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Stuck for Christmas ideas? Check out these original, MN-made gifts

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas as time runs out? Here are some original options made right here in Minnesota.
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There's just a few days lift until Christmas and if you've still got gifts to buy, we've got some ideas for you.

These aren't the kind of mass-produced gifts you'll be finding on the shelves of national retailers, but authentic products made and sold right here in Minnesota.

So if you're scrambling to look for an original gift idea from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, here's some places you can go to find them:

Tech

The Pioneer Press has put together this list of tech gifts that have originated in Minnesota.

Included on the list is Zivix, a company that sells an app-enabled electronic guitar pick called the "Airjamz," and "Jamstik," a portable digital "smart" guitar.

The company is based in Golden Valley, but you can buy its products online here.

Also getting a mention is Pad & Quill, a Minneapolis store that makes leather and wood electronic accessories. They make cases for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. You can find it at 2400 N 2nd St #107 in Minneapolis, or you can order online here.

Leather gifts

 Credit: Leather Works Minnesota

Credit: Leather Works Minnesota

Speaking of leather, if you're looking for some hide-based gifts, then St. Paul is the place to head..

The highly-rated Leather Works Minnesota can be found on 308 E. Prince St in Lowertown, while J.W. Hulme Co. is at 678 W. Seventh St.

Further afield, Duluth leather crafter Candace LaCrosse has her own store, Hemlock Leather Works, which is located above The Electric Fetus on Superior St.

You can find a list of her products to order here, which includes leather shoes, handbags, coozies and pet collars.

Arts and crafts

You don't have to be an artist to appreciate art, and Minnesota has plenty of local shops with prints, paintings, ceramics, glass and more.

There is Hamilton Ink Spot, on 375 N. Wabasha St in downtown St. Paul, that has a gallery of locally made prints, notebooks, cards and more.

Vandalia Glassworks also makes handmade kitchenware. The glass-blowing studio and shop is located at 550 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. You can also order online.

 Credit: Ulmer Stoneware

Credit: Ulmer Stoneware

Local art is also featured at the Sivertson Gallery in Duluth on 361 Canal Park Dr.

Ulmer Stoneware has handmade ceramic pottery by Frazee artist Jim Ulmer. You can shop for his collection of tableware here.

In Minneapolis, a collection of Native American art, jewelry and other gifts can be found at Northland Visions, on 1113 East Franklin Ave.

Also, it's your last chance to peruse Regla De Oro Art Gallery and Fair Trade Gifts at 2743 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis, with its storefront shutting for good on Christmas Eve, according to its website.

The General Store of Minnetonka has a selection of Minnesota-themed gifts and souvenirs. You can check out its product line here.

For a quirky selection of Minnesota-made artsy gifts, the Minnesota Historical Society has an online shop that features crafters', manufacturers', and artists' products that you can find here.

Another great list of Minnesota-based retailers can be found at StateGiftsUSA.com.

Candies, food and drink

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Madamoiselle Miel, a unique candy store located near the St. Paul Cathedral, uses honey gathered from roof-top bee hives in St. Paul, according to the website, and each candy is hand burnished with edible gold leaf.

Over a century old, Abdallah Candies has lots of gift-oriented candy boxes to choose from. They are located at 3501 County Rd 42 W, in Burnsville.

The home of the Salted Nut Roll, Pearson's Candy, has a factory on West 7th in St. Paul. You can browse through the classic candies here.

If someone you know has a hankering for handmade caramels, then head to Knudsen's Caramel in Red Wing. The store is at 219 W 3rd St and online here.

Plan on gifting something grape? Here's a list of Minnesota-based wineries where you can pick up some locally-sourced vino.

If you're looking for more food-related gifts, check out this list by the Pioneer Press.

Clothes

Wear-A-Knit in Cloquet makes hats, mittens, headbands, and scarves that are customizable for a favorite team name or logo. You can order online here.

Hackwith Design House makes every piece of clothing on-site at 550 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. They offer sweaters, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, swimwear, and plus-size clothing.

PodiumWear is for the sports lovers. They make apparel for cycling, Alpine or Nordic skiing, and running all in St. Paul at 626 Armstrong Ave.

In southwest Minneapolis, Bibelot at 4513 Upton Ave. S has a selection of hand-made women's clothing, crafts and jewelry. It has another store at 23 University Ave. SE in NE Minneapolis and one on Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

 Credit: Duluth Pack, Facebook

Credit: Duluth Pack, Facebook

Duluth Pack is a well-known outdoor gear staple (they make that recognizable green canvas bag with leather straps) in Minnesota.

Right now, they're doing a 40 percent off holiday sale online, so you might want to check it out for the outdoorsy person on your shopping list. Their store is located at 365 Canal Park Dr in Duluth, but their packs are also sold in Target.

