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{Disclosure: This curated list is brought to you by several of the businesses featured in this post. We love each and every item in this list! Shop LOCAL this holiday season!}

When it comes to holiday shopping, may we suggest that you skip the mall in favor of supporting local? There are so many incredible Twin Cities businesses that you could hit up for gifts this year, and we are thrilled to support the local businesses involved here! 

Not only are we excited to point you in the direction of these businesses, but we personally love all of the highlighted products. See below and keep an eye out for Facebook giveaways of each of these items – starting in early December! 

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Senn & Sons

Senn & Sons is a creative studio founded by Kim Senn, an illustrator and designer passionate about colorful, hand-drawn prints and patterns. Specializing in creating surface and pattern designs, children’s products and paper goods, Kim finds inspiration in the small details of family life, the adventures that come with having energetic little boys, and the occasional quiet moments in between.

Drink all your cocoa, coffee, and tea from this extra large, 15 oz., ceramic mug that celebrates the beauty of winter in Minnesota. For a few minutes you’ll forget about all those times the cold temps made your teeth hurt.

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Sota Clothing

Sota clothing is a source of creative and original design organic to Minnesota. Its roots can be traced back to a college project at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It continues to grow into a form of creative expression through finely designed products. We seek to inspire natives and newcomers to embrace and explore the ruggedly charming qualities that encompass the nature of our state. 

Classic Sota Winter Beanie. Made by a locally owned and operated custom knitwear manufacturer right here in Minnesota. This is a super cute beanie made with winter white and blue yarn with a pink and white embroidered patch.

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The Minnesota Zoo

This holiday season, give amazing with a gift card or annual membership to the Minnesota Zoo! 

Visitors can explore an indoor rainforest that’s 78 degrees every day and home to everything from red pandas to pink flamingos. 

Touch a real-life shark in Discovery Bay or hit the outdoor trails where a world of wildlife plays in the snow. 

No matter what the weather brings, the Zoo has the perfect forecast – and the perfect gift – for fun this holiday season.

Shop now at MNZOO.org

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Silly Street

Silly Street is the hilarious game that gets you up and moving and being SILLY as all get-out. Move down Silly Street by choosing a card and simply performing as the card suggests. Sounds simple, right? Not so! Some cards award YOU points, some cards make you COMPETE for the points, and some cards have you award points to another player! So stay on your toes and get ready to GET SILLY. 

Silly Street builds these Character Skills: Confidence, Creativity, Empathy, Adaptability & Grit. 

Silly Street is for ages 4+ and is sold at Target, Barnes and Noble, Creative Kids Stuff, Toys R Us, and Amazon.

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Amy's Cupcake Shoppe

After opening in 2014 with only the best ingredients, Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe builds every treat from scratch with a lot of love. Every order is made-to-order from scratch when you need them. 

The macarons from Amy’s are absolutely one of our favorite local treats! We would willingly drive clear across town for them and it’s worth every mile. Order your favorites ahead or stop in the shop to see what they have available each day. Either way, this is a great gift or addition to the family holiday meal. Stop by their shop in Hopkins or call ahead at 952-479-7516.

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BraveBows

Many of us with kids in our lives have seen the definition of beauty relate to what looks “pretty.” BraveBows is a story inspired by broadening the definition of beautiful. With every BraveBow, you will find a uniquely, hand-made design that mixes exciting and fun. This company wants everyone that wears a BraveBow to feel beautiful and of course, Brave. We especially love that with EVERY BraveBow purchase, a child being treated at a Children’s Hospital has the same opportunity they do and is given a BraveBow as well – because when you Wear Brave, you Give Brave.

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City Girl Coffee

City Girl Coffee is not just a cute company with cool colors and a chic look. They are a sustainable and responsible coffee company who is working to bring awareness and equality to the women of the coffee industry. They source their coffee from small, women-owned or women-managed farms and co-operatives, and give a portion of every sale back to organizations that support the success of women in their country of origin. City Girl Coffee Company is proud to be a WBENC certified women-owned business. 
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Goldfish Swim School | Oakdale

Give the gift of experience and confidence that lasts a lifetime. This holiday season, skip the usual presents and gift a Golden Experience of swimming lessons. The package includes: 2 months of group lessons, annual membership fee, 2 family swim passes, bubbles plush toy, goldfish beach towel and goggles. Goldfish Swim School provides year-round swim lessons in a 90-degree pool, small class sizes with flexible class times. Holiday Gift Package- $199.00 (Value $257.00) Call today at 651-236-9390 to purchase your holiday gift package.

