Shop #RochMN :: A Local Holiday Shopping Guide


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At Rochester MN Moms Blog, there is no question that we are passionate about all things local.  This extends to our holiday shopping needs as well! We’re proud to present our 4th annual  Shop #RochMN : A Local Holiday Shopping Guide!

We loved putting together this guide for you! No matter if you are shopping for the holidays or simply looking for a gift throughout the year, our Shop #RochMN Local Holiday Shopping Guide will help you find a very special, unique gift.


Have you ever tried a drinking chocolate? If so, you already know that any chocolate lover on your list will be thrilled with Gardenaire’s European-style drinking chocolates. If not, we are 4001% certain we are about to change your life! Our indulgent and soul-satisfying (yes, really!) sipping chocolates are made with the finest Belgian, single-origin chocolate for a luxurious and unforgettable hot cup.

AND be sure you don’t miss our Marshmallows! Our natural, handcrafted marshmallows are delicious and fluffy confections that are perfect for toasting over a fire or in the oven, topping drinking chocolates or coffee, stacking on Nutella and gingersnaps (trust us) or eating fresh.


This 100% cotton beanie is knit in black and natural yarn colors and features a brown leather patch debossed with the Love Your Melon logo. One size fits all. Machine washable. Made in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 50% of profits from all Love Your Melon products is donated to support pediatric cancer patients.


Looking for that perfect gift for a special family in your life? Give an annual membership to Minnesota Children’s Museum – Rochester! They’ll get unlimited fun in the museum for an entire year and enjoy interactive play, rotating exhibits, story time, sensory play and endless opportunities to use their imaginations. A museum membership is family bonding time, playful learning and loads of fun all rolled into one. Buy a gift membership and give the gift that keeps on giving all year around. Shop now at


Our botanical based body lotion goes beyond your traditional lotion. We start with organic aloe vera juice and helichrysum [he-lee-kri-sum] and chamomile hydrosols, which provide powerful plant based nutrients to calm skin irritation and skin sensitivity. We use nourishing organic oils of avocado infused with calendula and comfrey, sunflower, jojoba and shea butter to help combat dry and dehydrated skin. Bright and fresh red mandarin and pink grapefruit are melded beautifully with exotic and spicy cardamom. A clean and hydrating body lotion for all skin types.


This Dale of Norway Vintage Knit Wool hat features an authentic Norwegian pattern knitted in Norwegian wool. Made on the western side of Norway at the base of a fjorn in a century-old factory. Perfect for men or women. Classic Navy and white. Cozy and warm. Hand wash.

The Nordic Shop is a premier dealer of Dale of Norway Sweaters and Accessories. We have the entire collectio in stock. Our staff can answer any queestion about quality, style and fit. Open every day. (M-F 9:30- 8:30, Saturday 9:30 -5:30, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00)


A trip to Chocolaterie Stam is an experience like no other. It’s not just the taste of our treats you’ll love – it’s also the intoxicating scent of fresh truffles, the inviting warmth of our cozy shop, and the exciting experience of selecting your own favorite sweets to take home and explore – just as people have for more than 100 years!


This season we are featuring a variety pack that includes 3, 4 oz bags of our freshly roasted, single origin coffee. The light roast is an Ethiopian with tasting notes of winey and fruity acidity, floral tones and a sweet cedar aftertaste. Our medium roast is a Guatemalan with notes of caramel, citrus, fruits, and chocolate; sweet with tart acidity and a smooth mouth feel. The dark roast from Congo has a tangy, citric, and winey acidity, with a heavy mouth feel, and caramelized sugar aftertaste. This will make a lovely gift for your friends and family, or yourself!


The entire month of December Victoria’s is offering a FREE $20 Gift Card for every
$100 worth of Gift Cards purchased. This free gift card can be used at either Victoria’s Express, or Victoria’s Restaurant. No Expiration – Give The Gift of Pasta This Holiday! #dateccisoto 


Roca is offering 2 free Clip & Go Climbing day passes for you and a friend to come climbing at our gym. This day pass is a great way for individuals, parents, or children with or without past climbing experience to enjoy their day at Roca! You will get a climbing harness with your pass and you can come try out our 40 foot climbing walls!

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dwell local is dedicated to the community and provides holiday gifts and home decor featuring over 50 local makers.  Their featured holiday item is their renowned hand poured soy candles made by dwell local.  Choose from scrumptious holiday scents including the new hot cocoa!


Give the gift of pizza this holiday season! Keep there hearts and stomachs full with delicious pizza from Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria.  Pasquale’s is a neighborhood gathering place offering delicious NY style pizza, panini, and pasta. La Dolce Vita offers gelato and fresh Italian pastries. 

This holiday season, receive a $10 free gift card when you purchase $50 in gift cards and a $25 gift card when you purchase $100 in gift cards.  To place any orders please call 507-424-7800 or stop in today!


Flapdoodles Homemade Ice Cream, a locally owned and operated business, is a Rochester original which opened in 2011. We pride ourselves in making all of our ice cream in our south store kitchen using original recipes. Our shops offer a variety of ice cream treats, from our signature “Flapdoodle” to ice cream cakes and pies. We make our oatmeal cookies and pralines in house and are proud to collaborate with the Gingerbread House Bakery for our ice cream cakes and gingerbread ice cream. Flapdoodles gift cards make great gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list. With the purchase of $25 in gift cards, you receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream. So be sure to stop in to either of our locations, enjoy one of our delicious seasonal flavors, and pick up some gift cards for your friends and family.


DO BETTER THAN WINE. Wake up your holiday parties with a bottle of Old Abe Cold Brew concentrate. Locally roasted and brewed, Old Abe cold brew concentrate is silky smooth, great for cocktails and comes in a ballin’ 32-oz gold foil logo growler.

Or grab a gift card for Rochester’s most fun cafe. No plastic card here. Old Abe gift certificates are wood and include a keepsake leather keychain fob with Rochester’s geo-coordinates. Each gift certificate comes with an exclusive Old Abe #rochmn holiday card, while they last.. Exclusive Rochester holiday cards also available in-store at 832 7th St NW.


Gigi Handcrafted with Love is owned by Rochester local, Georgia Schulz. Gigi Handcrafted offers incredible quality from a talented seamstress. Focusing on custom items such as swing tees, neck warmers, 3 layered bibs with side snap (a customer favorite!), onesies, dresses and aprons for kids and adults…if you need it made, Gigi can do it for you! With a vast array of fabrics and textures to choose from, you’re sure to receive an item especially crafted just for you…that makes Gigi’s items perfect for gift giving. If you need a special or unique piece, or simply are looking for a beautiful, custom-made quality item: contact Gigi Handcrafted with love today! Check out her Facebook and Instagram page for the array of items she can make.


The Cookie Mama creates sugar cookies decorated with royal frosting to match any theme, occasion, or holiday. Cookies are both sold as custom orders and sets for sale and come in multiple flavors. Custom orders are perfect for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, retirements, and any occasion a cookie is needed! Cookies can be ordered both nut free or gluten friendly. The Cookie Mama is a small, Rochester business that is a registered cottage food producer with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.


Paper & Penz is here to give your home or event personality and beauty with handlettered art. Each sign starts as a plain piece of wood and is painted or stained, handlettered and handpainted and sanded to make it into a piece of art. We also offer custom rental Chalkboard signs for your birthday party, baby shower, or wedding.

Our family name signs are the perfect unique gift you are looking for this Christmas season. Order one for a friend or give one to yourself as a gift! A favorite quote or phrase can also be made into a sign for a one-of-a-kind present!

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