The holidays are fast upon us and as such many of us are scrambling to find meaningful, useful gifts that in some way give back to our communities.
Let's be honest: donations are wonderful and I love to do them but I also love giving gifts. Our artisan, small business economy is important. It supports makers, jobs and families.
I put together a list of places I like to buy gifts and treats for all holidays not just Christmas. But, of course, these are great Christmas places too.
First up: Ethique Nouveau. A shop full of handmade gifts and treats that also is not-for-profit as it's sales support animal charities. I love going here and have bought tons of things from here. In addition, they host bake sale fundraisers for members of the community in need of help.
Next on the list is near my house and I have a hard time going in here and not buying things for myself. I love their air plant collection and they also carry gifts for Jewish holidays.
Indulge and Bloom never disappoints.
On the high-end of artisan gift giving and filled with tangible dreams is Larue's. Jewels, clothes, small gifts, art, hats...
Even when I can't afford to get something I do love to walk around and look at everything. So many works of art in one space.
If those kinds of gems don't peak your interest, head over to ZRS Fossils for truly unique gifts. Rocks, minerals, crystals, jewelry. It's like shopping in a museum.
On the eco-conscious end of gift giving locally is Moss Envy. I can't find my pictures for here but click the link to see what they have to offer.
They have lots of home goods and I've frequently used this spot for eco-friendly party needs.
Now onto edible and drinkable gifts:
Glam Doll Donuts would have to be on the list. Vegan donuts, cute items all related to pin-ups and donuts.
My list would not be complete without The Herbivorous Butcher. They do have many vegan cheeses and meats for great gift giving but they also carry artisan chips, nuts, chocolates, dog treats, etc..
Bonus: Millner Heritage Winery. Not in Minneapolis though you can find their products in stores here. They make wonderful wines for dinner and parties. If you can make it out to the winery the tour is amazing. And when it's cold there's warm, mulled wine.
Much luck and Happy Holidays!