2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Carver County - Services and Experiences

Shop for Local Gifts, Tickets to Shows and Services to get ready for the Holidays

November 13, 2019

Shop Local this Holiday Season. Below you will find local stores with fantastic options for gifts for babies, kids, moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, pets and more. Local Services to help you get ready for the Holidays. Experience gift ideas from local businesses and Family Memberships for fun all year. Spread some Minnesota love and support local businesses in Carver County.

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2019 Holiday Guide for Gifts, Services, Experiences and Memberships

Carver County, Minnesota

Holiday Gifts

Shop local for your holiday gifts for all ages. 


ABC and Toy Zone is an educational specialty toy and teaching supply store. The store has been in business since 1993. Locations in Chanhassen and Rochester, MN. Products include; Playmobil, Lego, Ravensburger, Melissa and Doug, Schleich, Carson Dellosa, Teacher Created Resources, Creative Teaching Press, plus so much more. Click here to learn more about ABC & Toy Zone

Gift Ideas: Huge Selection of Toys, Games, Plush for all ages. 

Nov. 29 Black Friday - LOWEST PRICES EVER! Nov 30 Small Business Saturday- FREE gift for the first 25 children. Dec 7-8  Open House Weekend- Craft and Game demos and more!  Free gift with purchase. 

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from ABC & Toy Zone.


Family-run business since 1991 - offering quality children's outdoor apparel that works. L-Bow offers a variety of mittens, gloves, hats, helmet liners and long necks in an array of sizes and colors for kids of all ages. L-Bow is excited to announce the release of their infant mitts and booty’s. The perfect solution for keeping your infants hands and feet comfy, cozy and warm. Click here to learn more about L-Bow.

Gift Ideas: Infant Mitts $17.99, Infant Booties $18.99, Mittens starting at $19.99, Gloves starting at $24.99

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from L-Bow.


We are a traditional, family-owned hardware store that has been in business for over 50 years. We offer everything from paint to nails to tools to gifts. We fix windows and screens, cut keys and sharpen skates. We hope that we are the first place you think of when shopping for your hardware and gifting needs. Along with offering traditional hardware items, we have expanded our housewares and gift department along with offering classes for kids and adults. Click here to learn more about Everson's Hardware Hank.

Gift Ideas: Warmies are a heatable soft toy, infused with lavendar essential oils that give a calming effect for kids and kids at heart. The flaxseed animals react to your body heat and stay warm for hours which make them great for bedtime and chilly mornings.

Stop in on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30th, 8am-5pm for Holiday Specials. Kids Santa Shop on Dec. 14, 3pm-5pm. Santa's helpers will be here to help kids shop for loved ones.  There will be treats and Santa will be making a visit.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Everson's Hardware Hank.


Mainstream Boutique of Waconia is a womens clothing and accessories Boutique. Independently owned and operated. We love to deliver a personal shopping experience to everyone that comes through our door. Our goal is for every woman to leave feeling loved and Special! Click here to learn more about Mainstream Boutique of Waconia.

Gift Ideas: Lots of options under $35. Hats, Mittens, Slippers, Scarves, Jewelry and more.

Save the Date ~ Bring your Littles for a Santa visit and Gift Thursday December 5th from 5pm-7pm.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Mainstream Boutique of Waconia.


ZYIA Active is a premium activewear clothing line. Amazing quality, great fit, slimming lines and thoughtful detail is what make the apparel so fun to wear! We are constantly expanding and now have items for the entire family! Click here to learn more about ZYIA Active with Mel Hansen.

Gift Ideas: Light n Tight Hi Rise Leggings: 4-way stretch fabric that is amazing for compression, form, and fit. Fun colors and patterns to show your personality.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from ZYIA Active with Mel Hansen.


32 North Boutique is an on-trend Minnesota contemporary lifestyle boutique. We carry the newest trends in clothing, home decor and jewelry. Click here to learn more about 32 North Boutique.

Gift Ideas: Minnesota Home Christmas ornament $10, Wooden Earrings $10, Christmas Campfire Mugs $18.

Open Nov 21, 22, 23, Nov 30 and Dec 7. Mention Macaroni Kid in-store and Save $10 off your order of $45 or more. Use code macaronikid online.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from 32 North Boutique.


