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Every year, millions of people (this is an estimate, probably true) wait until the last minute to do their holiday shopping. This year, we’d like to say to you – do it locally! Amazon doesn’t care about Minneapolis, but these stores do. Spend your money locally so it stays in our community, supports local workers and business owners, and puts tax money back into our collective pockets.
Without further ado, your Last Minute Local Gift Guide.
If you’re shopping for a music-lover…
Electric Fetus (2000 4th Ave. S, electricfetus.com)
The Fetus stocks a comprehensive selection of new and used vinyl, CDs, and DVDs: old classics to the newest blog hype, from all different genres and styles.
They also carry an array of great gifts including books, toys, clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery, incense, bath & beauty products, housewares, turntables and more.
Extreme Noise Records (407 W Lake Street, extremenoiserecords.com)
If you have a punk or metal fan in your life, this record store is a goldmine. Support the local music scene and buy here.
Twin Town Guitars (3400 Lyndale Ave S, www.twintown.com)
Recently restocked, this store is filled with guitars, basses, pianos, ukuleles, microphones, sweatshirts, drum kits, and more!
If you’re shopping for unique gifts…
Belle Weather (317 W. 38th Street, shopbelleweather.com)
belle weather opened in South Minneapolis in 2010 and has been serving your gifting and retail therapy needs ever since! They moved to their new location at 38th & Grand last spring and are loving the new neighborhood.
ColorWheel Gallery (46th & Grand/319 W 46th St, colorwheelgallery.com)
ColorWheel Gallery aims to make art accessible to everyone, promote local artists, and offer inspiration to create more vibrant communities. They offer special events, community art making workshops & classes, and a gift shop boutique that carries an always-changing variety of locally made, hand crafted, and one of a kind items.
Galeria do Beija Flor (2836 Lyndale Ave S, galeriadobeijaflor.com)
A BIPOC-owned gallery that includes fine art, African art, jewelry, and body products. The gallery uses light, video, music and color to create a fun and vibrant experience. They have a mix of artistic media and a mix of price ranges for all income levels.
Khazana (2225 Lyndale Ave S, khazana.com/#)
Indian-owned boutique tucked into Lyndale Ave. South. Supporting and connecting with local and international artists is at the core of every project at Khazana. Explore the wonders of global crafts here.
Patina (821 50th St. W & 1009 W. Franklin Ave., patinastores.com)
Pick-up holiday decor & lighting, stocking stuffers, materials for family game night, gifts for animal lovers, and more!
Settergren's Hardware (5405 Penn Ave S & 2813 W 43rd St, facebook.com/settergrens)
Diverse collection of interesting gifts, from copper birdhouses to leather/shearling mittens to solo stoves and everything in between, and they have price points and items for everyone!
Zinnia Folks Arts (826 W 50th St, zinniafolkarts.com)
Imported traditional Mexican folk art. Bring the beauty of authentic Mexican crafts to your home and loved ones.
If you want to shop for books…
Birchbark Books (2115 W 21st St, birchbarkbooks.com/)
Native and woman-owned bookstore. A self-described "tiny independent book store."
Magers & Quinn (3038 Hennepin Ave S, magersandquinn.com)
Treat the book lovers in your life to a gift certificate to one of the best independent bookstores in Minneapolis. Or browse the shelves for the perfect book or literary-themed gift.
Queens of Swords Press (online-only, queenofswordspress.com/)
Queen of Swords is an independent small press specializing in swashbuckling tales of derring-do, bold new adventures in time and space, mysterious stories of the occult and arcane and fantastical tales of people and lands far and near run by award-winning writer and editor Catherine Lundoff.
Wild Rumpus (2720 W 43rd St, wildrumpusbooks.com)
Wild Rumpus is an independent children's book store in Minneapolis which happens to be home to a menagerie of creatures, including Manx cats and a chicken. They have guides on their website for readers of all ages and regularly host events like virtual story times and book clubs.
If you’re shopping for arts and crafts…
Digs (3800 Grand Ave S, shopdigs.com/)
Good for a last-minute gift for crafters, including fabric, yarn and craft supplies. They also have a beautiful holiday window display right now.
