Des Moines Shop Local Gift Guide

This guide is sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership

local holiday gifts in des moinesWe love supporting local businesses!

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.

holiday promenade des moinesThe annual Holiday Promenade will return to the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for five Fridays bursting with holiday cheer from Nov. 18 – Dec. 16. Businesses are encouraged to stay open until 9 p.m. 

Don’t miss this chance to shop at some of your favorite local businesses and boutiques. Holiday Promenade will be an exciting celebration full of holiday-themed activities, entertainment, shopping, and family-friendly fun.

The Holiday Promenade is presented by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Historic East Village Association and sponsored by Global Atlantic Financial Group, Iowa State Bank, MidAmerican Energy Company and Prairie Meadows.

Gifts for Date Nights

Looking for something for your next date night? Here are some great ideas for dates in Des Moines.


Try something new and go ax throwing at Ironside Ax in West Des Moines. It’s harder than it looks! 


Ricochet is the adults-only version of Smash Park located downtown. Enjoy a kid-free night (or afternoon) playing pingpong, skeeball, or darts with an adult beverage. 


Get tickets for a theatrical production at the Des Moines Playhouse. Upcoming shows include Cinderella, The 100 Dresses, and Kinky Boots. 

Gifts for girlfriends, sisters, moms

Who’s more fun to shop for than your best girls? Get your besties something special!


Who doesn’t love a cute notepad or inspirational magnet or sticker? Copy + Paste is a super cute shop full of unique gifts. 


Simplify dinner with delicious meals from The Grateful Chef. They post a new menu each week and also offer freezer meals, grab-n-go, and baked goods. 


Find everything from soft slippers and cozy blankets to seasonal candles and more at Give. in West Des Moines. 

DSM Mercantile is a modern general store located in Highland Park featuring local products for simplifying your home.


Shop online or at Pop and Nod’s soon to open store in the Shops at Roosevelt. The boutique features colorful accessories, clothes, and home decor. 


Find adorable flour sack tea towels, holiday mugs, Swedish dishcloths and more from Doe a Deer Design. Visit the brick and mortar store in Stuart or order online.

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. 


If you have an aspiring skateboarder on your list, Subsect in the East Village is the best place to get boards and skater gear. 

Food and Drinks

If you’re looking for a consumable gift, we’ve got you covered. 


If there’s a wine lover on your list, check out Jasper Winery. They sell bottles as well as canned wine for all tastes. 


A box of cookies from Cookies & Dreams in Ankeny is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth on your list. The hardest part will be choosing the flavors! 


Kinship Brewing in Waukee offers great beer and a dog-friendly patio. A six-pack of beer or a gift card to their brewery is a must-have for beer lovers. 

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. 

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Head to Heart of Iowa in Valley Junction to find gift baskets filled with tasty Iowa-made products as well as t-shirts, fudge, candles, and more. 

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These slate coasters from Cheers Ink feature Iowa-related designs as well as fun ornaments, glassware, and more are perfect for the Iowa-loving people on your list. 

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


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