There is no greater thrill than to give a gift to someone we love. Shopping for gifts should be a delightful and energizing experience. Yet we trudge up and down the aisles hoping for inspiration for the right gift. Better to start at a gift store because it summons the senses with endless opportunities for great giving. Here are five best Minnesota gift shops to help us express your love for Mother on her day of honor.

(credit: Garrison)

(credit: Garrison)

1082 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-0321

Try this festive Summit Hill shop if you are seeking an eclectic gift for mom that is cute and soulful, like candles, fragrances, books and kitchen gadgets. The store carries more personal items in the line of clothing, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, totes, bags, scarves, socks or stationery. Top it off with free gift-wrapping and a touching Mother’s Day card. Many gifts reflect the Minnesota origin of St. Anthony Park resident, Roxy Freese, whose first Bibelot Shop was in Saint Paul. Since opening her first Bibelot Shop on Como Avenue in 1966, she has added three other neighborhood shops in Northeast Minneapolis, Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, and Linden Hills in Minneapolis.

4646 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
(612) 276-0198

CorAzoN is the Spanish word for heart, according to native Minnesotan and owner, Susan Zdon. That is just what Zdon has given this small but amazing shop packed with locally produced fine art, crafts and custom jewelry. The many other high quality and attractive gift items make this an ideal place for a gift for mom. Once you found your gift, you will not have to go far to select a card that has just the right message, with this diverse card collection. You can find this little treasure trove on Lake Street down by the river, or stop by its new sister store further east on Selby Ave in St. Paul.

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Paper Hat
2309 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410
(612) 886-3892

“This is the easiest store in the city to find something unique for mom,” native Minnesotan and Paper Hat Owner Greta Norlander said. “We have a huge selection of paper flowers that will always stay colorful and require no care and a selection of art, jewelry, ceramic jewelry dishes, handmade beauty lines and handmade gifts from close to 200 artists around the country.” The really fun part about shopping at Paper Hat is that every object is authentic and has a tag on it linking it back to the place or person from which it originated. Greta is always there looking to share even more information about each piece and the person behind it. You can find Paper Hat just west of Penn Avenue on 50th Street.

2305 18th Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Patina makes gift giving so much easier because it arouses the senses and opens the mind to the beauty of life. Mom may love the soaps and lotions, candles and tableware, kitchenware and barware, keepsake boxes and picture frames, books and stationary, purses and scarves, clothes and jewelry. That is only the start because the store has Minnesota-themed gifts, gag-gifts, a pet section and a garden section. Your mom will be thrilled when she opens the pretty purple Patina box topped with a beautiful card from the store. Patina locations include South Minneapolis, Kenwood, Highland Park, Selby & Snelling, Golden Valley and Woodbury.

The Woods
15825 95th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
763-416-WOOD (9663)

Although this natural wood-themed store first sprouted up in 1985 as Davlins Fine Crafted Gifts of Wood, it now proudly displays its wares in three beautiful stores, each with its own character. You can find many fitting gifts such as bags and purses, candles, collectible figurines, dinnerware, jewelry, kitchenware and Minnesota memorabilia. Northern suburbanites will like this fashionable flagship store, Woods of Maple Grove, because it offers an abundant collection of gorgeous gifts and home decor. Southern suburbanites have the petite Woods of Southdale on the second floor near Macy’s. You will delight in searching for gifts for mom at the new and spacious Woods of Woodbury in Tamarack Village.

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, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at