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Best Local Stores For Gift Baskets In Minnesota

A good present for the holiday season, gift baskets are pre-wrapped parcels of joy. You don't have to do any of the work, as these local stores will have everything done for you. You can trust that these gift baskets will put a smile on the face of whoever you give them to, and isn't that what gift giving is all about? For any holiday or special occasion, head out to one of these Minnesota stores.

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Cossetta Alimentari Market
211 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-3476

The enormous expansion means you'll never have to go anywhere else for your sweets, meats and treats. The gift basket selection is awesome, with one cooler than the next. You can go the sweet route, with a basket full of light and dark chocolates and different candies, or go for the "Rustic Italy" basket that could serve dinner for the whole family. Italian specialties overflow from the various baskets. This is not your average store, and these are not your average gift baskets.

General Store of Minnetonka
14401 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 935-7131

For the most uniquely Minnesotan gift basket, this expansive store just outside the metro puts together some of the best baskets you'll find. Choose from various baskets full of things made in this great state, like the Taste of Minnesota basket that is stocked full of local goodies, like Nut Goodies and other Pearson's candy (a St. Paul company), along with wild rice and other specialties. There's also a Sweet Tooth basket with more candy than you could ever hope for. It will satisfy your sugary-sweet friends. There's even a Minnesota Morning basket that is as energizing as it sounds.

Baskets On Occasion
2127 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 994-8392

A beautiful selection of baskets make perfect gifts for expecting mothers, graduates, brides and bridesmaids... pretty much any occasion that calls for something a little extra. You can even find something for the man who has everything in the men's section. Choose baskets that focus on baked goods and chocolate, or maybe a little "oh, why not" wine, or something casual for a business meeting with out-of-town business partners. You can visit the store, or shop online and ship anywhere in the country.

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Saint Paul Floral
960 Payne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55130
(651) 778-1661

There is a fun variety of gift baskets to be found at this Payne Avenue institution. No matter who you're looking to buy for, one of these reasonably priced selections is sure to hit the spot. Choose the Gourmet Basket for something a little more upscale, or head straight to the sinful goods with the Junk Food Basket, full of those snacks you just can't resist. Throw a bouquet of flowers into the mix (the arrangements are equally fun) and you have yourself a great gift. It doesn't matter if it's grandma or a toddler you're buying for, they will be thrilled with the selection in these adorable baskets.

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Lunds & Byerly's
1959 Suburban Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55119
(651) 735-6340

This local chain takes care of its local shoppers. For a great holiday gift, pick up a basket at the nearest Lunds or Byerly's. They make up baskets for whatever you like, be it an elegant mix of organic crackers, fruits, cheeses and other tasty snacks, or something a little more fun like the basket filled with popcorn and candy, perfect for a family movie night. You can expect the same commitment to quality in these baskets as you'll find shopping in the store and, casual or classy, you can get gifts to suit any occasion.

Related: Best Places For Last Minute Gifts In Minnesota

Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.

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