The Smiling Olive in Chaska offers Ultra-Premium (highest quality standard and the quality leader in extra virgin olive oil-balsamic market).  Enjoy our tasting store with 50+ different flavors of EVOO and Aged Balsamic Vinegars, all natural, no sugar, color, or artificial flavors added. Great for general cooking, bread dipping, salads, veggies, meats, pasta, pizza, rice, grains, mojitos, cocktails, We also carry local honey, local spices. A variety of Spanish Olives, dark chocolate from Ecuador (best in the world), and fun, themed shaped pasta, among other things! Click here to learn more about The Smiling Olive.

Gift Ideas: Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar starting at $6, Gift Set with 6 bottles $38.50.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from The Smiling Olive.


The Cookie Cups in Chanhassen is a bakery that sells gourmet cookies in the shape of mini cupcake(s) among other things like our specialty steamers, hot chocolate, coffee and savory cups! Whether you dine in, pick up, order catering, take a cooking class or celebrate a birthday, The Cookie Cups has something for all ages. Click here to learn more about The Cookie Cups.

Gift Ideas: 6 Pack of Cookie Cups for $5.99. Party Pack with 24 Cookie Cups for $21.95. Gift Cards starting at $10 and they can use it toward anything in the shop including cooking classes.

Upcoming Holiday Cooking Classes for Kids and Adults include; Kids Ornament Baking - Gifts for Mom & Dad 12/8, Holiday Appetizer 12/8 and DIY Secret Santa Gifts Baking Class 12/15.


Norwex is a company that strives in providing customers with high end products with a safe way of cleaning. Norwex makes products that make cleaning easy, fast and effective. Improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. Click here to learn more about Norwex with Eimile. 

Gift Ideas: EnviroCloth: Cleans everything using only water, $18.99. Window Cloth: Get a streak-free shine every time, $19.99. Pet to Dry Kids Towels $19.99.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Eimile Kerber: Independent Norwex Consultant.


Pampered Chef exists to help you enjoy the moments most important to you and yours by inspiring satisfying, stress-free meals fit for the way you live. We have over 450 multi-purpose, high-quality, and functional kitchen products - from time-saving kitchen tools and recipes to cookware, cutlery to full cookbooks, stoneware to pantry products. 150 of our items are $10 or less and over 350 of our items are under $45. These make great gifts for EVERYONE and every “cook” out there. I host cooking shows where I help guests to use our unique products to prepare simple and delicious recipes while sharing tips and techniques to make everyday cooking easier and faster. Click here to learn more about Pampered Chef with Becky.

Gift Ideas: Disney•Pixar Toy Story 4 Breakfast Set $29, Microwave Popcorn Maker $25, Ultimate Soft Pretzel-Making Set $45.

Café Thyme in Chanhassen is a globally inspired culinary oasis where we pride ourselves on offering fresh wholesome local ingredients.  We work with local farms and companies to bring fresh ingredients to your table daily. Dine-In, Take-Out and Holiday Catering. Click here to learn more about Café Thyme.

Gift Ideas: Gift Certificates and custom Gift baskets available.  

Black Friday deal Early Bird Breakfast 8am-10am 10% off your entire bill. Small Business Saturday for every $50 spent in gift cards you will receive a $5 gift card to gift or to keep for a future visit.


Paws Inn Pet Essentials is a locally owned pet supply store that has everything your dog, cat & small animal needs to live a happy, healthy life. Stop by for all natural & organic pet supplies, accessories, and more! Click here to learn more about Paws Inn Pet Essentials.

Gift Ideas: Dogs - Tail Tails Boister Bed, Tall Tails Blanket, Outward hound Hedgehogz.  Cats - K&H Ezmount Window Bed, AFP Jumping Wand interactive toy, PURfect Feather Bouncer. Reptiles - Komod Realistic Décor Skulls & Bones, Zilla Reptile Munchies variety packs.

Shop Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2019 for Special Deals at Paws Inn Pet Essentials in Waconia.

Bring your pets for photos with Santa at Paws Inn Resort in New Germany. December 7, 2019 from 9:00AM-12:00PM.

Holiday Services

Check out these local services to help you get ready for the Holidays.


Schedule your Family Photo Session for the Holidays. Services include Family,  Birth, Newborn, Children, and Engagement. Click here to learn more about Stephi Jean Photography.

Schedule your family session. Gift Certificates available and they make a wonderful gift.


