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Michigan-Themed Closing + Housewarming Gifts for New Homeowners

Buying a home is certainly a moment to celebrate — in fact, new homeowners are likely to receive a number of gifts to commemorate the occasion, from a closing gift from their Realtor to various housewarming gifts from friends and family.

If you’re hoping to welcome a newcomer to the Ann Arbor area, here are several ideas for closing and housewarming gifts for new homeowners. And to help them properly display their state pride, each one has a Michigan theme, with a few specific to Ann Arbor — and some focused specifically on the Great Lakes! These thoughtful gifts will help them feel settled in their new home and excited about living in the wonderful state of Michigan.


Michigan Candle

Michigan Homesick Candle

Photo Courtesy of Homesick

Scent has the power to evoke emotion and trigger memories — more so than any of the five senses. Homesick creates nostalgic candles of each state, plus cities, countries, occasions and various themes. Their Michigan Candle has top notes of chocolate, cherry and lemon, with mid notes of honeysuckle, rose and cedar, and base notes of cinnamon, amber and musk. This is a comforting blend of sweet and spicy, sure to make the whole home smell like the Great Lakes State.


HOME Michigan Pillow

Make it a home sweet home with a comfy pillow! This 13-by-22-inch pillow spells out HOME with the “O” substituted with a silhouette of the state of Michigan. The letters are made with nature-inspired fabrics in neutral tones, which means it will go with just about any decor!


Lake Michigan Stone Coasters

Lake Michigan Stone Coasters

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Dion via Devonian Coast

The stunning Petoskey stone unique to Northern Michigan is something to behold and treasure. These handcrafted coasters properly display the stones, accompanying them with other stones found along the Michigan shoreline. The end result is gorgeous, and looks like you’re peering into shallow crystal clear water at the edge of Lake Michigan. Each coaster has a cork bottom to create a scratch-free and slip-free base.


Wooden Michigan Catch-All Tray

Everyone needs a “catch-all” tray for their entryway or kitchen, to drop in keys, coins, wallets and other knick-knacks as you come and go. This gorgeous cherry wood tray is cut in the shape of Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula!


Ann Arbor Map Pint Glasses

Ann Arbor Map Pint Glasses

Photo Courtesy of WellTold

This pair of 16-ounce glasses are adorned with two different versions of the Ann Arbor map, including the U-M campus, streets and neighborhoods. Designed and made in the U.S.A., these glasses are printed with crisp detail in Michigan colors! This is the perfect gift for a U-M fan or alumnus — or simply someone who loves beer.


U-M Fight Song Sheet Music Print

“Now for a cheer they are here, triumphant!” Michigan’s famous fight song, “The Victors,” was written by Louis Elbel in 1898 and today, is revered as one of best college march songs in the country. This print is made to look like vintage sheet music of the song, with the university’s logo placed over it. You can purchase this as an 8.5-by-11-inch print, either unframed or framed, or as an unframed 11-by-14-inch print.


Michigan State Park Checklist

Michigan State Park Checklist

Photos Courtesy of Unfinished Art Studio + Julie M. Gile

For the outdoor adventurer, look no further than this Michigan State Park Checklist. Made with reclaimed wood and a 100% cotton canvas, this checklist can be personalized to contain either just state parks or the entire state park system, which includes state parks, state forests, recreation areas, and historic parks. Plus, you can choose from three designs: pine trees, sunset or map. The checklist comes with a guaranteed no-bleed marker to check off the parks that have been visited!


Great Lakes Cribbage Board

The classic game of cribbage is a great addition to any home, especially when the board is as pretty as this one. This Great Lakes cribbage board is available in black walnut or cherry, and features storage in the back for the large solid metal pins (included). The board has attached felt pads for storing and can stand on its edge for display!


Ann Arbor Puzzle

Ann Arbor Puzzle

Photo Courtesy of Lantern Press

This random-cut 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle features a cool, retro picture of Ann Arbor’s skyline. Made by Lantern Press, this 19-by-28.5-inch puzzle was made with eco-friendly inks and recycled materials, and includes a reference poster, which could be framed and hung on the wall as artwork.


Michigan Beer Cap Map

Help the craft beer drinker in your life keep track of all the local breweries they’ve visited with this Michigan beer cap map. This birch plywood board makes up both lower Michigan and the upper peninsula, containing a total of 76 holes to display beer bottle caps!


Great Lakes Wooden Serving Board

Great Lakes Wooden Serving Board

Photo Courtesy of HullSpeed Designs

This stunning wooden board is laser engraved with the shape of the Great Lakes and sealed with 100% natural tung oil. You could utilize the engraved side for serving and the reverse side as a work surface. The board is made up of six types of wood — most commonly, maple, cherry, ash, sapele, pine, white oak and alder.


Native Michigan Wildflower Seeds

Help the new homeowners help the environment by buying them a pack of native wildflower seeds, which will attract local insects and pollinators. Not to mention, wildflowers make a beautiful addition to any garden! This shaker contains a seed/soil mixture that covers more than 150 square feet.


Michigan-Shaped Cutting Board

Michigan-Shaped Cutting Board

Photo Courtesy of American Heirloom

American Heirloom creates these beautiful cutting boards from a 100% rapidly renewable bamboo plywood, cut into every state — including Michigan. Plus, each board can be personalized to commemorate a special time and place, like the purchase of a new home! You can add a heart, house or star to a city or place of your choice, plus engraving to include your initials or a date.


Michigan Mittens

We’ve all put our hands in a mitten shape to describe where something falls on the Michigan map. Why not take it a step further with actual mittens, which contain more detailed maps of the state? Michigan Mittens sells a variety of mitten designs — and more than just mittens!


Michigan Ice Cube Trays

Michigan Ice Cube Trays

Photo Courtesy of Made in Michigan

Infuse your cold drinks with a touch of Michigan with these ice cube trays cut into the shape of the state, including the Upper Peninsula! Each tray makes eight large ice cubes that are 1.25 inches thick. Trays are available as a pack of two in white or blue!


Cut Out Metal Michigan Ornaments

Commemorate moving to a new state with these metal Michigan ornaments, which feature lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, cut out of 4-inch metal disks. They are available in a variety of colors with coordinated ribbon, including black, gold, metallic blue, metallic red, silver glitter, rainbow glitter, and white glitter.


Great Lakes Decanter

Great Lakes Decanter

Photo Courtesy of Made in Michigan

Make entertaining a breeze with this gorgeous handmade stone texture glass decanter adorned with the Great Lakes. No decanters are identical, as each is hand-painted and unique.


Happy Gifting

What Michigan-themed gifts are you giving? Let us know in the comments below!

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