Tuesday, December 20, 2005

D-lightful Last-Minute Gifts

Twenty-six percent of U.S. citizens can breathe easier over the next couple of days - they've got all of their holiday shopping done.

The rest of us don't have it so easy.

We've waited until the last minute, so we're in for larger crowds, longer lines and a higher probability of out of stock items - not to mention a lack of time to dream up those perfect gifts for everyone on our lists.

It's enough to make anyone overwhelmed. But before you give up and succumb to buying a dozen Chia pets, consider these affordable, easily-obtainable (read: no long store lines) Detroit-themed gifts. Your recipients will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you will avoid the last-minute holiday shopping rush.

Pewabic Pottery has a host of holiday ornaments and small gifts

*Ornaments from
Pewabic Pottery: The well-known Detroit pottery has a variety of festive and non-festive ornaments for sale this year. Prices start at $14.50. Gift boxes embossed with the pottery's name and logo on the outside, and a nice one-page information sheet about the pottery on the inside, are available for an additional $1.

T-shirts like these from Detroit Industrial Gear make great, affordable gifts

*Detroit-themed t-shirts: If the quantity and quality of Detroit-themed t-shirts are any indication of Detroiters' love for the city, then Motown's got a major infatuation problem. From the auto-inspired look of Detroit Industrial Gear to the creative illustrations of BigLoveDetroit's threads, finding a shirt that pays homage to the D is no problem in this city. You may also want to check out the wide range of styles available from Pure Detroit. Most shirts start at $25.

Better Made and Vernors - great stocking stuffers!

*Nostalgic gifts: If it's stocking stuffers that you need, look no further than your neighborhood 7-11 or grocery store. Grab a snack-size bag of Better Made chips, a carton of Stroh's ice cream or a bottle of Vernor's. Anyone that's been away from the Detroit area for a while will appreciate these uniquely-Detroit gifts.

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