 

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Visit Madison | Madison Hotel Week

Madison Hotel Week is the perfect gift this holiday season for those on your list that want a great travel experience! With hotel locations across Madison at three different price points, there is hotel for everyone. There are hotels with great pools for families looking for somewhere their kids can burn off some energy and hotels that are perfect for a GNO or couple’s getaway. Madison Hotel Week takes place from February 9-19th. Check out all the participating hotels and get the perfect gift for someone (or yourself) at: www.madisonhotelweek.com. Book now, hotels are going fast!

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Clingks

Clingks are the hip and humorous alternative to wine charms! The sassy seasonal sayings will have your guests laughing right from the start putting them in the holiday spirit of FUN. Our static cling labels cling to any non-porous surface, making them perfect for all types of glasses, even stemless glasses. Best of all, they are reusable! Store them right on the card and use them for your next holiday party. Our featured items includes four sets of 12 labels: 2 Christmas and 2 New Year’s themes. Check out Clingks.com for even more themes throughout the year. Cheers!!

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Meet Small Walt, the littlest snowplow in the fleet, who’s determined to prove his worth as he battles a big northern blizzard. This charming new picture book by Minnesota author Elizabeth Verdick explores themes of determination and friendship. Bestselling illustrator Marc Rosenthal’s cozy winter scenes create the perfect fireside read-aloud—but there’s also plenty of engine-revving, snow-fighting action for the young reader on your list who loves vehicles that go vroom

“Charming and endearing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review. “The grit of The Little Engine that Could, the nostalgic illustrations of Katy and the Big Snow, and a touch of modernity from an accomplished author and illustrator…”—School Library Journal

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Mindware

Inspire kids to sink their teeth into the rewards of healthful home cooking! What’s on the menu? Crispy, tender chicken nuggets…bright, zesty zucchini fries…all made from scratch with REAL cooking tools, perfectly engineered for young hands! Color-coded measuring cups and spoons match up with the illustrated recipe cards, keeping your junior home chef cool as a cucumber. Soft-touch silicone utensils, a mixing bowl, star pan and apron are all foodie-approved. The tastiest projects for kids happen in the kitchen!

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Hagen and Oats

Custom Wood Decor: Two Sisters and Some Tools. Each piece of wood and wall decor is hand crafted, distressed and stained. 

We love this custom metal Minnesota piece by Hagen and Oats. It’s one of our staple favorite gifts to show that Minnesota love. We’re partial to the gold, but it’s the double texture that gets us. 

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Caffe Colibri

Coffee, for sanity’s sake.

Caffè Colibrì is all about creating an affordable option for people who want to enjoy amazing coffee at home, but are not willing to sacrifice convenience to get it.

Caffè Colibrì roasts coffee beans sourced from the places that grow them best – such as Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya – and delivers them from their rostery in Minnesota to your door. They help you find the exact coffee that matches your preference (not too burned, not too acidic, perfectly balanced) and make (re)ordering as simple as sending a message to a friend.

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Seven Sundays

Hannah Barnstable, founder of Minneapolis-based Seven Sundays, believes that the best mornings start with good food and making good food isn’t complicated. Use real, unprocessed ingredients and recipes crafted in the kitchen (not in a science lab). That’s why she overhauled a hundred-year-old recipe for the original cereal, to give you a strong start to your busy day. Muesli is part whole grains, part fruit, part nuts and seeds, and completely delicious! 

The Blueberry Chia Buckwheat muesli is Seven Sunday’s top-seller – a simple and delicious blend of chewy blueberries and apples, crispy coconut strips, superfood chia seeds and a blend of ancient grains, all lightly sweetened with a hint of organic wild flower honey. This would be an great stocking stuffer for anyone on your list!

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The Cookie Creative

We are obsessed with the creative genius that is The Cookie Creative, a specialty cookie company based out of Minneapolis.

