Make Inver Grove Heights your holiday headquarters in the Twin Cities! With convenient freeway access we’re just minutes away from Mall of America and downtown St. Paul, plus we have a charm all our own when the sun sets as local residents decorate their houses to compete in the Holiday in the Heights Lighting Contest! Find unique and thoughtful gifts for the whole family at the shops and markets we have included in our holiday shopping guide!
Gertens transforms itself from a garden and lawn care paradise to a winter wonderland when the holiday season rolls around. You’ll find a plethora of indoor and outdoor holiday décor and unique gifts for everyone.
Mall of America is home to so many unique stores we can’t list them all here, but we’ve done some scouting for you and would recommend checking out the following for some gifting options that are sure to make your friends and family feel the joy of the season. Be sure to check out our Mall of America Visa Card hotel packages!
–Alpaca Connection: This store connects global artisans with international markets, with unique, functional and affordable handmade products.
–RAAS (Retail as a Service) Local Market: A collection of 21 local vendors in one convenient pop-up store front, open from November 16-February 9. Vendors include The Beer Dabbler store, Fringe & Fettle Ceramics, Sanborn Canoe Co., Still Kickin’, Wit + Bliss, Worker B and more!
–Greater Good offers a wide range of gift items while connecting shoppers with charities and organizations that help people, save pets and improve the planet. A percentage of each sale goes toward making the world a better place!
–Love from Minnesota has a wide variety of products that reflect the culture and lifestyle of Minnesota. It’s the perfect place to shop for those who can’t get enough of the Land of 10,000 Lakes!
–Typo is the go to store when you don’t have any idea what to get that hard to shop for person! Whether your looking for tech accessories, travel must-haves or off the wall gadgets, you’ll find it at here!
Craft Brews & Holiday Shopping
Holiday shopping with a brew? This sounds like a win-win to us!
December 2, 9 & 16, Noon to 5 p.m.; December 19, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sip on delicious farm-to-table Belgian-style beers while checking out the wares of local artists and makers.
December 10, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Shop small and local with over 20 vendors from the area’s creative community and enjoy the brewery’s fun and unique brews!
November 30 & December 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; December 2 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Landmark Center will open its doors for the 39th Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar featuring 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists, including jewelry, paintings, woven and wearable art, handmade lotions, and more! Festive music and delicious treats are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
December 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 3, Noon-5 p.m.
Julmarknad, American Swedish Institute’s Christmas Market, features Handcrafted items by almost 40 local and regional artists, performances, family fun and festival food. Wares include clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more. Families can make handcraft projects to take home and enjoy holiday story time. Throughout the Mansion, enjoy special music and dance performances from Nordic and Romanian groups.
Cost: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children ages 6-18, free for children 5 and under and for ASI members.
December 1, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., December 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., December 3, Noon-6 p.m.
December 8, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., December 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., December 10, Noon-6 p.m.
The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is a free event based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European inspired food and delicacies during the first two weekends in December.
Sundays until Christmas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Minneapolis Craft Market and Linden Hills Farmers Market team up with Frank & Ernest Markets host 60 different vendors every Sunday at the greenhouses at Sunnyside Gardens. This charming one-stop shop offers distinctive holiday gifts, decadent gourmet treats and winter home and garden décor!