Small Business Holiday Gift Guide

More than ever, our small businesses need our support. It has been a hard economic year for most communities throughout the country and we know without our small businesses, Minot would not have as much magic. The holiday season is a perfect time to find a unique gift, support local businesses, and give a gift full of magic.   

Minot is home to so many locally-owned and operated businesses. But if you’re struggling with what to get that special someone this holiday season, here is the place to start.


2020 Holiday Gifting Guide:

Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique does their annual Candy Cane sale on Black Friday which gives you a chance to save some dough (between 15%-50% off) and score beautiful pieces. From boots, clothing, and accessories, you can find items that are perfect for your Mom, sister, or any lady in your life. The shop brings together comfort, affordability, and a whole lot of class.   On small business Saturday, they have doorbusters for the first 50 customers, exclusive prices on denim between 10 AM-2 PM, and a tiered discount system based on your spending. ( $20 off $100, $50 off $200, $75 off $250).

During the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday weekend, Prairie Sky Breads is offering BOGO Drinks and 11.29% off their “artist wall’. You can pick up locally produced Dakota Roaster Coffee which will be a tasty and fragrant gift or purchase a subscription box of their baked goods for a friend. Fresh warm bread is the gift that keeps on giving, are we right? Yum.

Talk about a home goods haven! If you are looking for a gift for a person to loves to cook or bake Gourmet Chef is the place to go! From Le Cruset Dutch Ovens to Lodge Cast Iron pans, you will find a gift that will last the test of time. This downtown business has so many kitchen gadgets and home items that you didn’t know you needed.  They even came out with a 12-page gifting guide themselves. Check it out!

Head up the stairs to Oliver’s Attic and enjoy the loft boutique where you can score handbags, accessories, women’s apparel, and footwear. We love their fall-winter plaid that you can pair with a pair of leggings, boots and your gift is ready to go! And if you’re looking for stylish headwear they have that too! Black Friday weekend promotions are 20% off storewide.

52 West

Your one-stop-shop for boho fashion and western wear from 52 West! All their boots are on sale for Small Business Saturday and they are offering some serious deals and steals!  Their boutique also offers some accessories for those people you never know what to get during the holidays. So many items will qualify for their buy one get one 50% off. Don’t miss out, you need to head over! When you stop in, be sure to enter in for their two giveaways. On Friday, enter to win a VIP Shopping Experience, and Saturday, enter to win a free pair of boots!

Nickel & Dodge – Brow design, facials, skincare… Nickel and Dodge is your go-to small business for the lady or man in your life that enjoys some pampering. Their Small Business Saturday deal is for NEW customers only but is one of the best deals we have seen. Purchase a gift card at $100 get a $50 gift card free. You read that right a $50 bonus with your purchase.  So instead of gifting an item that is possibly going to be returned, gift the relaxing experience of so many N&D services.

Handmade Ornaments at Artmain

Artmain offers SO many options. This store on Main Street downtown is such a hidden gem and they are headed into their 40th year in Downtown Minot!  Don’t let the name fool you, there is so much more inside beyond art supplies. Locally crafted jewelry made out of leather and metal, adorable handmade ornaments, paints, and soaps.  Perfect location for gifts for those creators in your life, but you can also score a beautiful piece of clothing on the racks in the front.

Brays Saddlery offers western wear, including their signature Western Cowboy Boots. Think outside the apparel and check out their gorgeous cowhide business bags, hats, and other leather goods.

Margie’s Art Glass Ceramic pieces to be painted.

Now, here is a totally different idea, bring your kids to Margie’s Art Glass, and paint pottery and give the gift of a beautiful handmade gift to the loved ones in your life. Painted pottery shows the investment of time in creating a unique piece that and live in your home on a mantle for years to come.

One of Downtown Minot’s most recently opened businesses is the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery/Timmothy Timm Art Studio. During this upcoming holiday weekend, you can purchase Timm’s book and he will sign it and on Saturday, they will cover your shipping to gift an illustrated book to someone else.

The Putt District is offering the perfect gift for the little kiddo in your life. The “Little Putter” Membership is a gift that keeps on giving with a severely discounted annual membership for a child is just $30 bucks. Pick up their deal and give the gift of experiences and memories.

Now, we all have that friend who’s home is always decorated to the nines. So, in this case, we think Inspired Interiors is the go-to place in town for Christmas home décor. Their pieces are unique and can elevate anyone’s home to the next level.

Now, although Dakota Chappy is closed on Friday, they will be live on Facebook at 7:00 PM with what we are told will be an EPIC live sale. Dakota Chappy is a great place to get gifts. They feature clothing for both men and women, but they have reinvented the way women dress with their Total Creations. Plus, if you have someone in your home that wears genuine fur, there is a good chance they can help check those items people your shopping list with their luxurious fur scarfs, boots, vests, or gloves.

If you are headed to someone else’s house this holiday season, consider bringing a locally produced bottle of wine. Urban Winery is also a perfect gifting option for the wine lover. At the winery, you can work with the vintner to produce a customized bottle of wine to match your flavor likings, and go back and bottle it, too. It’s a fabulous gift that will double as a date night down the road.

It’s not only our boutiques that need support right now, our locally-owned restaurants are needing support, too. COVID has made it more difficult to enjoy meals out, but with the purchase of gift certificates, you are supporting small and providing an enjoyable experience once the pandemic calms down.  Plus, several of the businesses are offering promos like ‘buying a $100 gift card get a $25 gift card on us’ type of deals. Plus they can look cute in the tree on Christmas morning.

Michelle F Handmade Jewelry

Michelle F has some amazing pieces of jewelry in their downtown boutique and one of the coolest things is that all their pieces are hand made and one of a kind. Since the team there selects the gems and builds the pieces you can guarantee that you are gifting a genuinely unique piece.

Natures Nooks – Children’s Toy’s, Book’s and Games

Now, we would be remised if we didn’t mention North Hill’s toy shop for children’s toys, activities, and books. Nature’s Nook is Santa’s local workshop! They bring in so many unique games that promote learning and education, toys that help with young children’s mental development, painting classes for the older ones. Nature’s Nook is can easily help you check those special items off your list.

The holidays would not be complete without a good book around the fireplace. Mainstreet Books is offering 25% off your purchase including Bubble Island products.  Did you know you can also score some games and other gifts like socks with funny sayings? It is a great hidden gem in Downtown Minot.

Don’t forget those stocking stuffers!

The Visitor Center Giftshop has so many great gifts and stocking stuffers to choose from. Nationally famous Dots Pretzels, Norwegian chocolates, and seasoning mixes are a few items that we would add to our stocking list. Our hours are now 10 AM-2:30 PM. Also, we sell locally produced pottery, cutting boards, vases, and other items to bring a touch of ND and Minot to your home wherever you are.




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