Forget the big box stores for your bargain-hunting. These cool shops offer some surprisingly sweet deals.
imiting your holiday shopping budget can sometimes leave you feeling like you’ve sacrificed the quality of your gifts. But you don’t have to sacrifice value just because you have to be frugal. Here’s a list of area stores where you can find great gifts for friends and family and not break the bank.
At this “indie boutique,” you’ll find high-quality and unique jewelry, belts, shirts and other gifts for great prices. Naka means “beautiful” in Shona, one of the languages spoken in Zimbabwe, where owner Kelly Pettibone LaPointe studied abroad in her junior year of college. Find artisan jewelry for an average price of about $15 or unique Detroit graphic T-shirts for about $20. Find Naka at 171 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale.
One of the coolest shops in Detroit offers an array of Detroit and Michigan-inspired gifts, home decor items, jewelry, cards and more. You can easily pick up something unique and memorable for no more than $25. Plus, you are shopping in Detroit city proper. Find City Bird at 406 W. Canfield St., Detroit. While you're there, head next door for the more home decor-focused store, Nest, at 460 W. Canfield.
Is someone on your list an audiophile? Here’s the place you need to go. This local music store has a vast selection of quality jazz, blues, rock, world and hip-hop vinyl records. They also carry plenty of releases by local artists as well as new and used DVDs and CDs, all for great prices. UHF is located at 512 S.Washington Ave., Royal Oak.
Specializing in everything Detroit, Funky 7 has the best selection of retro sports jerseys, caps and shirts that you won’t find at the mall or other sporting goods stores. They have reasonably-priced vintage-inspired Tigers, Pistons, Lions and Red Wings gear perfect for the sports fan on your list. Their baseball caps are cheaper and more unique than other popular hat shops, starting at just $20. Funky 7 is located at 411 South Main St., Royal Oak
Give the gift of relaxation and beauty with some homemade soaps, body butter and lotions from Bath Savvy. For a perfect gift, get this gift box set that has coconut lime, lavender flowers and fresh-cut lemongrass soap bars for only $15. All products are Michigan made, too. Find Bath Savvy online or at the Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale.