Minnesota Gifts – Home & Lifestyle

Imagine the next time someone walks in your home and compliments you on the beautiful smell or the stunning towel hanging in the bathroom only for you to share the fun story of a local MN brand who created it!

This spot has some amazing Minnesota gifts for your home with everything from trays to Turkish towels to some of the most beautiful wood art handmade right in Duluth!

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

Minnesota Gifts - Home & Lifestyle

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!

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 there’s also some brick and mortar stores to check out!

Minnesota Gifts: Home

Below you’ll see gifts for your home all from Minnesota! The majority of those are all designed, created and sold here. A handful of them work with marginalized women in other countries to create sustainable business but they’re headquartered here.

And without further ado, your ultimate guide to Minnesota Gifts: Home!

Minnesota Gifts - Home & Lifestyle

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1. Alora Ambiance

Alora Ambiance is a personal favorite of mine! This is one of those local businesses where “your neighbor knows the owner” because isn’t that how it works in Minnesota?

Alora Ambiance

Well, my old neighbor does know one of the owner (another sister owned company!) and ever since I had my first Alora Ambiance reed diffuser in my own I vowed to never have another brand inside (ok, that might be a bit extreme but I can’t get enough of their scents!).

Alora Ambiance is run by 2 sisters following a 15 year adventure living in Lake Como, Italy. They created their first reed diffuser in 2000 and 20 years later they’re committed to using only the finest ingredients, materials and combinations.

Bimbi Reed Diffuser

Product Pick: Bimbi Reed Diffuser

One of the best selling fragrances, the Bimbi reed diffuser is a mix of lavender, chamomile and bergamot. Clean and calming fragrance!

This is my favorite scent! They also have some amazing holiday scents to try out!

2. Thymes

If someone would to say “Frasier Fir” I can almost guarantee you would know that wonderful Christmasy scent! Well, that comes from Thymes!

Thymes candle with present

Thymes was started by Stephanie Sopa and her best friend when they were in their 30s. Eventually her friend moved on to other adventures and Stephanie kept going using her saving and business sense from running an art gallery to create Thymes!

She used herbs from her garden and local ingredients to created beautiful products that are rooted in nature and made with care.

Frasier Fir Candle

Product Pick: Frasier Fir

Fake Christmas tree, no problem! This beautiful candle will fill your home with the smell of Frasier Fir Pine Needles (without the clean up!)

3. We Are Alight

Alight began 40 years ago when a Chicago businessman Neal Ball started American Refugee Committee to help on the Thai-Cambodian Border.

We Are Alight pencils

40 years later it became Alight, doing the same critical work – providing health care, clean water, shelter protection and more for 3.5+ million people in 17 countries every single year.

Pencils

Product Pick: Bogo Pencils

Inspirational pencils that give a refugee students in Pakistan, Uganda and other places where Alight is at, helping young people learn.

4. Enkourage Kards

Enkourage Kards is an amazing company that was created by Kyle, a courageous boy with Down Syndrome, to encourage others during transitions.

Enkourage Kards with present next to it

All the cards are designed by Kyle’s sisters and packaged up by Kyle and his mom! Their long term goal is to create meaningful employment for Kyle and others with intellectual disabilities like him.

Enkourage Kards

Product Pick: Card Set

Every EnKourage Kard is designed with a tribute to Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21.  For example, 21 flowers, the extra 3rd chromosome, or Kyle’s unique fingerprint. 

5. Timber and Tulip

If you’ve been around P+S for a while, you know I love Timber & Tulip (check out this console table review here)! Timber & Tulip is a Minneapolis furniture company that offers high-quality furnishings with a natural modern twist!

Timber and Tulip tray with candle and towel on it

I’ve known the owner Brianne for a handful of years and she is an absolute gem of a human.

You can get everything from console tables, coffee tables, trays and planter boxes!

Ayla tray

Product Pick: Ayla Tray

You can never go wrong with a beautiful tray! This gorgeous big wood tray is perfect for your coffee table with a plant, your dining room table with a collection of candles or even used for snack time with your kiddos!

6. B&D Custom Crafts

B&D is a mother daughter duo and they are as sweet as can be! They turned their love of crafting into something that everyone can enjoy.

They are the perfect gals to call for your next girls night in, team building experience or holiday party!

Double Hoop Woven Craft

Product Pick: Double Hoop Woven Craft

You can purchase this beautiful woven wall hanging complete OR as a DIY project!

Comes in other colors too!

7. Kisa

Kisa was begun by Emily, one of the sweetest girls ever. She studied abroad in Turkey and fell in love with everything about it – the culture, art, jewelry and eventually her husband!

Bathroom with turkish towel hanging on a hook

They made their way back to MN where she eventually created her own jewelry line that was inspired by the trim that bordered village women’s headscarves and hand crafted by a collective of women in Istanbul.

That launched into a boutique, Kisa, that now carries everything from clothes to shoes to turkish towels!

Turkish towel

Product Pick: Turkish Towels

I have a handful of Turkish towels and they’re not only beautiful but also functional!

8. Spoonful of Faith*

My friend Jena is the brains behind Spoonful of Faith! She creates gorgeous illustrations that are found on a variety of products – art prints, calendars, tees and mugs to name a few.

Spoonful of faith "speak good things to yourself" mug

She shares that she gets inspiration from her 4 sisters and is known for her warm, joyful drawings of women, mothers, her floral work and her hand lettered inspirational quotes.

"speak good things to yourself" mug

Product Pick: Coffee Mug

I personally own a few mugs, tees, a calendar and a custom artwork so you can say I’m a big fan of a Spoonful of Faith!

I love her coffee mugs (and I’m picky about my mugs)! They’re all so cute

9. Fringe and Fettle

Back in 2011, Joanna quit her job to pursue pottery. She’s a one woman show who does every part of her business (like so many on this list!). I love that she says that her secret behind Fringe and Fettle is she makes things that she loves!

She has a mix of nesting bowls, mugs, honey pots and so much more! I know you’ll love them!

Citrus juicer

Product Pick: Citrus Juicer

I don’t have a citrus juicer yet and this one is calling my name! It’s so cute and perfect for a hostess gift!

10. Faribault Woolen Mill

Fariabult Woolen Mill has been around since 1865. WHOA! They’ve been provided blankets to everyone from pioneers heading west to troops through 2 world wars!

They’ve been in the same mill since 1892 and that’s where everything happens. They dye, spin, weave and finish every product in their mill in Fariabult, MN! You can find even more on this fun brand on this fall favorites post!

Faribault Woolen Mill blanket

Product Pick: Plaid Wool Throw

This 100% merino wool blanket is handmade right here in MN! This throw is perfect for throwing over you couch to cozy up under while bingeing Netflix or to use on a child’s bed! Bonus – it’s machine washable!

11. Dogfish Media

If I thought I was busy with 3 kids ages 4 and under, Brian Geihl, the owner of Dogfish Media has me beat by another kid since he has twin babies! He launched his company over a decade ago with the vision of working on creative projects he was passionate about.

He does everything from screen printing, photography, logo design and everything in between. His shop is full of fun prints, stickers, photographs and cards. Check them out, you’ll love them all!

Dogfish media chain of lakes set

Product Pick: Chain of Lakes Set

You can’t be a true Minnesotan with knowing about the chain of lakes and visiting at least one of them!

I love the lakes – Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet – and have spent many hours running beside them!

12. Black Loon Studio

Loons were my grandma’s favorite bird and as MN’s state bird, I had to include something with loons! Black loon Studio was started by Amanda Black out of her home near St Paul. Outdoor activities have always been a way for her to peacefully escape from her busy weekday life. These experiences have inspired many of her print designs.

In her shop are magnets, prints, pouches and more. Her prints are created by hand one at a time starting as a sketch then carved out of linoleum and finally printed onto paper that has been torn to size. Talk about incredible!

Heard here magnet set

Product Pick: Heard Here Magnet Set

I love this trio of magnets especially because it has a classic MN sayings that my non-native Minnesotan husband just never understands. 😉

13. Bailey Builds

If you’ve been around here for a while you know my love for Bailey Builds (both the people, and the art!). I’ve known Anna and her husband Nathaniel since I was in college (in Duluth!) and she is a kind, hard working mama of 4 that creates the most beautiful wood art!