And of course you have the Faribault Woolen Mill, which has its array of woolen blankets, throws, scarves and other accessories at the Mill Store in Faribault. Alternatively you can order onlineThere's just a few days lift until Christmas and if you've still got gifts to buy, we've got some ideas for you.

These aren't the kind of mass-produced gifts you'll be finding on the shelves of national retailers, but authentic products made and sold right here in Minnesota.

So if you're scrambling to look for an original gift idea from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, here's some places you can go to find them:

Tech

The Pioneer Press has put together this list of tech gifts that have originated in Minnesota.

Included on the list is Zivix, a company that sells an app-enabled electronic guitar pick called the "Airjamz," and "Jamstik," a portable digital "smart" guitar.

The company is based in Golden Valley, but you can buy its products online here.

Also getting a mention is Pad & Quill, a Minneapolis store that makes leather and wood electronic accessories. They make cases for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. You can find it at 2400 N 2nd St #107 in Minneapolis, or you can order online here.

Leather gifts

 Credit: Leather Works Minnesota

Credit: Leather Works Minnesota

Speaking of leather, if you're looking for some hide-based gifts, then St. Paul is the place to head..

The highly-rated Leather Works Minnesota can be found on 308 E. Prince St in Lowertown, while J.W. Hulme Co. is at 678 W. Seventh St.

Further afield, Duluth leather crafter Candace LaCrosse has her own store, Hemlock Leather Works, which is located above The Electric Fetus on Superior St.

You can find a list of her products to order here, which includes leather shoes, handbags, coozies and pet collars.

Arts and crafts

You don't have to be an artist to appreciate art, and Minnesota has plenty of local shops with prints, paintings, ceramics, glass and more.

There is Hamilton Ink Spot, on 375 N. Wabasha St in downtown St. Paul, that has a gallery of locally made prints, notebooks, cards and more.

Vandalia Glassworks also makes handmade kitchenware. The glass-blowing studio and shop is located at 550 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. You can also order online.

 Credit: Ulmer Stoneware

Credit: Ulmer Stoneware

Local art is also featured at the Sivertson Gallery in Duluth on 361 Canal Park Dr.

Ulmer Stoneware has handmade ceramic pottery by Frazee artist Jim Ulmer. You can shop for his collection of tableware here.

In Minneapolis, a collection of Native American art, jewelry and other gifts can be found at Northland Visions, on 1113 East Franklin Ave.

Also, it's your last chance to peruse Regla De Oro Art Gallery and Fair Trade Gifts at 2743 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis, with its storefront shutting for good on Christmas Eve, according to its website.

The General Store of Minnetonka has a selection of Minnesota-themed gifts and souvenirs. You can check out its product line here.

For a quirky selection of Minnesota-made artsy gifts, the Minnesota Historical Society has an online shop that features crafters', manufacturers', and artists' products that you can find here.

Another great list of Minnesota-based retailers can be found at StateGiftsUSA.com.

Candies, food and drink

Image placeholder title

Madamoiselle Miel, a unique candy store located near the St. Paul Cathedral, uses honey gathered from roof-top bee hives in St. Paul, according to the website, and each candy is hand burnished with edible gold leaf.

Over a century old, Abdallah Candies has lots of gift-oriented candy boxes to choose from. They are located at 3501 County Rd 42 W, in Burnsville.

The home of the Salted Nut Roll, Pearson's Candy, has a factory on West 7th in St. Paul. You can browse through the classic candies here.

If someone you know has a hankering for handmade caramels, then head to Knudsen's Caramel in Red Wing. The store is at 219 W 3rd St and online here.

Plan on gifting something grape? Here's a list of Minnesota-based wineries where you can pick up some locally-sourced vino.

If you're looking for more food-related gifts, check out this list by the Pioneer Press.

Clothes

Wear-A-Knit in Cloquet makes hats, mittens, headbands, and scarves that are customizable for a favorite team name or logo. You can order online here.

Hackwith Design House makes every piece of clothing on-site at 550 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. They offer sweaters, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, swimwear, and plus-size clothing.

PodiumWear is for the sports lovers. They make apparel for cycling, Alpine or Nordic skiing, and running all in St. Paul at 626 Armstrong Ave.

In southwest Minneapolis, Bibelot at 4513 Upton Ave. S has a selection of hand-made women's clothing, crafts and jewelry. It has another store at 23 University Ave. SE in NE Minneapolis and one on Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

 Credit: Duluth Pack, Facebook

Credit: Duluth Pack, Facebook

Duluth Pack is a well-known outdoor gear staple (they make that recognizable green canvas bag with leather straps) in Minnesota.

Right now, they're doing a 40 percent off holiday sale online, so you might want to check it out for the outdoorsy person on your shopping list. Their store is located at 365 Canal Park Dr in Duluth, but their packs are also sold in Target.

And of course you have the Faribault Woolen Mill, which has its array of woolen blankets, throws, scarves and other accessories at the Mill Store in Faribault. Alternatively you can order online

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