Day 171: Michigan Made Gift Guide

The Awesome Mitten - Minty Keen Grand Rapids Ornament Photo by James Fry
Minty Keen, Grand Rapids, is a great spot to find one of a kind gifts. Photo by James Fry
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The holidays are upon us and this year, we want to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list AND support some awesome Michigan businesses! Below are a few favorites from everyone here at The Awesome Mitten as well as some businesses we’ve featured in our 365 Days of Awesome.

What is a present that’s great for everyone? Sweet treats! Check out these awesome Michigan Made food products!

Lush Nuts: Lush Nuts are, essentially, peanuts coated in a sweet yet slightly salty crunchy exterior.  The basic salty/sweet nut (the “Original” flavor) harkens to childhood memories and provides the foundation for the delicious variety of flavors that Lush Gourmet Foods now offers. While they are available at a variety of stores in and around Kalamazoo, East Lansing, Lansing & Rockford, they can also be purchased online, allowing you to purchase them no matter where you live!

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Morsels Bite Sized Bakery

Morsels: The world’s first bite sized bakery! With cute names like Redhead, Ninja Turtle & Who’s the Bos?, each morsel is sure to bring a smile to your face, and make your mouth water. Buy them for you, for your holiday party, or send as a gift! Available for one or two day delivery.

Dave’s Sweet Tooth:…it’s toffee – and pretty much the most amazing toffee EVER! Each piece is handmade with only almonds, butter, sugar, and milk chocolate. Just buy it.

Zingerman’s:  Zingerman’s has always believed that customers can tell the difference between mediocre and marvelous, and their never-ending pursuit of marvelous has made them famous not only in the city of Ann Arbor, but the entire United States. Available onlineare are a variety of baked goods, breads, cheeses, and more!

Oh My Lolli: They have 26 different flavors including things like Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Chili-Lime, Tropical Punch and Orange Cream. Customers can have their business cards, birthday wishes, or other notes printed on candy wrappers and containers.  This is Oh My Lolli!’s way of “making your message sweeter.”  They can also make lollipop bouquets, center pieces and gift arrangements. Order online today!

Cravings Popcorn: At Cravings, Jordan specializes in creative, new flavors of popcorn and always welcomes suggestions from customers. Their signature flavor is the Premium Signature Gold: it’s sweet & salty with just the right amount of flavor and butter.  Everything that can be found in the store can also be found on their websitefor those too busy to make the trip to Old Town Lansing (although it is strongly recommended that everyone does make the trip!)

Sanders: The same traditional recipes are still used today that were used in 1875 to remind those of the old-fashioned classic taste.  The dessert toppings is Sanders’ most popular item however, and are available in seven delicious flavors, including Butterscotch Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Pear Carmel, and many more! Order online.

The Awesome Mitten - Traverse Gourmet
Traverse Gourmet
Traverse Gourmet: Warning: going to the Traverse Gourmet website will not only make you nostalgic for Northern Michigan, but will cause you to salivate over thePleasanton Brick Oven Bakery BreadGrocer’s Daughter Chocolate, and Food for Thought salsa. Shop by band, or let Traverse Gourmet put together the perfect gift bundle for you! Their Hostess Gift Box is the perfect treat to express your gratitude over the holidays. (We like it so much, we’re giving one away! Visit our Contests page to find out how to win!)

B’drizzled: Each chocolate ‘drizzler’ makes sure each piece of popcorn is perfectly covered with the right amount of chocolate.  All products are cholesterol free, no trans fats, naturally gluten free, and they also make a sugar free flavor for those who are looking for the extra health benefits. Among other flavors, there is a toasted coconut, chocolate cherry cordial, chocolate peanut butter cup, white chocolate peanut butter dream, and different holiday flavors with colored sprinkles complementary to that given holiday. Order online.

Three Little Birds All Natural Baked Goods: Featuring “Made in the Mitten” gift baskets for the holiday season. Give the gift of good taste to the food & wine lovers in your family this year! Baskets feature Detroit-area boutique businesses like Matt’s Mix, Bold Ink wine bags, Three Little Birds All Natural Granola, Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee and more!

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High Five Threads:  High Five Threads is a clothing company that sells locally designed and printed apparel representing the “High Five” state. Show off your Michigan Pride with t-shirts, hoodies,onesiesdecals, and glasses; and in just a couple short weeks, hats and stocking caps will be added to their list of goodies (just in time to bundle up for winter)!

