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Here are some last minute Christmas shopping suggestions for those with Detroit in their heart

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Deck the halls with Christmas shopping
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Find the presents you’ll be swapping
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Follow me in merry measure
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While I tell of Detroit treasure
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I’d like to share some ideas for last-minute shoppers who have a favorite spot in their heart for Detroit and Detroiters. Remember this holiday season, to be able to help a child is the most divine thing you can do.

The following gift suggestions are not expensive. They can be great stocking stuffers and some may even get you a year-end tax deduction.

Forgotten Harvest:  A Donation of $125 goes a long way to help in the fight against hunger and for a limited time your $125 support for “The Good Neighbor Holiday Campaign” qualifies you to receive either two Detroit Piston or Detroit Tiger tickets.  Every $1 donation to Forgotten Harvest provides five meals for a neighbor in need. For more information on Forgotten Harvest go to

Deta's Dandy Candy P-Not BitesDeta’s Dandy Candy: These tasty “pNOT” treats (bites, cookies, crunch, fudge and cups) are for all those unfortunate folks with peanut allergies.  They are totally peanut- free but you’d never know it. They’re brought to you by Anita Marsee who created them to satisfy her love for the taste of peanut candies but is allergic to peanuts. Packages range in price from $3 to $10 depending on your preference. Check out Anita’s Facebook page to learn more at  To order these treats send Anita an email at or call 734-925-1532.

Show Me Detroit ToursShow Me Detroit Tours: Two local Detroiters, Kim Rusinow and Pat Haller, wanted to provide a personalized and fun way for their guests to experience the unique districts of greater Downtown Detroit so they launched Show Me Detroit Tours to showcase their hometown.  Kim and Pat know the city and its many unique attractions … both on and off the beaten path. They are getting very favorable reviews for their daily two hour ($20 to $49) customized tours and they really enjoy showing off the best of what Detroit has to offer.  Visit  or call 313-444-2120.

Detroit Diehard Bracelets:  Created by Ink Detroit these bracelets are great $5 stocking stuffer for family, friends and all believers in Detroit. Emblazoned on these black tire-style silicon bracelets are the words “Detroit Diehard.” Founded in 2005, Ink Detroit’s mission is to find high quality, fashionable garments used to express Detroit style, love, humor and toughness.  Inspired by the work Goodwill Industries does in Detroit with the automotive industry and creating jobs for people, Ink Detroit is donating a portion of the proceeds to Goodwill. To learn more visit at

Detroit Coney Dogs: No respectable Christmas shopping list for true Detroiters would ever be complete if it didn’t offer up the D’s signature food … the All-American hot dog smothered in beanless chili, tasty raw onions and covered with yellow mustard. I found two well-known mail order options at American Coney Island  586-219-0995, and National Coney Island  586-771-7744.  Prices vary with orders costing between $40 and $50.

Autographed Tiger Baseball: For only $22.95, you can score a 2012 Tigers team autographed baseball and support student knowledge and learning. Each baseball is hand sewn and is regulation size and weight. Signatures are reproduced under license with the Major League Players Association.  A portion of each sale benefits Michigan K.I.D.S., the Newspapers in Education non-profit program sponsored by The Detroit News and Free Press. To order your Tiger baseball call 313-223-4460 or visit

Germack Pistachio in Eastern Market:  A mainstay retailer in the heart of Detroit since 1924 you can purchase gifts from more than 100 specialty items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Pistachios are $29 for 2 ½ pounds. Fancy whole cashews are $13.50 for 13 ounces.  The store is a hometown favorite in Detroit’s Eastern Market  just off I-75 and east of Midtown and the Cultural Center. It has a variety of gift items and baskets and also sells coffees, teas and spices.  or 1-800-872-4006.

Detroit Golfing Gift Certificates:  Purchase online gift certificates for your favorite golfer from Vargo Golf for discounts up to 20% off at all of Detroit’s four city courses … Rackham, Rouge Park, Chandler Park and Palmer Park. When you order online you can choose to design your gift certificate along with your own personalized holiday message.  To give a golf outing for Christmas go to .

End-Grain Reclaimed Detroit Butcher blockEnd-Grain Reclaimed Butcher Block: This is no ordinary cutting board. The End-Grain Butcher Block manufactured by Reclaim Detroit is made from structural lumber deconstructed from the interior of Detroit’s abandoned and vacant building stock. Reclaim Detroit’s talented mill workers and trainees handcraft each block with pride. Each block is stamped with the project number of the deconstructed house, which memorializes the history of the home and celebrates its new life as a chopping block for years to come. Reclaim Detroit is a non-profit social enterprise of Warm Training Center.  To order call 313-494-4736 or email .

Detroit Pewabic TrivetPewabic Pottery: Visit this truly unique jewel of Detroit either in person or at home from the comfort of your computer screen.  Pewabic Pottery’s online shopping is truly amazing with hundreds of craft selections to fill your holiday shopping list.  In addition, virtual tours are offered and you can learn what’s involved with the design process. Founded in 1903, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its handmade ceramic tile vases in unique glazes. It has been designated a national historic landmark and offers custom design services, ceramic education classes and an onsite museum. It’s free and open to the public seven days/week. Pewabic Pottery is one of only three historic arts & crafts- era potteries still in existence and it’s right in our backyard.

If none of these holiday gift ideas rock your Christmas sleigh there is one last suggestion to consider. It’s nothing less than a donation to “The Human Fund” (money for people) created by Hollywood for actor Jason Alexander’s character (aka George Costanza) on the Seinfeld TV series.  To learn more about The Human Fund go to   ENJOY!

Let us know your favorite Detroit shopping spots or Detroit-centric gift ideas and help out a neighbor in trouble struggling to finish his or her last-minute holiday shopping.

Here’s to good shopping and a very merry and blessed holiday season.

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