5 Best Gift Shops in Minneapolis

Recently I hopped on a plane for a quick trip to Minneapolis. I feel like every time I go I wish I had more time in this beautiful city. (read: every time I go in the SUMMER. I’m not about those winters) 

On the plane, I took a few minutes of guilt-free “me” time to finish up listening to “Rules Do Not Apply,” by Ariel Levy on Audible. OMG. This book. It’s a journalist’s memoir in which she details her personal and professional life to date, including the highs and lows of motherhood, relationships, and youth. Audible describes the book as “A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

Let’s put it this way: when I was listening to the book a few days prior on the way to work, the writing was so intensely good, that I almost passed out when she was describing a particularly raw and gruesome scene in Mongolia. Yes – I almost passed out WHILE DRIVING listening to this book. So, so good. It’s only a 4-hour listen so I highly recommend it for any of you who do a lot of business travel or have a long commute. Grab it here as an audio book or the real deal if you prefer.

After a day of meetings, I naturally set out to explore the best of the best Minneapolis gift shops and Minneapolis shopping. Here are my favorites:

1) Greater Goods

  Inside the shop, courtesy of Greater Goods

Inside the shop, courtesy of Greater Goods

Who They Are:

Greater Goods is what it says – a gift shop giving back to the world. Located in the popular Eat Street neighborhood, this warm little shop was founded by husband-and-wife Lauren and Joel Gryniweski. They sell cards and unique gifts and is the flagship store of their own stationary brands, Old Tom Foolery and Modern Lore.

Why They Are Great

In addition to being an adorable shop to wander around, you can feel good about the purchases you make. Greater Goods gives at least 5% of the store’s sales to a different local organization each year.

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  The Foundry Team, courtesy of The Foundry Home Goods

The Foundry Team, courtesy of The Foundry Home Goods

Who They Are:

The Foundry gets at the heart of simplicity with a shop dedicated to sourcing useful and beautiful objects for the home. They do a great job of expressing their values on their about page but here a few of the things they are into:
“We love beeswax candlelight, clear mornings, crisp linens, golden hour light, long dinner parties, short stories, good cocktails, pretty plates, fresh flowers, little vases, big magic, and making a home that is full to the brim with noise and quiet, plants and animals, love and light (and perhaps a few more beautiful cleaning brushes than is technically necessary). We hope that you do too.”

Why They Are Great

They dress up their dogs. Often. What other reason do you need to love this place? Well, OK, a few more reasons include the aesthetic that makes you feel like you might be in Copenhagen rather than MN. Despite my love of color, sometimes I find that a neutral palette like the one offered at The Foundry, is preferred (with some pops of color sprinkled about, of course.)

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  I Like You, courtesy of MN Daily

I Like You, courtesy of MN Daily

Who They Are:

I Like You is a gift shop focused on all things Minneapolis and all things made by independent artists. Owned and operated by Sarah Sweet & Angela Lessman, they’ve collaborated with over 200 artists since they opened their first location. The work is sold on consignment and there is a play house in the back of the store for kids.

Why They Are Great

With 55 percent of sales going back to the artist, I Like You has put over $2 million back into the local artist community over the last 10 years in business. They’re also responsible for the Instagram-famous “I Like You” wall, which composes the side of the building.

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  14 Hill, courtesy of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.

14 Hill, courtesy of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.

Who They Are:

14 Hill is a 20-year-old gift shop in Minneapolis that, according to them, sells "a hodgepodge of cool sh*t. Basically, everything you never knew you wanted!" They sell everything from candles, to books, to toys for kids. 

Why They Are Great

Walking into this shop reminds me of what it would be like to walk into "The Shop Around the Corner," from You've Got Mail. If that's not enough to make you want to stop in, you'll also love their unique combination of humor, inspiration and colorful design. 

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Who They Are:

With nine locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, I'd say the husband and wife due behind Patina is doing pretty awesome. Rick Haase and Christine Ward brought their art and business backgrounds to the retail space to create stores that provide a well-curated, inspiring escape. 

Why They Are Great

I love when a small business grows into a staple. Patina is definitely a fixture in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community. They have a fun, laid-back, bohemian vibe that many customers describe as "my happy place."

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P.S. - Sometimes I make a small commission off of links in posts. The recommendations and opinions expressed in this blog are 100% my own. I never write about anything I wouldn't own, gift, see, shop, do, or eat. If something is sponsored, it will say so at the top with #sponsorlove.