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Where to Shop for the Perfect Minnesota Souvenir

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Two women seek out the perfect Minnesota-themed gift at GoodThings in St. Paul / Melanie Graves

Where to Shop for the Perfect Minnesota Souvenir

By Katie Dohman

Sure, you know Minnesota’s got lakes. And pine trees. And snow. But one of the state’s best-kept secrets is our style—and where to get it. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area alone, a plethora of locally owned boutiques and shops share the Minnesota love by supporting local artists, designers, crafters and makers.

So the next time you're looking for stylish Minnesota souvenirs, be sure to hit up these Twin Cities stores:

  1. Patina, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Suburbs
    Holiday display with wooden Christmas trees and gnomes

    Patina is the perfect spot to find unique gifts for everyone on your list

    Patina, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Suburbs

    A go-to for holiday, birthday and shower gifts, this popular and adorable shop has locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley and Woodbury. Find everything from Minnesota-themed baby gifts to jewelry, bath products and playful housewares and accessories.

  2. Golden Fig Fine Foods, St. Paul
    Women on Grand Avenue in St. Paul

    Shop and stroll on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, a charming retail district just minutes from downtown / Melanie Graves

    Golden Fig Fine Foods, St. Paul

    Owner Laurie McCann Crowell studied under Ina Garten, then went on to develop her own line of specialty food items, which she sells at Golden Fig. No one will turn up their nose at her anything-but-ordinary gift boxes and snack packages, specialty dips and seasonings. It’s truly a taste of Minnesota.

  3. i like you, Minneapolis & St. Paul
    Brick exterior of store with colorful "i like you" speech bubbles

    The Instagram-worthy i like you is perfect for gifts with a Minnesota flair

    i like you, Minneapolis & St. Paul

    Shopping here is like a walk in the park—complete with AstroTurf carpeting and a front-window swing in the original Northeast Minneapolis shop. Owners Sarah Sweet and Angela Scandin are the queens of local goods, from cards to books, T-shirts to onesies, jewelry, accessories and kitchenware to things you didn’t know you needed but aren’t leaving without. The St. Paul location is next door to another local favorite, Spyhouse Coffee.

  4. Gallery 360, Minneapolis
    Shelves of art and home decor in Minneapolis boutique

    Gallery360 is full of one-of-a-kind finds

    Gallery 360, Minneapolis

    Find a true collection of art, featuring both prolific and up-and-coming artists of all forms, at this southwest Minneapolis gallery. Find paintings, jewelry, mixed media pieces, sculpture, photography and more, all curated by owner Merry Beck.

  5. Blackblue, St. Paul
    Blackblue, St. Paul

    This shop on the cute Selby Avenue boasts sharp menswear, including Red Wing boots, plus a few things for the ladies and a couple of killer collaborations with Duluth Pack and Faribault Woolen Mill.  

Katie Dohman

Katie Dohman is a freelance writer who loves to tell lifestyle and travel stories. She's also the former style editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and co-authored "Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway." Katie lives in her mid-century home with her husband, three kids and two rescue mutts.