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Shop Southern Minnesota :: A Holiday Gift Guide

Southern Minnesota is rich with fantastic shops and local boutiques.  Before you start having packages two-day shipped to your door, we suggest shopping local!  We are excited to support the Mankato area businesses listed here.  

All of these shops have great ideas, for a variety of people on your gift-giving list.  We’ve highlighted a few favorites!  Happy Shopping!  

If you’re looking for great local holiday events, make sure you check out our Guide to Holiday Fun in Southern Minnesota.


Disclosure: This guide is sponsored by the wonderful local businesses featured.  We are thrilled to support them year-round.

Mix-o-logie Custom Blendable Perfume & Lotions

Customizable alcohol-free roll-on perfumes and lotions that you can layer to create custom blends. Mix-o-logie is the gift for gift-givers and ladies who like nice gifts.

Gallery 512 Boutique is an affordable on trend women’s boutique carrying clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods located in downtown New Ulm and on North Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato.

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Emberlyn Market features handmade goods from Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and California + Worldwide Fair Trade pieces. 

Choose from holiday décor, ornaments, centerpieces, artisan candles, teacher gifts and more. Also offered year round are specialty macrame hangings, hand-crafted signs, jewelry, cozy blankets, baskets, prints, specialty baby gift items + gifts for mom. 

90% of our Artisans come from MN and offer incredible pieces at a great price. Open monthly and located at 126 South Main Street, Lake Crystal Minnesota.  Come shop or look at online ordering options!

The Blowout

Heat° is a hybrid salon that offers a full range of services while specializing in blowouts and waxing.

A blowout is the art of washing, rinsing and blow drying to achieve perfect style.  It includes a wash, rinse, scalp massage, hand massage, and style of your choosing.

Heat° is located at the corner of Madison and Tullamore, right behind Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels at 1591 Tullamore Street, Mankato.

Glam Girl Winter Accessories

Vivian Rose Boutique offers women’s clothing and accessories.  Located in the old Depot Building on Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato as well, Vivian Rose Boutique caters to women who want to look effortlessly elegant.

 Beige Faux Fur Vest: $85, C.C. Beanie in Ivory: $15, Pom-Pom Mittens: $18, Pink Plaid Scarf: $27, Roxbury Lilou Handbag in Beige: $120

Women's Accessories

Graif Clothing has been a staple for men’s and women’s fashion in Southern Minnesota. From classic to contemporary, we stock only the finest and most unique styles you’ll find out there.  Graif Clothing is located at 900 N Riverfront, Mankato, MN 56001

Simonetta Plaid Blanket Scarf, Burgundy Pom Hat, Dark Tough Socks, Graif Gift Card.

Does anyone ever ask you for YOUR Christmas list?  Sometimes it’s hard to come with ideas, isn’t it?  We asked some of our team members what is on THEIR list this holiday season!  Check out a few more great gift ideas below:

  1. What Mom doesn’t have a bag, or bags they carry daily? This one from Vivian Rose Boutique is the ideal size and the fun colors can be styled and carried all year long.
  2. The Glow Membership from Heat Blowdry Bar and Wax Studio is the perfect. Upcoming Holiday parties, family photos, and weddings are more enjoyable with a fresh blow out! You also don’t need any special reason to have your hair done. This is such a great way to make a mom feel pretty.  Plus, it’s a great for someone who doesn’t want more ‘stuff’.  Experience gifts are awesome!
  3. I am a list maker & crossing things off makes me feel organize. A new note pad from Ginger P. Designs is a must. This one in particular is plaid and classic for the Christmas Season!
  4. Coffee is how this mama starts every day. Beans is a favorite of mine and this gift box is a great way to try a new kind and enjoy a new mug! It is local, delicious, and sold and brewed at many convenient locations.
  1. These fleece blankets from Vivian Rose Boutique are ADORABLE, they are so soft and cozy and they say ‘Nap Queen’ and ‘Pajamas All Day’ ON the blankets.  Perfect to cuddle up with your family for movie night.  {Or by yourself for a much needed and deserved nap!}
  2. Ok, so this one would have to be an early Christmas gift.  As a child I fell in love with the story of ‘The Nutcracker’, I dreamed of being a ballerina.  But I have never actually SEEN the ballet!  Tickets to the Mankato Ballet performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ would make my holiday!
  3. I love boho decor, but I have a bit of black thumb.  House plants cower when I pass them.  These air plants from Drummer’s Garden Center & Floral are so cute and require little care.  {Win – Win!} 
  4. These sunglasses from Gallery 512 are so fabulous.  {There’s a reason countless celebrities endorse Diff Eyewear}  They are excellent quality, but look so cool.