Did finals get in the way of your holiday gift buying? Fear not! We have compiled a collection of last minute gift ideas— with a twist! Every item has a connection to Minnesota so you can share a piece of your journey as a UMN student while impressing everyone on your list!
Minnesota Cutting Board Cutting board or a conversation started? The entertainer on your list will love this beautifully-designed piece, whether it’s on display or serving hors d’oeuvres. $19.99
Wool Stadium Blanket Those November football games can get cold. Thankfully, this Minnesota-made Faribault Woolen Mill blanket is a warm way to support everyone’s favorite team, no matter how unpredictable the weather gets. $220.00
Mini SmartDate Planner Set This stylish little planner is exactly what any busy person hopes to find under the tree. It offers monthly, weekly, and hourly organization options, so that no task or assignment gets overlooked. Extra credit: Russell + Hazel is a Minnesota-based company! $54.00
Classic Moccasin These mocs are cozy enough for the coldest winter and maybe that’s because they were created by Minnesota-based Minnetonka Moccasin. Give the gift of warm feet and watch other gift-givers take a seat in defeat. $56.95
Wild Rice Soup Mix This one-pound bag of wild rice soup only requires one word: yum. $8.63
Ice Fishing Package Sometimes the best gifts are experiences and what better way to make a memory than by partaking in the Minnesota pastime of fishing on a frozen lake? This ice fishing package through Sportsman’s Lodge on Lake of the Woods comes complete with a heated fishhouse, supplies, and lunch. Prices vary.
Minnesota Hotdish Poster This poster is not just decoration– it’s meal inspiration, featuring over thirty hot dishes that will perfectly accompany a classic Minnesotan grape salad. $5.99
U of M Padfolio Gift yourself! With a pocket for resumes, a notepad, and a nod to the alma mater, this portfolio is the professional touch you need for job fairs and interviews. Consider it an investment in your future. $22.95
Love Your Melon Two St. Thomas students developed Love Your Melon with the mission of providing a hat to every juvenile cancer patient in the United States. Not only will your purchase provide a cozy hat or clothing item for a friend or loved one, but also to one of the tens of thousands of American children diagnosed with cancer each year. Prices vary.
Minnesota Fare This gift basket of Minnesotan delicacies includes maple syrup, wild rice soup, candy, and more! (Hint: Buying this for a parent checks off the gift list and allows you to sample all the goodies.) $49.95
Sports Tickets Between the Gophers, Vikings, Timberwolves, Twins, Saints, Lynx, Swarm, RollerGirls, and more; Minnesota has a sports team for every type of fan. Whether it’s to cheer on a favorite team or gain a new experience, gifting tickets is an exciting way to share your Minnesota pride with your friends or family. Prices vary.