Thanksgiving is done. What’s left of your turkey is still in the back of the fridge waiting for you to figure out what to do with it. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday, Christmas? This year, think food when it comes to gift giving. Dara dug into this a bit and came up with some unique ways to find interesting, maybe even culturally important gifts for your holiday gathering. Here are her Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations!
St. Paul Winter Farmer’s Market
290 5th St E.
St Paul, MN 55101
Yes, where you buy fresh tomatoes in August. The St. Paul Farmer’s Market transitions to the Winter Market in December. There are 30 local vendors with fresh cheese, honey and other food gifts plus Christmas Trees and more. Also, don’t forget a couple of other markets going on around the Twin Cities. They include the Mill City Farmer’s Market inside the Mill City Museum which will be open December 14th and the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market is open on the weekends with plenty of local goods. No better way to buy and cook local than hitting the Farmer’s Markets, even in winter.
250 East Drive
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331
Say it with us: Christkindlsmarkt. Just like it’s spelled. Good. Now, what is it? It’s an outdoor market in downtown Excelsior. Lots of gifts, local artists, wine, stuff for the kids plus Excelsior Brewing has a beer garden open! Perfect to warm the body after shopping in downtown Excelsior.
752 Grand Ave #1
St. Paul, MN 55105
This Saturday, December 7th, it’s the Grand Meander in Old St. Paul! On historic Grand Avenue, you can stroll all the shops and restaurants with a pancake breakfast with Santa, samples from all your favorite places and much more. There are plenty of shops for your shopping joy and a great way to spend a Saturday in December.
The American Swedish Institute’s Holiday Market “Julmarknad”
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Another spot to hit this weekend is the American Swedish Insitute. On December 7th and 8th, they’ll recreate a little bit of Old World Europe for their outdoor fair Julmarknad. Think Nordic snacks, hot chocolate, bonfires plus 15 local artisans with interesting, exclusive gifts you won’t find anywhere else. There is a $10 admission so be aware of that ($5 for kids 6-18 and free for 5 and under).
Mrs. Kelly 21st annual Holiday Tea Tasting
77- 13th Avenue NE #103
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Did you know that they do an annual Holiday Tea-Tasting Party in the historic Grain Belt Brewing warehouse? This weekend, December 7th and 8th, is the 21st annual where you can taste over 100 hand-blended teas plus a bunch of local artisan foods you can choose from. A really fun way to pick up a bunch of gifts for this holiday season!