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Holiday Shopping Favorites in Minneapolis Northwest

Did you know that the Arbor Lakes shopping area, combined with Albertville Premium Outlets, has more shopping square footage than Mall of America? That means you can accomplish all your holiday shopping right in here Minneapolis Northwest. And with no tax on shoes or clothing, you can save big and feel good about the gifts you give from some of our favorite stores.


The season of giving thrives in the Arbor Lakes Shopping and Dining District. Comprised of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, The Fountains at Arbor Lakes and Main Street Arbor Lakes, the area includes more than 220 popular retailers, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and attractions. For holiday shopping, start with a visit to Goodthings, where great things are always happening. The store impresses casual shoppers and life-long customers with its unique selection of traditional and trendy home goods products, clothing, jewelry and gift items. It blossoms with seasonal products and has a plethora of gifts for kids and pets, and fun items for your office, garden and kitchen. Kirkland’s is another excellent store for home décor, accessories and even furniture. Pick up a beautiful wall hanging, seasonal wreath, plush throw pillow, cozy blanket or picture frame to gift someone special. Kirkland’s also has smaller items that make excellent host/hostess gifts. 

Stocking stuffers

It’s no secret that Minnesotans are an active bunch, whether we’re hiking in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, or doing yoga all year long. Head to DICK’S Sporting Goods and REI, both in the Fountains at Arbor Lakes, to find the perfect gift for those with a passion for camping, running, skiing, fishing, golfing, rock climbing, yoga and more. Neat stocking stuffers include wireless headphones, sunglasses, micro flashlights, travel games and portable chargers. REI also offers classes that make a great gift, such as Winter Camping Basics, Cold Weather Cycling, Fun on Fat Bikes, and Learn to Climb Class. Check the online schedule for official classes and locations.

Apricot Lane

Specialty clothing stores are as popular as ever, and Apricot Lane is one of the best can’t-miss boutiques in the area. The shop showcases smart and fashionable clothing, apparel and accessories for women of all ages. Each designer-inspired piece is carefully curated with styles picked by the owner to reflect the vibe of the local area, and new styles arrive each week. An intricate knit sweater, soft-spun hoodie or oversized cardigan could be your best friend’s favorite gift this year.

For even more great boutique discoveries, stop by Flaunt Accessories, a locally owned shop that’s open the third weekend of every month. There’ll you’ll find unique and trendy scarves, wraps, jewelry and scarves. You can also go on a shopping spree at Francesca’s, another great boutique specializing in women’s clothes and accessories! 

Yankee Candle

A scented holiday candle can enhance the spirit of the season. The selection at popular Yankee Candle includes tantalizing classic scents like Balsam and Cedar, Snowberry, Sugar Cookie, Mistletoe and Holiday Sage. It also offers personalized candles that you can order in store or online. Simply pick the fragrance, upload the image you want on the front of the candle jar and add an optional message. The personalization turns this classic holiday gift into something truly special.  

A new place to delight your senses is Olfactory Scent Studio, Inc. At this shop, you can participate in custom blending to create your own personal fragrance oils, or for a friend, and from that you can have various home or body products created. Choose from hand-poured soy candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, and bath and body products. Peruse the 100+ fragrances available, and even bring in your own candle jar that staff can pour a personally scented candle into. Olfactory’s fragrances include Sandalwood, Sea kelp, Tomato Leaf, Tupelo Honey, Chai Tea, Pecan Pie, First Snow and Santa’s Pipe. Choose one of their interesting scents or create a scented blend you know someone will love. 

Grey Duck Games & Toys

For fun and entertaining gifts for kids, teens and adults, check out Grey Duck Games & Toys, which features an unmatched selection of classic and new games and toys. Shop early to browse the new assortment of science games and products like the Doodling Robot, Dragon Robot and Snap Circuits. Kids will go nuts for Melissa & Doug products, Socker Boppers and Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty while adults will give into nostalgia when they receive a classic game like Mancala (the oldest game in the world), mini-Asteroids, or classic toys like juggling balls, yo-yo’s and boomerangs.  

Celtic Croft

You don’t have to travel to Scotland to get something special for the Outlander fan in your life. Celtic Croft in Brooklyn Park is an officially licensed supplier of Outlander kilts and tartans. Fans of the hit TV series will appreciate a tartan or tote bag made from the same 100 percent Premium Wool Tartan as the tartans worn in the filming of the show. The shop also features one of the largest selections of authentic kilts, tartans, Clan Crests, Coat of Arms, and Celtic jewelry and decor to complement your family’s or friend’s Scottish, Irish or Welsh heritage. They even sell bagpipe accessories! 

Painted Turtle Chocolatier

During the holidays, all bets are off when it comes to sugar, and Painted Turtle Chocolatier will help satisfy your friends’ and family’s sweet cravings. Artisan chocolates are perfect for stocking stuffers, host/hostess gifts and treats for coworkers. Some of the most popular items include chocolate-covered potato chips, sea salt caramels and assorted chocolate boxes. They also have a delicious offering of chocolate-dipped goodies including chocolate-dipped graham crackers, marshmallows, pretzel rods and Oreos.

There’s so much shopping to be had in Minneapolis Northwest, and we would love to hear what other stores and gifts you find. Post your photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WeLoveMNW and you could be featured on our website!

To learn more about another store overflowing with holiday shopping ideas, check out cooking and shopping inspiration at Love That Olive in Minneapolis Northwest. And if all the shopping leaves you feeling famished, check our top area dining discoveries for delicious eateries.  

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