2017 Holiday Gift Guide

November is in full swing which means the holidays are right around the corner! The holidays are our favorite time of the year - hot cocoa, cozy sweaters, cheerful music, baking, festive parties and most importantly, more time with loved ones. Show the special people in your life how much you care by gifting them a unique, local gift.

To help wow your giftees, we’ve created a holiday gift guide. We’re recommending local businesses to check out and the cutest products we’ve been eyeing up lately. Below you’ll find great gifts ideas for everyone in your life and support local businesses at the same time.

For those with a sweet tooth: Annie B’s Peppermint Bark


Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

Okay we may be a little biased with this one (it is in our newest box, Cheer) but we promise it’s worth the hype. This minty slice of heaven is perfect for those chocolate lovers in your life. Add a few other delectable items from Annie B’s like their caramel or small batch popcorn to tie it all together.

For those with an old soul: Anthony Scornavacco Antiques

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This gorgeous antique store located downtown St. Paul is perfect for historic, beautiful gifts. Meticulously run by antique savant Anthony Scornavacco, this store is chock full of timeless items, small trinkets from years past and rare gems. Find antique trays for cocktails, a jewelry box for grandma’s pearls, or small painting for a coworkers desk.

For those with cold necks: KISA Turkish Tea Towel (and scarf!)


Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

To bare the frigid Minnesota winters, scarves are an absolute necessity. But what if your scarf could also double as a tea towel, blanket or wrap? Cue the KISA Turkish Tea Towel. This beautifully woven item is perfect for your mom or a girlfriend. Plus, it’s neutral colors make it wearable with any outfit.

For those looking to give back: Greater Goods

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If you want to be more thoughtful with your spending, choose to purchase from a business like Greater Goods that donates 5% of their proceeds to a local charity. Founded by Lauren and Joel Gryniewski, this quaint store offers handmade card and unique products from all of the world. Grab a few Christmas cards for your grandparents or a Minnesota Tee (like the one above) for the out of town relatives.

For those who need a spa day: Da Bomb Fizzers Bath Bombs

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Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

What’s better than soaking in a warm bubble bath on a cold winter night? Soaking in a bath with an amazingly fragrant bath bomb! Treat your friends to an at home spa night with “da Bombs” made by local teenagers Isabel and Caroline Bercaw. These fun bath accessories come in an assortment of flavors and each have a secret gift inside. See the Cake Bomb featured above in our Confetti box.

For those who love a clean aesthetic: The Foundry

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Shelves of dainty glassware, luxurious bath products, unique home goods, children’s toys and more, The Foundry is a one stop shop for products that are “simple, useful and beautiful,” (The Foundry).

Where do you find your holiday gifts? We’d love to hear!

Maker Spotlight, WAAM Industries


If you’ve recieved your own Minny & Paul box, you’ve probably noticed a small product card tucked beneath the box top. It details what each item is, where it came from and who made it.

We love sharing these small snippets of our featured makers but we want to do more. To recognize these talented makers, we’re starting a spotlight series to share their stories. Check back every month to read about someone new and get to know the people behind the products.

Credit: Bethany Schrock

Our first installment highlights a company we’ve been with since the start of M&P, WAAM Industries. WAAM is a local design and fabrication maker. The company was founded in 2012 by Andrew and Hanna Vomhof. They started small, working out of their basement and a few spare rooms. Fast forward to present day, and they’ve added a large industrial workspace to their business.


Credit: Nylon Saddle

Credit: Nylon Saddle

The idea for WAAM Industries started in a sketchbook. Their idea was simple - take everyday functional objects and elevate them to be long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Both MCAD graduates, Hanna and Andrew combined their unique skillset and minimalist perspective to take their vision from paper to real life.

Credit: WAAM

Credit: WAAM

If you didn’t already know, all of our hand selected products are nestled into these beautifully crafted boxes. What makes WAAM so great is the versatility of their product - after unboxing the goodies, use it as a trendy decor piece or storage box. Check out the things we store in our WAAM boxes:

  • Yummy tea
  • Cards from special friends (have you seen these beautiful letterpress cards by Maddko Illustration in our latest “Fuel” box?)

  • Sweet treats for that midnight sugar craving - have you checked out our Treat box?

  • Nightstand storage for your lip balms, essential oil (I love CALM by Miss Violet Lace from our Girlfriend Box), lotions and more


What are ways you use your box? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram - @minnyandpaul.


