The ultimate Twin Cities gift guide to help you shop small this holiday season

Support local businesses and treat all kinds of folks in your life with these gift ideas.

by Macy Harder

Afternoon sunsets, end of semester stress, peppermint coffee drinks and freezing walks across campus can only mean one thing — we’ve made it to yet another holiday season.

This time of year always creeps up a little too quickly, which leaves many of us scrambling to find gifts for our loved ones. Although Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping may be tempting, there are plenty of local businesses where you can find goodies for people of all interests.

Here’s a curated gift guide to help you ditch Jeff Bezos and shop small in the Twin Cities this holiday season.

For plant parents:

Plant-themed merch from Mother Co. Plants — This store is a plant-lover’s paradise, with plenty of fun gift options to go around. They offer a wide variety of potted plants to choose from, as well as candles, incense and more. But the store’s merch is the cherry on top — their shirts, bumper stickers and bucket hats would make the perfect gift for any flora fanatic in your life.

Houseplants and accessories from The Greenery Minneapolis — This Indigenous-owned plant shop and mercantile carries everything you need for houseplants, as well as a selection of goods from local makers. Whether you’re looking for plant accessories, artwork, or a potted plant to start someone’s collection, The Greenery is a great place to check out.

For foodies:

Gift Baskets from Golden Fig Fine Foods — This specialty food store in St. Paul highlights locally-made goods to spice up any dish. If you can’t pick just one thing for the foodie in your life, check out their curated gift baskets. They cater to a variety of different taste preferences, including picnic snackers, chocolate lovers, snack addicts and more.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” cookbook by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley — Sherman is the founder of The Sioux Chef, a team working to make Indigenous foods more accessible to different communities. Reservations for his Minneapolis restaurant, Owamni, are hard to come by, so his cookbook could make a great gift alternative for those looking to learn more about Indigenous cuisine.

Coffee and tea subscriptions — What’s a better way to treat a caffeine-lover than by delivering drinks right to their doorstep? There are some local shops that offer this service, like Northeast Tea House’s monthly matcha subscription and Wildflyer Coffee’s bi-weekly coffee subscription.

For readers:

Books from the local indies — Instead of grabbing the newest bestseller from Barnes & Noble, head over to a locally owned, independent bookstore, like Moon Palace Books, Black Garnet Books or Birchbark Books, to name a few. Top it off with some store merch or a gift card, and you have the perfect holiday gift bundle.

Literature-inspired candles from Frostbeard Studio — These soy candles are perfect for book-lovers, as each scent is inspired by popular reads; among the lineup are “Headmaster’s Office,” “Sherlock’s Study” and more. They also offer a Candle of the Month Subscription Box, so the reader in your life can get their hands on all the newest scents.

For self-care enthusiasts:

Facial hair care from Average Bros Co. — This Minneapolis-based, eco-conscious grooming supply company has all the goods for your bearded buddies. From cedar citrus balm to wintergreen-scented oil, this shop is a go-to for the facial-haired folks on your holiday list.

Skin care kits from Santosha Co. — For those into health and wellness, this plant-based and chemical-free line of self-care products is a great option. They offer a variety of skincare and moisturizer kits, as well as their collection of beauty bars, body oils and more.

For crafters:

Candle-making class at Roseline’s Candles: This handmade, soy candle business in Minneapolis offers a wide range of scents, as well as the opportunity to make your own. These BYOB candle-making classes offer two gifts in one: a fun night out and some candles to take home.

Quirky cross stitches from Third Daughter, Restless Daughter — From snarky sayings to motivational quotes, this embroidery business does it all. Their unique works make great gifts for those looking to personalize their bedroom or office space. They also offer DIY Cross Stitch Kits so crafty folks can make their own pieces.