pickup.
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.
Meet Zoe! Zoe is the first Healthy Roots Doll and she is far from average. The Zoe doll’s hair is specially-designed with curl power that allows it to be washed and styled in any way you can think of. Kids can use real products and try out countless styles from puffs to box braids! Zoe learned to love her hair after she did the big chop with her mom. Together, they learned step-by-step how to love every single one of her curls. Now she’s here to help other girls learn to love their curls! Sized at 18” in height, Zoe is the perfect companion with hair that is bigger than life.
Their mission is to teach girls girls to love themselves just the way they are.
This holiday gift is now in Target!
“A book with a message that could influence a generation!” Grow LOVE is a children’s book that is needed now more than ever. Said to be “a book blessing,” Grow LOVE spreads the message of giving love away to keep it growing. Kimberly’s goal is to equip young people with the four super powers needed to be a global citizen in an everyday global world. Her books are driven by impact, not profit and are ethically sourced and produced with respect for people and the environment. Kimberly is also the author of “You are my baby. I am your mommy.” lovingly referred to as “the Baby Mommy book” by thousands of adoptive families.
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.
Over the Moon Sleep Consulting takes the guess work out of teaching your child to sleep. We work with newborns up to 6 year olds. We teach you sleep science, create a daily schedule, evaluate baby’s nursery, identify sleep props and provide daily 1:1 support. We guide you every step of the way and use methods based on sleep science. No tricks. No gimmicks. Just sleep.
Think gift cards for that mom in your life that needs a really good nights sleep!
FASHION + ACCESSORIES
Good Neighbor believes that clothes made by people who are valued, rewarded, and empowered are good for everyone. So, we carry brands whose beliefs we dig and we support local labels who are making the world a more compassionate and inclusive place for all of us. We hope you find something here you like and that you come back soon.
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!
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 a special someone in your life who would love this as a holiday gift, grab a gift card! What better way to surprise the one you love?
Soul Studio, a division of Friendship Circle, is a studio art program for adults with special needs that responds to each participant’s unique physical and cognitive conditions.
Their goal is to encourage the creative growth of artists who attend Soul Studio by helping to shape individualized paths to success in the world. The Holiday Market has an incredible selection of artwork from these special individuals.
This Detroit Skyline Apple Watch Band is just one example of the art for sale.
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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ATD Medspa is about people. Amazing people. And aging, acne and other skin conditions can stop you from feeling like your most amazing self. At ATD Medspa, they revere natural beauty and their job is to build on it using science and technology to help you put your best face forward.
24Luxe Beauty Bar is your one-stop shop for all things beauty in Downriver, Michigan!
Our two most popular services for the women in your life this holiday season are definitely our Professional Teeth Whitening and our customized Hydrafacials! Now that we aren’t wearing masks as much, it’s time to focus on teeth and skin!
Our Professional Teeth Whitening whitens and brightens your smile up to eight shades in under one hour with a formula that is made with natural ingredients, pain and sensitivity free, and enamel-safe!
The custom Hydrafacials are medical-grade facials that cleanse, extract, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin with no downtime! This is THE best facial on the market and your skin will be deep cleansed, hydrated, and glowing like you’ve never seen before!
Elle Jae Essentials was born in 2017 to provide clean beauty products for women that are safe, effective, and make women feel good! I have an array of scars on my body from having both Crohn’s Disease and eczema. What I was made to believe were embarrassing imperfections, I have chosen to embrace. I want every single woman to have this energy!
The Lipstick Journey was born out of Anna’s own Journey with cancer. She wanted to create a beautiful product and give back to cancer organizations and cancer thrivers like herself, through donating partial proceeds and her buy one/give one program. Each moisturizing lipstick is named after a mood or emotion she felt through her cancer journey.
Candle Connoisseur, Allison, started Applewood Candle Co. because the candles she was purchasing and burning in her home were making her pup sick. If a candle was doing this to her dog, what was it doing to her and the rest of her family?
Applewood Candles are clean-burning candles made from 100% soy wax, crackling wooden wicks, and fragrances free of phthalates and parabens. Allison uses unique vessels and high-end, luxury scent blends to create a line of safe, pure home fragrance items, including candles, room sprays, giftsets, and a quarterly candle subscription, the Candle Club!
In addition to RA Event Design, Ryan launched Curated (The Collection) which has two categories: Gifting and Hosting.
The Gifting category offers boxes with a hand-selected collection of items that celebrate small businesses, their products, and the recipient themselves. Each item is carefully selected to make the receiver feel loved and special.
The Hosting category provides you with everything you need to host intimate dinners and in-home events. From linens to glassware, each piece is styled to fit seamlessly together for one beautiful themed look. We have partnered with a collective of businesses to produce a customized tablescape for entertaining and social gatherings. Curated not only gives you the tools and products, but also a guide and instructions for an easy setup and celebration.
Lettering by Kenisha offers calligraphy services for events and wedding showers, as well as home decor, greeting cards, decals, an array of tangible items, digital files, and logos. By day, you will find Kenisha trying to dismantle the disparities of black and brown youth in the child welfare system here in Michigan and teaching others lessons toward becoming anti-racist. By night, she is crafting and creating to help others and make them things to bring them joy! Orders may be placed through Etsy, FB Messenger, or Instagram. Such a beautiful holiday gift!
Urbanum Detroit has quality provisions for city homes. It is a curator of distinctly Detroit and city-driven design, with merchandise combining the familiarity of industry with the comfort of found objects. The Urbānum experience exudes warmth, graciousness, and hospitality, providing our community avenues to express this in their own home, in their own way.
The MamaRiseUp mission is to uplift and motivate moms through the journey of motherhood using stationery products. Their products can be treasured by you or given as a gift to a mother. Whether you’re a mother or a supporter of one, please visit their shop to browse their heartfelt, empowering collection designed exclusively for moms to find their strength.
Give a gift that special mom in your life can enjoy all year long!
Handcrafted art tiles from Motawi Tileworks make beautiful home accents and gifts. Motawi has art tiles for all seasons, including a collection of holiday designs. Pictured here: Snowy Night and Christmas Tree. Tiles are compatible with frames, easels, and wall hanging. Shop online at motawi.com or in Motawi’s Ann Arbor gallery.
Founded in 1992, Nawal Motawi began by making tiles in her garage to sell at the farmers market. Motawi art tiles are now sold in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, and Motawi tile installations grace homes and public spaces worldwide.
2019 Detroit Mom-Approved Foodie Gift Guide
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We hope you love these local businesses as much as we do! They are truly some of the best gems in Detroit. You’ll find something special for a holiday gift for everyone on your list. 2021 is the year to shop local, shop small, and support our community. We know just how much our favorite small businesses appreciate you! Stop by or shop online, and tell them Detroit Mom sent you!