Holiday Shopping Guide

Make the holidays stress-free and shop local Twin Cities stores for gifts for everyone on your list.

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By Claire Noack

Holiday shopping can be an extremely stressful experience. From preparing food and decorating the house to arranging travel plans, there’s enough going on during the holidays without worrying about the perfect gift for your mother-in-law, your child’s teachers or your significant other.

To bring the stress levels down a few notches, we’ve created a holiday guide to help you find a gift for that person who has everything already.

Whether you are traveling to the Twin Cities and hoping to find last minute presents or you are a Minnesota native looking for special gifts for friends and family, shopping locally is a great option for finding unique treasures with local flair. Explore some of these local shops to check off every name on your list.

For the hostess

With ornaments, candles and other beautifully designed homewares, Patina is a great place to find small gifts to bring to every holiday party. This local store has seven locations around the Twin Cities and offers a highly curated selection of trinkets and locally-made goods that are always on trend.

For the fashionista

If your girl friends love to keep up with the latest fashions, but also want to stick out from the crowd, try shopping at Primp for their holiday presents. Each of the seven locations in Minnesota provides an exclusive assortment of chic and affordable clothes that you can’t find anywhere else.

For the coffee lover

We all have a friend who exists solely on four cups of coffee a day. Give them the gift of Minnesota’s best fair trade roasts from Peace Coffee. It’s sure to perk up your sleepy Christmas morning.

For the boys

Shopping for guys in your life can be a bit tricky if you don’t have something specific in mind. Askov Finlayson is a go-to local shop for men’s gifts. Sort through their online rummage sale to find one-of-a-kind items at low costs, or get a stylish “Keep the North Cold” beanie or cap, which helps combat climate change.

For the book-worm

Imagine your loved one curled up in front of the fireplace with their new favorite book that you got them for the holidays. Boneshaker Books can help make this a reality with tons of books to choose from. This community-run bookstore promotes social justice through progressive literature and activism.

For the foodie

Cooks of Crocus Hill is the perfect place to look for gifts for food-lovers and bakers. Fill their stocking with tools and gadgets to stock the kitchen, or buy tickets for a date night (or single) cooking class.

If you want to brave the bustling shopping centers, make sure you’re getting the best deals of the season. Try these malls for major sales at department stores:

The Mall of America
>> 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington

Ridgedale Center
>>12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka

Rosedale Center
>>10 Rosedale Center Mall, Roseville

Eden Prairie Center
>>8251 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie

Southdale Center
>>10 Southdale Center, Edina

Check out our webpage on premium outlet malls for more discount options and holiday sales.

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