Holidays are near and shopping local is more important than ever this season! I pulled together some of my FAVORITE local brands for some gift ideas for 2021. With shipping delays and limited resources please make sure to shop local and shop EARLY. And always be kind and patient as these small businesses (and really everyone in general) are just trying to do out best! 🙂
Read on below for my guide featuring over 20+ local items all from Minnesota businesses. Make sure to peek through as I do have a few discount codes exclusively for you too! AND for a bonus – I am doing 30 Days of local on my Instagram stories every day where I feature 3 new brands daily. By Nov 30th I will have featured 90 makers!
2021 Minnesota Gift Guide
The Endeavor Pass is my NUMBER 1 recommended option for a gift this season for all the north shore lovers in your life! It’s a stampable passport that gives you exclusive discounts for local businesses along the North Shore. Think food, lodging, and activities to your favorite places! Use code lizanne for 20% off your entire purchase. Passports are valid through June 1, 2022! I highly recommend it even if you use it for one trip!
1 2 3 Fish
This book, 1 2 3 Fish, created by my friend Jenny of Girl of 10,000 Lakes is the perfect option for the outdoor-loving parent & child. This book was inspired by Jenny’s love for ice fishing and introducing fishing to her son. She teams up with her sister Angie Hansen who illustrates colorful characters to inspire parents and children to have fun on the hardwater. Use code LIZANNELATELY for 10% off – good through the end of the year!
Up North Coffee
For the coffee lover in your life, this Warm & Cozy gift set from Up North Coffee is absolutely perfect! It’s filled with a cozy hunter green crew with “UP NORTH” stitched on in black thread, a double wall glass mug, and 2 bags of their premium coffee, including my favorite Blizzard of ’91! Use code lizanne 10% off everything online! They have other gift sets as well! With my discount, the warm & Cozy set is only $58 + free shipping!
Whirls and Purls
Winter is coming and what better way to keep your head and ears warm and toasty! My friend Jenny founded Whirls and Purls and makes these handmade, one-of-a-kind luxury knitted accessories in Minneapolis. She is always using fun colors and patterns so you never know what she’ll come up with! Use code LIZANNE for 10% with purchases over $35+. My favorite are her purple and yellow hats – perfect for Vikings season!
Kinder Coffee Lab
Located in Central MN, Kinder Coffee Lab was started by 3 friends who truly had a passion for coffee and the magical togetherness that first sip can bring when enjoyed together. They are currently working on a brick and mortar space but in the meantime, you can find their beans online! They just dropped their seasonal roast and have a great corporate gift set they just launched as well. Opt for their brew box to try them all and then subscribe to their monthly coffee subscriptions so you never run out! Use code Lizanne20 for 20% off their entire website!
Fashionable Farm Girl
Part-time sewer, Part-time flight attendant, I met Kara from Fashionable Farm Girl through Instagram about a year ago and have fallen in love with her products! Her products are top quality and you know she’s a traveler when she makes all the perfect pockets and details you need! My favorite item has to be the large tote. It’s easy to clean, has a leather bottom and a carry-on luggage sleeve to stack on top of your luggage when you travel! I use this EVERY where I go and it’s the perfect pack all! Use lizanne15 for 15% off your entire purchase good through the end of the year!
Designed, formulated, and manufactured in Minneapolis, MN, Odele is applying decades of experience in beauty, product development, and retail—as well as the lens of motherhood—to build a lifestyle brand for real life. This brand of gender-neutral hair care and more is clean and approachable has quickly taken space in my shower and bathroom. I am in love with every.single.one. of their products! My hair has never felt better or looked healthier since switching to Odele! Use code LIZANNELATELY20 for 20% off your entire purchase through the end of December. They have great sets too for a stocking stuffer or gift idea!
B+D Custom Crafts
Started by a mother-daughter duo, B+D Custom Crafts products center around personalization, meaning they really do have the perfect something for everyone! My favorite thing of theirs are the crafting kits! Perfect for kiddos or a fun afternoon together of making something with your hands.
Spoonful Of Faith
Jena Holliday is an illustrator, author, and creator in Minneapolis. She is known for her warm, joyful drawings of women, mothers, floral work, and her hand-lettered inspirational quotes. Her inspiring brand, Spoonful of Faith, has grown quickly into apparel, art prints, accessories, and more. For a meaningful and uplifting gift for that special mom, friend, or female, Jena’s products will sure send a smile to their face.
