Did you know that when you spend money at a local shop over 60% of it stays in the community, shopping at big retail stores and chains about 40% stays here, and if you shop online virtually NO money stays in your local community? Even if we all bought one gift at a local shop this year it would make a difference!

shop local this holiday season!

Some of our favorite places to shop locally for unique gifts:

support your local community while getting unique gifts!

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local holiday shopping guide

November 29, 2010

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, 2 Day Sales… crowds… ahh!!  Holiday shopping can get a little hectic.

If you’re looking for fun places to get unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, look no more! Here are some of our favorite local places…

For that person in your life that loves handmade and green gifts try… The Textile Center on University Ave in Minneaoplis. Last year Holly and I took a screen printing class there and afterwards scoped out their gift shop. They have beautiful, handmade items for sale now through Dec. 30th in honor of their Holiday Sale. Check it out! http://www.textilecentermn.org/shop.asp

For the art lover tryThe Walker Art Center gift shop for everything from funky serving pieces to books on Architecture to rings made out crayons. You’re sure not to leave empty handed and with some checks off of your list! You can even shop online… http://shop.walkerart.org/

For the foodie try… Kitchen Window at Calhoun Square. The have everything from spatulas to smokers!  Give a different kind of gift this year with their cooking classes. They are truly an exciting learning experience. www.kitchenwindow.com

For lady of the house try… La Petite Parfumerie in ExcelsiorIf you haven’t been here yet, you are missing out! They have the most wonderful selection of perfumes, bath salts, lingerie, and more!  The store was previously open as the Cherie Boutique in Wayzata, so if you haven’t been to the new store in Excelsior, check it out! http://www.lapetiteparfumerie.com/

For the man in your life try… The Art of Shaving Shop at the MOA.  This brand hits the nail on the head when it comes to all things shaving. Ther products are top quality and smell DIVINE!!! One of their starter kits or shaving sets would make the perfect gift.  www.theartofshaving.com

Do you have other suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Share them here…