Looking for Minnesota gifts? Specifically Minnesota food and drinks? As a MN girl I have a deep love for my state and all of the amazing brands that are from here!
You may be shocked to find out some of your favorite food brands are created right here in Minnesota! Brands like Pearsons, Wiley Wallaby and Cameron’s Coffee were started in this beautiful state of ours.
There’s also a ton of other smaller brands that I’m so excited to introduce you to! There is Rishi’s favorite hot sauce (a staple in our home), my favorite Thumbs cookies and more.
Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts, hostess 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!
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!
Check out my other MN Gift Guides by clicking the link below!
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 things 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 offer gift cards and many breweries offer growlers to go. Some places prefer no gift cards while others welcome them! Just contact your favorite restaurant to ask their preference.
Here are a few places to check out:
- Hyacinth in St Paul
- Handsome Hog*
- Soul Bowl*
- Dripping Root* (first Black owned juice bar)
There’s so many ways to support local!
*indicates a BIPOC owner
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 jalapeños 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!
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!
I have been eating and loving her cookies for years. They’re perfect little bite size snacks for parties or hostess gifts – I highly recommend them!
Product Pick: Cube 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. Sted (formally TC Chocolate)
Sted (formally TC Chocolate) 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: Mini Chocolate Bar Set
Collection of six of our bestselling .5oz bean-to-bar chocolate bars.
- Almond Maple Brittle
- Caramel Crack
- French Grey Sea Salt
- Golden Milk
- Honey Lavender
- Mint Mocha
4. 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!
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!
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!).
6. City Tins
If you love eating out and also love saving money, this is the perfect gift! Inside each kitchy tin is a collection of coasters. Each coaster has a restaurant listed where you can get $10 off your tab for dine in or $5 off for takeout.
Each coaster features a locally owned restaurant. There’s even a fun spinner inside if you need help deciding where to go!
Product Pick: Minnesota Tin
Obviously we need to feature the Twin Cities 2024 restaurant tin! It includes some of my fav spots including Book Club, the Lynhall and Red Cow!
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
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 (aka ME!!!). I promise they’ll love you forever!
9. Bare Honey
Another husband and wife duo, Bare Honey was created by Dustin and Grace, a pair of foodies who worked in the food and agriculture industry for nearly 20 years! They cleared learned a thing a two about food and taste!
After getting married and having 2 children they discovered their mission – to create wholesome meals that not only taste amazing but are also healthy for your family and the einvironment.
Dustin is the head beekeeper and head chef and Grace is all things pastry and marketing making them a great team! They not only make delicious local honey but also raise awareness on our pollinators.
Product Pick: Barrel Aged Honey
The perfect little gift to add in a gift basket for your favorite neighbor or your child’s teacher. This is a collaboration between Tattersall Distillery and Bare Honey!
Since I mentioned Tattersall Distillery, it’s worth mentioning some of their amazing products! The team over at Tattersall believes in crafting the absolute best and not just when it comes to their own products! They believe this about life, at the still and behind the bar.
It was started by two guys, Jon and Dan. Dan is well known for being one of the best bartenders in the state and Jon is a financial wizard with a love for whiskey and gin. Combined the two are unstoppable!
Product Pick: Old Fashioned
Tattersall Old Fashioned requires nothing more than a glass and ice. Full of character and impeccably balanced, it starts with Tattersall Rye Whiskey, orange zest, sour cherries, aromatic bitters, and a touch of sugar
Only for 21+! And please drink responsibly. 😉
Rishi and I have been fans of the drinks at Bad Weather for a while and bonus – we use to live next door to one of the owner, Joe Giambruno’s parents, so we got well connect with the whole family. They are all amazing!
Bad Weather was begun in 2013 by Joe and Zach and have evolved into a bustling tap room with an amazing outdoor spot. You can find their beer at many liquor stores around MN!
Something they told me about their brand is that whenever a new baby is born on their team, they brew a special beer! They sent over Due Date 5 in honor of one of their brewers brand new grandbaby!
I love business that celebrates their team and everyone involved in the process.
Product Pick: Omnious Pack
This 12 pack has 4 coffee infused, 4 vanilla infused and 4 peanut butter infused beers.
Only for 21+! And please drink responsibly. 😉
Did you know that Perason’s is from Minnesota? Yep! Back in 1909 P. Edward Pearson formed a confectionary distribution firm in Minneapolis with the help of his 4 brothers. (Bless his mother having 5 boys! ;))
They created Nut Goodie Bars (they’re very first product), the Salted Nut Roll and many more. They are now based in St Paul (just over the river from their original location on West 7th Stree) where they still run their operations!
Product Pick: Salted Nut Roll
I had to go with the original! The Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll has vanilla, caramel and roasted peanuts. YUM!
13. Du Nord Spirits*
Du Nord is the first Black owned distillery that was founded in 2013 by a husband a wife team who combined Shanelle’s rural upbringing with Chris’ experience growing up in Minneapolis.
This lead them to Du Nord – a distillery with a city vibe with rural practicality. Their identity emerges from values that are lived and not necessarily spoken. They want to help transform the world by putting the work in.
Product Pick: Pronounced Apple Du Nord Liqueur
Old school apples. Fresh pressed, spiced right.
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:
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