Our Stress-free, Hyper-local, Über-thoughtful Gift Guide

It pays to do a little planning before holiday shopping. For some, gift buying is exhilarating—which is great—but can also make you vulnerable to overbuying and impulse purchases. For others, shopping during the holidays can be overwhelming, leading to stress, inertia and less-than-perfect gift choices.

Take a deep breath … and let us help. We turned Edina upside down gathering unique gift suggestions for all the people in your life, from world travelers and cabin lovers to wellness warriors and family CEOs. One thing is certain—Edina has plenty to offer.

See something you’d like? Feel free to leave this issue open on your coffee table with some subtly placed notes. OK, maybe not so subtle—if necessary, go ahead and make those notes very clear. We promise, your gift-buyers will thank you.


Lovable, Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You by Sherry and John Petersik. The authors of the blog Young House Love set out to prove that you can have a beautiful, functional home even when you’re knee-deep in kids and pets. $27.50. Barnes & Noble

Fez gold barware: Make the most of that evening sip with these stunning gold-adorned wine glasses. $29. At Home & Co.

Trailside candle by Ursa Major: This all-natural soy wax candle contains a blend of pure essential oils including spruce, cedar, sandalwood, mint and orange—sure to bring the outdoors in as you settle in for the winter. $45. Brightwater Clothing & Gear

Dinnertime help: Local mealtime experts and longtime Edina Community Education teachers Kristin Klarkowski and Chika Giswold are the Dinner Doulas. And they have one goal: to help you feed your family well, every day, without the stress. Gift certificates for their Kitchen Coaching sessions include a series of in-home consultations on meal planning, kitchen organizing, pantry essentials, equipment, recipes and techniques to make good food in less time.

$299 for three 75-minute sessions.


Canvas Pullman bag by Filson: The quest for the perfect travel carryall is over! This tote has a u-zipper closure for full bag access, two side zipper pockets, interior elastic snaps for securing packed items, a leather handle and a removable, padded leather shoulder strap. Perfect for weekend or extended trips. $445. Brightwater Clothing & Gear

This is the World: A Global Treasury by M. Sasek. A compilation of these beloved, classic travel guides allows children to travel the world in colorfully illustrated style. Readers visit Munich for sausage, London for tea, San Francisco for cable car rides and more. A must for junior globetrotters and their travel companions. $35 for the set. $17.95 for individual city volumes (London, New York and Paris available at Pacifier).

Barnes & Noble and Pacifier

Polaroid coasters: Enjoy your travel photos on a daily basis; print your Instagram favorites via photo printing apps like Inkifi or Artifact Uprising, then insert them into tempered glass coaster frames. $14.95. Paper Source


Massage memberships: Soothe sore muscles, increase performance and boost mental health with the gift of regular massage. Monthly memberships are available at both Massage Retreat and Elements Massage. Prices start at $59.95 per month.

Breville Juice Fountain Plus: Drink your nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day with this highly recommended high-powered juice extractor. $149.99. Cooks of Crocus Hill


Russell & Hazel is known for their signature binders and Smart Date Signature Filler papers (including menu planner, weekly planner and media and password pages), tools so beautiful they beg to be displayed. And studies show that some of us perform better with pen and paper than with digital devices. Don’t fight it—instead, fill your workspace with analog tools that honor your strengths.

2016 Smart Deck: Why use a boring mouse pad that serves only one purpose? The Smart Deck sits next to your computer and does triple duty as a scratch pad, mouse pad and a year-at-a-glance calendar (not pictured).

Paper-taming tools: Despite our digital culture, stacks of papers still manage to find their way into our homes. Keep them organized with R&H project folders, the acrylic collator (not pictured) and Chicklets adhesive notes and page tabs, the best-looking sticky notes in town. Binders $20.00, filler paper $10-$12, Smart Deck $18, project folders $20, acrylic collator $34, Chicklets adhesive notes $12, page tabs $14. Russell & Hazel


MN Necklace: Keep Minnesota close to your heart with a Minnesota-shaped necklace. $99.95 for silver and $125.95 for gold. Oh Baby! (pictured on page 34)

Faribault woolens: Cozy up with a Minnesota-made 100% Merino wool blanket and think of home. The vintage Minneapolis city map version is a statement piece that homesick travelers and college students are sure to love. $220. Ampersand


Pendleton towels: Most cabin visits take place in the summer, when it’s too warm for a thick woolen blanket. Luckily, the iconic Pendleton blanket designs are re-created as super-sized, super-luxurious beach towels. $49.50. Pendleton Shop

Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale; Building Our Dream Cottage from 2x4s, Blisters and Love by Spike Carlsen. Both a heartwarming memoir and a DIY guide, Spike Carlsen shares the story of building his dream cabin on the shores of Lake Superior with his wife and five kids. $14.95. Barnes & Noble

Modern Rustic by Emily Henson. You don’t have to spend your weekends surrounded by other people’s hand-me-down junk. Whether you are a cabin dreamer or a cabin owner, you’ll be inspired by the author’s fresh, clean approach to the rustic styles we seek for our Minnesota getaways. $29.95. Barnes and Noble

Outscent—a scent to wear outdoors: Cologne at the cabin? Outscent’s Bug Repellent Blend is a unisex scent that can be sprayed on skin or spritzed on clothing for a fresh, uplifting alternative to sticky bug spray. $50. Brightwater Clothing & Gear (pictured on page 36)

Dominoes and backgammon: Games never looked so good with these retro-styled classics. $16.95 and $24.95. Barnes & Noble


Bubble initial necklace: (pictured on page 34) At once whimsical and artful, the 18-inch bubble initial necklace instantly elevates that white T-shirt to polished perfection. $65.95 for silver and $89.95 for gold. Oh Baby!

Shinola watch: Keep that smartphone in your pocket. Nothing classes up the joint like a beautiful timepiece, and Shinola is having a moment right now; their made-in-Detroit philosophy and classically styled watch faces have made them a huge hit with American watch lovers. $475 to $1,025. R.F. Moeller Jeweler

Nail spa membership: Keep those hands and feet looking their best with a monthly membership at A la Mode Boutique and Nail Spa. Memberships guarantee regular nail services, for both men and women, in luxurious surroundings with complimentary glasses of champagne. From $55 to $170 per month.

Where to shop

Barnes & Noble

Brightwater Clothing & Gear

Pendleton Shop

Oh Baby! 


RF Moeller Jeweler

A La Mode Boutique and Nail Spa 

Cooks of Crocus Hill


Dinner Doulas ([email protected])

Paper Source

Russell & Hazel

Massage Retreat

Elements Massage