4 Delicious, MN-Made Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Quick, easy finds for the foodie, beverage snob, or shop-local lover in your life
Pão de queijo, from Lulu's Brasilian Snacks
Pão de queijo, from Lulu’s Brasilian Snacks

Photo by Jason DeRusha

We are in the thick of holiday shopping season, even though we are still a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving. I’ve been checking out a number of food- and restaurant-related gifts, and here are some of my favorites.

Lulu’s Brasilian Snacks

Have you heard of pão de queijo? I hadn’t before Brazil native Julio Batista reached out to me. He’s a realtor who lives in Minneapolis and was introduced to the Brazilian cheese bread when his mother moved to the U.S. His daughter, Lulu, fell in love with the bread, and the company was born.

They’re frozen little balls of dough that heat up in the oven quickly and have an absolutely addictive flavor. What a cool host or hostess gift for a holiday party!

Courtesy Minnesota Craft Notes

Coupon Books

Passport coupon books are excellent gifts, and we have a couple terrific ones in the Twin Cities. Minnesota Craft Notes has versions dedicated to coffee, to cocktail lovers, and to beer lovers. Soon, they’ll have a “sustainability” edition, featuring environmentally conscious breweries, distilleries, and restaurants. They’re between $20 and $25, and you generally get your money back after going to just three spots.

The Minneapolis Passport program is similar, with 2-for-1 drink specials at bars and restaurants in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and some close suburbs. $25 for the winter edition, covering 2019-2020.

You Betcha! Box
You Betcha! Box

Courtesy You Betcha! Box

You Betcha! Box

There are so many subscription boxes out there, but I have a soft spot for the You Betcha! Box. Katie Sterns puts together themed boxes, like MinneSnowda for a hot cocoa kit; Rise and Shine for coffee; Minnesota Meat Raffle for sauces; and Land of Lakes Tea Time for the tea drinker. They range in price between $50 and $70 and include shipping. The best thing: Each box comes with the story of the items inside—so not only are you sharing Minnesota with your friends and family, you’re sharing the stories, too.