Many a shopper ventures out into the craziness that is Black Friday hoping to score the best deals on holiday gifts. Instead of frantically grabbing generic items from the shelves and shoving them into your shopping cart before your fellow shoppers can get their hands on them, skip the big-box retail madness that is Black Friday and visit these local shops for thoughtful, unique gifts instead.
7814 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN 55427
You’ve made your list, checked it twice and still have no idea what to get your loved ones for the upcoming holidays. If you’re in need of some serious gifting inspiration, head over to Patina and check out its unique offerings. From beard conditioning oil and craft beer cookbooks for him to fabulous purses and cash/mink scarves for her, Patina is packed with fun gifts. And for the bacon lover, snag some festive bacon candy canes. There are multiple Patina locations across the metro so check out the website to find a store near you.
2309 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Are you an Etsy addict? If you’ve ever wondered what Etsy looks like offline, check out Paper Hat. Paper Hat is a packed with items from local Etsy artisans - from handmade greeting cards to beautiful artwork to lovely jewelry and even adorable gift items for kids. Paper Hat values originality and locally hand-crafted goods and your gift recipient will too once they open their gift and see a truly one-of-a-kind item inside.
I Like You!
501 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
I Like You! has something for everyone and features hip, kitschy merchandise from local crafters and artists. You’ll find everything from t-shirts, posters, jewelry, children’s clothing and much more. Each item possesses a charming quality that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. And don’t ya know, it also carries a ton of fun Minnesota-centric items, perfect to gift to your favorite Midwesterner. If you’re looking for the perfect card but are tired of Hallmark, search the cute, edgy, even downright outrageous and funny cards in stock and you’re sure to find one that conveys the right message.
4315 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Bibelot means an “attractive or curious trinket” and that’s exactly what you’ll find inside. From cutesy kitchen gadgets to seasonal home decor items to children’s games, Bibelot is a go-to gift shop for everyone on your list. You’ll also find fun, unexpected gift items like Brewery soap (smells like beer of your choice) and Smokey the Bear salt and pepper shakers. Bibelot’s trinkets make the perfect stocking stuffers.
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3056 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
If your gift recipient is into being environmentally friendly, Moss Envy has the perfect present in store. From clothing and accessories for men, women and children to kitchenware to home decor items and much more, everything at Moss envy is eco-friendly. Each item comes with a tag explaining where it came from, so you know whether it is organic, fair trade, recycled or repurposed. And that warm tingly feeling you get inside from giving someone a gift will be magnified by knowing that your purchase was Earth-friendly.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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