1. Man Art
The aesthetic of the Upper Peninsula put through the New York City style filter and sold in the hip new Petoskey boutique Lake Affect. Find other Northern icons as art—rifle, axe, fishing rods, life jacket—in the collection. Prints $45; framed $175. 231.347.5253, Facebook.
2. Holiday Huntsmen Decor
Campy. Yes. Will he love them? Yes. Are these shotgun shell Christmas lights relegated to the Man Cave? You bet. Twelve-foot strand, $25.95. American Man Cave, Charlevoix, 231.237.9585. Facebook.
3. Shaggy’s Skis
A true Northern Michigander needs a true Northern Michigan ski—as in a pair handcrafted in Boyne City by the family-owned Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis. The Brockway is especially designed for our Midwest mountains—a short 17.5-meter turning radius allows for fast turns on small hills, $765. 231.459.4323, sccskis.com.
4. House Divided? House United?
Is there a family with Michigan roots that shouldn’t fly this flag over the television? We think not. $19.99. We found ours at The Front Porch, Suttons Bay. 231.271.6895, FrontPorchSuttonsBay.com.
5. No Green Horns
For the mantel or for helping to bring home dinner: Every Northwoods man needs a handmade (in the Upper Peninsula) Rapid River Knifeworks knife. Shown here, the Drop Point with a cocobolo whitetail handle, $140. rapidriverknifeworks.com.
6. The One That Didn’t Get Away
No one has to know you missed the shot—order up your venison from Michigan Venison. Choose from whitetail tenderloins, bratwursts, summer sausages, pot pie, stew meat, ground meat, steaks and rack. Plenty to brag about. Michiganvenison.com. Or, find it at ShopMyNorth.com.
7. Stag For The Holidays
So inimitably Northern. So tailored for hanging over the fireplace in the gentlemen’s den. Meet the MacKenzie-Childs stag wreath (stag head comes with!), $175. Ours is from Gattle’s in Petoskey—purveyor of many other wonderfully whimsical MacKenzie-Childs creations as well. 231.347.3982, gattlespetoskey.com.
8. Lucky Box
Here’s where he’ll keep his cards, $89. Reid Furniture, Petoskey. 231.347.2942, reidindeed.com.
9. Golf Rules
At the dawn of the 20th century, Perrier launched a tongue-in-cheek ad campaign called “Rules of Golf.” Give one of these vintage prints to the golfer in your life—and tell him that the clubhouse at St. Andrews has a set of the originals on display, $375. North Seas Gallery, Charlevoix. 231.547.0422, northseasgallery.com.
Looking for holiday gift more ideas? We’ve got lists for everyone: