Ahead of the holidays, Travel Iowa partnered with bloggers to showcase Shop Iowa, an e-commerce site dedicated to Iowa businesses and their products. The online marketplace makes it easy to find gifts that your loved ones are sure to cherish, from stores across Iowa. These gift guides will help you support the local Iowa businesses you know and love, as well as introduce you to some new favorites.
Trying to shop small this season? @Travel_Iowa’s new #ShopIowa site makes it quick & easy find gifts from small businesses around the state! Check out some of my favorite gift ideas: https://t.co/Z1a4xkmAFj #ad #ThisIsIowa pic.twitter.com/xsJFX3mXo2— Olio in Iowa – Megan Bannister (@OlioinIowa) December 2, 2020
Megan Bannister (Olio in Iowa) always prefers to shop small around the holidays, to help find new small businesses to support when traveling throughout Iowa and also support the small businesses in her Des Moines community.
Featured Products: Flannel Flyaway Jacket – Buffalo Check from Olive ‘et Boutique ($55), Cheese Lover Gift Box from Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese ($75), Set of 6 Happy Holidays from Iowa Letterpress Greeting Card ($18), Dangerous Create 8” Embroidery Kit from Art Center of Burlington ($33), Wine Chocolate Sauce from Glyn Mawr Winery ($10), Eve’s FIESTABOX from WG MEATBOX ($50), Market Tote – Shop Local from Paper Moon ($24.95), Ceramic 9” Christmas Tree Kit from Renee’s Ceramic Café ($35).
Michelle Marine (Simplify, Live, Love) knows a lot of factors go into giving the perfect gift. You have to consider the person receiving the gift, the message the gift sends about you and who your dollars are supporting with the purchase. That’s why Michelle curated a gift guide from Show Iowa; it allowed her to check everything off her list!
Featured Products: Iowa State Ornament from Gena’s Designs of the Heartland ($13.50), Iowa Locally Grown Onesie from Just For You ($15), Iowa Home Pullover from Just For You ($40), Iowa Favorites Scotch-a-Roo and Puppy Chow Popcorn from Almost Famous Popcorn ($15.50), Swedish Dish Cloth with Farm Animals from Akar Design ($6), Pork Carnitas MEATBOX from WG MEATBOX ($50), Soberdough – Beer Bread from The Hen House ($14), Drink Local Long Sleeve Tee from Glyn Mawr Winery ($26), Quilted Iowa Note Cards from Iowa Quilt Museum ($10), Iowa Roasted Guatemalan Whole Bean Coffee from Carrier Coffee and Tea Company ($14.99) and more!
There's something uniquely @Travel_Iowa for all ages on the 2020 Shop Iowa Holiday Gift Guide. Enjoy these 20+ top gift picks and support local in the process! #ThisIsIowa #ShopIowa #Ad https://t.co/GANO6P6Rdd via @simplivelove pic.twitter.com/FDiWZ0pCfT— Michelle Marine (@SimpLiveLove) December 3, 2020
As a proud Iowan, Erin Port (Simple, Purposeful Living) loves supporting local Iowa businesses. She created a list of the perfect Iowa gifts for everyone in her life. With titles like the “lady in your life,” the “sentimentalist,” the “person that needs a little cheer” and more, Erin’s gift guide is the personal shopper everyone needs this holiday season.
Featured Products: Iowa and Iowa State 18 Month Outfits from A Heavenly Celebration ($11–$111), Just Do the Next Right Thing” Unisex Tee from Pressed ($28), Fresh Spread Quark from Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese ($6), Laserable Cake Pans from Blossoming Creations ($39.50), Polar Camel Custom Mug from Blossoming Creations ($31), Someone in Iowa Loves You Letterpress Greeting Card from Iron Leaf Press ($5).
Similar to Erin’s guide, Sarah Kelly (The Haute Homemaker) helps you find the perfect gifts for the “mom,” the “host/hostess,” the “baby” and “something unique” that can be personalized for any neighbor, co-worker, friend or family member.
Featured Products: Someone in Iowa Loves You Letterpress Greeting Card from Iron Leaf Press ($5), Mother’s Birthstone Vertical Bar Necklace with Handset Crystals from Silverado Jewelry ($42–$82), Garlic Parmesan Beer Bread Mix from molly&you ($9.99), Iowa and Iowa State 18 Month Outfits from A Heavenly Celebration ($11–$111), Customizable Polar Camel Tumbler from Blossoming Creations ($25).
Andrea Larson (Life Love Larson) makes a great point in her gift guide. If there were ever a year to stay home and shop online, 2020 is the year. And if you’re going to buy online, why not support local? Andrea’s list includes snacks, gifts for the kids, jewelry, clothing, home décor and more.
Featured Products: Monster Cookie Popcorn from Almost Famous Popcorn ($15.50), Dangerous Create 8” Embroidery Kit from Art Center of Burlington ($33), Personalized Wood Family Name Sign – Black Walnut from Handcrafted Iowa ($65), D&Y Panama Hats from Café Boutique ($20), “Midwest Is Best” Letterpress Greeting Card from Iron Leaf Press ($5), Caramel Apple Beer Bread Mix from molly&you ($11.99), 13” Warmies Koala from Posey and Jett’s ($20), Women in Art 500 piece puzzle from Paper Moon ($16.99), Cubic Zirconia Clear Round 7 MM Stainless Steel Post Earrings from Glassando Handmade Jewelry ($22), Honey-Mooners Travel Tags and Passport Holder from A Heavenly Celebration ($22–$23), Cheddar Cheese Curds from Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese ($4–$8), Iowa Hawkeye Gift Basket from Heart of Iowa Market Place ($69), “Merry Midwest Christmas” Women’s Stripe Sleeve Baseball Tee from Pressed ($38).
Samantha McClelland (The Brunette One) mentions the importance of supporting local businesses near you in the midst of the holiday season. Her suggestions span across the state from Amana and Burlington to Decorah and Des Moines and will have everyone smiling this holiday season.
Featured Products: Baby Animal Art Cards from Art Center of Burlington ($16), Set of 2 Personalized Kids’ Wood Stools from Studio192 ($130), 13” Warmies Flamingo Doll from Posey and Jett’s ($20), Sherpa and Minky Sleep Masks from Divine Oasis Wellness Boutique ($12), “Midwest Is Best” Unisex Tee by Pressed ($28), “Just Do the Next Right Thing” Unisex Terry Crew Sweatshirt from Pressed ($44), “Grown in the Midwest” onesie or shirt from Pressed ($12–$18), Personalized Wood Family Name Sign – Black Walnut Oval from Handcrafted Iowa ($55), Amana Favorites Basket from Heart of Iowa Market Place ($69.99), Cheese Sampler Gift Box from Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese ($32), Cream Crewneck Pullover Sweater from Gracie’s Boutique ($40).