Bailey Builds art

Bailey Builds creates amazing, unique wood art. I love their promise – to “find beauty in the weathered, discarded and worn, creating handcrafted wood art that adds cozy warmth and inviting personality to any room”.

They have everything from gigantic pieces that will be a major focal point in your home to smaller pieces that are perfect for your next gallery wall! We have a variety of their pieces, both big and small. We’ve dubbed our basement the “Bailey Basement” because their art is scattered throughout!

Moss love artwork by bailey builds

Product Pick: Moss Love

We have one of Bailey Builds mossy art works and I love it! It adds some planty fun to a space without the responsibility of watering it!

This small 12 inch art is the perfect amount of modern rustic charm.

14. Haley Kolar

Hayley was born and raised outside Chicago and has loved all things color since she was a little girl. Her mother is a quilter (you can now find her quilts in Hayley’s shop!) so she was always surrounded by lots of color and pattern.

She has a background in art therapy and finds painting therapeutic. Each and every one of the pieces she makes has a special spot in her heart – each brushstroke and layer of paint shares the history and story of each piece. She gets so much joy when someone finds a piece of her work that speaks to them!

Haley Kolar Rainbow

Product Pick: Rainbow #18

Add some whimsy to your wall – any wall – with this fun Rainbow!

It’s hand painted and one of a kind!

15. Solid Manufacturing Co.

This husband and wife team behind Solid Manufacturing Co believe in ethically made, quality furniture, home and leather goods. The want to create products with the intention of them telling a positive story – one of affordability and made purposefully here in Minnesota.

Both Dan and Alex have a deep love for their community in Minneapolis and hope to inspire us to make a shift back to locally made and designed products!

They’re giving all P+S readers 15% off using the code PAISLEYANDSPARROW until the end of 2021!

iPhone Stand

Product Pick: iPhone Stand

Whether you want to have a special spot for your phone as you take much needed breaks from it throughout the day or just a beautiful holder to keep it while it charges overnight, this iPhone stand is stunning!

Use code PAISLEYANDSPARROW for 15% off!

16. Tattersall Distillery

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.

Tattersall gin and glasses

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!

Tattersall Bottle Low Ball

Product Pick: Tattersall Bottle Low Ball

If you have a cocktail, mocktail or spirit sipper on your list, check out these fun low ball glasses! Set of two that holds 10 oz each.

Perfectly paired with a bottle of their Barreled Gin!

17. Gooey Gadget

Another one of these MN businesses with small town connections is Gooey Gadgets! My neighbor dropped of a box of these amazing gadget cleaners for me to try.

Goey Gadgets

We all know how nasty our phones can get so I tried it out right away and loved it! And best part is there’s never any alcohol, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, VOCs, ammonia or formaldehyde used.

After a bit more research I found out the owner, Jacyln, is married to a guy I went to high school with! Jaclyn has also spent the last year battling breast cancer. I’ve never met Jaclyn but I know that she is one amazing, strong woman.

Goey Gadgets

Product Pick: 20 Pack of Wipes

Add these to stockings or put them in your teacher gifts, I promise they’ll well loved and put to good use!

18. Made In Minn

When Made In Minn’s founder, Natalie, emailed me, I literally gasped when I saw her products! They were all 100% what I want in MN products – cute but not dorky and something I could wear or use or gift to my friends.

Made in Minn Sweatshirt and towel

Everything in the Made in Minn shop is embroidered by Natalie! She is someone I totally admire because she left her corporate job after her 2nd child was born to focus on her health after suffering from anxiety and depressions. She found embroidery to be therapeutic and launched her business in July 2020.

She has everything from sweatshirts to hand towels to hats, totes and more. She even does custom work! Definitely check out this brand, I know you’ll love it!

MN Home towel

Product Pick: Minnesota Flour Sack Towels

New towels are the perfect hostess gift in my opinion!

Show up with these hand embroidered towels paired with something from our MN Food guide and you’ll be the best guest of the party.

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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Enjoy!

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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