If you’ve followed me for a while you know my love of travel and all things Urban Undercover. This travel and lifestyle brand always makes the highest quality products that are made from top-notch fabric and designed to travel well, be packable, and be versatile. My favorite is the travel wrap as it’s really the perfect option to add to your trip! Woman-owned and operated in St. Paul, Urban Undercover is meant for the wanderluster in your life!
Wood artists of the Shore, Bailey Builds is a husband and wife duo are some of the most talented and creative couples ever! They have a shop in Duluth that carries their designs along with other local artists too. During December they are releasing new products weekly so make sure to check back in to see what’s new. They also make these Bailey Buildables that I think are the perfect gift option, ranging from $30-$45.
Always on my feet, I never go anywhere without my Minnetonkas! I am in love with their Home and Away collection as it has a style for every occasion and trip I go on. Plus they are all indoor/outdoor so I can zip in and out as I need to without changing shoes. Make sure to sign up for their email list as they are doing surprise sales and deals throughout the holiday season!
Worker B is a group of passionate beekeepers who harness bee-created ingredients to create clean and healthy skincare products of the highest quality. They have an extensive line that is great for all skincare types – even those with sensitive skin. I highly recommend their Rescue Putty for dry and cracked skin in the winter. Or you can even buy their honey or honey scrubs too!
Tiny Cookies, made with love, Thumbs Cookies is woman-owned and operated, and one of my top recommendations for gifting! Conveniently priced, these little cookies bring so much joy and nostalgic flavor. Make sure to check out their holiday flavors coming soon!
Koselig is Norwegian for cozy and it’s exactly what these candles convey. With scents for all season, Koselig Candle is another local brand that I frequently purchase from. All candles are hand-poured, hand-labeled, and hand shipped. They are currently working on a Brick and Mortar store that should open soon in White Bear Lake! My personal favorite scents are lavender + Spruce & Balsam Fir + Clove and I can’t wait to try their newest launch – an Ode to Minnesota.
Great Lakes Co
My favorite Northern Outfitter, Great Lakes brings nostalgic lake life and midwest living classic appreal and accessories. Their products are created from inspiration from things like family trips up north, weekends at the lake, and pond hockey tournaments. My favorite items are the weathered crew, their mittens, and cozy cabin socks! Shop them now through 11/29 for 25% off everything!
North Woven Goods
A weaver and writer on the shore, Emily Wick started North Woven Goods as a way to Deepen attention to nature, others & self through making. She hand weaves the most beautiful wall hanging, earrings, and coasters (pictured here) and is constantly weaving pieces that inspire her from living on the shore.
Carmine Leather Jack
Ryan and Will use the highest quality leather in combination with the time-honored construction methods to create heritage quality leather goods for Carmine Leather Jack. It all starts with Oak Bark leather from London that lands in Minnesota and is handcrafted into strapped goods. They have both custom-made items and ready-to-ship items – Definitely a brand to keep an eye on!
Hannah Palma Ceramics
Born and raised in Grand Marais, Hannah Palma has been doing ceramic for 13 years. Her emphases for her Art & Art History degree were Japanese Woodblock Printmaking & Soda Fired Ceramics. The two mediums began to fuse when she started to realize she liked the woodblock she had carved more than the finished print on the wall. Fast forward to using the woodblocks for her ceramic designs to create one-of-a-kind pieces that portray the beauty of Lake Superior, Slow living, and the Northwoods. I was lucky enough to purchase my own mug this year directly from her studio in Grand Marais and fell in love with it! Really, all of her pieces have a story and are so meaningful.
A Talisman is known as good luck charm so makes sense that Talisman Caps offer high-end, quality-made caps and gear to help you support and celebrate your favorite Fútbol club. Catch them in-store in St. Paul or find their awesome hats and apparel online too. They offer customization too! They recently launched their Ted Lasso collection and also have a Support Local collection which I’m all about right now!
Women-owned and operated, Namakan believes with the right gear, it’s never too cold. They create versatile winter faux fur pieces that you can take from hat to hat or jacket to jacket. Think Faux fur ruffs, neck warmers, and puffs! Their Faux ruff can be attached from coat to coat to transform your look and keep you cozy all winter long.
WAAM (We are always Moving) Industries designs their products inspired by vintage finds & utilitarian objects and are made by their small team in rural Minnesota. Their goods are designed with intention and are built to last the test of time. I noticed their wooden milk crates first, as they have the perfect sizes to be a record holder. Aside from that their products are just so functional and great for any man or woman in your life.
Soo.. What’d ya think?! Did you find something for everyone on your list? / Remember to make sure to tune into my Instagram daily for the 30 days of local too to discover new makers or see your favorites get featured!
Happy Local Shopping!
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