Last-minute gifts can get you by when you’re strapped for time. However, the lack of consideration often results in a mediocre gift. Instead of giving the usual, think outside of the box with gifts from these Minnesota spots.
Minnesota Gifts and Books
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55102
Two gift shops in one museum offer many handcrafted items from Minnesota artisans. You will find books related to MHS exhibits and programs plus a broad selection of gifts at the History Center Museum Store. Go to the Sights of Minnesota Store for gifts and books related to statewide historic sites. The Museum Store is also a good source for the many books published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Handcrafted Christmas Items from Germany
129 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Imagine choosing from an exclusive collection of the highest quality German handcrafted items in North America. Käthe Wohlfahrt’s primary mission since 1977 has been to provide German products to North American consumers. Check out these wonderful products from candleholders to figurines to nutcrackers on the website before visiting.
Scandinavian Foods & Gifts
1601 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Many customers drive miles just for the lutefisk and lefse. But food is not the only thing you can find at this fine store established in 1921. Visit the website for some quick ideas and then head down to Ingebretsen’s to get everything you need. Pick up a Lucia gift said to bring light and hope to the darkest time of the year. Discover handmade treasures, gifts for kids, jewelry, kitchen items and collectibles.
Mall of America
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
Shopping at more than 500 specialty stores and local boutiques in one place certainly beats driving from store to store in holiday traffic. There are more options than any one shopper can imagine with four levels of stores covering acres of space. For example, a Midwestern family-owned business, Callister’s Christmas, offers collectible figurines, cherished keepsakes and unique personalized ornaments. The store is located on the first floor on the east side. Another store nearby is Build-A-Bear Workshop also on the first level. Budget-conscious shoppers can purchase a Mall of America Super Savings Coupon Book at any Guest Services desk for $9.95. If you cannot find the perfect gift, your friend will always appreciate a gift card from the Mall of America.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.