I know, I know, everyone is telling you to shop local. They're judging the Amazon boxes piled at your front door because seven-year-old Chinese children worked overnight shifts so you could give your child of the same age a new iPhone.
We're not here to judge you. I've got Amazon boxes arriving daily. BUT, it does feel pretty cool to follow someone on Twitter or Instagram and then buy a thing they made to give as a gift. Or to walk into a local boutique and meet the person who handcrafted your necklace. So if you're into supporting people who live and work right here in Minnesota, here are some pretty swell gift ideas for you.
Dainty Pretty Things
These are made from shed antlers, so there's literally nothing more Minnesotan you could wear around your neck. You can find them at a variety of metro boutiques, Roe Wolfe and Kisa are my favorites.
For daily jewelry lust follow her on Instagram at @carrierpigeonmpls. You can find her stuff in Minneapolis at Forage Modern Workshop, Honeycomb, I Like You and Roe Wolfe.
You can't go wrong with a bright red lip, and this one is for the Minnesota Rollergirls league, so you know it's gotta be badass.
I stumbled upon this local Etsy shop and maker of adorable scarves a few months ago. They're right here in Minneapolis and also have knitted scarves.
Does your pesky lady friend put her ice cold feet on you to warm up? WELL NOT ANYMORE. The men's shoes and kid's moccasins are adorable as well, and they make hats and bags! Available at Love From MN and many shoe stores.
Maybe including Target on the list isn't fair, but Faribault Woolen Mills is a local company and the Target blankets are less expensive than any others, so here we are (also Target is TECHNICALLY local). Grab these at your friendly neighborhood Target store.
Around The House
If you've upgraded from Ikea furniture, you probably need some drink coasters. These are nice and manly. Find these at their store in St. Paul or online.
Seriously with this sarcastic moose pillow. Someone please by it for me. Urban Elliott is another great Etsy shop out of Minneapolis.
Things that smell nice are nice, aren't they? Frostbeard makes amazing, mostly nerdy candles. They're available at local boutiques Digs, Paper Hat, I Like You and a few others, and you can order online.
Cookin' and Drinkin'
Woodchuck makes a variety of great stuff - phone cases, journals, pocket squares - but these flasks are one of my favorites. You can find them online at Moss Envy and even Target and Best Buy.
I met Stangler Works through the wonderful power of the Internet and have always admired the handmade wood products they make. Check them out on their website.
This is a great gift to send friends who have moved out of Minneapolis but still have a special place in their hearts for hotdish. Available at I Like You.
For The Little Ones
Your kids don't need another toy that makes a bunch of noise, and these are just wood and rope - soooo peaceful. Available online.
Fun shapes! These make a swell stocking stuffer or extra gift to have on hand. Find them on Etsy.
Stuff We Can't Afford (but maybe you can)
Our friend Robb designed this city map that you can cuddle under.
Someday I'll have a whole set of J.W. Hulme luggage and a matching satchel, but until then I'll just make this image the wallpaper on my old MacBook and call it a day.
These beautiful modern pieces are locally crafted and come in a variety of finishes and colors.
All images sourced from manufacturer websites.