November 23, 2018

Our A to Z guide for getting your loved ones the perfect holiday gifts

In 2018, shopping is the worst, right? We get it: Why leave the house when you could just thoughtlessly scroll through Amazon's homepage? Or kill two birds with one stone the next time you stroll through the checkout at the grocery store and stock up on generic gift cards for big box stores or Applebee's? Well, our gift to you this season is that we've done the heavy lifting with our gift guide. Literally, pick a letter, go to the store, and that's it. You will have Robin Hooded the holidays by supporting local businesses while taking money from the grubby hands of corporations. Oh, and you will have also made the lovely folks on your list very happy, because isn't that what it's all about?

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Our A to Z guide for getting your loved ones the perfect holiday gifts
A for Acid Art
Armageddon Beachparty
1517 Putname St., Detroit; 313-704-4407
What's in a name? Well, a whole lot when it comes to gallery/performance space/shop Armageddon Beachparty. "Ambassadors of psychedelia" Motu and Kozma peddle far-out, LSD-inspired art and one-of-a-kind wearables that will please even the trippiest person on your list.
armageddonbeachparty.com
Photo provided by Armageddon Beach Party

A for Acid Art


Armageddon Beachparty
1517 Putname St., Detroit; 313-704-4407
What's in a name? Well, a whole lot when it comes to gallery/performance space/shop Armageddon Beachparty. "Ambassadors of psychedelia" Motu and Kozma peddle far-out, LSD-inspired art and one-of-a-kind wearables that will please even the trippiest person on your list.
armageddonbeachparty.com
Photo provided by Armageddon Beach Party
B for Bohemian Rhapsody
Eldorado General Store
1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-784-9220
Coachella is coming. OK — not really. But this wanderlust-y, creatively curated vintage shop is the place to shop for that flower crown-wearing, Instagram star on your list.
eldoradogeneralstore.com
Photo provided by Eldorado General Store

B for Bohemian Rhapsody


Eldorado General Store
1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-784-9220
Coachella is coming. OK — not really. But this wanderlust-y, creatively curated vintage shop is the place to shop for that flower crown-wearing, Instagram star on your list.
eldoradogeneralstore.com
Photo provided by Eldorado General Store
C for Consciously sourced diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Elaine B. Jewelry
22961 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-565-8758
Nothing says "I love you" quite like responsibly sourced jewelry from the mavens of minimalist designs at Elaine B. Jewelry — whose new showroom is full of enviable accessories, like sleek geometric pendants handmade from recycled silver. Looking to pop the question? They do custom designs, too.
elainebjewelry.com
Photo provided by Elaine B. Jewelry

C for Consciously sourced diamonds are a girl’s best friend


Elaine B. Jewelry
22961 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-565-8758
Nothing says "I love you" quite like responsibly sourced jewelry from the mavens of minimalist designs at Elaine B. Jewelry — whose new showroom is full of enviable accessories, like sleek geometric pendants handmade from recycled silver. Looking to pop the question? They do custom designs, too.
elainebjewelry.com
Photo provided by Elaine B. Jewelry
D for Dedgas, Monet, and Picasso- oh my!
Detroit Institute of Arts gift shop
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900
Like many of the museum's displayed works, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the DIA's gift shop. We daresay it is possible to lay waste to your entire gift list by paying a visit, as they offer everything from art prints, books, jewelry, housewares, outerwear, and a kids corner flush with educational and art-themed toys and activities — with price points to please every budget.
diashop.org
Photo provided by Detroit Institute of Arts

D for Dedgas, Monet, and Picasso- oh my!