Rugsuckers, Inc., is your locally owned, certified professional commercial and residential hard surface and carpet cleaning company. Based in the west metro, we're the most friendly, honest floor cleaning company in the area. We take great pride in restoring the look, feel, and smell of your carpet, upholstery, and hard surfaces. Click here to learn more about Rugsuckers, Inc.

Holiday Services:  Carpet Cleaning, Hard Surface Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning.

Gift Experiences

Giving the gift of an experience is a gift all ages can enjoy. Rather than a toy or object they can go to a movie, see a show, explore and play.

Emagine Waconia features; Luxury Seating, Reserve your seat, Stadium Seating, Huge Screens, Theatre Bar, Handcrafted Pizzas, Birthday Parties and Private Theatre Rentals. Click here to learn more about Emagine Theatre in Waconia.

Gift Ideas: Gift Cards can be purchased at the Box Office starting at $5. 

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Emagine Theatre in Waconia.


Laketown Gymnastics has so much to offer. Gymnastics lessons, open gym, birthday parties, summer camps and annual events. We strive to offer something for everyone in our community! Click here to learn more about Laketown Gymnastics.

Gift Ideas: Gift Cards can be purchased in any amount. Saturday Open Gym punch cards are $130 for 10 punches & you get the 11th punch free. Preschool Open Gym punch cards are $55 for 10 punches & you get the 11th punch free. 

Milk & Cookies with Santa is 12/1/2019 from 1pm - 4pm, must register by 11/24/19. Ninja Warrior Course Unveiling  - Nov. 15, 2019 from 7-9PM.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Laketown Gymnastics.


Celebrating 50 years, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre company.  Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) 2019 Holiday Shows to entertain the entire family. Spend time together and enjoy live entertainment this Holiday Season. MAMMA MIA on the main stage, Holiday Concerts and Comedy Shows. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres also has gift cards that make an excellent gift. Click here to learn more about Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Gift Ideas: Give the gift of live entertainment! CDT gift cards are available in any amount and never expire.

Watch for the 12 Days of Giveaways which includes a gift from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.


During winter months we feature skiing, snowboarding, fat biking, alpine coaster, snow tubing and Nordic trails.  Summer months bring about Gravity, Downhill Mountain Biking, Adventure Park & Camping. Click here to learn more about Spirit Mountain.

Gift Ideas: Ski Lessons, Season Passes


Memberships make a great gift that can be used all year round. Pricing and benefits subject to change. Please use links or call to find the right membership for your family.


Open year-round, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers exciting benefits for the whole family. 

Membership benefits include:

  • Free Admission every visit.
  • Free Admission at more than 270 botanical gardens, arboretums and conservatories nationwide.
  • Arboretum Magazine, a bi-monthly publication.
  • Retail Discounts
  • Class Discounts

How to purchase:
By phone (612) 301-1257
In Person at 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 

Special Events: Winter Lights, Nov. 22-Jan. 5, 5-9 p.m. (plus Dec. 23, daily Dec. 26- Jan. 2.) Milk and Cookies with Santa Claus, Dec. 12 and 19


Dual, Family, Grandparent, Homeschool are all options for memberships at The Works Museum. Family Memberships starting at $80.

Membership benefits include:

  • Unlimited Museum visits for listed members
  • Discounts on camps, 
  • Discounts on The Works Shop purchases
  • Discounts on birthday parties

How to purchase:
By Phone (612) 888-4262
In Person at 9740 Grand Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420


Science Museum of Minnesota has family memberships starting at $139. Explore dinosaurs & fossils, the human body and so much more.

Membership benefits include:

  • Free Museum admission
  • Free Omnitheater Films (one per visit)
  • Discounted parking
  • Store discount
  • Free exhibit admission to over 350 museums around the world
  • Discounts on camps, classes and birthday parties

How to purchase:
By Phone (651) 221-9444
In Person at 120 W. Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55102


Experience a powerful force that illuminates and connects. It bonds families, creates friendships, and transforms lives. By purchasing a subscription and making your family part of CTC's, you’ll share legendary stories and magic only the passionate force of the theatre can provide. Pick your package and create cherished memories together. The season lies before you; the experience awaits – and the best way to create family time is to commit to it.

Subscriber benefits include:

  • No-fee ticket exchanges
  • Discounts on Theatre Arts Training
  • Discounts on Additional Tickets

How to purchase:
By Phone (612) 874-0400
At Box Office 2400 3rd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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