A5 Detroit KidsGuide to Holiday Shopping


A5 Detroit KidsGuide to Holiday Shopping

Whether you’re a parent or the cool aunt/uncle. Here’s where you need to do your holiday shopping for the littles in your life.

Don’t miss out on our massive holiday giveaway! One lucky winner will get some of our holiday favorites. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter.

Detroit Robot Factory // 1351 Winder St
Never stop discovering your inner automaton with a gift from the Detroit Robot Factory in Eastern Market. Whether you’re a robot, human, or robot disguised as a human, you can find just what you need at the DRF. All proceeds support 826michigan, a local non-profit offering free tutoring and creative writing programs for students in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor. 
Solar Robot // $12 to $25
Harness the power of the sun with this robot building kit. Construct the robot, choose its form, and activate it with solar rays. Over a dozen different kits available.
Written by students at the 826michigan writing club at the James & Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit and illustrated by Dave Eggers. Where Is It Coming From? is full of charming, funny, and moving stories featuring characters like the wondrous man, a surprisingly-named bear, and indigestive Martians.
Code Master// $22
Gather crystals and lead your avatar to the portal while learning the fundamentals of programming logic with this 60-level game for ages eight and up. True. Part of a full line-up of logic games, from Laser Maze to Robot Turtles.
826michigan Pencil Robot Tee // Toddler – $16, Youth – $18, Adult – $20
Show your automated spirit and public support for 826michigan with the exclusive debut design in the Artist Series Apparel Line. Made in partnership with local artist Jen Harley, available in toddler, youth, and adult sizes
Stack these nine interconnecting, multi-colored wooden robots in a variety of challenging arrays, from basic to steady-hand to ultimate challenges. Perfect for all ages.


Little High Flyer // 4240 Cass Ave
Little High Flyers is a kids boutique with unique items from US and all over the world.
Candylab Original Car // $25
Solid Beech wood, water based paint and clear urethane coat with white ABS plastic rims, with food grade rubber tires
Oversized dress with oversized pockets by a Swedish designer from organic cotton
Figurines are from Urapán wood on an electric lathe, these classic wooden peg dolls are finished with USA-made non-toxic water-based paints

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Pages Bookshop // 19560 Grand River Ave
Pages is a general subject bookseller with a goal of promoting reading and connecting readers with writers and stories. 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone // $17.99
Justyce is a good teen who finds himself in handcuffs. He starts writing letters in his journal to Dr. Martin Luther King to figure out if his teachings still hold up. Great for fans of Walter Dean Myers and The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

The first rule of punk is to always be yourself, which 12-year-old Malu must remember on her slightly traumatic first day at a new middle school, where she upset the queen bee, messed up the dress code, and disappointed her mother all at once.
Quackers by Liz Wong // $15.99
Quackers is a cat who thinks he is a duck. After realizing that he might not fit in perfectly with his friends, he finds a way to navigate his part-cat, part-duck feelings.
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara // $9.99
Alphabet concept book where we learn words like Co-op, Fairness, and Protest through beautiful illustrations.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson // $12.99
Nimona is a shapeshifter who just wants to be evil and bring down the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, which may not be what it seems.

City Bird // 460 W Canfield St
City Bird is a gallery & shop that features Detroit-themed items & gifts crafted by local artisans.

Michigan-Shaped Baby Rattle // $20
This colorful, handmade Michigan-shaped baby rattle is made from organic, responsibly harvested wood. Both beautiful and study, this lovely rattle is sure to last through many years (and babies) of teething and play. The finish is a durable, child-safe mix of organic flaxseed oil and beeswax. Made in the USA. 
Sailing Ship Kite Set // $40
Sail into the skies with this beautiful and intricate, handmade kite! This incredible kite really flies and is handmade out of flexible bamboo and nylon. Though functional, this beautiful ship can also be displayed indoors as a sculptural mobile in a child’s room. The kite measures approximately 25” x 27” and flies best in a strong wind, on a beach or hilltop. The kite comes with basic twine and easy-to-use assembly instructions. 
Classic Alphabet Blocks // $38
With this set of 28 heirloom-quality, Michigan-made blocks, children can learn to spell, sequence, stack, build, and match. The set includes four full alphabets, colorful numbers, math symbols, and a menagerie of animals. Each block features detailed embossing on two sides. 


