Apparently more popular regional blogs get offers from companies to do "sponsored posts" this time of year. Nobody has contacted us about sponsoring our Christmas gift list (yet), so you can rest assured that these recommendations come from our hearts. [Shady companies, please send us cash-filled burlap sacks and we will gladly "recommend" your products next year. Wink wink.]
Anyway, if you are looking for some last-minute gift ideas, here are some of our recommendations:
1. Books by Michigan authors. Looking for a gift for someone who loves to read? Check out Once Upon a River or American Salvage by our pal Bonnie Jo Campbell. There's also The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake by Steve Amick, which EJ reviewed earlier this month. Even though he no longer lives in Michigan, Charles Baxter's Saul and Patsy and The Feast of Love are great reads.
2. Meat from Biercamp. Fathers are notoriously difficult to find gifts for. If your dad likes meat, stop by Biercamp. They have a facebook post with 7 gift ideas for under $20. There are even vegetarian options.
3. Emeritus Damn Arbor contributor GH recommends a Comet Coffee takeaway mug for your caffeine-addicted friends. He's pretty sure you get $0.25 off of each purchase if you bring your own mug.
4. If you are looking for a sweet stocking suffer, there's Jon Wilcox's Journal of a Shut-In. This mini-comic might not ship in time for Christmas Day, but you can pick it up in person at the Green Brain in Dearborn.
5. Damn Arbor Senior Music Correspondent, Lizzy Courtois, recommends City Bird's Etsy page for some good Michigan themed gifts. Again, they probably won't ship in time for Christmas, but their products are available in stores listed on their website.
6. EJ recommends you check out Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli. It's an illustrated rebuttal to ruin porn.
Gentle readers, do you have any favorite places for last minute gift shopping? Feel free to share them in the comments.