The holidays can be stressful, for all kinds of reasons (I won’t even mention your relatives coming into town), but deciding what to get for people you work with, whether they are co-workers, vendors, clients, etc., shouldn’t be adding to that stress. Don’t worry, Minneapolis Northwest has your back.

One of the easiest gifts you can give is a gift card. If you know the recipient’s favorite restaurant, perfect! If not, there are usually some standard places that everyone loves and would enjoy. Some delicious Minneapolis Northwest options include: Granite City Food & Brewery, Pittsburgh Blue, 3 Squares, Lemon Grass Thai, and so many others.


If you’re looking for a more personal touch you could do what has been successful for our team at Minneapolis Northwest, themed baskets. Whether you actually use a basket with a nice bottle of wine, a couple of wine glasses, and some chocolate, or think outside the basket. This could mean pretty gift bags, jars (of all sizes), or whatever else you can think of. One that we’ve done this year is a margarita basket or bloody Mary basket. It contains all of the ingredients you need to make yourself some fabulous drinks.



Alcohol not your scene? Not a problem. Do a basket with some fancy (and tasty) olive oils from Love That Olive, spices, and recipes. Or do a basket with tortilla chips and a variety of salsas and dips. Coffee is always a big hit, so keep your clients caffeinated with personalized coffee baskets or jars. The possibilities are endless, inexpensive, and can be incredibly thoughtful.


Depending on how close you are with the person you are giving to, you could always find some unique gifts at Good Things at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. They always have a huge selection of home décor, kitchen, and specialty items. You’ll have just as much fun picking the gift out as the recipient will opening it!


One thing that people never give themselves is the gift of relaxation. Minneapolis Northwest has so many spas and salons to choose form, including the new Woodhouse Day Spa in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. From manis and pedis to facials and massages, this gift will be a greatly appreciated experience.


All of these things would make wonderful gifts for the people you work with (maybe even for those relatives of yours). If you’re looking for other ideas or places to shop for the holidays, let Minneapolis Northwest be your guide!