Vault of Midnight // 1226 Library St
Vault of Midnight is a family owned comic shop based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to comic books and games, the store carries numerous sundries such as designer toys from KidRobot and Toy2R, apparel, posters, action figures, and tons of more stuff.

The Nameless City and The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks // $14.99
When Kaidu arrives in the Nameless City he is very much an outsider, but when he meets Rat, a native of the Nameless City, the two find that the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill // $17.99
The story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
Mighty Jack and Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke // $14.99
Siblings Jack and Maddy trade their mom’s car for a box of magic beans, and it’s the best mistake they have ever made. The little garden behind his house is about to become home to tiny onion babies, dangerous biting cabbages and more!
Compass South and Knife’s Edge by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock // $19.99
When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they travel to San Francisco to put their family back together, but neither Alex nor Cleo realize the real danger they are in – they are being followed by pirates!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani // $16.99
A heartfelt young adult graphic novel about an Indian-American teen’s attempt to reconnect with her mother’s homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.

Detroit Surf Co // 4240 Cass Ave
Detroit Surf Co. is your shopping spot for skateboards and snowboards.

Mini Cruisers // $129.99 – $139.99
Detroit Surf Co. mini cruiser 26″x 8″ 8 ply hard rock maple, made in USA. Laser Cut Detroit Street Map in bottom, and die cut logo in deck grip.
Skateboard // $79.99 – $149.99
Detroit Surf Co. laser engraved designed Skateboard.  Grip tape is laser cut. 7 ply hard rock Canadian Maple deck.
Longboards // $209.99 
Detroit Surf Co., Detroit Street Map Drop Through version 3 (2016)  40″ x 10″  Hard rock maple deck, with slight concave, made in USA. Laser etched artwork on bottom, and logo cut in top grip tape.
Apparel // $16.99 – $299.99
Detroit Surf Co. onsies, t-shirts, hoodies and hats.

Pure Detroit // multiple locations at Fisher Building, Strathmore in Midtown, Guardian Building, Renaissance Center, Renaissance Center and Belle Isle Aquarium

Pure Detroit – The Original Local Culture Shop since 1998 – has grown from the ground up, thanks to community support for 19 years. The first Pure Detroit store opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1998 in the David Whitney Building on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. Now with 5 locations in Detroit, three of them are just steps away from the QLine route!

Goodness Grows in Detroit onsie // $19.99
Start their love for Detroit early. Sizes from newborn through toddler.
Goodness Grows in Detroit bib // $12
Keeping the mess off their clothes and their heart in the city.
Detroit City T-shirt // $28
A true Detroit classic. Designed by Detroiters. Super-soft heathered base that holds shape with every wash. Tailored fit.
Pure Detroit United Track Jacket // $75
Cotton / Poly with Striped convertible collar, contrast raglan sleeves and side entry pockets. Machine wash friendly.
Seatbelt Belts // $27 – $30
Made in the USA, adjustable from 24″ to 42″ waist with authentic seatbelt buckle.

Carhartt // 5800 Cass Ave
Carhartt manufactures premium clothing known for exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction and fit that you can feel in the fabrics and see in the performance.
Force Signature Sweatshirt // $29.99 – $34.99
Quick Duck Woodward Jacket // $83.99 – $91.99
Camo Fleece Sweatshirt // $33.99 – $37.99


DCreated // 19480 Livernois Ave + holiday pop-up at 1001 Woodward

DCreated Boutique offers handcrafted organic boho baby and toddler clothing, heirloom and custom outfit are a specialty.
Ophelia leotard // $28.50
Dr. Seuss baby booties // $19.50
Audrey Hepburn Little Black Tutu Dress // $52

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