The Best Minnesota Gifts: Food & Drink

Looking for Minnesota gifts? As a MN girl I have a deep love for my state and all of the amazing brands that are from here!

There’s everything from giant well known brands (like Wiley Wallaby) and smaller brands that I can’t wait to introduce you to. So today, I’m so excited to introduce you to the Ultimate MN Made Gift Guide!

Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or just a welcome to MN gift for a new neighbor or coworker, these Minnesota gifts will definitely delight anyone on your list!

I hope you’ll take the time to read their stories, check out their products and shop local! In a year where many events that these makers sell their products have been cancelled, I wanted to do what I could to support these amazing brands and share their stories!

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A handful of these brands have sent me product to share with you which I’m sharing more in depth on my Instagram stories. Check out my MN Gift Guide highlight there to check out these brands and some fun Minnesota gifts in more detail!

I have these Minnesota gifts broken out into different categories and each category has their own page. Just click the link below to head to each gift guide! (This gift guide was too giant for just one page!)

I should also note that there are SO many amazing brands that are still out there that I didn’t include on this list! I would love for you to share your favorite local MN brand in the comments so we can all be introduced to more brands.

And without further ado, your ultimate guide to Minnesota Gifts: Food & Drink!

Minnesota Gifts: Food/Drink

This section was one of my most favorite thing to curate because I didn’t know many of these were from Minnesota!

I also want to be sure to mention that many of our favorite restaurants (like Hyacinth in St Paul) offer gift cards and many breweries offer growlers to go. I wanted to include all of my favorite restaurants but some places prefer no gift cards while others welcome them! Just contact your favorite restaurant to ask their preference.

There’s so many ways to support local!

1. Cameron’s Coffee

Cameron’s Coffee is one local MN coffee company that I adore and is perfect option for Minnesota gifts! Not only do they make delicious coffee that’s always smooth and never bitter but they strive to be a positive, happy, encouraging spot in your day!

I’ve been drinking Cameron’s Coffee for years and love both this coffee and the brand!

Product Pick: Breakfast Blend

You can’t go wrong with a breakfast blend so pick up a pound of beans and bring them to your kids favorite teacher (trust me they need it), your next door neighbor or your favorite coffee drinker (I’ll take an extra pound or 2!).

2. Thumbs Cookies

Robyn started Thumbs Cookies after watching her mom (the original Thumb-maker) roll cookie dough into perfect circles and finish them off with her perfect thumbprint – for years! She practiced hard to perfect the craft and eventually launched them in NY in 2012. She moved back to MN in 2014 and has been here ever since!

Product Pick: To-Go Trio

When you can’t choose a favorite cookie (or you don’t know your bffs cookie of choice – no judgement!), try the to-go trio of Thumbs best selling cookies! Trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with these!

3. TC Chocolate

TC Chcolate was born after their founder, Kristin spent a year in the French Alps where she learned to appreciate how the best things in life happen slowly. Each chocolate bar is made in small batches in their family owned factory in Northern Minnesota!

Product Pick: Sea Salt Dark Chocolate

Can you go wrong dark chocolate and sea salt? I don’t think so! This chocolate bar is 77% dark chocolate with a splash of sea salt.

Chocolate is the perfect gift for your neighbor, kid’s teacher, spouse or anyone else worthy of such an amazing treat!

4. Cry Baby Craig’s

You know a hot sauce is good when my Indian husband requests we get more it even before we run out! This hot sauce was created by none other than Craig himself after he accidentally received habanero chilies instead of jalapeƱos in an order while working in the restaurant business. He pickled them until he could figure out something to do with them and eventually made hot sauce with them. After their first taste his coworkers began asking for bottles to take home!

The name comes from Craig Jr, Craig’s son! While brainstorming names one day his son woke up crying from his nap. And that, my friends, is how Cry Baby Craig’s was name.

It took over 2 years of fighting with the FDA to approve Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce so this amazing product is a true story of persistence and hard work!

Product Pick: Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce

While yes, there are hats and tees, you need to get this hot sauce! Might as well get the three pack to make one person really happy or to spread out a few hot sauce loving friends!

5. North Mallow

North Mallow is one of the only gourmet marshmallow companies out there and it was started by a couple of camp counselors so you better believe they know they’re marshmallows!

Minnesota gifts - North Mallow

They have some seriously s’more making skills (trust me, I’ve seen them in action!) and recognized that by simply roasting marshmallows created joy and connection.

They wanted to share the joyful moments they expereienced with all of us! So they created a flavorful, better for you marshmallow made with simple, real ingredients.

Product Pick: North Mallow S’mores Kit

A fun s’mores kit that will take your s’mores game to the next level! You can mix and match different mashmallows and mini chocolates for the perfect combo!

Marshmallows are naturally gluten free so these are great options for your gluten free friends!

6. Maddy & Maize

Maddy & Maize makes gourmet popcorn and if you’ve ever tasted it you know that it tastes gourmet! Each batch of popcorn is made in small quantities right here in MN to make sure it tastes just right.

Each bag is non-GMO and gluten free with no weird dyes or artificial anything.

Product Pick: Dark Chocolatey Caramel

I’m not sure how you can go wrong with popcorn that tastes like dark chocolatey caramel! It’s all natural, drizzled with chocolate and the perfect gift for your neighbor (or me).

7. Wiley Wallaby

Minnesota gifts - wiley wallaby

If you’ve been around Paisley + Sparrow for any minute of time you know that Wiley Wallaby’s is the best licorice EVER and the only kind I eat (it’s the truth). 11 years ago the owners got tired of eating flavorless and impossible to chew licorice and wanted to do it better.

Spoiler alert. They did!

This licorice is so soft, amazingly chewy and so flavorful that you’ll be hooked after one bite! Bonus – there’s less sugar, no dairy or fat and not a hint of high fructose corn syrup!

Product Pick: Classic Red

You can’t go wrong with the classics! Good old red licorice is their most popular flavor! It’s perfect for snacking at only 80 calories per serving, but who’s counting?

This is linked to their 4 bag bundle because trust me, you won’t want just one (or this gives you the opportunity to split it up amongst your favorite people).

8. Nosh To Go

The ultimate MN gift guide - Nosh & Gather

Maybe you hate cooking or are just to busy to do it or just want a break every once in a while but are over take out – enter Nosh To Go! Nosh To Go meals are good, home-cooked meals ready to heat and eat to get dinner on the table fast.

Think meatballs, mashed potatoes; hearty soups and a big loaf of sourdough bread; or from scratch fake-out-take-out that is better for you and not too spicy for your kids.

We’ve gotten a variety of Nosh To Go meals that have never disappointed. This is the perfect gift for families with new babies, your bff who despises cooking or just get it for yourself for when you’re in laws come over and you want to impress them!

Product Pick: Gift Card

Liza is the queen in the kitchen and I promise you can’t go wrong! Pick up a gift card for a busy mom, your bff or anyone else who needs a break from the kitchen, I promise they’ll love you forever!

And there you have it!! I hope you loved getting to know some local brands and found some Minnesota gifts to give this holiday season! Here’s all the other MN Gifts Guides to check out even more:

I would love it if you shared this with your friends to spread the local love a bit!

Want more gift guides? Check out this gift guide page for all my gift guides with more to come for 2020!

Thanks for supporting me and supporting all this amazing Minnesota Makers!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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