5 Delicious MN-Made Gift Ideas

Last-minute sips and bites for the foodies on your list—from the sweetness of brown butter glaze to halva, honey chai, and cocktail kits

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Bogart’s Doughnuts

Give the people what they want—our favorite doughnut glaze is now ready for home use in a jar. That’s right, Bogart’s has released its signature brown-butter doughnut glaze. Perfect for your morning toast or even a nice salty-sweet combo on potato chips. It’s available by the jar or as part of the Bogart’s gift set, which includes one bag of Bogart’s coffee, one stocking cap, one coffee mug, and one jar of brown butter.

Available online at bogartsdoughnutco.com; Brown Butter Glaze, $8; Gift Set, $39

Surdyk’s

Whether you’re looking for a host gift or just something to sip and nosh around the home, Surdyk’s has curated cocktail kits and gift boxes, featuring local favorites and newly discovered imports. The cocktail kits even offer non-alcoholic options, like the Steady Spritz with Wilfred’s Bittersweet Orange and Rosemary Aperitivo and Fever Tree Tonic. The non-alcoholic cheese gift box includes Minnesota-made Isadore Nuts and Ames Farm honey, perfectly paired with cheese and crackers.

Available online at surdyks.com; The Steady Spritz (Zero Proof) Cocktail Kit $34.99, Cheese Gift Basket $150

Bare Honey

Dustin and Grace Vanasse keep the bees that make the honey of Bare Honey. These two know what works in the world of honey—and they also bottle a variety of other goods, like these hot-beverage mixers and kits, including Honey Chai Latte, Honey Matcha Latte, and Honey Sweetened S’mores Hot Cocoa Mix. The kits pack locally made marshmallows by North Mallow. Enjoy barista-quality drinks in your own kitchen, all sweetened with the power and goodness of honey. (Bare Honey is also committed to building awareness of our favorite pollinators and funding research to protect them.)

Available at barehoney.com; mixers, $17; kits with marshmallows, $20

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Alemar Cheese

Since 2008, Keith Adams has been making award-winning, French-inspired cheese—first in Mankato and now at the Food Building in Minneapolis. Keith left the world of finance to make Alemar cheese (named for his daughters Alexandra and Mariel) that honors the milk that makes his artisanal cheeses. In 2021, Alemar brought on head cheesemaker Charlotte Serino, who now leads the company in developing new products. Perfect for the cheese lover in your life, the Alemar Cheese Club ships to your home quarterly and includes hand-selected Alemar cheeses and specialty foods, with such partnered items as Red Table Meat salami, local guest cheeses, and small-batch jam.

Available online at alemarcheese.com; quarterly cheese club, $85

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House of Halva

For holiday entertaining, House of Halva’s Whisky Chocolate Halva Cake combines the bitter notes of fine whisky with the richness of chocolate and the subtle, nutty sesame flavor of traditional halva. Named for the global treat, House of Halva brings a variety of globally inspired gourmet goods to the Midwest. One of the oldest traditional sweets to originate in the Middle East, halva is now enjoyed around the globe for its unique flavor, texture, mild sweetness, and natural ingredients. House of Halva features traditional flavors and modern flavor profiles. Importers David and Liz Kadosh work with the finest halva makers to create their menu and have introduced a whole new audience to the taste of halva. Their flagship store opened at Keg & Case in 2018.

Available online at houseofhalva.com, $26 per pound

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