December 10, 2020

Minnesota Gift Guide

So many gifts to get and so little time as we close in on the final weeks of gift-giving. This year I resolved to buy local from local shops and Makers of Minnesota who could use some local love.

Here are some of my favorite Minnesota Gifts for gift giving.

Larissa Loden Quarantine Craft Kits are not only an excellent idea for your anxious psyche that need handwork to keep them occupied, but it’s also a great gift idea at a reasonable price point of $35.

Sweatpants and sweatshirts are the new office uniform, so why not make it “Minnesota Awesome?” This local company does it right with illustrations and slogans that are uniquely Minnesotan.

We all have that hard to buy for person. If your person is crazy about hot sauce and measures their worth by the Scoville units, they can stand; this is the gift for them. For $32, this gift set from Lost Capital Foods is perfect. I really love their hot sauces, and you get an excellent range of heat in this package.

Nordic Ware is an excellent local company that makes beautifully themed pans for bundt cakes and cookie sheets and cast iron, and many other kitchen items forged at their local Minnesota plant. I love this Anniversary Bundt gift set that comes with some recipes and a deluxe version of their most famous pan in what else? Why, of course, Gold Leaf for the holidays!

If you have a $100 or less limit on your gift list, you can just sneak this fantastic cheese and wine package in from France 44. This package includes excellent cheese and wine from Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Patti’s delicious locally made spiced nuts. A Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone (this is a killer Red Table wine) and the Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner round out this tasty package for a foodie in your life.

Ope, let me just sneak right by you to try and get a juice glass from one of my favorite local stores, I Like You. Each glass is $6, so get yourself a set of 4 and coming in under $25 for the gift exchange.

The Minnesota State Burger is, The Juicy Lucy. Pick up this shirt that memorializes this oozey wonder at I Like You with a wide assortment of Minnesota themed shirts.

Local Butchers Lowry Hill Meats have a monthly meat share that gets you 3 lbs of freshly butchered meat as well as 1 lb of sausages and bacon and a whole chicken and some pantry sauce from their array of deliciousness from their kitchen. Get 1 month of meat for $80 or sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 months CSA.

Tare Market is a local market that focuses on reducing waste in what they carry on their store floor and reselling items with minimal or reduced packaging. I love these stainless steel bowls with leak-proof lids perfect for lunches or leftovers and are dishwasher safe.

Patina is a great gift store in the Twin Cities. They always have fun fashions, fabulous jewelry, and a host of delightful gifts for giving, including this Minnesota-shaped hot dishpan. Slip a recipe card into the package with your families favorite hot dish recipe for a truly Minnesota themed gift.

Hybrid Nations locally designed beanies, hats, and sweatshirts can be spotted around town on the hippest activists. In Diversity, We Trust is a mantra that resonates in 2020 and beyond.

Someone in Minnesota Loves you tea towels, mugs, ornaments, or playing cards are also available at Patina. Use a tea towel to wrap your favorite bottle of wine or handmade granola, or slip one in your Covid safe, curbside cookie delivery.

Mrs. Kelly’s Tea has been blending tea in a warehouse in the Twin Cities for years, and her Teas are top-notch. For $35, you can order this customer favorites sampler box that gives you about 2 cups of tea for each of the 12 varieties in the box. Her Teas are magical and perfect for the tea lover on your list.

Bare Honey is a Minnesota Company that packages beautiful honey from around the state of Minnesota. Each honey has a distinct flavor based on the terroir of where the bees were located. This gift box includes 8 unique kinds of honey that showcase the unique flavors each flower’s nectar imparts on our bees’ honey, as well as our 4 most popular spiced honeys. Each set includes one jar of the following honeys: Quince Blossom, Lavender Blossom, Citrus Blossom, Linden Blossom, White Clover Blossom, Buckwheat Blossom, Wildflower & Minnesota Amber. As well as our signature Hot & Spicy, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, & Pollen Infused Honeys. Priced at $47 this is a great way to sample these companies’ lovely honeys.

Stock your bar with Surdyks locally-made best selling items and start mixing! Perfect for your favorite Minnesotan ex-pat. This local cocktail kit includes DuNord Fitzgerald Gin, Vikre Lake Superior Vodka, 5-Infused Spirits Cranberry Orange, Tattersall Ready-to-Drink Manhattan, Viski Crystal Mixing Glass, and a heavyweight Viski Mixing Spoon. This is an excellent collection of Minnesota Spirits.


Making cocktails at home during the pandemic has not been as easy as saddling up to your favorite bar. Jesse Held, local bartender extraordinaire, is making the job of mixing a cocktail was less taxing with his line of Earl Giles drink syrups and elixirs that only require you to add alcohol or soda water and stir.

Minnesota’s fragrance company Alora Ambiance Verde scent is one of my favorites to make your home smell fresh and clean. This set is included, scent, a diffuser, and also a matching candle in the scent.

Julia Moss Designs has an excellent eye for gift giving. They also have a program where they re-cover your old silver with food-safe enamel giving new life to old silver pieces. I love the trays she has – this tray is less than $100.

It’s never too late to share your FeMNist cred is this Pride Tank top from local designer Sara Schultz FeMNist shop.

When the gift-giving is over and the thank you notes start, be prepared with these colorful and cheerful thank you card set from local artist Ashley Mary. This set of 4 “painted” cards can be mixed and matched with envelopes that are as cheerful as the cards.