Southwest Metro Holiday Gift Guide

From muted reds to colorful metallics and ocean blues to wood grains, we tapped into color and textural trends for 2012 as inspiration for our holiday gift guide.
The Metallics


All Clad bowl; This simple metal bowl comes with a special trick: it has a base that suctions to the counter top—making whisking and mixing a breeze; $35 1.5 quart, $70 3 quart, $90 5 quart; Kitchens

Measuring spoons: Paula Deen’s measuring spoons and cups are perfect for the Food Network fan in your life; $15 for mini spoons, $20 for measuring spoons and $40 for measuring cups; Mill House Gallery & Gifts

Purse: Treesje’s blush metallic purse is the perfect size for a party; $395; Houndstooth

Metallic Tea Lights: Incorporate the colored metallic trends without going overboard by accessorizing with these colorful tea lights; $10.99 for large; $4.99 for small; Bachman’s

Decorative birds: These birds are made from recycled metal cabinets and painted in a variety of colors—each one is unique; $23.95; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store


Additional Items from Millhouse Gallery:

No. 25 Soy-candle-filled Crocks, $34.50

Tulip Mugs, $30

No. 45 Soy-candle-filled Crocks, $45

Sea Gloss Stones, $4 and $8


Muted Reds

Floral Table Runner: Each of these runners painted by a Minnetonka-based artist is unique, but they’re all beautiful; $95 for large, and $55 for small; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop

Yardly Art: Put out a metaphorical welcome sign for the birds with these ceramic bird baths and houses made by a Saint Paul-based artist; $59.95 for birdhouse, and $75 for bath; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop

Oliver Clay Company Pottery: The former owners of The Mocha Monkey can make mugs even more beautiful than the coffee that goes in them; $16 per mug; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Throw pillows & blanket: Heat up a chilly night with these warm-toned throws; $54 for blanket, $21-$34 for pillows; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Beret: This cranberry bedazzled beret adds a splash of color to the grey days ahead; $16.50; The Stash

Gift Guide: Muted Reds 


Ocean Blues

Glass Bottle: Avoid adding plastic bottles to a landfill with this sleek bottle made by Takeya. The exterior of the bottle is wrapped in a rubberized material to keep the glass safe when you’re on the go; $20.99; Kitchens.

Recycled glass bowl: This bowl, which comes in several different sizes, is imported from Spain. It’s food-safe, so it’s as functional as it is beautiful; $12 extra-small bowls, $18 small bowls, $24 large bowls, $20 platters; Mill House Gallery & Gifts

Peacock Earrings: Made from real emeralds and sterling silver, these earrings will attract plenty of attention; $88; Houndstooth

Lamp: Made from cocoa leaves that are fossilized and then dyed in a variety of colors, these lamps will add color and light to any space; $105 for 16 and 1/2 inch lamp; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop

Scarf: Wrap up in cool blues to stay warm; $14.50; The Stash

Gift Guide: Blues



Wooden Fish: Intricate wooden fish sculptures made by an Eden Prairie artist will please outdoors enthusiasts of all types; $138–$236; The Wooden Fish Market on

Wooden Cars: Inspired by the birth of his daughter, this Chanhassen craftsman began making wooden toys; $15 for three cars and $30 for tree puzzle; Little Wooden Wonders on

Bowl: A variety of bowls in multiple shapes and sizes are perfect for tossing a salad or using as a centerpiece; $30–$298 (available in high-gloss and natural finish); Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop

Bird house: Attract birds in style with this handcrafted wooden bird house in the shape of an acorn; $98; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop

Boards by Joel: Wooden cutting boards are a necessity in any cook’s kitchen—and these boards happen to be a beautiful necessity; $4.99 coaster size, $19.99 large; Bachman’s

Woodgrain shirt: Take a closer look at this beautiful silk shirt and you’ll notice it’s imprinted with a woodgrain pattern; $140; Houndstooth.

Gift Guide: Woodgrains 



Shopping Guide

Bachman’s, 770 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie; 952.941.7700;

Houndstooth, 582 Prairie Center Dr. #223, Eden Prairie; 952.261.2974

Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store, 48 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.2120

Kitchens, Eden Prairie Center, 8251 Flying Cloud Dr. #1048, Eden Prairie; 952.943.0281

Little Wooden Wonders, Chanhassen

Mill House Gallery & Gifts, 516 Pine St. N., Chaska; 952.556.8726

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska; 952.443.1400

The Stash, 544 S. Elm St., Waconia; 612.805.0130

The Wooden Fish Market, Eden Prairie