Last Minute Stocking Stuffers from #RochMN Small Businesses

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2021 is coming to a close and the holidays are quickly approaching. Are you struggling to figure out what will fill your family’s stockings? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Here are some of our favorite local gifts from #RochMN small businesses…perfect for the people in your life (or you know, you).

We also highly recommend checking out Threshold Arts. This downtown shop is absolutely brimming with beautiful items created by local artists. You can shop online or in person: 311 Broadway Avenue S. Click here to check out Threshold Arts’ own gift guide.

Bath Bombs – Neon Green Studio

photo by: Tiffany Alexandria of ChooChoo-ca-Chew

Available on their website or at Threshold Arts located at 311 Broadway Ave S.

Give the gift of “me time” with these handmade bath bombs. You can purchase a single or six-pack of full-size bombs, or a six-pack of minis (we think you should get the six pack, they’ll want more than one). Choose from Calming blend, Brighten Up blend, or their new Aphrodite alluring blend. If you can’t decide, get one of each! They provide contactless pick-up, USPS shipping, or local delivery.

Goodnight Loon Book – Old Abe Coffee

Find it at 832 7th St NW in Rochester

Did you know that Rochester’s own Abe Sauer of Old Abe Coffe Co. is an author too? In a retelling of a classic children’s book, Goodnight Loon gives you that midwest Northwoods feel (you know the one we’re talking about). You won’t go wrong gifting this book to any Minnesotan, don’tcha know.

Spring Chicken Muscle and Joint Balm – Crooked Pine Farm and Goods

photo by: Crooked Pine Farm

Order from their website.

Ease achy muscles and joints with this jar of Spring Chicken joint balm! We can’t say enough good things about this balm. Whether they’ve got pain to tend to, or just need to relax before heading to bed, this balm is bound to be a go-to for whoever’s stocking you slip it into. You’ll want one for yourself too – trust us!

Candle – Dwell Local

290 S. Main Street in Zumbrota – 507-202-3815

Your family and friends will love the hand poured soy candles from Dwell Local. They have over 20 amazing unique scents including rosemary, green grass, and cubano tobacco. It’s worth the drive to their store on Main Street in Zumbrota. Check out this post for more things to do while you’re in town.

Randolph the Reindeer – Chocolaterie Stam

photo by: Chocolaterie Stam

Order from their website, or pick one up in person on the 2nd floor of The Shops at University Square at 111 South Broadway, Suite 208 in Rochester

Head to downtown Rochester to pick up Randy the chocolate reindeer, perfect for stockings. Both kids and adults will thank you for this tasty treat! Once you walk into the shop, we’ll bet that’s not the only thing you’ll purchase. Everything looks and smells so good, it’s hard to not try it all!

Oak Savannah Whole Beans – Coffee Subscription – Fiddlehead Coffee

1610 W Center Street in Rochester
Oak Savana is Fiddlehead’s tried and true blend. It’s comforting and made with the best beans they can source. You can purchase just one bag or you can purchased a subscription! Weekly, bimonthly, monthly, or quarterly subscription options available.  If you want the beans pre-ground, make sure to mention that in your order! 

Stickers – Garden Party Books

photo by: Garden Party Books

Find them at 602 7th Street NW in Rochester 

Stickers aren’t just for the kids anymore! Head to the newly opened Garden Party Books to find all the stickers you need to finish up your holiday shopping. They have a variety to choose from, so you’ll have options for the whole family! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the inviting new space. Read more about Garden Party Books here.

Art Class Gift Card – Art Heads Emporium

photo by: Art Heads Emporium

Order online, or pick up in-person at 317 Broadway Ave South in Rochester

Your loved ones will be extra excited when they see a gift card from Art Heads Emporium this year! Giving the gift of an experience allows the recipient to use it at their convenience and they’ll have so many opportunities to do so. From painting to embroidery, Art Heads Emporium has virtual and in-person classes to bring joy to the art head in your life. 

Earrings – That Sassy Stitch

photo by: Erica Ross

Order on Erica’s website or find them at Threshold Arts, 311 Broadway Ave S in Rochester

Since the pandemic started, Rochester Mom contributor Erica has been busy creating. She started with masks and has since added jewelry and other accessories made out of polymer clay. Your friends and family will adore these made-with-love items that Erica creates in her home. In addition, 20% of the proceeds are donated to The Jeremiah Program in Rochester.

Wildflower Honey – The Bee Shed

photo by: The Bee Shed

Order online, purchase at People’s Food Coop, or find them at Threshold Arts, 311 Broadway Ave S in Rochester

This Midwest classic honey goes well with just about anything. We know your friends and family will thank you when they pull this from their stockings. YUM!  Why not order some for yourself while you’re at it – The Bee Shed provides FREE local delivery with honey orders over $25!

Chopsticks Set – Knotty Woodpecker

photo by: Knotty Woodpecker

Find them at their shop, open Thurs-Sat 12-7pm at 307 East Center Street in Rochester or order directly from their website.

This stocking stuffer idea is great for the foodie in your life. There’s nothing better than a gift made by hand, and these are! Because they’re reusable, the recipient will save on waste and be ready for any party requiring them to BYOC (bring your own chopsticks).

3-Day Tea Kit – The Fit Loon

photo by: The Fit Loon

Find them at 210 North Broadway Ave in Rochester and on Instagram or Facebook.

Have you checked out The Fit Loon yet? We are so excited about this new spot to get your favorite drinks! Head over to check them out, and do your last minute shopping too. The tea kits include three days worth of their advanced teas and are $15 each. The teas available have berry or tropical flavors. Don’t forget to try one of their yummy shakes or teas while you’re there.

MN Coaster + Bottle Opener – Wear Local Clothing Company

photo by: Wear Local

Order online or in the store at 115 North Broadway Ave in Rochester

This coaster will slip easily into even the most stuffed stockings. Whoever you gift this to will thank you. Not only are you saving their furniture but you’re saving their time by giving them a bottle opener too – and you can never have enough of those!

Ready-To-Mix Drink Kit – Bleu Duck

photo by: Bleu Duck

Order online, or pick up in person at 14 4th Street Southwest in Rochester

OK, so this one might not fit into all stockings, but rules are made to be broken…right? Head over to Bleu Duck and pick up a drink kit! There are three flavors to choose from: Fall Spiced Grenadine, Old Fashioned, or Lime Cordial. They’ll have to add their own alcohol, or they can skip the booze if they want. However the drinks are made, taste buds will be surely satisfied with these!

We hope you found at least one (or more) items on our list useful to finish off your holiday shopping. Even better, maybe you found something for yourself! Tell us in the comments!

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Blair is a wife to Rodney and mommy to Kyus (2016). She grew up in Red Wing and has lived in Rochester for 15 years. Blair works full-time at the Mayo Clinic as a Psychometrist (she tests people’s thinking). She finds mental health and psychology extremely interesting and loves learning about wellness. In her spare time Blair likes to do all things relaxing. This includes, but is not limited to: napping, going for walks, taking baths, and watching reality television. On the weekends you can find her thrift shopping, and attending fun events around town with her family of 3. Blair loves to make people laugh with her sarcastic and blunt personality, and she doesn’t take life too seriously.