Great Places to Buy Gifts Traveling to Minneapolis

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The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!

If you’re traveling to Minneapolis this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!


It’s important to support Black-owned businesses no matter where you are, but after the death of George Floyd and the social movement that tragedy sparked this past summer, perhaps nowhere is it more poignant to shop Black-owned than in Minneapolis. D.NOLO is a great spot to do that while getting your holiday shopping done. It’s a co-op style boutique in the North Loop that offers clothing and home goods. There’s also free parking available in the Monte Carlo lot for your convenience!

Arlee Park

Owned by a pair of sisters, Arlee Park boasts a collection of curated vintage goods. You can shop here for nostalgic-style denim, shoes, earrings, rugs, books, and more. They also have more modern fare like clothing, kitchenware, sage bundles and crystals, and greeting cards. Arlee Park’s in-person store is unfortunately currently closed due to COVID-19, but you can still order from their website and get free delivery on $75+ orders within six miles of Minneapolis. Or, you can purchase a gift card online.

carousel + folk

At carousel + folk you can help the environment by buying secondhand. The shop is run by a husband and wife team “who work together to source the best vintage decor, hand made goods and house plants” or your home. Because the store stocks a lot of one-of-a-kind antiques, you never know what you’ll find there! They currently have a huge holiday selection that includes hand-painted ornaments and stockings. Due to COVID-19, they are currently shipping and offering curbside pickup.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Minneapolis. Don’t worry, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, and while some are temporarily closed during the pandemic, here are a few of the great shops that remain open (all located in Terminal 1):

·        Explore Afar 1 is a newsstand-style store where you can pick up books, apparel, and national and regional-themed souvenirs.

·        Frivolous is your spot for “wonderfully unnecessary” novelty items, home décor, and kitchenware.

·        Words manages to achieve the vibe of a community bookstore, even in the airport, with its cozy atmosphere. Stop in for fiction, non-fiction, and bestsellers.

·        If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth for someone, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They have fudge and candies, and chocolate-covered everything, like apples, potato chips, and nut clusters.

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