Minnesota Gift Guide

By Amber Newman

Being a customer of Skylark is one environmentally positive thing you can do, and this holiday season we want to introduce you to some companies that value sustainability and ethics. Brighten up your shopping experience by feeling good about where these gifts come from.

Farm fresh gifts aren’t just for summertime. Here are some treasures that will help you stay cozy this winter, all the while supporting local farmers.

The knitter in your family might love a special skein of yarn—rather than being dyed, it gets its color from being spun from different animals. Better yet, The Palette and Purl yarn comes from sheep and alpaca raised right in Minnesota.

Did you know that instead of releasing toxins into the air (like many mainstream options), beeswax candles help purify it? Try these from Honey Patch.

Honey in a hot drink: YUM. Save the pollinators by supporting apiaries like Johnston Honey, located in Rochester.

Shop Hats that Help

Mpls/StP Clothing Co. offers adult and kid clothing that’s designed west of the river and printed east.

Fight sex trafficking on a local and global level by shopping at MY SISTER, either online or on Lake Street. Not only do a portion of profits go to organizations for the cause, but the store carries items that make a difference (sweatshop-free and fair-trade) and it employs survivors from our communities. Read in-depth on their website about how they are taking steps to create a world that supports and values women.

Stocking Stuffers: earrings and lip balm made by survivors in Nepal

Tired of basic bowties? Mill City Fineries handmakes handsome bowties, neckties, pocketsquares and scarves with fine fabrics from around the world.

Photo courtesy of Tyler Lauer

oh baby! brand is designed by a Minnesota woman who has brought her love of whimsical children’s fantasy into her adulthood. She creates high-end clothes, accessories, toys and art.

Shop unicorn doll

Shop MN Mittens

When fellow Minnesotans make cold weather accessories, all the temperature woes and heartfelt empathy magically transfers to their wearers.

Faribault Woolen Mill has been crafting blankets, scarves and other goods since 1865 on the banks of the Cannon River, just an hour south of the cities.

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