If you’re shopping for art…
Isles Studio (1311 W 25th St, islesstudio.com/)
Isles Studio is a unique environment for finding the best of natural history collectibles, fine objects inspired by nature, and gifts for discerning individuals.They have an assortment of holiday bulbs ready to go and will be perfectly on time to bloom as a last-minute gift.
Everett and Charlie Gallery (2720 W 43rd St Suite 103, everettandcharlie.com)
They are located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Mpls and feature ONLY Minnesota Artists. Everything from Paintings, Pottery, Prints, Jewelry, and a variety of Gift items for the Holiday and Everyday!
If you’re shopping for clothes…
Combine (1609 West Lake Street, combinempls.com)
They are in Uptown to help women + men + home get dressed.
Eye Candy Boutique (2447 Hennepin Ave. S, shopeyecandystore.com)
A Women owned, Black owned, and family operated clothing store on Hennepin. They've got a 20% off sale going right now for their "12 Days of Christmas" sale you can find on their website.
Fit 1st Running (2327 Hennepin Ave S, fit1strunning.com/shop)
Fit 1st Running is a small specialty retail store that carries mid to high end running, walking, and workout shoes in Uptown.
Fleet Feet Marathon Sports (2312 W 50th St, fleetfeet.com/s/minneapolis/)
A shop full of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories geared toward runners. They will fit you, too!
Gear Running Store (4406 France Ave S, gearrunningstore.com)
Gear Running Store is family-owned and operated by runners, for runners.
Larue's (3952 Lyndale Ave S, laruesboutique.square.site/)
A 39-year-old Minneapolis boutique that connects you with a delightful array of artists to enhance the joy of life. Good for people who are into mystical, magical clothing and accessories. You can shop online or call for a personal shopping experience. Pick a box of enchantment.
Legacy (3406 Lyndale Ave S, shopthelegacy.com)
They’re your one stop shop for boutique dresses, the latest trends, and classic pieces. They carry women’s fashion clothing, shoes, accessories and the statement pieces you have been searching for all in one place. Bonus – they're doing 40% off this weekend (Dec. 17th - 19th).
Old School by Steeple People (1901 Nicollet Ave S, oldschoolthrifty.org/)
If you haven't visited Steeple People since their move to accommodate an apartment complex, go visit them now! They are also accepting donations.
Proper (2743 Lyndale Ave S., proper-shops.com)
Proper is a clothing and accessories boutique focused on modern, unique, and feminine pieces at accessible prices.
Queenie & Pearl (5014 Xerxes Ave S, queenieandpearl.com)
Women-owned shop filled with vintage, new, made, and found clothing & accessories
Tandem Vintage (316 W 38th St, tandemvintage.com/)
Tandem Vintage is filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind, colorful, and playful clothing, accessories, and home goods.
If you’re shopping for games…
Tower Games (3920 Nicollet Ave S #150, towergamesmn.com)
Tower Games offers a curated selection of the best board games, collectible card games, and miniatures games in South Minneapolis.
If you’re shopping for home goods…
Foundry Home Goods (322 W 48th St, thefoundryhomegoods.com)
This is the last holiday season for Foundry in Tangletown before they move to their larger space, and they have an exceptional curation of home goods. They have kids stuff, too!
Foxwell (4400 France Ave S, thefoxwell.com)
Find beautiful, unique home goods such as pillows, throws, tableware, and accessories. They also offer kids toys, party goods & unique gifts for the design-minded!
Kitchen Window (3001 Hennepin Ave S, kitchenwindow.com)
Yes, they're still open, and they're doing 30% off now until they close in January.
If you’re shopping for a furry friend…
Urban Tails (2106 Lyndale Ave S, urbantailspet.com)
Friendly and knowledgeable staff, high-quality treats, toys and food for your furry family.
If you’re shopping for something eco-friendly…
Zero(ish) (2309 W. 50th Street, zeroishco.com)
It’s a sustainable living shop and refillery with lots of great options for eco-conscious gifts. Great for those with a New Year’s resolution to waste less and has great zero-waste kits as last-minute gifts.
