Fill your Christmas with joy as you complete your shopping list this year. Here are five fun shops featuring Christmas ornaments along with all the decorations, gifts and cards you will need this season.
23 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
"More varied than anywhere in the Twin Cities," is how Peggy Merrill describes the Bibelot Christmas ornament selection. She should know, as she and co-worker Janet Haugan chose every one. They have discovered ornaments made of resins, wood, Alpaca, felt and glass created in such diverse places as Scandinavia, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, India and Peru. Collectors will love the traditional hand-blown glass ornaments from Germany or the beautiful wood laser cut ornaments made locally. Many items are Fair Trade. Check out the other fine Bibelot shops on Como Avenue and Grand Avenue in Saint Paul or Linden Hills and Northeast Minneapolis.
821 50th St. W
Minneapolis, MN 55419
"Our ornament selection has something for the sweet, the quirky, the serious and the seriously hard to buy for," says Assistant Buyer Katie Curran. She takes pride in Patina's highly curated range of ornaments intended to inspire and delight, ranging from Nordic to nature and dudes to desserts. Shoppers will enjoy all the shapes, colors, geometric designs and even the Guinea pigs. "Seriously, they are one of our best sellers," affirms Curran. Shop Patina's other six locations in Uptown/Kenwood, North East, Highland Park, Selby at Snelling, Golden Valley and Woodbury.
Sandeen's Scandinavian Gifts
1315 White Bear Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
www.sandeensgifts.comCelebrate a Scandinavian Christmas folk art fantasy this year with Sandeen's finest handiwork, Scandinavian imports and Scandinavian designed items. Shoppers will find a variety of hand-fashioned and hand-painted ornaments made of straw, wood, glass, pewter and ceramics ready to adorn their Christmas tree. There are many Santa Lucia-themed items and ornaments as well as many hand-painted rosemaling items. The shop has been a source for nurturing appreciation for the Scandinavian traditions and folk art since Sandy and Gail Sandeen opened it in 1955. Their daughter, Kay, now operates the store and her sister, Carol, produces the fine art on display.
366 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Many customers have described Paper Patisserie as "A Jewel" when it comes to Christmas ornaments, says owner Eileen Shapiro. "This year will be as gorgeous and unique as ever," she adds. "We are known for angels, Victorian figures, owls, birds, ballet dancers, musical instruments, farm animals stars, glass figures and on and on. I choose each piece and never believe that we will fit it all in, but every year we do." Shoppers will also enjoy the outstanding selection of crafted greeting cards, fine European stationery and an array of gifts from all over the country.
A Cottage Christmas
The Cottage House
4304 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Dates: Wed. through Sun., Dec 9 through 13; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thrill over the magic of Christmas at this vintage merchandise shop. Owners, Ted and Tim make over the entire cottage to a theme of the month, and Christmas is extra special. Delight to cheery Christmas lights, glassy ornaments hanging from the ceiling and trees in every room filled with Christmas ornaments that will bring you back to your youth at Grandma's house. The house should be bursting full this year with Grandma's finest vintage furniture, elegant table settings of china on linen tablecloths, toys we loved as kids, dolls from yesteryear and games galore.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.
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