When friends and family have a little bundle of joy on the way, it’s natural to want to spoil them with baby gifts. Luckily, the Twin Cities area has both established favorites and a fresh crop of new choices when it comes to the baby business. Snag tiny clothes, essential baby gear and more for the mommy- or daddy-to-be. You’ll find the best presents for new parents and their wee ones at some of these local stores.
310 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
This eclectic store in the hip St. Anthony district of Minneapolis carries goods for babies and young children with a funky twist. Here you will find wooden toys, bouncers, unique clothing and more for tots-on-the-way. Expectant moms can find items for themselves as well, such as Earth Mama Organic Peaceful Tea and Preggie Pops. Pacifier also has a gift registry and keepsake items like albums, handprint and footprint kits and growth charts that make it the perfect place to stock up on modern baby shower items.
Edina, MN 55435
Adorable rompers, tiny layettes and precious little dress sets can be found at Oh Baby, the popular baby store that carries not only clothing for young ones, but also all the gear a new parent will need. Unique furniture items for the nursery are sure to please the trendiest moms and dads, especially from the Oeuf collection. Baby essentials like swaddle blankets, teethers and bibs are available in colorful designs and styles. You’ll even find a variety of car seats, car seat covers and strollers here as well so new parents will be ready to roll.
My Little One
370 Water St.
Excelsior, MN 55331
Stocking baby items that have been proven safe, innovative and easy to care for, My Little One is a children’s clothing boutique carrying more than just clothing. Pick up the parent-to-be Two Beads, a teething necklace that is made out of safe materials and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The baby will be able to suck on the beads while the mama looks fabulous in the choices from the jewelry line. Other fun products that can be found at My Little One include Best Ever baby mats for tummy time and Aden + Anais swaddling blankets.
1137 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
For nearly 30 years, Baby Grand has been making baby shower recipients’ dreams come true. New parents will love the classic nursery décor, including elegant lighting options and lush decorative baby pillows. But Baby Grand also stocks essential gear like baby monitors, play yards and high chairs. Those looking for inexpensive baby shower gifts will appreciate the choice of books, stuffed animals, pacifiers and bath toys.
2290 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Peapods is a fantastic local choice for all-natural toys and baby care. This St. Paul store carries products made of cotton, wood and environmentally friendly alternatives including recycled plastics and natural rubber while sourcing its merchandise from small, family-owned businesses. Some baby shower selections from Peapods include lullaby CDs, locally made wooden alphabet blocks, cloth diapers and crib mobiles. For your convenience, the store even has a baby registry, so selecting the perfect shower gift is a breeze.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.