8 Local Shops to Discover the Best Minneapolis Souvenirs
With so many makers and artists in the Twin Cities, opportunities for local shopping and creative gift-giving are nearly endless. We’ve got the inside scoop on the best places to find made-right-here gifts for your friends and family back home, plus a special treat or two to help you remember your time in Minneapolis. Spend a day exploring these eclectic shops and you’re sure to walk away with some true treasures!
Located right on the Mississippi riverfront, this iconic museum transforms the ruins of the historic A Mill (once the world’s largest flour mill) into a deep dive into Minneapolis history, industry, and legacy. After perusing the 12,000 square feet of exhibits and demonstrations, pop into the gift shop for souvenirs commemorating the city’s legacy as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World,” from Betty Crocker puzzles to, appropriately, flour sack kitchen towels. Tip: Plan your trip for a Saturday morning—May through October—and you’ll also get to explore one of our favorite farmers markets.
Gifts we recommend: A Minnesota Hotdish Casserole Dish in the shape of the state, noting which hotdish is popular in every region (a perfect gift for a potluck enthusiast) and a tote bag emblazoned with Minnesota artist Cindy Lindgren’s interpretation of the riverfront skyline view, which will be a perfect way to carry all of the other gifts you’ll want to pick up from this list.
Peruse a colorful, eclectic collection of Scandinavian inspired gifts, contemporary Nordic Design, and locally made wares at this hub of Swedish culture, art, and history. Often, items in the shop are inspired by current exhibits at the museum, like a limited-edition Norse Saga Pendelton wool blanket designed by Minneapolis textile artist Laurie Jacobi in celebration of the museum’s new Norse Saga Room. (Each winter, the ASI store hosts the Jul Shop, filled with holiday gifts, Nordic sweets, and dozens of ways to light up your home with hygge in the season of light.)
Gifts we recommend: Textiles and apparel from legendary Swedish designer Gudrun Sjödén, mittens made from upcycled sweaters by Minneapolis’s Steller Handcrafted Goods, and colorful wool trivets from Sweden’s Aveva Design.
Come for the instagrammable photo-op moment in front of Northeast Minneapolis’s colorful “i like you” wall, stay for the incredible selection of locally made delights! Described by fans as a real-life Etsy, this handmade haven has everything for kids (like a super cozy “Gray Duck” onesie), kitchen, and kitsch, plus a truly epic collection of greeting cards. Traveling? The store offers shipping options for everything they sell, so you won’t need to buy an extra suitcase to tote home your treasures.
Gifts we recommend: Modern handmade jewelry from Minneapolis designer Larissa Loden and bars of Mill City Soap, handmade by three local siblings (Henry, Holiday and Josephine) making and selling soap to save money for college.
Contemporary art center gift shops are often great places to find curiously creative, design-forward gifts, and the Walker is no exception—and this locally beloved modern art epicenter has gone the extra mile by featuring dozens of local makers on its shelves. From jewelry and blankets to homegoods and candle holders, you’re sure to find something to fuse your love of art and good gifting here.
Gifts we recommend: Wraparound scarves Native designer Delina White of I am Anishinaabe, a wool couch cushion lovingly embroidered with the Minneapolis skyline, or a mug (or tee, or tote, or pint glass) commemorating your visit to the sculpture garden’s big blue rooster—Hahn/Cock (2013/2017), by Katharina Fritsch.
The ideal spot to grab a gift for your sassy office best friend, this spot has a super-fun selection of vintage-inspired signs and kitchenware, accessories, and gifts. Traveling with pups? Burlap & Brass is dog friendly—your furry friend will likely get a treat and might even be lucky enough to meet shop dog Buddy.
Gifts we recommend: A State Fair After Dark puzzle, wooden bowties etched with the Minneapolis skyline, Love Your Melon beanies—50% of profits given to fight childhood cancer—or a Sota Clothing low ball glass for a true Minnesota cocktail.
Featuring the works of over 100 local artists and makers, this shop that shares space with the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center on Nicollet Mall offers a chance to learn more about the people who make awesome things throughout the state. A one-stop-shop for local information and local gifts in the heart of Downtown, it’s the perfect place to check out to get your bearings in the city.
Gifts we recommend: A colorful print of iconic venue First Avenue by Minneapolis design print shop Dogfish Media, or a photorealistic pair of socks featuring the Minneapolis skyline at night or in daylight from student-run Skyline Specs.
This light-and-bright Eat Street shop is a worthy destination for thoughtful stationary, cabin-vibe candles and accessories, and other well-curated finds. Founded in 2013 by husband-and-wife team Lauren and Joel Gryniewski, and now owned by local wood artist Kellie Lager, a portion of the shop’s proceeds benefits local organizations every year, including MCAD Youth Art Programs and Safe Hands Rescue.
Gifts we recommend: Handmade cedar wood coasters, crafted by Great Goods owner Kellie Lager, and an art print showcasing all 76 Minnesota State Parks.
This design-driven North Loop shop is part boutique stationery and gift store, part one-chair salon, part creative lab where you can customize your own products, like notebooks, binders, and stationary. Beauty lovers will also find an impressive collection of green makeup and skincare products.
Gifts we recommend: Personalized journals and notebooks for everyone on your list, because the gift of organization is the best gift.