We’ve rounded up some unique holiday finds for your gift giving needs this year! All of these gifts have a Minnesota connection or can be purchased locally. Some of these products come from a woman-owned business, and some of these products are made sustainably – both important to us at Eden Prairie Life! Check out these specially curated items to finish out your holiday shopping list!


Moisturizing Shampoo & Body Soap

SunLeaf Naturals

Perfect for:
– The traveler
– The eco-conscious
– Stocking stuffer

Shampoo bars are gaining traction again as a convenient, earth friendly bathroom swap. These little bars don’t take up much space in your shower and serve as both shampoo and body soap. They are made in Waconia, MN, of pure plant-derived ingredients and essential oil scents. You won’t find petrochemicals, preservatives or synthetics in these soaps! Using them is easy: lather the soap in your hands, then apply all over hair and body. You’ll be surprised how nicely they lather, and how refreshing they smell! Pick up a soap raft to store your soap when not in use. Added feel good: SunLeaf Naturals donates 5% of all proceeds to protecting fresh water.

To purchase: https://www.sunleafnaturals.com/

You can also find SunLeaf Naturals products at Lunds & Byerlys throughout the Twin Cities and Lakewinds Food Co-op locations.

Covid Playing Cards

$11.99/single deck or $32.97/three decks
Covid Playing Cards

Perfect for:
– Stocking stuffer
– Gag gift
– The person who has everything

These playing cards are hilarious! Each card features a family-friendly Covid-19 reference, making it the ultimate 2020 time capsule. Fun drawings illustrate virtual meetings, toilet paper shortages, masks, social distancing, and more! These cards were dreamed up by a team from the Twin Cities metro area.

To purchase: https://www.covidplayingcards.com/

Minnesota Home Flour Sack Towels


Made in Minn

Perfect for:
– Hostess gift
– Stocking stuffer
– Thank you gift
– Real estate closing gift

Everyone needs a kitchen towel refresh, and these embroidered flour sack towels are so pretty! They may even make you want to dry the dishes by hand. Pair it with some sweet treats and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got a gift ready for giving. Made in Minn also offers personalized embroidery and custom gift solutions! Handmade in Eden Prairie, MN.

To purchase: https://www.made-in-minn.com/



Lake Superior Mist Candle

$20, 8oz. tin
Excelsior Candle Co.

Perfect for:
– Stocking stuffer
– The person who has everything
– The person in search of hygge
– The eco-conscious

Create a cozy little holiday experience with this candle from Excelsior Candle Co. With notes of wild berries and cucumber, fir, and driftwood and moss, this candle will take you on an olfactory tour. All the candles at Excelsior Candle Co. are crafted from small batches made in St. Paul, MN. The candles are poured from renewable, biodegradable soy wax, and finished with lead-free cotton or wood wick. An added bonus: all their candle containers can be returned to any of their pop-up shops or retail stores and swapped for a new one at half price.

To purchase: https://excelsiorcandleco.com/  

Real Housewives of Eden Prairie Wine Tumbler


Lotus Lake Gifts & Home Décor

Perfect for:
– Your neighborhood crew
– Your besties

Drink in style with this wine tumbler that is perfect for all your gal pals! Everyone will be drinking in style on your next Zoom call or patio gathering. Not an Eden Prairie local? These are also available for the fine folks of Chanhassen, Minnetonka, Chaska and Victoria.

To purchase: https://www.lotuslakegifts.com/product/real-housewives-of-eden-prairie-wine-tumbler/11912



Chow-Bell-a Holiday Edition Feeder


Jules Loft Edible Garden Art

Perfect for:
– The person who has everything
– Nature appreciators

We could all use some outdoor distractions right about now! These hand crafted bird feeders are made locally in Waconia, MN. They are made with 100% Organic Golden Safflower bird seed, which has a higher protein, fat, and oil content compared to other bird seeds. No empty calories here! This type of seed doesn’t typically attract squirrels, blackbirds, or grackles.

To purchase: https://julesloft.com/

You can also find Jules Loft products at  all Lakewinds Co-op locations, Lotus Lake Gifts & Home in Chanhassen, Hy-Vee in Shakopee, and The Marsh in Minnetonka.

Northern Aspen Sweatshirt Blanket

Lotus Lake Gifts & Home Decor

Perfect for:
– The person who has everything
– The person in search of hygge
– Cabin owner
– Teen heading out of state for college

Everyone deserves to be extra cozy at home this winter! This sweatshirt blanket is like your favorite sweatshirt: soft with a plush fleece lining, made for lounging, and a little bit of state pride printed on the corner. The blanket measures 58” x 84” and is a cotton/polyester blend. Designed and printed in Glenwood, MN.

To purchase: https://www.lotuslakegifts.com/product/northern-aspen-sweatshirt-blanket/10705?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=true



Feed My Starving Children MarketPlace


(bags purchased previously from FMSC)


Perfect for:
– Stocking stuffer
– Gifts that give back
– The person who has everything


The FMSC MarketPlace features products that are produced by artisans in communities receiving FMSC meals. Your purchase helps promote economic growth in that community, as well as sustaining jobs for those skilled crafters. You can find items ranging from jewelry to home décor. Check out their website to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list! You’ll feel good giving these gifts, and your recipient will feel good, too. FMSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. Its headquarters are in St. Louis Park, MN.

To purchase: https://www.fmscmarketplace.org/

You can also purchase goods from any of the permanent packing sites.
Chanhassen Site – 18732 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Eagan Site – 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan, MN 55121  

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