If you’re shopping for kids…
Kinoko Kids (3803 Grand Ave S, kinokokids.com)
The original Minnesota-based Euro-Japanese children and baby shop.
Go ahead and CTL+F “kids” to see other stores in this guide that also carry kid stuff.
If you want something for the garden…
Bachman’s (6010 Lyndale Ave S., bachmans.com)
Buy some flowers, plants, or outdoor winter decor, or pick up some gourmet candies, specialty planters, and other creative gifts.
If you’re looking for a massage or spa products…
Wagners Garden Center (6024 Penn Ave S., wagnergreenhouses.com)
Wagners has the highest quality plants, gardening products, decor and seasonal merchandise. They're a fifth generation family owned company operating at the same location since 1901.
If you’re shopping for herbal remedies…
Present Moment Herbs and Books (3546 Grand Ave S, presentmoment.com/store)
Present Moment is one of the largest bulk herb and homeopathic remedy retailers in the United States. They also have a ton of books!
If you’re shopping for jewelry…
Beadhive (5458 Nicollet Ave S, beadhivebeads.com)
They carry tons of handmade jewelry, supplies to make your own jewelry, and many kits to DIY a special accessory. Everything needed to make a bracelet, necklace, or earrings can be found in one of their kits.
Gallery 360 (3011 W 50th Street, https://www.gallery360mpls.com/)
Gorgeous jewelry, watches and art near 50th and France. Great spot for last-minute jewelry purchases.
New Gild Jewelers (4300 Upton Ave S, newgild.com)
New Gild Jewelers does things the old-fashioned way, individually making one-of-a-kind pieces of fine jewelry around unique and beautiful gems and diamonds. Alongside expert jewelry repair and restoration and custom work, their gallery is full of ready-to-wear sparkle for everyone on your list!
If you’re shopping for desserts, baked goods, or something delicious…
Black Walnut Bakery (3157 Hennepin Ave S, blackwalnutbakery.com)
Holiday cookies are available to order throughout the season. They’ll have them in the shop daily, great for last minute gifts. You can order their cookie box made with premium chocolate, butter, nuts, and spices for $40.
Bogart's Doughnut Co. (904 W 36th St, bogartsdoughnutco.com/)
Go get some of their doughnuts. There’s a reason there’s a big line every weekend. Bonus – they sell Brown Butter glaze, which could be a perfect last-minute holiday stocking stuffer.
Broders (2308 West 50th Street, broders.com/gift-boxes)
Buy one of their gifts boxes – antipasti, pasta sauce, olive oil and balsamic, and a full dinner gift box.
Butter Bakery Cafe (3700 Nicollet Ave S, butterbakerycafe.com)
Put together a yummy box of bakery treats or a gift box of syrup, wild rice, coffee beans, and more. You can also buy a gift card and support this awesome social enterprise.
Patisserie 46 (4552 Grand Ave S, patisserie46.com)
Boxes of chocolates and baked goods. Holiday favorites include the"Santa Hat” cake which is full of sweet treats– like a pastry piñata, traditional French Bûche de Nöel cake, and many other beautiful and delicious options for holidays at home, parties, host gifts, brunches and gatherings of any size.
Rustica Bakery (3224 W Lake St, rusticaonlineordering.square.site/)
Pick up a great loaf of bread or cookies for the holidays.
Spice Your Life (614 W. 54th St., spiceyourlife.us)
Spice Your Life Gift Boxes are the perfect gift for that special foodie in your life. Mix and match your choice of spices and salts. They also have oil and vinegar and chocolate truffle sets. They opened 4 days before the shelter in place order, so stop in to support and check them out!
Trattoria Mucci (901 W Lake St, Cookie and lasagna ordering website)
Nonna’s Holiday Cookies and Lasagna Sale is back! Looking for a fun and delicious gift idea? A gift box full of holiday cookies baked and decorated with love by their chefs could be just what you’re looking for. Pickup is available on Thursday 12/23 from 2-9 p.m.
