Southwest Metro 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

This year, our gift guide offers ideas for everyone—and every room—on your list.
Bed and bath goodies will reinvigorate your body and soul.

It takes more than walls, doors and windows to make a house into a home. During the holidays, you’ll fill your own abode with family and friends, and visit the nests of your loved ones, too. We’re here with perfect presents and recommendations from lots of local businesses. You’ll find something for everyone on your list, whether their domain is the kitchen or the kids’ room. Happy shopping!

Tate Carlson

Kitchen and Pantry
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and that’s never truer than during the holidays. Find a little something here for everyone on your list, from the master chef to the midnight snacker.

Pastry Mat  No more mangled pie crusts with this clever non-slip pastry mat, which features a size guide for perfect circles. For storage, roll it up neatly with a handy snap. $19.99. Kitchens, Eden Prairie Center, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie; 952.943.0281

Adjustable Rolling Pin  Snap on one of the colorful discs (from 2 mm to 10 mm) to adjust the height of the rolling pin—and get your gingerbread family to just the right thickness. $21.99. Kitchens

Painted Red Clay Plate  Tell your loved ones just how you feel with this cheery red plate from Waechtersbach, a traditional German pottery studio. $39.99. Kitchens

Butter Almond Toffee and Sea Salt Caramels  Handmade toffee or milky caramel, dipped in milk or dark chocolate, sprinkled with almonds or sea salt—and fresh from Chaska. Toffee, $9.95, ½ lb., Caramels, $11.95, ½ lb. It’s Just Perfect, 3115 Chaska Blvd., Chaska; 952.361.4900.

12 Days of Minnesota Christmas Towels  Three ice houses, two Twin Cities and a hockey puck in a pear tree. Share the love with these plush kitchen towels. $7.99/each. Lakewinds Natural Foods, 435 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen; 952.697.3366.

Minnesota Honey  We’re all abuzz over this sweet Minnetonka Gold honey, harvested from local prairie bees. Let your giftee try the buckwheat and wildflower varieties. $7.49/each. Lakewinds Natural Foods

California Olive Oil  Give your favorite home chef a pretty bottle of EVOO from California’s olive groves. $10.99. Lakewinds Natural Foods

Bed and Bath

Especially during this season’s hustle and bustle, we tend to rush through our daily routines—even bedtime. Encourage those on your gift list to slow down, take a breath and add a little luxury, from soft pillows to soothing soap.

Swaddle Blanket  Babies or mamas on your gift list? Don’t miss one of these soft muslin swaddle blankets in sweet colors and patterns. $16.95. Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store, 48 W. Main St., Waconia; 952.442.2120.

Jewelry Box  Give the stylish ladies you know a place to stash their trinkets. These hand-painted boxes from Sleeping Dogs Studio offer a range of designs, from classic to whimsical. $36–$64. Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Wool Pillows  Warm, wool-hooked pillows are fluffy, cozy and oh-so-inviting. Snuggle up, and hit snooze. $44-$68. Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Lotion Bar  From a local craft studio, this clever bar is solid at room temperature and quickly softens as you massage it into your skin. It even comes in a pretty little bag. $8.50. Slice of Heaven.

Cuticle Salve  Moisturize and soften hard-worked winter hands with this rosemary and lavender salve, full of goodies like beeswax and calendula. $3.50. Slice of Heaven.

Kids’ Bath Bombs  Nobody will protest bath time with fun fizzies from Eden Prairie’s Two Sisters Spa. Each bomb is full of moisturizers, yummy scents and plenty of bubbles. $24/pack of six. Two Sisters Spa.

Birch Bark Soap  Bars of this indulgent soap—made from sustainably harvested birch bark—are wrapped in gorgeous handmade paper. $6.50. Birch Essentials.

Tate Carlson

Family Room
This year, help your loved ones fill up their family spaces, not with mountains of presents, but with lots of love and laughter. The clever toys and whimsical room accents on our list will do just that.

Sling Bag  These cross-body bags might be stylish, but they’re also roomy and incredibly comfy. $33–$68. Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Tooth Fairy Pillow  Leave those valuable teeth in the care of a wise owl or a spunky zebra. Your kiddos will rest easy. $11.95–$17.95. Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store

Recycled Mittens  For the hockey players in your life, try a pair of these cozy mitts from Warm Hands, Green Heart—they’re made from recycled wool sweaters and hockey socks. $15–$35. Finding Joy Boutique, 7838 Market Blvd., Chanhassen; 612.250.7286.

Rainbow Loom Snow day? No problem. Kids can weave friendship bracelets or sport their team colors with this inventive rubber-band loom. $15.99. ABC & Toy Zone; 820 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.474.4366.

Kendamas  This beautiful wooden ball-and-cup game is still wowing kids. The best part? It’s totally unplugged. $25.99–$89.99. ABC & Toy Zone

Wine Candles  For the aspiring sommelier in the family, these handmade soy candles are scented with chardonnay or merlot and housed in pretty wine bottles. $19. Finding Joy Boutique

Stomp Rocket  The experts at ABC & Toy Zone say this classic is still a top- seller, perfect for kiddos (or moms and dads) with a little extra energy. $17.99–$19.99. ABC & Toy Zone