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5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in MI Under $50

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If you’re looking for great gifts from the Great Lakes State, you’re in the right place! It was tough to narrow down our choices for the first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays but since we must — here are our top picks for gifts under $50 made in Michigan.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you’ll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!

Needles and Pins Vulgar Cross-stitch
There are situations in which a “hang in there” kitty just won’t do. For all your de-motivational needs, there’s Needles and Pins’ cross-stitch crafts ($40 and up), already finished, framed, and ready to spread the insults.


Detroit City Is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli
Don’t bet against Motor City. A great read about the surrealist goings on of America’s former capitalist dream town, Detroit City is the Place to Be ($17) is about the past, present, and future of a post-Industrial metropolis.

Periodic Table Building Blocks
Handmade in Grand Rapids, these colorful wooden building blocks ($33) indroduce young would-be chemists to the 118 elements in the Periodic Table. SCIENCE!

FatAntler Painted Wall Art
If Pinterest and Anthropologie are to be believed, antlers are super trendy right now. FatAntler ($15 and up) takes the natural antlers that deer shed and upcycles them with some paint to create striking, hunter-chic wall art.

Strawesome Glass Straws & McClure’s Bloody Mary Mixer
What’s brunch without Bloody Marys? Pick up some of McClure’s dill-filled mixer ($9.95) and serve them up with Strawesome’s cool, reusable glass straws ($6.95 and up). Then all there is to think about is food.

DressGreen Charcoal & Clay Face Mask with Papaya Extract
Pamper your pores and clean out those impurities. This Detroit-made charcoal & clay face mask ($9) gives your urban skin a breath of fresh air.

Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Michigan? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we’d love to add them to our shopping lists!

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Photos: Courtesy, various retailers.