Category - Gift Ideas

Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
The Gift of Science from the Science Museum of Minnesota
Support Your Local Shops on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday

Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time

I think, like a lot of parents, I dream of having a home that is more of a cozy little landing pad for our adventures than a storage facility for our stuff. So I have been collecting up ideas for clutter-free gifts of adventure through membership to museums and other fun places.

We’ve added a few more options this year, and all memberships have been verified and updated for 2017. November and December are the time to think about memberships, because several places offer pre-holiday or end-of-the-year discounts.


Hello Grandparents – Membership is a Great Gift Idea!

If you are an out-of-town grandparent, membership gifts are ideal. Your grandchildren will look forward to your visits so you can enjoy your gift together; plus they will enjoy it with their parents the rest of the year. Furthermore, your children will tell all their friends that you are so much cooler than the grandparents who bought loud, battery-powered, plastic toys that end up in the garbage heap we call a toy box. Trust me on this. Read More

Support Your Local Shops on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday

As we promised in our Buy Nothing Day article, we also have some ideas for shopping local on Thanksgiving weekend buy embracing the “Plaid Friday” or “Small Business Saturday” movements. Saturday is also “Indies First Day” at local bookstores.

Small Business Saturday

Local Shops and Authors make you feel good about Christmas Shopping.

Plaid Friday on Black Friday

Buy It Local Twin Cities has embraced the Plaid Friday movement by providing a map of local stores that are open and offering special deals.  Instead of paying big bucks at the big box stores, Buy It Local and the local retailers are encouraging shopping local on Plaid Friday, November 23, 2018. And seriously dress up in plaid. You will receive discounts for wearing plaid.  (It seems perfect for a cold, Minnesota winter day to be wearing flannel.  Now I just need to pull mine from high school out of the depths of the closet. There are so many great deals at so many of the different shops around town. Music, refreshments, and deals.  You really can’t go wrong.

• If you plan to shop the Grand Avenue shops in Saint Paul for Plaid Friday, don’t forget you can drop your kids off at the Red Balloon Bookshop for the Deck the Halls Holiday Workshop • Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 are invited to get holiday ready at this workshop. Parents can drop off kids from 2pm to 4pm while they enjoy Grand Avenue shopping. This program does require an RSVP.

SIMPLY JANE STUDIO: On both Friday and Saturday, Simply Jane will be offering Open Studio times from 10 am-9pm. Visitors can receive 20% off all gift items at the studio. Choose from a variety of materials to purchase to paint as gifts. Drop-in anytime during open hours. No reservations are necessary.

Science MuseumThis post is sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Buy a gift membership between November 23 and 30, and get two FREE tickets to the Science Museum’s exhibit galleries (a $37.90 value) for yourself!

Click Here for the Science Museum Promotion


Small Business Saturday / Indies First Day

Keep the local love going on Saturday, November 24, 2018, with these Small Business Saturday and Indies First Deals. Small Business Saturday, like Plaid Friday, is another chance to support small local businesses. Indies First is celebrated at local bookstores to bring together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. 

RED BALLOON: Author Advice Booth & Bookstore Scavenger Hunt • 10am-4pm • Red Balloon Bookshop is planning a fun day of shopping with an Author Advice Booth to meet some of our fantastic local authors, and a Bookstore Scavenger Hunt.

 WILD RUMPUS: Indies First Celebration • 1pm-3pm • Local musicians Nicholas Jordan and Michael Keyes will help us bring in the season with music.

• BLUE SUN SODA• 10am-6pm • Free popcorn, free soda tastings, free Whistler Bottling tours: 11am,12, 1, & 2pm, 25¢ arcade games, $1 Bottles of Whistler Soda, launch of Billy’s Bubble Pop, Santa visit from noon-4pm.

• Interact’s GREAT BIG HOLIDAY SALE • 11 am-5pm • Shop local artwork, decorate Gingerbread Cookies, DIY giftwrapping, photos with Santa, 5-minute portraits, holiday music • Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1860 Minnehaha Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

50th & FRANCE – Small Business Saturday & Tree Lighting • 10am-5pm • Exclusive deals to celebrate local businesses. From 3 to 5 p.m. activities include a visit by Santa, strolling carolers, performances by Platinum Dance Center and complimentary coffee and cider provided by Caribou Coffee. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit VEAP. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5 p.m. 


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