If you just want to have fun…
The Corner Balloon Shoppe (2455 Hennepin Ave S, cornerballoonshoppe.com)
Classic balloons, balloons with candy weights, balloons that walk. Everyone needs a balloon. Super sweet staff to boot.
Hemp House (719 W 26th St, thehemphousemn.com)
A small shop tucked around the corner of 28th and Lyndale Ave. S. They sell CBD for humans and pets and plenty of D8 products (for humans).
Big Flower CBD (online-only, https://www.bigflowercbd.com/)
Big Flower started in a small kitchen in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the spring of 2020. Their CBD lemonade is a stand-out product but they offer plenty more CBD treats.
If you want to shop for comics…
Comic Book College (4632 Nicollet Ave S, comicbookcollege.com)
Comic Book College carries a wide selection of new comics and graphic novels. New comics arrive every Wednesday. Thousands of back issues are still available at cover price. They also carry statues, action figures, posters, and collecting supplies.
If you want to support local makers…
Third Space Cafe (2930 Lyndale Ave S, thirdspacempls.com)
Check out the Third Space Holiday Market Sunday, Dec. from 11:00 a.m-4 p.m. featuring local makers selling handcrafted art, jewelry, pottery, hand lotion, candles, and more.
True North Collaborative (3001 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, truenorthcollaborative.com)
Check out the Merry Makers Market holiday pop-up featuring local MN brands and makers. 11-6 PM Wednesday - Sunday through 12/19.
If you just want to buy a gift card or get a holiday deal…
Barbette (1600 W Lake St, barbette.com/gift-cards)
Give a $50 gift card, get $10 bonus gift card. Give $100, get $20.
Canteen (3255 Bryant Ave S, canteen3255.com)
Pick up rolls, coffee, or their famous vegan bars or granolas.
Five Watt (3350 Lyndale Ave S & 3745 Nicollet Ave, bigwattcoffee.com)
Buy their coffee at one of their stores, or sign up for a subscription to get it sent to your home on a regular basis.
Galactic Pizza (2917 Lyndale Ave S, galacticpizza.com)
Order a gift card and get a pizza delivered by their 100% electric delivery fleet.
Gigi's (824 W 36th St, gigisuptown.com/gift-cards-1)
Give a $50 gift card, get $10 bonus gift card. Give $100, get $20.
Little Luxuries Nail Lounge (1426 W Lake St, holiday special site)
Get 10% off through their holiday special on nail art, acrylics, detailers, and gel.
Namaste Cafe (2512 Hennepin Ave S, Christmas special site)
Christmas Special: 3 curries of customer's choice, 1 side of Sauteed Green Beans, 1 side of Fried Dal, 4 sides Basmati Rice, 4 portions of Namaste Eggnog Chai (pour over ice or heat up at home & enjoy - spike with rum or bourbon if you want).
Pat’s Tap (3510 Nicollet Ave S, patstap.com/gift-cards)
Give a $50 gift card, get $10 bonus gift card. Give $100, get $20.
Pizza Luce (3200 Lyndale Ave S, pizzaluce.com/locations/uptown)
Order a $100 gift card and get a free $25 gift card added on.
Spot Spas (1600 W Lake St., spotspas.com/uptown-minneapolis)
This Uptown gem has been a go-to for spa treatments such as massage, facials, acupuncture, and more. Spot’s retail offerings include a carefully selected variety of clean and green beauty and wellness products, including the Nell’s Remedies line of bath soaks, scrubs, and body butters, and the “Love Heals” line of facial and bath kits.
The Chair Salon (3255 Lyndale Avenue S, chairsalon.com)
The Chair Salon offers professional services in a relaxed environment and exclusively features AVEDA® products. We offer award-winning services by our team of highly-skilled stylists and colorists.
Wedge Lyndale + Linden Hills Co-op (2105 Lyndale Ave S & 3815 Sunnyside Ave, tccp.coop)
Check out their co-op deals or buy a co-op ownership stake for you or a friend. Co-op owners get 20% off all home goods purchases through Dec. 26th.