Did you make your holiday shopping list, double-check it, then realize your freebies won’t appear until 2022? We are here to help you.
Driving the news: Supply chain shortages and shipping delays are having a huge impact on purchasing this year. Many retailers have started urging consumers to start ordering as early as mid-October.
What they say : Customers are heeding the warnings, says Christine Ward, co-founder of specialty gift shop Twin Cities Patina.
- Ward said his business, which has eight subway locations, saw an early surge in customers in November and more purchases in-store than online.
- “We have started prepare one year in advance to avoid problems. Our inventory was 90% in October, ”said Ward.
Be smart: You might have a better chance of finding gifts in time for the holidays if you shop locally. More: What better way to support our metro economy as it rebounds from the pandemic?
- We’ve found 20 local gift ideas under $ 100 for everyone on your shopping list.
For vegetarians: The Herbivorous Butcher Deli, Dive-in and Dine Pack
This vegan meat and cheese shop kit contains all the ingredients needed for their Italian charcuterie and dill and turkey sandwiches, featured in the shop’s Food Network episode of “Dinners, drive-in and dives. ”
For children (and children at heart): Vacation Packages Organized by Mischief Toy Store
Tell the staff what your recipient likes (and their age), and they’ll create a personalized, perfectly-wrapped gift box for any holiday.
- Starting at $ 40. Buy online or in person at 818 Grand Ave., St. Paul.
For the plant parent: PlantyQueens Queen Pothos Marble Hanging Basket
Pothos are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors, even in little light. Concerned about the cold? PlantyQueens offers winter shipping insurance for $ 5.
- The basket costs $ 22. Buy online or in person at 1729 N 2nd St. # 40, Minneapolis.
For the cook: A customizable spice set from Spice Your Life
Create your own gift box of gourmet spices from around the world at this Minneapolis spice shop, which also offers free, individually wrapped samples to take home.
- Less than $ 50. Only available in person at 614 W 54th St., Minneapolis.
For wine lovers: Home wine workshop
Grab a bottle of wine from a local store and take a virtual live lesson from Twin Cities sommelier Jason Kallsen. Questions and discussions are encouraged and webinars will be archived.
For the fanciful: A gift card to the Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium (DARE) market
- The prices vary. Buy online or visit in person at 406 E 48th St., Minneapolis.
For the local beer fan: Curiosity Home Decor Minnesota State Breweries Ornament
This handmade (and durable) ornament is made from bottle caps salvaged from various Minnesota breweries.
- $ 30. Buy online or in person at 1228 2nd St. NE, Suite 3, Minneapolis.
For the cool: Handmade Mittens from Steller Handcrafted Goods
Each pair of these 100% wool mittens is unique. They are made from recycled vintage sweaters and lined with fleece. Available in child and adult sizes.
- $ 30 to $ 88. Buy online or in person at 1121 Jackson St. NE Suite 115, Minneapolis.
For the Minnesota sports fan: A personalized video from their favorite player
For the cat lover: One hour at Café Meow
Visitors can pet, play and cuddle with over 15 adoptable rescue cats at the Twin Cities first and only cat cafe.
- $ 10 an hour. To buy online, or visit in person at 2323 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis.
For the tea lover: A blend of La Société du Thé
Consult with the experts at this gourmet teahouse to choose the perfect blend from their hundreds of options.
- The prices vary. Buy online or in person at 2708 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis.
For the treehugger: Zero waste kits from Tare Market
From natural toothpaste tablets to biodegradable pet waste bags, Tare offers zero waste alternatives for a variety of everyday products.
- $ 15.19 to $ 73.99. Buy online or visit in person at 2717 E 38th St., Minneapolis.
For the player: A Dungeons & Dragons session at Bad Wolf Adventure Studios
A professional Dungeon Master guides players through a D&D session using 4K flat screens, surround sound, fog machines and more. Good for beginners and experienced players.
- $ 30 per person. Buy online or in person at 1523 94th Ln. NE, Blaine.
For the reader: A gift card to Birchbark Books & Native Arts
This independent bookstore, owned by Louise Erdrich, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Ojibwa author, offers a variety of books by Indigenous authors and artists. (Check out five Indigenous authors we recommend.)
- The prices vary. Buy online or in person at 2115 W 21st St., Minneapolis.
For the writer: Woodchuck Wood Notebooks
Buy a variety of pre-designed notebooks or customize your own cover. Bonus: the groundhog plants a tree for each product sold.
For the dog owner: Outdoor equipment Co-pilot Dog Outfitters
Take your puppy with you on a walking, hiking or stand-up paddleboarding adventure with seasonal gear and clothing specially designed for dogs.
- The prices vary. Shop in person at 4280 Sheridan Ave. S, Minneapolis.
For the handyman: Roseline’s Place Candle Making Class
Bring dinner and drinks to this two-hour class, where participants will make two 100% soy candles to take home.
For the person who doesn’t need a lot: Doodlebird Design Greeting Cards
Check out handcrafted stationery and greeting cards from local designers for every occasion.
- $ 4.50 per card. Buy online or in person at 2803 E 42nd St., Minneapolis.
For the outdoors: A vehicle license for Minnesota State Parks
Give the gift of unlimited visits to Minnesota’s 75 state parks with this unlimited pass, valid for one year from the date of purchase.
- $ 35. Buy online or in person at any Minnesota State Park office.
For the proud Minnesotan: I love you and her sister shop I love you too t-shirts
- $ 22 and more. Buy online or in person at 1955 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis or 416 Snelling Ave. S, St. Paul.