Minnesota and Beyond Holiday Gift Guide 2022
Tis the season to shop for loved ones so I’m sharing a Minnesota gift guide (and some of my other favorite travel and home items too). These gifts range in price points so you should be able to find something at any budget. Happy gifting!
Local Minnesota Gift Ideas
My favorite outdoor adventure goods shop in Duluth Minnesota is Free Air Life Co. Everything they curate is fun and sustainable. Their brands are hand-selected by Founder Sarah Steinbach not just for the amazing style, feel, and fit but also for the positive impact the brands have on the environment. From clothing to lip balms to camp cocktails and notebooks, the shop will have you well prepared (and looking good) for outdoor adventures.
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Northmade Co. is a very small family-owned Minnesota clothing company and one of my favorite places for Minnesota gear. The owner, Brian Nordin, comes up with all the designs and then works with local artists to make them come alive on the gear. My favorite is the MPLS felt sweatshirt (also available for St. Paul), their new knit hat, super soft t-shirts and glassware.
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This company is a Minnesota gem. They handcraft wooden toboggans, sleds and snowshoes. I love their DIY snowshoe kit (finished snowshoes are available too). It’s so special to make your own pair!
One of my favorite winter hats is from Woolly Bear Knits. Handcrafted by local artisan Emily, the hats are incredibly warm, soft and made with premium wool. Emily makes adult and kid versions so you can match your mini! This is a recurring item in my Minnesota gift guide since I wear my hat all the time!
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We bought inflatable paddle boards in 2020 from local company Paddle North and it quickly become our favorite way to get out on Minnesota lakes. The company recently launched a new version of their Portager that has a kayak seat attachment so it’s the best of both worlds! We can’t wait to get out on the water with the new version next year.
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My favorite local nut company, Isadore Nut Co., is named for Tasya’s (the owner) grandfather who treated food as medicine. Tasya sources from sustainable supply chains and supports employment equity to leave the world a better place.
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I love visiting the spa but don’t always have time for longer visits. Face Foundrie is perfect since they offer 40 minute facials (and even 20 minute versions too if you’re really pressed for time). This would be a great self care gift for someone.
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One of the best places in the Twin Cities for tea (and definitely the best place for freshly milled match) is Northeast Teahouse. The teahouse is incredibly serene and offers great tea service. Their matcha starter set would be a great gift! Otherwise, a gift card is a great idea too for someone who would like to experience the magic in person. Check out their upcoming events here too.
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A new plant shop in Minneapolis owned by two incredible women, Planty Queens, has gorgeous greenery and accessories at great prices since they source locally. A gift card would be the perfect stocking stuffer!
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The queen of curating gift boxes, Patricia of Winnie Lu creates gorgeous sets that would be the ultimate personalized holiday gift! She also does corporate gift boxing if you need gifts for larger groups.
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One of the most popular (for good reason) local Minnesota clothing and accessory companies is Sota – they are always a must for my Minnesota gift guide. I love their soft shirts and Ryan loves his classic MN hat.
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Give a gift that gives back…Faribault is currently holding a Spread the Warmth campaign where a blanket is donated for every blanket purchased. They have sold over 2,000 bed blankets so far!
Promo: All accessories are 20% off (they make great stocking stuffers!)
Based in Winona, Minnesota, Sanborn makes gorgeous handmade artisan paddles that would be beautiful in a cabin or home. They also have fun accessories like cribbage boards.
Local Minnesota artist Grace makes gorgeous clay jewelry. The wearable clay sculptures are a love letter to our nation’s natural treasures, inspired by her frequent visits and fascination with every distinctive ecosystem. To protect these destinations for future generations, 10% of your purchase will go directly to the National Park Foundation.
Gift someone a creation by or workshop with Valerie of Mossy Roots Botanical! After living and working at a floral shop on Maui, Valerie found a passion for creating botanical art and is so talented at it!
GiftyWrap creates specialty wrapping paper that reflects the community we all live in. I love their speciality patterns local to Minnesota!
We’re obsessed with our new Stasher bags. They hold snacks, travel items like shampoos and soaps, can be used to pop popcorn or freeze veggies. There are tons of possibilities and we’ll keep single use plastics out of the trash as a result. Perfect stocking stuffer for the travelers and hikers in your life!
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My favorite organic skin care brand is Vermont based Tata Harper. It’s kept my skin looking balanced and blemish free throughout pregnancy and postpartum so I will be a fan for life. I started using the line in 2020 and noticed a difference right away. They also make travel sized items which I love.
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Fun Items for Home
My favorite brand for bedding, jammies, scrunchies and towels is Cozy Earth. They use bamboo to create sustainable and incredibly soft products. This would be a great gift for someone who loves being a homebody. The silk scrunchies are the perfect stocking stuffer!
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Our favorite food is pizza and we used to make it in the oven weekly. We recently upgraded the experience to a wood fire pizza oven that, once heated up, makes the pizzas within minutes! They taste delicious and the experience is really fun. This would be perfect for someone who loves grilling, making pizza or enjoys fancy camp dinners!
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The perfect camp or backyard accessory is the Mesa tabletop fire! At less than $100, it’s a fun gift to give someone who loves being outdoors and making s’mores but may not have the space for a large bonfire ring. It’s also portable which makes it easy to bring camping or hiking.
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We added a staycation daybed to our home this year from Thuma and they make great accessories that would be fun holiday gifts. The Sleeve is great if you’re short on space but need some place to put your phone, Kindle or laptop at the end of the night. The Underbed Storage bins are high quality recycled PET felt and very spacious.
If you’re looking for a new daybed or bed, Thuma’s only took us about 10 minutes to assemble!
Every week we were throwing away avocados that went bad until my parents showed us their avocado keeper. Now we rarely have to throw any away!
Are there any other local companies you’d add to this Minnesota gift guide? For Minnesota adventure ideas to use these gifts on, click here. Happy Gifting!