Holiday Shopping Favorites in Minneapolis Northwest
The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to get into the spirit of giving as you shop your way through Minneapolis Northwest. With more than 220 stores in the Arbor Lakes shopping district and Maple Grove, along with Albertville Premium Outlets nearby, everyone from bargain hunters and big spenders can get their shopping done and feel proud of the gifts they give. From popular chains to specialized boutiques, stop by our favorite stores and you’ll be crossing names off your list in no time!
Take your gift-giving game to the next level when you shop at Goodthings – where great things are happening every day! Located within the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Goodthings was named the best Gift Shop in Maple Grove in 2014 by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. The store continues to impress shoppers and drawn in life-long customers with its unique selection of traditional and trendy home goods products, clothing, jewelry and gift items. During November and December, Goodthings blossoms with fun seasonal products, such as ornaments, decorations and holiday-scented candles. It also has a plethora of gifts for kids and pets, and fun items for your office, garden, and any room in your home.
While shopping at Goodthings, give yourself a gift by chatting with the welcoming staff. Part of the store’s mission is to provide one-on-one service and make each individual shopping experience a positive and memorable one. Staff love talking recommendations and they are a reliable resource if you’re stuck on what to buy.
Another excellent home goods store for holiday shopping is The Woods, located just north of the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. The Woods is the essential place to shop for Minnesota-themed items, including t-shirts, kitchenware, puzzles (such as murals of Prince and Target Field!), locally made jams and jellies, and even a Minnesota-theme cookie-cutter set that includes bear, moose, loon, fish and pine tree cutouts.
For kids of all ages (and kids at heart!), check out Grey Duck Toys & Games, a must-see addition to the Arbor Lakes shopping district that features an unmatched selection of classic and new games and toys. Shop early to pick up the popular and wildly entertaining Mexican Train Dominoes, Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty or a Plasma Car, not to mention PopSockets and strategy war games. Give in to nostalgia by gifting classic games to your friends and family, like juggling balls, yo-yo’s, and boomerangs – even mini-Frogger, Pac-Man, Asteroids and Space Invaders. It’s also never too early to start planning for outdoor fun by gifting kites, disc golf discs, Bubble Things and Bunch O’ Balloons water balloon packs.
For the Minnesota sports fan, shopping at Goldy’s Locker Room is a homerun. Or a touchdown. Or a slam dunk! While Goldy’s is the official apparel store for University of Minnesota Athletics, they also sell apparel for Minnesota’s professional sports teams. Give the gift of a Vikings jersey just in time for the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, or proudly wear a t-shirt representing the Champion Minnesota Lynx. And now is the best time to purchase Twins gear, as Goldy’s offers discounted products during the off-season.
Goldy’s Locker Room also features team accessories for your home, office and car, like Minnesota Wild bumper stickers and Timberwolves pint glasses. For the sports fan who likes to be part of the action, head to Dick’s Sporting Goods or REI for equipment, practice gear and more.
Truly original gifts can be found at Celtic Croft in Brooklyn Park, which features one of the largest selections of authentic kilts, tartans, accessories, Clan Crests, Coat of Arms, and jewelry and decor to compliment your family or friend’s Scottish, Irish or Welsh heritage. They even sell bagpipe accessories! And if the Highlands aren’t part of someone’s heritage, there are plenty of unique items to gift, such as beautiful Celtic jewelry, stainless steel and antique pewter flasks, tie bars and cuff links, scarves and handbags. Celtic Croft is also an officially licensed supplier of Outlander kilts and tartans. Fans of the hit TV series will appreciate a tartan, wrap or tote bag made from the exact same 100% Premium Wool Tartan as the tartans worn in the filming of the show – and woven in Scotland by the same weaver, as well!
During the holidays, all bets are off when it comes to sugar and Painted Turtle Chocolatier will help satisfy any sweet craving. Located in downtown Osseo, this artisan chocolatier is locally owned and operated, and their products are made on-site in their chocolate kitchen where they’re able to get the flavors and molds just right. Some of their most popular items include the chocolate-covered potato chips, chocolate-covered popcorn, 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.
Many of Painted Turtle’s chocolates are molded into fun, whimsical shapes like dogs and cats, flowers, a retro convertible, and chocolate golf balls and ballet shoes – perfect for stocking stuffers or a host/hostess gift. Painted Turtle’s signature chocolate animal is the Solid Milk Chocolate Mama and Two Baby Turtles. Also check out the chocolate grape clusters, which are painted with an edible purple glitter to make a sparkling presentation.
There’s almost nothing more magical than curling up in your favorite chair with a cup of hot tea to warm your hands and aromatic steam spreading throughout the room. If this sounds like a perfect winter moment, Teavana Maple Grove should be a spot to stop and shop! Pick up premium loose-leaf tea, teaware, gifts and more. The store recently received their seasonal items, which are perfect for gift-giving. Spread holiday cheer with White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea, Winterberry Tea Blend, Ruby Spice Cider Tea, and Apple Pie a la Mode Herbal Tea. Complement the loose-leaf with one of Teavana’s tea tumblers, infusers or tea-makers, or give the gift of an artisanal brewing kit!
Do you have a friend or family member who appreciates leisurely puffing on a fine cigar or is enthusiastic about pipes? If you know someone who fits the bill, check out Tobacco Grove, the premium tobacconist for the upper Midwest. It offers a wide variety of rare and everyday cigar favorites, from boutique brands to larger brand names. The inventory changes based on customer preferences, but a sampling of the regular cigar brands in stock include Brickhouse, Davidoff, Espinosa, La Aroma de Cuba, Perdomo and Undercrown. Humidors, cutters, hygrometers, drawpokers and lighters are also available. You can even find gifts for the pipe enthusiast, with the largest selection of traditional and premium pipes and pipe tobacco in the Twin Cities.
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 Discover Cooking and Shopping Inspiration at Love That Olive in Minneapolis Northwest.
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