Friday Night Out, Volume 2

Summer in the Twin Cities can be summed up in one word: glorious. Walks around Lake Calhoun, Sunday brunch at Nightingale, brats and beer at a Twins game, fresh flowers from the farmers market, a stroll around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—everything flourishes come June. And though it’s time to welcome in a new season, there’s still time for one last hoorah. Gather your closest friends and toast to the warm weather next Friday night at some of our favorite bars and restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

1. WA Frost

Luscious greenery, great food and historic beginnings? Enter WA Frost. Nestled in the charming Cathedral Hill neighborhood, this sophisticated oasis mimics the cool, relaxed vibe of St. Paul. Enjoy a mean Old Fashioned with friends or dine on classic dishes sourced from local, sustainable farms. Not ready for the night to end? Pop over 2 blocks to The Happy Gnome, a casual gastropub, for a cold beer.


2. 4Bells

We’re all in need of a little southern charm every once in awhile, right? Luckily, we’ve got our own little slice of “lowcountry flair”at restaurant 4Bells, located in Lowry Hill. This vibrant restaurant offers fresh oysters, delicious fried chicken and great views of the Minneapolis Skyline. Find a spot on the rooftop patio and order the specially curated “Harom Place” cocktail.

3. Pizzeria Lola

Pizza + wine: name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait… :)

indulge in artisan pizza and a global wine selection at one of our favorite neighborhood pizza joints, Pizzeria Lola. From the classic Margherita to the creamy Boise and exotic Korean BBQ, there’s a pie for everyone. M&P Tip: Friday nights are poppin’ at Pizzeria Lola, so be prepared to wait a bit for your table. We guarantee it’s worth the wait though—just check out their impressive reviews → Pizzeria Lola Press


4. Burch Steak

We don’t know about you but there’s something we love about dressing up on a Friday night. If you’re feeling the fancy vibe, pop over to Burch Steak, right off Hennepin in Uptown. Not only does Burch deliver a delicious menu, but their service is impeccable. We always feel taken care of there. Grab a glass of bubbly and cheers to a memorable meal.

5. Butcher and The Boar

Looking for a more lively crowd? Head on over to Butcher and the Board, a meat-lovers heaven located in downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy craft beer and house-made sausage in their bustling dining room or laid-back, dog-friendly beer garden. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the Target Field, the Orpheum or US Bank Stadium.


What’s your favorite local joint to frequent? We want to know! Comment below with your go-to wines and dines.

The Friday Night In-between

All dressed up but no where to go? It's an epidemic, we completely understand. No worries though, we have created a remedy for the Friday night in-between. Find our 5 curated solutions to the perfect Friday night below:

1. We like to call this one the "Double Hitter." To all our ethnic food lovers out there-this one is for you! Pimento is an incredible, authentic Jamaican food restaurant with the chillest vibes and the best food. We highly recommend the chicken curry with a nice beer on the side! After you grab a bite to eat, head on over to the Icehouse right next door to enjoy some live music, drinks, and good company. Viola! Vibes + drinks + food = the perfect evening out.


2. Here's to all our nature-lovers. Enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Calhoun! Bring your beach blanket and the best tunes (we curated a playlist full of all local MN artists for you) & enjoy the MN summer. If you're like us, food is always in order, so set up camp near the Tin Fish and enjoy a lakeside meal as the sun sets! Bonus: they have ice cream sandwiches that are to die for!


3. We found the cutest little speak easy in the North Loop and can't keep the secret to ourselves! Marvel Bar, under the Bachelor Farmer, is a quaint little joint with lots of character. Text your friends & tell them to meet you there for a good time. Plus, the North Loop has tons incredible restaurants and little shops to hit up on the way.


4. Not much of a social butterfly? No worries there, we got you covered! Grab only your closest friend and head on over to the Aster Cafe to enjoy some live music & incredible food. The mood really sets the night for a good time with your favorite person. While you're out, why not head down the street and catch a movie at the St. Anthony Main Theatre! This old-timey theatre gives you a glimpse of Minneapolis back in the day but keeps up on all the latest trends in Hollywood.


5. The Hewing Hotel is the place to be on a Friday night! You'll find every kind of person here all with the same goal to have a good time. We promise, the place is packed! They serve incredible cocktails and we would highly suggest the duck fat fries. YUM! P.S Ask them about their rooftop views! Why not just plan a fun little staycation while you're at it? 


Now that we have solved the Friday night crisis, we are on to bigger and better things!  Be on the look out for more blog posts to come. Let us know of any of your favorite Minneapolis/St. Paul places to go on a Friday night, we'd love to hear! Stay local, friends.