Holiday Gift Guide: Host Gifts

Whether you’re popping in for a cocktail or staying the whole week, it’s nice to come bearing gifts.
Show your Minnesota love with a locally made sign from Yellow Brick Trading Company.



Feed the birds with the Five Point Landing natural bird feeder ($22) handcrafted in a Waconia kitchen; Jules Loft, and various local retailers.

Who doesn’t need more scented soap for the guest bathroom? Stock up with Wyndmere Aromatherapy Soaps ($4.50 each); UnEarthed Arts, 44 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.4499.

These crocheted kitchen towels ($9 or 2 for $16) are handmade with love; Yellow Brick Trading Company, 212 N. Chestnut St., Chaska; 952.210.4981.

This winter white evergreen vase ($20) by artist Peter Potter can be used all season long; UnEarthed Arts

A kitschy Minnesota Dish Towel ($18.95) comes wrapped in a fabric envelope; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store, 48 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.2120.

Class up a six-pack with this whimsical bird bottle opener ($14.95); Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Show your Minnesota love with a locally made sign ($14.95). City name and custom signs also available; Yellow Brick Trading Company

Dinner Party

Provide the ingredients for a moment of self-reflection with custom-blended tea ($12), available in a variety of flavors, and locally made mugs ($21 for red mug; $24 for cardinal mug); UnEarthed Arts

Stay up all night with Coffeebark ($12.95) served on a cheese board with erasable pencil ($28.95); Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Add plenty of flavor to someone’s kitchen with infused olive oil & vinegar gift boxes ($36 for a six-bottle box or $23 for a four-bottle box); The Smiling Olive, 210 N. Chestnut St., Chaska; 952.361.9939.

Celebrate Chaska’s heritage with this set of coasters depicting historical events, ($29 for six coasters); Yellow Brick Trading Company

Stay connected the old-fashioned way with handmade pens ($20 each); Yellow Brick Trading Company; and local artist Anna Rosenthal’s feather print note cards ($5.95 each); Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Dog-lovers will appreciate these lightly scented candles by NelliDesigns in Chanhassen, featuring artwork by WACSO ($28); Nelli Designs, and various local retailers, including Bachman’s, Kowalski’s and Von Maur

A glass bottle stopper ($22); Unearthed Arts; and a bottle of Parley Lake Winery’s Barn Quilt Red ($20) make fine dinner companions; Parley Lake Winery, 8280 Parley Lake Road; 952.442.2290, and select liquor stores.

Week-long Stay

A 12-inch beechwood bowl hand-dipped in pine ($65) will be a kitchen staple for years to come; Wind & Willow Home.

Hand-folded in Eden Prairie, these books can be personalized with any word up to 8 letters or a date, but sometimes a simple heart says it all ($40 with ribbon; $35 without ribbon; $140 for an 8-letter word); Happy Little Gifts.

Show you care with a personalized wine box ($50) made in Chaska; FreeStyle Mom; stocked with Parley Lake Winery’s Marquette ($25); Parley Lake Winery.

Brighten up a kitchen—or any room of the house—with this tea towel/wall hanging ($69) hand-dyed in Eden Prairie; Wind & Willow Home.

Add a little sparkle to a long visit with a pair of hand-blown glass goblets ($40/goblet); UnEarthed Arts; and Bumbley, a raspberry honey wine ($15); Schram Vineyards, 8785 Airport Road, Waconia; 952.442.5105; and select liquor stores.

This rustic glass bowl ($34) and poinsettia dish towel ($8.95) with tricolor popcorn ($8) and kettle corn or sea salt & vinegar seasonings ($4.50 each) will make for a cozy movie night; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store.

Leave a bit of your personal style behind with this zebra pillow ($48)—other wintry styles also available; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store.