2019 Blog Posts

A Michigan-Made Holiday Gift Guide (featuring 8 Michigan brands!)

Hi, friends! Today’s blog post is a guest post by From Michigan With Love. They were very kind in sharing their 2019 holiday gift guide featuring Michigan gift ideas from eight Michigan-based brands!

The products featured are also available to be shipped to family and friends all over Michigan and the country. This holiday season, let’s support our Michigan businesses and the state’s economy by gifting loved ones a special Michigan-made holiday gift!


PH:313/925-4774 Website: www.bettermade.com

Better Made

Did you know that Better Made Chocolate Covered Chips are made with Sanders Chocolate? They’re back for the holidays in limited supply so you’d better get them fast at local stores, the Better Made retail store at 10148 Gratiot Avenue in Detroit, or on-line at www.bettermade.com (available in light or dark chocolate).

You can also purchase all kinds of fresh, delicious Better Made products on-line, at the factory store and just about any store in Michigan! For holiday gift-giving, Better Made offers a sampler box of 15 different freshly made snack foods.

A wide variety of chips, popcorn, nacho chips, pretzels, potato sticks, pork rinds, and other great items are available – and don’t forget Better Made wearables and trinkets!


PH: 616/396-6513 Website: www.hollandbowlmill.com

Holland Bowl Mill
Michigan gift ideas
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Bowl turning is an American tradition that began over 150 years ago when wooden bowls were an important part of everyday life. Today, turning wood bowls is a vanishing art form, with Holland Bowl Mill being one of only a few commercial producers left in the United States.

The Holland Bowl Mill was originally started as the Wooden Shoe Factory in 1926 by Chester VanTongeren and to this day is still family-owned. Holland Bowl Mill manufactures many sizes of beautifully grained wooden bowls as well as kitchen implements. Holland Bowl Mill sells its products in all 50 states and all over the world. Click HERE to see how they’re made!

CASK & KETTLE (Battle Creek)

PH: 269/420-2529 Website: www.caskandkettleusa.com

CASK & KETTLE introduced the world to an easy and convenient way for anyone to prepare and serve a complete, well-crafted hot cocktail in the comfort of their own home! Simply pop one of the single-serve cups into your kpod-style brewing system and a smooth, aromatic hot cocktail is ready in seconds.

It’s the first ready-to-brew, 1 shot, hot cocktails prepared perfectly every time. Currently four delicious flavors are available: Irish Coffee (76 Proof), Spiked Dry Cider (50 Proof), Hot Blonde Coffee (74 Proof), and Mexican Coffee (64 Proof).

As of now, the ready-to-make cocktails are available throughout Michigan and in six other states, with more on the way. New flavors are always being dreamed up, so stay tuned!


PH:888/912-0017 Website: www.sleepingbearfarms.com

For over 40 years, Sleeping Bear Farms in beautiful Beulah, MI has produced honey and related products. With over 6,000 hives that produce 400,000 pounds of raw honey each year, Sleeping Bear Farms is one of the nation’s largest hive to bottle Apiaries. 

Their main product is Star Thistle honey, from Northwest Lower Michigan. The company produces a variety of honey related products, including regular honey, raw honey, crème honey, and honey mustard, as well as some of the best Maple Syrup in Michigan!

Sleeping Bear Farms products can be found across the Midwest and are very heavily distributed throughout Michigan. Stores include Meijer, Kroger, Whole Foods, Lucky’s Markets, many Family Fare, Olesons and Tom’s Markets as well as many, many more. Products can be shipped throughout the United States.


PH: 231/436-5356 Website: www.mackinacfudgeco.com.

Michigan gift ideas

Why wait until summer when you can have the best fudge in Michigan year-round? Devon’s Mackinac Island Fudge Company creates some of Michigan’s finest fudge, candies, and saltwater taffy anywhere!

Opened in Mackinaw City in 1997, Devon’s Mackinac Island Fudge Company produces over 250,000 pounds of fudge each year. In 2011 the company launched the distribution of its products nationwide making it possible to enjoy delicious Mackinac Island fudge and confections in nearly every state.

The company always uses ingredients from suppliers in Michigan because they know the value of supporting Michigan businesses. Mackinac Island Fudge Company is open all year round with, including 50-plus flavors!

ALTES BEER (Detroit)

Altes beer
Altes Beer
Website: www.altes.beer

Altes beer is a Detroit original that was first brewed in 1910. European trained brewmasters modeled the brand after the crisp refreshing lagers of their homeland and made it for the hardworking Detroit boom town. It was an immediate regional favorite after prohibition ended in 1933.

Altes grew with Detroit and became the state’s top-selling beer in the 1940s, selling over half a million barrels in 1947. By the ’60s, Altes sponsored the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers.

After a 20-year hiatus, Altes is back and growing again. It is made with imported German hops and 100% barley for a more malty taste, like a Bavarian-style beer. It is now available all over Michigan in stores, taverns, and stadiums.


PH: 313/842-2375 Website: www.dearbornsausage.com

Dearborn Brand
Michigan gift ideas

A family favorite since 1946, what holiday table would be complete without a delicious honey-glazed, spiral-sliced Dearborn Ham! Perfect for Christmas, New Years, and watching your favorite teams in action.

And for the die-hard, late fall, and winter outdoor grillers Dearborn a variety of sausages and now – Veggie Hot Dogs. Add some flavored Hunter’s sticks and you have a complete meal!

Dearborn products are available in stores throughout Southeast Michigan, including Kroger stores, most other supermarkets, and at the Dearborn Brand retail outlets in Roseville and in Dearborn. Delicious holiday catering trays are also available


PH: 586/506-8326 Website: www.greatlakespickling.com

Great Lakes Pickling Company
Michigan gift ideas

Making award-winning pickles takes more than just good family recipes – it takes time, the freshest produce, the best spices, and a lot of love! That’s exactly what Beverly Patterson, owner of Great Lakes Pickles believes, and the taste speaks for itself!

Great Lakes Pickling offers seven varieties of all-natural, low or no sodium pickles with produce that is locally sourced from Michigan farmers. Great Lakes is a family-owned business and was awarded the 2019 Hidden Gem Award of Macomb County.

The company’s pickles are featured at Randazzo’s, Polly’s Country Markets, Hollywood Markets, and many other retailers in Michigan.

Special thanks to From Michigan With Love for sharing their 2019 Michigan-made holiday gift guide with Good Life Detroit! Follow From Michigan With Love on Facebook HERE.


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