Forget the Target registry and get the lovely couple something that they can enjoy and cherish throughout their lives. Minnesota offers many options in the way of unique and fantastic wedding gifts that range from practical to decorative to just plain fun. After deciding on your budget for a gift, make your way to one of Minnesota's finest and most loved retail shops throughout the state to gather up a rare gift and know your thought won't be duplicated.
2305 18th Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
A quaint novelty store with several locations in Minnesota, Patina is a favorite gift shop and retail browsing store among the community. Ask any sales associate to show you the latest and greatest household items and gifts available in your price range. Purchase unique kitchen novelties for the culinary couple that range from bamboo bowls to colorful cookware. Framed pictures and decorative items are also available to help add a unique touch to the new home. Pick up barware and cocktail shakers for the drinking couple or go totally different with a ceramic deer head. Know your thoughts won't be duplicated here.
3445 W. 70th St.
Edina, MN 55435
Find upscale and designer kitchen and cookware for the new couple at Ampersand. Featuring collections from notable designers, Ampersand carries table settings and serving dishes along with entire collections of beautiful dishware, barware and tabletop accessories. The Julia Knight Rose Collection makes up the most popular wedding gifts, according to the staff and sales associates of Ampersand. Other items include home decor such as candles and candlesticks. Or go with something a little more modern like lamps and designer lampshades. For those with a bar, the wine stems from Chef & Sommelier also make up some of the most popular gifts.
3001 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
According to the sales associates at Kitchen Window, the most popular and requested gifts for weddings are espresso makers and demitasse sets. Kitchen Window has a large selection of fancy to simple espresso and cappuccino machines along with espresso cups and coffee/tea sets to go with them. If the wedded couple has an aversion to caffeine, Kitchen Window offers a huge selection of wedding gifts that have nothing to do with java. Every new couple needs a cutlery set, and Kitchen Window features many options. Gift cards and classes may also be a good gift for the newlyweds.
303 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
It may not be on the registry, but a couple of nice wines to fill a new wine rack makes the perfect wedding gift. Surdyk's Liquor and wine shop is a Minnesota staple and a local reference for all things wine. At the wine market, consultants are available to help you choose a fantastic wine within your price range. Thursdays offer four bottles for $40 so you can afford to try one of the options yourself. Add international and fancy cheeses to your gift in its cheese shop or throw in a cigar for the celebratory occasion.
710 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Being that Minnesota is one of the most popular cold-weather states for bicycle commuting, the gift of wheels may be a great idea for the new couple. Penn Cycle has been Minnesota's most popular and favorite family-owned bike shop for the past decade. Perhaps a gift certificate, some new bike shoes, gear or even two new bikes would make the perfect present. Penn Cycle hosts group rides and bike clubs to support beginners and those who just love to ride. It can also offer suggestions for the perfect bicycling honeymoon destination.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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