Patch's 2012 Gift Guide: Made in Dearborn

Locally made gifts for a holiday season that would make Henry Ford happy.

You've heard of the Made in Michigan crazy. Well, how about Made in Dearborn?

Yes, it's true: There are plenty of gifts you can get right here in the hometown of Henry Ford, this holiday season and beyond.

Here's a look at some great super-local finds. Don't see one of your favorites? Add it in the comments!

Brightly Twisted

You can find their scarves at Nordstrom or a number of high-end boutiques, or you can get them right here in Dearborn. Brightly Twisted's warehouse is located in Village Plaza—and yes, you can find some great discounts! Call 248-310-1090, or visit brightlytwisted.com for more information.

The Henry Ford

Next time you stop by The Henry Ford for Holiday Nights, Driving America, LEGOs, or just to see the Weinermobile, stop by their museum store. There, you'll find not only fun things like historical goodies and old-time treats, but also hand-blown glass ornaments and bowls, tin and pottery products, and even merino wool from the sheep of the Firestone Farm. Shop online at thehenryford.org.

The Glass Academy

Find holiday-related items and year-round gifts at The Glass Academy, all hand-blown on site. Or, for a truly unique experience, sign up for a Coffee Night or Custom Beer Mug Night. Make it, then take it home. Learn more at glassacademy.com.

Dearborn Historical Museum

Sometimes it's not a product that's made, but a memory. And hundreds of Dearborn residents have shared those memories in the two volumes of Best Dearborn Stories. The second volume was just released in November, and makes a perfect gift for a family member who truly loves their city. You can pick it up at the Dearborn Historical Museum. Call 313-565-300 for hours.

The HFCC Pottery Boutique

The first-ever holiday boutique—filled with pottery and Christmas ornaments for sale—will take place Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8, from 10 am.-8 p.m. at the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, Sisson Gallery. Everything in the boutique was made by Henry Ford Community College students! Support their work by stopping by. Admittance and parking are free.

Padzieski Art Gallery

The gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, hosts rotating art shows from a variety of artists. Through Dec. 19, the gallery is hosting its annual Holiday Boutique, which includes art in a variety of mediums made by Michigan artists—some of whom are from Dearborn.

Tom December 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Hobo Bread from The Henry Ford or Westborn Mkt. is an excellent and healthy gift Dearbornites who have relocated or really anyone!
Rich December 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Remember those, unfortunately all too often, news stories about fires destroying homes and after the people have gotten out they mention almost always grabbing their portraits and photos? I think that Doriguzzi Photographic (313-565-8448), even though they are now working on a location only style, would be a fabulous gift for grandparents and the whole family actually. I know that they could still get photos back for the Holidays and they even offer sessions right after Christmas when the family is still in from out-of-town.


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