Holiday Gift Ideas from Shops in Waconia, Chanhassen, Victoria and Eden Prairie

Send love from Minnesota with the perfect gifts from local shops.

For Long-distance Cousins

Rubbabu’s soft rubber cars in fun shapes—like a fire truck and a cat—will have babies and preschoolers cruising through play time; $6-$7; Tazzie Baby & Child.

Foster their love of cooking with a Kids in the Kitchen recipe book; $15, Tazzie Baby & Child.

With soft, taggy ears and a gentle ring, this fuzzy lovey made by a local artist has everything babies want; $9; Unearthed Arts.

Solve 48 challenges with the Three Little Piggies puzzle game for ages 3 and older; $26.99; ABC Toy Zone.

Woodland creature finger puppets delight everyone from young babies to preschoolers with big imaginations; $9 each; Tazzie Baby & Child.

Inspire future holiday travels to Minnesota with the picture book Santa is Coming to Minnesota, featuring local landmarks; $9.99; ABC Toy Zone.

Get your young runner or dancer a doll that inspires her passion—GoGo Girls dolls come with books written by local author Kara Douglass Thom; $24.99 for set; Tazzie Baby & Child.

Even the youngest readers won’t be able to tear these Indestructibles books; $4.95-$5.95 each; Tazzie Baby & Child.

Where to shop
ABC Toy Zone, 860 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.474.4366; abctoyzone.com
Tazzie Baby & Child, 1750 Tower Blvd., Victoria; 952.479.1391; tazziebabyandchild.com
Unearthed Arts, 44 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.4499; unearthedartsmn.com

For College Students

A mid-winter walk across campus is a lot warmer with a blanket scarf; $48; Amalli Talli.

This stacked bracelet is a stocking stuffer fit for a grown-up; $30; Amalli Talli.

Drop a Quote Bomb in their bath for some playful fun from Da Bomb Bath Fizzers, a company created by two Edina teens; $33.95; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Take a mental break from finals week with adult coloring books and colored pencils or markers; $16.99 for Color Me Happy and $14.99 for Blossoms & Butterflies; $6.99 for colored pencils and $10.99 for markers; ABC Toy Zone.

Let him wear his Minnesota pride with a Tradition Creek plaid shirt made by a Norwood Young America-based company; $135; Tradition Creek, traditioncreek.com.

When the smell of ramen and sweaty gym shoes is permeating the dorm room, these Essential Oil Blends will transform the space into a sweet retreat; $10; Unearthed Arts.

Where to shop
ABC Toy Zone, 860 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.474.4366; abctoyzone.com
Amalli Talli, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie; 952.405.8137; amallitalli.com
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 612.301.7619; arboretum.umn.edu/giftstore.aspx
Tradition Creek, traditioncreek.com
Unearthed Arts, 44 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.4499; unearthedartsmn.com

For Globe-trotting Grandparents

Provide local flavor with Minnesota Landscape Arboretum maple syrup; $12.95; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop.

Keep the doctor away with Eden Apples—made by an Eden Prairie family; $9.95; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop.

Send a little bit of Carver County with a mug featuring local barn quilts; $8; Barn Quilt Treasures.

A dip in the ocean won’t stop grandma from video chatting at the beach—as long as her smartphone is safe in Ugo, a waterproof-pack designed to protect smart phones, passports, key fobs and other valuables. Made by a Prior Lake-based company; $129; Ugo.

Snowflake ornaments bring the beauty of winter to any climate—made by a woodworker in Waconia; $4; Unearthed Arts.

An elephant keychain never lets you forget where you put the keys; made by a Minnesota artist; $15-$19; Unearthed Arts.

Even if there’s no time for baking, fill their house with sweet scents with this Gingerbread Candle from Thymes, $25.95; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store.

Take the children’s artwork to a new level with a lemonade and canvas class, and at the end of 2 hours you’ll have a small canvas you can all be proud to send to grandparents; $25 per class (supplies included); Unearthed Arts.

Bring whimsy from the land of 10,000 lakes to any home with this ceramic fish made by a Minnesota artist; $39; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop.

They’ll want to show their hand with Midwest Birds playing cards featuring photos taken by Victoria nature photographer Stan Tekiela; $5.95; Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store.

Nature lovers will appreciate this scarf inspired by botanical designs; $59.95; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop.

Where to shop
Barn Quilt Treasures; barn-quilt-treasures.com
Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store, 48 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.2120; jgwildbirdstore.com
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 612.301.7619; arboretum.umn.edu/giftstore.aspx
Unearthed Arts, 44 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.4499; unearthedartsmn.com
Ugo, ugowear.com