iowa gift guide

Iowa Gift Guide 2020

Support your favorite Iowa-based makers, brands and shops this holiday season. Whether you’re in the market for gourmet popcorn, one-of-a-kind artwork or boutique wines, here are eight favorites to bookmark for your next (virtual) shopping trip.

Almost Famous Popcorn Company

Almost Famous Popcorn Company

Featuring small-batch popcorn crafted with premium ingredients, Almost Famous Popcorn Company has storefronts in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. Build a box with flavors of your choosing (festive favorites include Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Nutella and Salted Caramel Peanut) starting at $25. Nut- and gluten-free flavors are also available. Shop online (free shipping anywhere in the U.S.) at almostfamouspopcorn.com/shop.

Corner Store Apothecary

Described as a modern-day apothecary with an old-time general store vibe, Corner Store Apothecary is a Cedar Rapids-based holistic spot for essential oils, CBD, salt lamps, candles and much more for a feel-good holiday. Shop online at cornerstoreapothecary.com.

Your Tanning Bar

Your Tanning Bar

Established in 2012, women-owned and -operated Your Tanning Bar is the first exclusive airbrush tanning salon in Iowa. Give the gift of a year-round summer glow via gift cards (denominations start at $40) or Your Tanning Bar’s selection of self-tanners, moisturizers and more for an at-home spa day. Shop online at www.yourtanningbar.com.

1st Avenue Wine House

A favorite in the Cedar Rapids community for more than 15 years, 1st Avenue Wine House is a can’t-miss stop for boutique wines (both domestic and international),  gourmet foods and cheeses, gift baskets and much more. Shop online (curbside pickup is available) at www.1stavenuewinehouse.com.

Roots in Bloom

Roots in Bloom

This Marion-based local florist is known for its speedy, reliable deliveries and eye-catching floral arrangements (just look at those gorgeous peace sign wreaths). Roots in Bloom can also assist with gift baskets, stuffed animals, balloon bouquets, candy and chocolates, silk arrangements, baby items, home décor, scented candles and more for holiday giving. Shop online at www.rootsinbloom.org.

The Paper Moon

An indie book and gift shop located in the historic downtown of McGregor, The Paper Moon has just the thing to suit about any interest on your shopping list: soaps, artisan jewelry, hand-picked cards, curated cookbooks, children’s toys, retro housewares, fine chocolates and much more. Shop online at www.papermoonbooks.com.

Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese

Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese

Donnellson’s Hinterland Dairy makes delicious, fresh cheese every day, with favorites being the aged Alpine-style cheddar cheese and Happy Jack, a jalapeno-Monterey Jack. Its farm store also features many other locally made goods, with all items from the online store and gift boxes available for shipping. Shop online at www.hinterlanddairy.com.

Art Center of Burlington

For a one-of-a-kind gift, The Art Center of Burlington showcases artwork for sale in the Artists Market, as well as take-home kits and art supplies for those looking to create in the comfort of their own homes. To learn more, visit www.artcenterofburlington.com.

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