Des Moines Shop Local Gift Guide


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Check out this gift guide to some of our favorite Des Moines shops
and businesses to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.


Gifts for Date Nights

Looking for something for your next date night? Whether it is at home, or out, here are some great ideas for dates.


Get in touch with your creative side and paint a work of art at Bottles & Bottega. You can enjoy a bottle of wine while you paint–it’s actually really relaxing!

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Take a cooking class from Cooking with Alessandra. Choose from “to-go” cooking classes where you get the supplies to cook focaccia, pasta, or biscotti at home, or in-person classes.


Bundle up and enjoy a night out in downtown Des Moines on the ice rink at Brenton Skating Plaza! The beautiful skyline is the perfect backdrop for spending a night outside. 

Gifts for Busy Moms

We’re all busy juggling activities and shopping and holiday events! Get your bestie something to make life easier! 


Make meal planning easy with this 52-week meal planner designed by local Ankeny mom, Erin Port. You might even want to order one for yourself too!

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Simplify the dinnertime rush with easy, ready-to-cook meals from Dinner Dispatch. Give a gift card to order ahead and have the meals delivered or stop in the store and grab a meal from the cooler. 

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Give the gift of clean laundry from We Wash Laundry Co. They wash and fold laundry by the pound, letting you enjoy family time. Their limited holiday gift package!

For the Kids

Skip the big-box toy stores and check out these creative gifts for the curious and creative kids on your list. 


Skip Amazon and support this local when you buy books from StoryHouse Bookpub in the East Village. 

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Find unique, educational gifts, games, and more for kids of all ages at Learning Post & Toys in West Des Moines. 


Find tons of interesting games, books, and more for kids and kids at heart at Bing’s in Valley Junction. 

Subscription Boxes

Who doesn’t love a gift that keeps on giving? Check out these local subscriptions to treat someone special.  

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Have a seasonal hand-poured soy candle from Currently Co. delivered every month. It is owned and operated by a local Iowa mom. 


The Knotty Nail has the perfect gift for the crafter on your list: a 4-month subscription to the Crafters Club. This sells out fast! Join the waiting list now!


Pamper a friend (or yourself) with a monthly Trixies Salon & Spa box. Choose a custom box for hair, skincare, self-care, and more. 

Drinks for Any Time of the Day

Here are a few options for someone who needs a drink at any time of the day.  

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For the cocktail lover on your list: Daisy Cocktail Co. is a local woman-owned brand featuring natural spirit-based classic cocktails to enjoy at home. Cheers! 

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This exclusive hot chocolate box from Hanna Valley Protein is a tasty treat. Or if you prefer smoothies, try the organic protein powder. 

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Peace Tree Brewing offers great beer, seltzers, and atmosphere. A six-pack of beer or a gift card to their brewery is a must-have for beer lovers. 

For the Food and Culinary Lovers

Do you know someone who loves the finer things in life or an amazing night out to dinner? Gift cards or a meal from one of these locations is great for them.    

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The foodie on your list will love a charcuterie board from Charcbites515. Pair it with a bottle of wine for a fun date night gift!

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Order a tray of yummy holiday cookies or a gingerbread house kit from Red’s Bakery. They have gluten-free options as well. 


The Cheese Shop is full of artisan cheese and delicious foods. If you have great taste and love to talk hours about wine and cheese in a great atmosphere, this is the place for you!

Iowa Inspired Gifts

Local shops that show all the Iowa love are the right gift for you!     

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Find vintage-inspired Des Moines prints, t-shirts, and home decor at Bozz Prints in Valley Junction. The Des Moines and Midwest-inspired designs are the perfect gift for a lover of all things Iowa. 


Flag of Des Moines is perfect for the person on your list who loves living in Des Moines and wants to show their city pride. It is available as a flag or on socks, hats, shirts, and more. 


Known for their snarky t-shirts and irreverent slogans, Raygun in the East Village touts itself as the “Greatest Store in the Universe”. Find something here for the hard-to-buy-for-teen on your list. 

What are your favorite places to shop local for the holidays in Des Moines? 


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