Holiday shopping: Gift boutiques

Now is no time for a shopping rut! If you’re having trouble finding clever, creative holiday gifts, maybe you need to look beyond the usual stores. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine style editor is here to tell us about some underrated boutiques that you should be shopping now. 

Highcroft. Wayzata’s newest home and gift store. 

770 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-746-5826,

Fleurish.  At this reliable gift shop, you can create a custom gift basket or add a monogram to anything from a baby onesie to cosmetic bags to sweatshirt blankets.

261 Water St., Excelsior, 952-476-2296,

14Hill. Just in time for holiday, a new gift store from a longtime Patina buyer. Find toys, tableware, cards, bath and body products, cookbooks, and all the accents to accompany them in the gift bag.

4737 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-886-3606,

Mama’s Happy. So much more than chalk paint. Jewelry, scarves, soaps, mugs, coasters, candles, and many other gifts with rustic artisan charm, plus cute wooden crates for packaging.

Locations in St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Stillwater, and Independence.

Lake Effect. The nautical gift shop gets decked out for holiday with décor and gifts—ornaments, jewelry, fun water bottles, men’s accessories, and lots of great gift ideas for pets.

219 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-1229,

Want more? Check out Allison’s full top 10 list of gift stores worth shopping this season.