Detroit Institute of Arts gift shop
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900
Like many of the museum's displayed works, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the DIA's gift shop. We daresay it is possible to lay waste to your entire gift list by paying a visit, as they offer everything from art prints, books, jewelry, housewares, outerwear, and a kids corner flush with educational and art-themed toys and activities — with price points to please every budget.
diashop.org
Photo provided by Detroit Institute of Arts
E for Eye spy really great eyewear
Alley and Eye
314 E. Baltimore, Detroit (inside the Baltimore Gallery)
Give the gift of sight — or at least really stylish frames for your loved one's precious peepers. Alley and Eye offer a slew of frames for every face, because you don't need to have astigmatism to rock glasses. Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are available through special order and will be made available online next year.
alleyandeye.com
Frames start at $25, prescription by special order
Photo provided by Alley and Eye

E for Eye spy really great eyewear


Alley and Eye
314 E. Baltimore, Detroit (inside the Baltimore Gallery)
Give the gift of sight — or at least really stylish frames for your loved one's precious peepers. Alley and Eye offer a slew of frames for every face, because you don't need to have astigmatism to rock glasses. Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are available through special order and will be made available online next year.
alleyandeye.com
Frames start at $25, prescription by special order
Photo provided by Alley and Eye
F for Furever friends
Cass Corridog
4240 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-887-9684
Do not sit, stay, or roll over on the array of nutrition, care, and play products for the naughty and nice doggos and kits in your life, as offered by Cass Corridog.
facebook.com/casscorridog
Photo provided by Cass Corridog

F for Furever friends


Cass Corridog
4240 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-887-9684
Do not sit, stay, or roll over on the array of nutrition, care, and play products for the naughty and nice doggos and kits in your life, as offered by Cass Corridog.
facebook.com/casscorridog
Photo provided by Cass Corridog
G for Glow up (literally)
Detroit Rose
Detroitrose.com
Treat yo'self. Or rather, treat someone else with luxurious skin care — and candles — from Detroit Rose. The all-organic line of minimalist skin care is free of preservatives, parabens, and other nasty stuff that has no right being involved with your self-care routine. Bestsellers include Aphrodite Face Oil, Moon Mist, and Coco Pomelo Skin Polish. As for votives? Try Milk + Honey, Cinnamon Chai, or Campfire.
Skin care starts at $30, candles are $32
Photo provided by Detroit Rose

G for Glow up (literally)


Detroit Rose
Detroitrose.com
Treat yo'self. Or rather, treat someone else with luxurious skin care — and candles — from Detroit Rose. The all-organic line of minimalist skin care is free of preservatives, parabens, and other nasty stuff that has no right being involved with your self-care routine. Bestsellers include Aphrodite Face Oil, Moon Mist, and Coco Pomelo Skin Polish. As for votives? Try Milk + Honey, Cinnamon Chai, or Campfire.
Skin care starts at $30, candles are $32
Photo provided by Detroit Rose
H for How Bazaar
The Himalayan Bazaar
218 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-7229
Ann Arbor's fair trade shop promises good karma. A perfect stop for the incense-loving, culturally and ecologically responsible mountain climber on your list.
thehimalayanbazaar.com
Photo provided by The Himalayan Bazarr

H for How Bazaar


The Himalayan Bazaar
218 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-7229
Ann Arbor's fair trade shop promises good karma. A perfect stop for the incense-loving, culturally and ecologically responsible mountain climber on your list.
thehimalayanbazaar.com
Photo provided by The Himalayan Bazarr
I for Inside out
Aura Aura | Grey Area
4200 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
Did you know that everyone has an aura? Well, according to Eileen Lee and her specialty aura camera, they do. Lee's camera captures the electromagnetic field that surrounds us in colorful photographs — and then interprets what the colors mean, like a millennial mood ring. More importantly, the photos look really freakin' cool. Oh, and you can browse vintage wares while you wait for your photo.
auraaura.co
$45 per portrait session, appointment only, gift cards available
Photo provided by Aura Aura

I for Inside out


Aura Aura | Grey Area
4200 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
Did you know that everyone has an aura? Well, according to Eileen Lee and her specialty aura camera, they do. Lee's camera captures the electromagnetic field that surrounds us in colorful photographs — and then interprets what the colors mean, like a millennial mood ring. More importantly, the photos look really freakin' cool. Oh, and you can browse vintage wares while you wait for your photo.
auraaura.co
$45 per portrait session, appointment only, gift cards available
Photo provided by Aura Aura