‘Tis the season to shop till you drop, and when it comes to gift giving, you’ve got plenty of shopping options in metro Detroit. While you won’t find the most original presents or thoughtful offerings at the mall, the best gifts for friends can be found at your local mom and pop shops. These are the stores that put an emphasis on personalization and specialize in unique offerings for every comrade on your list, from your best friend to your secret Santa.
This year, head to the following metro Detroit shops for gifts for all of the friends (both naughty and nice) on your list:
Location: 136 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Monday: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The perfect gift for your friend with a sweet tooth, metro Detroit store Cupcake Station can ship its decadent Bump-a-Licious cupcakes anywhere in the U.S. Available in 6-, 12- or 24-packs with over a dozen different flavors to choose from, you’ll make anyone’s holiday that much sweeter with options like Lemon Lust, German Chocolate and Southern Red Velvet.
Location: 912 S, Old Woodward Ave, Ste 100, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.
Offering only the finest wines from every region around the world, Old Woodward Cellar is the place to shop for the vino lover in your life. All wine stocked in this metro Detroit store has been tasted by owners, Nick and Gina Apone, before purchase, so you’ll be in expert hands when selecting a vintage bottle.
Location: 23421 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
I think we can all agree that gifts for friends during the holiday season are best when they’re in dessert form. All of the treats at the Detroit Cookie Co. are made fresh daily, with more than 25 flavors to choose from. In addition to the ol’ standbys, flavors rotate daily and include seasonal, vegan and gluten free treats.
Location: 166 W Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Monday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.
A casual and stylish boutique located in downtown Birmingham, Caruso Caruso is the ideal place to shop for your denim-obsessed friend. This metro Detroit fashion staple stocks brands including Citizens of Humanity, Drifter, J Brand and more, and is known for its vast selection of jeans. You’ll also find shirts, accessories and shoes in stock.
Location: 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
Hours: Monday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday: closed, Friday: noon to 7 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There’s no better gift than spending quality time with your loved ones, so why not set up a holiday game night for your group of closest friends? The Loaded Die is metro Detroit’s premier game events company, hosting weekly game nights at breweries and tap rooms in the area. Grab your crew, pick a location and you’ll find 50 board games ready and waiting for you to enjoy.
Location: 414 S Washington Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Hours: Monday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For the word nerd in your life, head to Paper Trail Books, which boasts an excellent selection of more than 20,000 used books. Gifts for friends are always extra special when they have meaning behind them, so consider passing along a copy of your favorite novel this holiday season.
Children’s books, comic books and gift items are also available in this locally owned metro Detroit favorite.
Location: 147 Pierce St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Monday: noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Your crafty pals will adore the gifts that metro Detroit store Wooly & Co. has to offer, including yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, project books and more. DIY kits include the supplies and instructions so your friend can create their own sweater, scarf, legwarmers, mittens and more.
What are your favorite places to shop for holiday gifts for friends in metro Detroit? Let us know in the comments section below.