American Quotes Hoodie from World Clothes Line

World Clothes Line: Want to do some good this holiday season? Purchase an “American Quotes” hoodie from the Michigan start up World Clothes Line.  It features famous quotes from American history in the shape of our country.  When you purchase this hoodie, a new sweatshirt will be given to someone in need in the U.S.

Michigan Ice Cube Trays: Michigan Ice Trays are a unique product every Michigander can enjoy. You can use them for just about anything and it is a high quality product that will not let you down. To order your own set of Michigan Ice trays, or to get them as a gift, click here!

baabaazuzu: Snuggled among the countless county roads on Leelanau Peninsula lies baabaazuzu.  Here, some really AWESOME mittens (and lots of other goodies) are upcycled (the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value) by an enthusiastic group of people. In addition to mittens, they produce  felted wool hats, scarves, jackets, purses, scarves, bags and accessories!

Brightly Twisted: This company takes tie-dyed to a whole new level! No two pieces are alike and each article of clothing is dyed by hand. They feature scarves, tops, pants, dresses, skirts, and maxi-dresses. They even started dyeing velvet pillowcases! Visit their online store!

The Awesome Mitten - Alisa Bobzien
Alisa Bobzien

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Alisa Bobzien: From cards to tshirts to prints, Alisa Bobzien is one awesome graphic designer. Check out her blog too!

The Butterfly Factory: Sherry Robinson Photography is based out of Mt. Pleasant and features beautiful notecards with places in Michigan.

The Bead Girl: Lisa Lehmann is a Grand Rapids jewelry designer that makes just about everything (jewelry related, that is). Check out her store and get your order in before December 5th to insure delivery by Christmas.

Pixel and Hank: Everything in this shop is lacey and feminine. Order something from here for the girly girl on your list.

Red Rocket Studios: Mitten-made handcrafted upcycled gifts from Michigan!


Our Facebook fans chimed in with their favorite Michigan Made gifts too:

“Bates pure michigan maple syrup. Made in Ludington for over 100 yrs.”

“Paddle the Mitten has shirts and decals…and a Santa SUP Sale. Support your local small business owners in the Mitten this Holiday Season :)

Missinde Imagery Art has many nice nature photos all taken here in our beautiful state! Thank you!

“How about a case of Frankenmuth beer?!? Or some merchandise from our gift shop :)

“The Shaker Messenger in Holland sells many Michigan-made products, including flour ground at Holland’s 250-year-old Dutch Windmill!

“May be something different this year- sbd Tours offers an activity rather than a product! Guided nature hikes, bike tours, history walks and Explorer Tours in and around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.”

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Have another awesome Michigan Made product or company that has great gifts? Leave it in the comments below!

  • Benjamin Twiggs

    Cherry products from the Cherry Capital!

  • Elaine Elizabeth Belz

    Heart of Michigan in Howell has a variety of good MI stuff!


    Swankyz “Good Goods” a great new store in Manistee Mi has a large selections of Michigan Handmade products everything from pottery to Jellies and jams they also promote Michigan Artists, Artisans, & Master Craftsman very nice store I hope everyone will support them, we need more stores and people like this in Michigan!

  • Lisa Chappell

    Is anyone out there familiar with Love MI Seasons seasoning products?

    • Chris

      Yes. I bought some of the Love MI seasonings this past summer at our local farmers market. I love making the balsamic salad dressing.

  • Eileen Chlebana

    Would love to carry some Michigan-made goods in my Grand Haven store this summer…..wholesale companies in Michigan?

    • Lisa Coyer

      Eileen – we offer wholesale; would love to talk to you more.

      Awesome Mittens – same for you, would love to find out how to be included in your basket line.
      Thanks :)

    • lmp622

      Eileen, I own a candle making business in Tawas City and am looking for stores in your area to place my candles. The candles are 100% soy and all natural wicks. They are hand crafted and come in various containers and many fragrances. I have several Collections as well: The Vino Collection which consists of three wine fragrances in wine glasses, the Spa Collection consisting of 5 spa scents and the Michigan Collection which consists of 12 fragrances reminiscent of Michigan pastimes. You may view my products at I would love to have the opportunity to speak with you further about putting Michigan products in your store. (p.s. I do sell wholesale.)

      Thank you for your consideration.