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Express your Values this Gift-giving Season

Gifts Under $20

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? You’re sure to find one at the co-op that’s beautiful and reflective of your personal values. This holiday season, give the gift of honesty — fairly-produced food and goods made with reverence for the people and places where they’re crafted.

Local Raw Honey Tasting Pack

This single-source honey tasting pack offers a diverse combination of flavor profiles for the discerning palate. Gift receivers will experience the joy of five best-selling varieties from Ames Farm. Packages vary and contain honey made from the pollen of local basswood, sweet clover, prairie flowers, alfalfa, and more.

Local, Organic Maple Syrups

Gift receivers are sure to enjoy the earthy flavors of organic maple syrups from Maple Valley Cooperative and Wild Country. Harvested from woodlands in the Great Lakes region and Sawtooth Mountains near Lake Superior, these 100-percent-pure maple syrups are produced with the greatest care given to sustainable harvesting methods and social responsibility.

Organic Fair-trade Coffee

An array of organic fair-trade coffee blends is available at the co-op from Just Coffee Co-op, Kickapoo Coffee, Peace Coffee, and Equal Exchange Co-op. These locally-roasted blends are full of robust flavors and ethically sourced from farmers who are paid fair wages for their work and goods.

Cooperatively-Produced Winter Scarves

Terra Natural Designs’ winter scarves are cooperatively produced and artisan crafted. Handmade with sustainable, renewable fibers and naturally-sourced dyes, your purchase supports a social justice movement that empowers Indigenous female entrepreneurs to continually preserve, practice, and get paid for their South American crafts.

Essential Oil Holiday Blends

Veriditas essential oil blends offer an organic model for self-care and relaxation. During the hectic end-of-year season, provide your loved ones with the grounding, healing power of herbs and flowers. These comforting blends work well when added to a diffuser or homemade potpourri.­­­

Klean Kanteen Savings

Planning a trip to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year? Stay hydrated at the State Fair with reusable stainless steel bottles from Klean Kanteen. Throughout the month of August, select Classic Kanteens and accessories, including reusable lids and straws, are 25% off at the co-op. This includes a variety of their Classic, Insulated Classic, and Kid bottles in a range of sizes and colors. The insulated bottles and caps work particularly well during the heat of summer at keeping beverages like water, beer, and kombucha cool for hours on end. When the seasons begin to change, the insulated bottles can also be used to keep beverages like coffee and tea warm on brisk fall outings.

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Gifts for under $10, $20, $30

Shopping for the holidays and staying within a budget can be hard to swing. These gift ideas list examples of what we offer within certain ranges (under $10, $20 & $30) – you can’t go wrong with any of these high-quality items. Read more …