Photos by Becca Sabot
Now that we own every Minnesota object imaginable—from necklaces to baking pans—we’re drilling down, getting more specific, owning our neighborhood or even a zip code. It’s a way to celebrate community, and a gift that shows you really thought about the recipient . . . or at least know where they live.
No. 1 | SIGN IN
Claim your lakes. Graphic poster ($25), by Arterx, from Paper Hat.
No. 2 | NORTH STAR
Created by local designer Nick Brue. Star T-shirt ($28), from Askov Finlayson.
No. 3 | BANNER IDEA
We’re hung up on the pennant trend. City pennant banners ($45 to $55), by Summer Boyfriend, from Orchard Art House.
No .4 | GEO-GIFT
Custom order your town, zip, or happy place. Zip code key chains ($19.95 each), by MFH, from Gather.
No. 5 |
Pillow ($57.50 to $95), by MFH, also from Gather.
Whether you’re throwing the party or simply trying to liven it up, the ever-expanding world of bar accoutrements makes it easy to gift beyond a bottle of wine. (Not that there’s anything wrong with good wine.)
No. 1 | THE BOMB
Adults like cherries, too. Cherries ($19), by Woodford Reserve, from MartinPatrick 3.
No. 2 | CLASSIC
As necessary as vodka. Copper Moscow Mule mugs ($19.95 each), from Sur La Table.
No. 3 | NON-BITTER BITTERS
Locally made tinctures. Dashfire Tinctures Allspice ($11.99), by Dashfire Bitters Co., from Ace Spirits.
No. 4 | BASEMENT BARTENDER
Tastes better when you made it. Homemade gin kit ($54), from Cooks of Crocus Hill.
No. 5 | SECRET INGREDIENT
Swap tonic for shrubs. Shrubs drink mixers ($19.99 each), by Shrub & Co., also from Ace Spirits.
Good things come in itty-bitty packages this season: little bowls, little spoons, little jewelry. There’s an art to paring a design object down to its simplest form. Small box—big impact.
No. 1 | RING IT IN
No. 2 | STIR IT UP
No. 3 | POT OF GOLD
Functional and decorative. Polished brass bowl ($96), by Olof Kolte for Skultuna (founded in 1607), from Askov Finlayson.
No. 4 | MINIMAL
Understated speaks volumes. Brass and rope necklace ($24), by EKATE, from Orchard Art House.
No. 5 | LEAD THE WAY
A pocket-sized compass. Miniature compass ($45), by Tru-Nord, also from Askov Finlayson.
Some of the best local purchases are the ones you make because you fall in love with the object, and only then find out that it was made in Minnesota. There’s a solid chance of stumbling upon a Minnesota maker when shopping for leather goods—the industry is springing back with a new generation of designers, many of whom are self-taught. The results are striking, modern, and high quality, whether you’re shopping for an investment piece or a small—but lasting—token.
No. 1 | TOTE THIS
A forever bag. Tassel tote bag ($195 to $255), from Spring Finn & Co.
No. 2 | ESSENTIALS ONLY
Holds a phone and more. Phone wristlet ($140), by J.W. Hulme Co., from Brightwater Clothing & Gear.
No. 3 | URBAN TRAVELER
The military duffle, updated. Top loading duffle ($475), by Marked Minneapolis, from the Store at the MIA.
No. 4 | THIS IS KEY
Made with a piece of the metrodome. Metrodome keyfob ($24), by Steller Handcrafted Goods, from Uptown Minnesota.
No. 5 | DRINK UP
Never lose your latte. Handstitched leather cup sleeve ($10.95 each), by Solid Mfg Co., from Patina.
The vanity of our dreams is as chic as it is fragrant. It’s easy to achieve—and fun to give—thanks to a bevy of new products that live up to their sharp packaging.
No. 1 | BURNING DESIRE
With notes of black tea. Othello candle ($68), by Ladurée, from La Petite Parfumerie.
No. 2 | RUSTIC WASH
Smells fresh as a forest. Body soap ($20), by Prospector Co., from MartinPatrick 3.
No. 3 | SEASON'S SCENT
A spicy, unisex fragrance. Winter unisex fragrance ($85), by Dasein Fragrance, also from MartinPatrick 3.
No. 4 | PURE LUXURY
Absinth, incense, vetiver. Liquid Crystal perfume ($195), by Agonist Parfums, and solid perfume ($48), by Diptyque, both also from La Petite Parfumerie.
No. 5 | PEACE TORCH
Created by local stylist Brian Graham. Peace candle ($45), by Graham + Kane, from Brian Graham Salon.