Their cookies are baked fresh with the finest ingredients and hand-piped to perfection. If you can dream it, they can make it into a cookie! Hand-rolled, buttery and delicious, their cookies are baked in small batches and completely made from scratch. Each cookie is then hand-decorated and topped with a sweet layer of royal icing. The Cookie Creative will collaborate with you to bring your cookie vision to life and create the perfect, customized treat for your special event. Cori will collaborate with you to personalize a design that’s perfect for your next event and you will not be disappointed!

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May and Joy

Both owners of May and Joy are mothers of two young girls. They wanted to create a site where new and expecting mothers could go to find cute and affordable products for themselves and their new babies. Each product is designed and hand picked by them with style and affordability in mind.

We’re head over heels for this buttery soft floral cotton robe. It’s available in blue, ivory, purple, light blue, coral, black, and pink, and would be a perfect gift for a friend, your mom, or your sister (um…or yourself!).

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This Minneapolis Skyline print is one of her favorites because Minneapolis is where the owner spent a lot of time growing. Our roots are always with our families and the home towns we are raised within. Then, we grow and we touch these places that are bigger than life. Although our roots are still strong, this new place changes our perspective from that point on and I think it keeps changing the more time we spend there. With stories leading the work featured, this piece portrays Minneapolis in a form that is minimal and familiar to many, especially the artist.

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Northern Glasses

Northern Glasses is the 2nd brand launched by VOICE Enterprise, a company that builds brands to fight for things that matter. It isn’t possible to spend time in countries where water isn’t accessible and not feel the deep injustice that exists. Northern Glasses is a creative outlet bringing business, artists, and consumers together to tackle the water crisis that exists all over the world. You get a glass, they give a gallon. 7% of sales are donated to bring clean drinking water to developing nations through our friends over at charity:water.

The Minneapolis Skyline Pint Glass is designed by a true Minnesotan, made in Minnesota, and the perfect gift for any Minnesota lover.

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Roots Essential

Today’s hairstyle is called: “I tried!” Don’t we all? The sky’s the limit on what we’ll spend to avoid the nightmare of a bad hair day. Roots Shampoo and Conditioner products are made for all types of hair. Enhanced with the “good stuff”(such as exclusive blend of pure therapeutic grade essential oils, Vitamin E and Vitamin B complex), it gives your hair a natural shine and body. This product exceeds EU cosmetics guidelines, GMO and is Cruelty FREE.

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Minny and Paul

Minny & Paul was founded with a vision to elevate your gift giving and make it easier to share high quality local products. You pick the box, they handwrite your gift message and send directly to the special person in your life. They are there to help spread gratitude through local gifting. 

We love the local focus and have yet to find a box they’ve put together that we aren’t completely over the moon for. It’s hard to pick just one, but friends are simply the best, so go for the Girlfriend box and send it to your bestie.

Good Karma Skincare

Everyone deserves Good Karma. Using holistic science and a few secret weapons, Good Karma Skincare has simplified the beauty routine by taking 4 products and combining them into 1 jar. Fewer wrinkles, smooth & firm skin, and a glow that radiates from within – naturally.

Lux 7™ Age Defying Four-in-One Face Cream – Streamline your moisturizing to one simple, powerful product with extreme age-defying benefits. This is that gift that you get for yourself (okay, or your sister, or whomever…but also you). 

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Zuma Blu

We all know the struggle to find clothing that works well with motherhood. We want to be comfortable and ready to take on anything, but we also want to be confident and on trend. Our friends at Zuma Blu understand just how important it is that we as moms feel great about ourselves in the clothing we are wearing. Zuma Blu Co-Founder, Lea Leapold, a mom herself, designs beautiful fitness apparel in a way that is thoughtful and practical, but also fashionable.

We’re especially partial to their high-waisted capris with loads of pockets – they are the perfect pant for mom – at the gym, on the playground or just for errands.

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The Manhattan Toy Company

The little company called Manhattan Toy recognizes that we are profoundly influenced by the toys we play with. That in every little pair of hands lies not a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future. That having a sense of humor means the difference between enduring life, and enjoying it. If it doesn’t contain a wink and smile, it isn’t worth making. This is one of our very favorite toy brands and we couldn’t be happier that they are Minneapolis based. If you’ve never seen a Whoozit before, you’re missing out and this is the perfect gift for the tiniest person in your life.

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