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These holiday gifts are all about Michigan


In the spirit of the season, opting for holiday gifts that reflect the Great Lakes State can help to spread some local cheer this year. The following finds featuring Michigan themes could resonate with recipients and let them celebrate this special place year-round.

The Great Lakes State Puzzle

For the gift that keeps on giving, this Great Lakes State Puzzle offers a family activity for all ages with an image that highlights Michigan as an industrial center and a paradise for sports fans. Priced at $23.95, the 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle is available at Catching Fireflies in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor and on catchingfireflies.com.

Merry Michigan Holiday Soap

Made in Michigan with clean ingredients, Merry Michigan Holiday Soap smells like Siberian fir, mango nectar, turbinado sugar and prickly pear that can wash away all that Christmas Day chaos. Priced at $7.95 each, the soaps make a great hostess gift for seasonal gatherings. Sold at Catching Fireflies in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor and on catchingfireflies.com.

Michigan Hippie Hoodies

Based in Traverse City, Stately Wear shows respect for people and planet with selections that include unisex Michigan Hippie Hoodies made one-at-a-time to reduce over-production. Choose from a variety of colors and outdoor themes like bikes and skis. Priced at $45 each. Go to statelywear.com.

State of Michigan Bowl

Fill this State of Michigan Bowl with goodies for a holiday gift that is bound to become an entertaining staple. These solid cherry bowls priced at $70 are made at the Holland Bowl Mill, one of the last commercial wooden bowl mills in the U.S. Wood grain will vary and the bowl is handwash only. Personal engraving is available. Go to hollandbowlmill.com.

Michigan Mittens

Give the gift of warmth this season with winter mittens that feature a map of the Upper Peninsula on one and the Lower Peninsula on the other. Acrylic yarn makes them super-soft and perfect for snow days. Available in a wide array of colors in adult and child sizes, prices range from $19.95 to $24.95. Go to madeinmichigan.com.

Denim Sodalite Stone Bracelet

Good things do come in small packages, like these denim sodalite stone and sterling silver bracelets made in Michigan by a local artist that show some love for the Mitten State. Priced at $34, there are several varieties available at Dancing Eye Gallery in Northville. Go to dancingeye.com.

Kitten Mitten Sweatshirt

This Kitten Mitten Sweatshirt that retails for $60 is a popular pick at Dancing Eye Gallery in Northville where many items like this tie-dye variety are made in Michigan by local artists. The feline configuration and pastel palette make it a sweet gift for the cat lovers in your life. Go to dancingeye.com.

State of Michigan Tote Bag

Made in Michigan by a local artist, this cotton State of Michigan Tote Bag makes a colorful companion in cobalt blue. Priced at $25, the handy carryall can hold bulky items for those who are always out and about. Available at Dancing Eye Gallery in Northville. Go to dancingeye.com.

Local Goods Snack Pack

For anyone out-of-state who might be missing Michigan, a Local Goods Snack Pack can be a comforting reminder of home. With popular brands like Faygo and Better Made, the $26 assortment comes from Bundled, a local women-owned business that provides employment to individuals with disabilities. Go to bundledmi.com.

Michigan Lights Candles

VogueBooge offers a variety of scents with Michigan-themed candles that can be found at local markets and events as well as online. Their Michigan Lights varieties include a small round candle that sells for $12, a square shape for $17 and a large round candle for $22. Go to voguebooge.com.

Mackinac Bridge Silk Necktie

These Mackinac Bridge Silk Neckties that retail for $45 each are handprinted in Detroit. Great conversation starters for anyone on your list that might be hard to buy for, they can also evoke memories of summers spent Up North. Go to cyberoptix.com.

Michigan Central Station Coasters

Michigan Central Station Blueprint Coasters will protect any surface in style. They make a great holiday gift for Detroit history and architecture buffs who may be following the restoration of the historic site. Priced at $8 each, the ceramic tiles are handprinted in Detroit. Go to welldonegoods.com.