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DOBI Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Small: Local Holiday Gift Ideas

It is here! Our first-ever holiday gift guide! We’ve curated some of our favorite gift ideas from the best small business shops in Birmingham that you can support this holiday season and this coming Saturday, 11/28, for Small Business Saturday. Downtown Birmingham is filled with shopping selections for everyone on your list – from loungewear, custom made candles, gift wrap,  to succulents to “green” up your home – we rounded up our favorites in the popular and charming shopping district in downtown Birmingham.

For the Kiddos:

Whether you have kids yourself, are shopping for family or friends or you’re a big kid at heart, one of the places you HAVE to check out is Adventures in Toys, located on Maple Rd. When entering the store, you are welcomed by shelves and shelves of toys for every age, with a wide variety of unique items you won’t uncover at big box stores.

In search of the perfect stocking stuffer? We love these Playfoam “Build a Snowman” kits. Now you (and your kids 😉) can make a snowman that never melts, with Playfoam! For the snuggler in your family, your little one can select the perfect stuffed animal from one of their many stuffed animal wall(s). Adventures in Toys also boasts throwback toys such as the staple Lite Brite and a wooden pizza party kit. There is something for everyone here, where you can easily spend an hour in here looking through all of the toys!

For Her:

There are so many options in downtown Birmingham to find great gifts for a friend, sister, mother, or any woman in your life! With the options below, you’ll impress her with these personalized ideas.  

  • Anthropologie: Anthropologie is known for their festive selection of candles, blankets, mugs, decor and unique finds. As soon as you enter the store, you will see an array of winter apparel from scarves and hats to comfy oversized sweaters, you will not be disappointed. They also have a wide range of gift items ranging from festive candles, glassware, tree decor and even mini festive hand sanitizers and soaps near the checkout aisle.

We couldn’t help but fall in love with these wooden cookie swap boxes – perfect for gifting or taking to a holiday cookie swap. They also have festive oven mitts, baking dishes and dish towels.

  • Caruso Caruso: A few doors down from Anthropologie, you will find Caruso Caruso. They have been metro Detroit’s premier clothing and accessories boutique since 1981. When you walk in the front door through the custom tiled entryway, you step into a warm and welcoming atmosphere with over 6,000 square feet of the trendiest apparel. From tables filled with denim, loungewear, puffer jackets + outerwear, sweaters and…Detroit  merch! You cannot go wrong with anything in this store and are sure to find apparel she will love! 
  • fab’rik: Located right off of Maple Road in the Birmingham Shopping District, you will find fab’rik. Fab’rik boutique offers a one-stop shopping experience with clothes, shoes, and accessories for women. Fab’rik is committed to delivering, “high style with heart, no sticker shock and no attitude.”

We absolutely adored their beautiful tables filled with dangling gold necklaces and earrings, festive masks, holiday-inspired jewelry and the bar-cart with a wide selection of candles and votives perfect for gifting!

  • Urban Wick: As soon as you enter Urban Wick, located right off of Old Woodward and Maple Road, you are greeted with friendly sales associates, walls of custom candles,  a candle making “bar” and lucky for us…this cute pooch! At Urban Wick, you can buy a pre-poured candle off the shelf or you can create your own by combining several scents together. They have 90 clean-burning fragrance oils available for you to choose from and blend together to create your custom, unique-to-you hand-poured candle. 

We loved the pre-curated options on their gift shelves, which included candles paired with socks, room freshening sprays, and cocktail mixers. This rose gold “Rose All Day” candle set features a rose gold candle with a coordinating pair of cozy holiday socks. We also loved the festive stand-alone candles with their Thanksgiving and Autumn Gathering scents.

For Him:

The search for a perfect gift for the man in your life can be difficult. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in downtown Birmingham to show him how much he means to you and how much thought you put into his gift. 

  • Suhm-Thing: Suhm-Thing is filled with Michigan and Detroit made goodies. You will find a vast array of gift ideas from cozy mitten throw pillows and blankets to mitten shaped cutting boards. You will also find Michigan inspired mugs, glassware, plates, custom coasters, socks and Michigan made spice sets for grilling and cooking. For the sports lover, they also feature fun Michigan + Michigan State apparel, puzzles and drinkware. 

We loved these custom coasters, Michigan “mitten” pint glasses, and festive mugs to make a statement without breaking the bank!

  • Urban Wick: We loved Urban Wick for “For Her”  gifts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also feature this shop for men. We loved their pre-curated gift section with these candle bundle sets. The Milled Cider,  Bourbon +  Cinnamon spice candle comes with a shot of fireball and a shot glass – perfect to keep cozy this winter!

“Thank You” Gift Ideas: From teachers to essential workers, there’s no shortage of people to thank this year, so we’ve rounded up some simple gift ideas that will make a major impact.

  • Stem and Stone: Enter Stem and Stone and you will immediately feel zen. Reclaimed wooden tables and benches feature hundreds of succulents in all shapes and sizes. From hanging planters, crystals, to tableside succulents there is no shortage of options here.  

We loved the variety of succulent plants, home fragrances, candles, and these hydroponic grow kits to green up the home.

  • Papersource: As soon as you walk into Paper Source, you are filled with holiday energy! They have everything from festive gift wrap, cozy socks, Santa’s cookie dough (because you need chocolate after a long shift), giant chocolate + peppermint marshmallows and an entire wall of Covid essentials to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Home Is Where The Heart Is: We are spending a lot more time at home these days, so why not level up your space with these gift ideas. 

  • Anthropologie: You really can’t go wrong with anything in here, but we love these festive candles that not only smell amazing but truly elevate any space in your home. We also love these cozy blankets that will instantly transform your space-  you won’t ever want to leave your home, especially this winter!
  • Suhm-Thing: From Michigan made custom coasters, cozy throw blankets + pillows and locally made spices and baking mixes – time at home just got even better! There are unique finds for everyone here on your list you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Urban Wick:  Nothing is better or more thoughtful than a custom made candle. With over 90 clean-burning fragrance oils to choose from, you will enjoy making this special, custom candle in a warm, inviting atmosphere for yourself (treat yourself!) or a loved one.

Stocking Stuffers: We can’t forget about stocking stuffers! Spend small and give big with these clever yet meaningful gift ideas.

  • Suhm-Thing: Local Birmingham shop Suhm-Thing features all Michigan made goodies. They had plenty of stocking stuffer items from locally made baking mixes, custom made coasters and cozy socks, you are sure to find the perfect thoughtful gift here,  that you won’t find anywhere else!
  • Papersource:  Papersource had everything and more than you could imagine for stocking stuffers. We loved these cozy pom-pom knit socks, “Meowy Christmas” cat socks, Santa’s chocolate-covered cookie dough and this toilet paper ornament (hello, 2020!). It wouldn’t be a 2020 stocking stuffer without this “Cancelled Plans” candle, so why not add it to the bag!

P.S. If you need a quick bite in between shops, be sure to check out Bakehouse 46. Their baked goods, cupcakes, bagel sandwiches and cider slushie are sure to hit the spot! Happy Holiday shopping!

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