Gift Local: Detroit Demo Day Gift Guide

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Gift Local: Detroit Demo Day Gift Guide

November 30, 2020
Detroit Demo Day Gift Guide

With the holidays upon us, the Rocket Community Fund is devoted ensuring that local businesses are supported. Though this year looks different for everyone celebrating, you can do your part to support the small business community by shopping at local retailers.

To that end, the Rocket Community Fund is proud to highlight our curated selection of recent and past Rocket Mortgage Detroit Demo Day winners. Detroit Demo Day is an annual pitch competition that invests more than $1M into Detroit-based, early-stage companies looking to scale their businesses. Over the past four years we’ve invested over $4M into the Detroit entrepreneurial community from Detroit Demo Day alone. But our support doesn’t end there.

The Rocket Community Fund has created a curated list of Detroit Demo Day winners from the past few years in celebration of small businesses whose products and services make perfect holiday gifts. These winning Detroit businesses offer a wide selection of tasty treats, unique gifts and pampering experiences to suit every palette. Be sure to check them out for all your gift giving needs, and if you’re looking for other unique gift ideas from Detroit Demo Day winners, check out the past events tab on the Detroit Demo Day website.

Looking for a TEA-riffic beverage for the herbal drinking people in your life? Look no further than our Detroit Demo Day tea makers.

Eli Tea              

Eli Tea specializes in loose leaf tea (aka, “good and proper tea.”) Their vast collection of 100 different teas are ethically sourced from around the world, including some American-grown herbals like lavender and mint. Get a gift box sampler or spread the holiday cheer with some butterscotch rose Xmas tea!

Ellis Island Tea

Ellis Island Tea is an all-natural Jamaican Sweet Tea steeped in a rich family tradition. Each sip takes you on a refreshing journey made with the freshest ingredients. Ellis Island Tea comes in three different varieties and is loaded with electrolytes. Get free shipping on a sip to drink this holiday!

From gourmet popcorn to melt-in-your-mouth cakes, these winning entrepreneurs have treats that cater to every taste.

Cynt-Sational Popcorn     

Cyntsational Popcorn creates and produces several amazing flavors of vegan gourmet popcorn, that are affordable, healthy and taste great! Order your locallysourced, air-popped treat to share with family and friends this holiday!

Good Cakes and Bakes

Good Cakes and Bakes offers gourmet organic cakes, a variety of baked goods including vegan treats and French pastries; each made with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Gift sweet treats to all your loved ones this holiday; catering also available.  

Gus & Grey   

Spread the love on your favorite breads and pastries, and marinate in the delicious goodness of Gus & Grey’s products. Their james are extremely low in sugar, contain no pectin or preservatives. Get your jam on this holiday, and be sure to check out their Jam of the Month club!  

Lush Yummies

Lush Yummies Pie Company fresh bakes delicious homemade pies, including their famous Lemon Butta Pie with local ingredients and a fourth-generation recipe. Get your pie from some of your favorite shopping destinations this holiday. Better hurry – their Christmas online sale ends Saturday, December 12.      

Bon Bon Bon

Got a sweet tooth? Bon Bon Bon is so good, it’s in the name three times. They specialize in artisanal chocolate, and offer customized treat boxes and sweet swag (no pun intended). Make for an extra special holiday by sharing their delicious bon bons.

Treat Yourself

It’s the holidays, time to treat yourself or a loved one to pampering, handmade clothing, accessories and other unique goods.

Pingree Detroit

Pingree Detroit is a worker-owned, triple bottom line design and manufacturing cooperative that hand-makes accessories and footwear here in Detroit with leather upcycled from the auto industry.  Check out their luxury goods and surprise someone special this holiday season.        

Ash & Erie

Ash & Erie makes clothes for shorter men. They’re the first major brand specifically for guys 5’8” and below. Featuring a wide variety of essentials from everyday shirts to jeans and comfort wear, Ash & Erie has what you need to stay comfortable (and look good) over the holidays. Get free shipping and 15% off your first purchase this holiday!        

The Ten Nailbar

Experience a perfect TEN manicure or pedicure! The TEN Nail Bar is a modern nail bar featuring an elevated customer experience with two locations in Detroit. Nail it this holiday at the Capitol Park or New Center location with The TEN Nail Bar – gift cards also available.

Creature Comforts

Give specialty gifts to all the living creatures in your life, be they kids, pets, or foliage.

Tait Design

TAIT Design Co. is an independent product design studio specializing in homewares and toys for all ages. Their popular Wall Clock is back in stock in all 5 colors, just in time for the holidays! Use code STAYSAFE at checkout for 20% off any order at’

Healthy Roots

Healthy Roots is a toy company specializing in dolls and storybooks that promotes positive self-image for girls of color. Featuring richly diverse, varying shades of complexion and natural hair textures among girls of color, the popular Zoe doll is a fan favorite. Orders placed before December 20th will be delivered before Christmas!       

City Bark

City Bark is a community pet supply shop located in Downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park, offering an assortment of cat and dog food, treats, and accessories. Visit their pet-friendly storefront to find the perfect holiday gift for your pet or the pet lover in your life!   

Honey Cure 

Honey Cure is the only science-backed, all-natural wound care ointment for cats, dogs, and horses. Perfect for scratches, scrapes, burns and more! Protect your pets and keep them feeling fine with the gift of Honey Cure this holiday!


Let your holiday gifts bloom! Bloomscape is a potted plant delivery service that ships healthy plants right to your door and sets you up with all the tips you need to help your plants thrive. Get a Free twinkle lights with your plants (while supplies last) this holiday season!


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