Best Places To Buy Gifts For Grads In Minnesota

May 7, 2013 7:00 AM

Graduation is a special time to celebrate students’ accomplishments and wish them well on the next phase of their life. Finding a great gift to commemorate the occasion can be an adventure in and of itself. For unique and local options that will help you highlight their interests and achievements, check out this list of best places for grad gifts in Minnesota.

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Birchbark Books
2115 W. 21st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 374-4023

Birchbark Books is one of the coolest independent bookstores around. Featuring plenty of great local reads and hard-to-find books, the bookstore is staffed by employees who love their craft, know their books and enjoy helping you pick out a great gift. Consider a book in the grad’s area of interest or chosen field. Besides books, find plenty of other fun gift ideas, including local art (perfect for bringing home to that new dorm room or first apartment), jewelry and Native art.

R.F. Moeller Jeweler
2065 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-6321

For a timeless and classy option, consider a watch for your grad. Local jeweler R.F. Moeller offers a great selection of watches, as well as the onsite expertise to repair and refurbish a family keepsake, should you decide the time has come to pass it along. The family-owned business has been working in the Twin Cities for more than 60 years and prides itself on great customer service and luxurious options. Brands carried include Raymond Weil, Reactor, Tag Heuer and more.

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Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-4417

Uptown-area retailer Kitchen Window is a great stop for your graduation gift search – find plenty of options to help your grad set up his/her new place. From utensils to cookware and glassware, as well as fun gifts and novelties, there are plenty of gift ideas here. If you don’t want to buy an appliance or the latest in fine cutlery, Kitchen Window also offers cooking classes, which means your gift is a lesson that keeps on giving. From basic ideas to fancy foods, there’s plenty here to interest and entice.

(credit: Garrison)

(credit: Garrison)

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

From stationery to jewelry to art, Bibelot is another one of those great little shops that holds a little bit of everything. If you’re stumped for a gift idea, visit this Grand Avenue-area retailer and browse for some inspiration. Whether picking out some fun cards or a piece of Minnesota memorabilia to make the next place feel a bit more like home, gift ideas are numerous and as unique as your grad. Bibelot has alternate locations in Linden Hills, Northeast and the Como neighborhood.

770 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 941-7700

If you’re looking for a thoughtful and traditional gift, consider the gift of flowers. Bachman’s, the local staple in flowers and gardens, offers a wide selection of arrangements and green plants to help you celebrate the big day. Add on balloons or gifts to amp up the festive feel or pick out a great plant for the new apartment. Bachman’s has six locations around the Twin Cities metro and helpful staff can assist you in creating the perfect floral “Congratulations!”

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at

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