It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Olio in Iowa’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Travel Iowa. However, all opinions are my own.
Tis the season for shopping local! When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on my holiday list, I always turn to local businesses first.
This season, I’m excited to partner with Travel Iowa again to promote the incredible gifts available on Shop Iowa. This online marketplace brings together hundreds of gifts from Iowa businesses across the state. With Shop Iowa, supporting local businesses is easier than ever. You can sort products by category, bestselling collections, shop and more to help make shopping a breeze.
Whether you’re shopping for the perfect hostess gift or looking for a way to show your seasonal appreciation, Shop Iowa has a ton of incredible options from local businesses. To get you in the gift giving spirit, I’ve curated a selection of some of my favorite gifts from Shop Iowa that are sure to make anyone’s season merry and bright.
Gifts from Shop Iowa
When I reminisce about holidays growing up, lefse is an essential part of our Christmas Eve celebrations. Give the gift of tradition this year with this lefse starter kit from Bethany Housewares, Inc. in Cresco, IA. This Norwegian favorite is easy to learn to make and makes for an awesome addition to any seasonal celebration.
Perfect for: the Midwestern cook
Bethany Housewares, Inc. / Lefse Starter Kit, $165
At-home cocktail making just got easier! With these delicious bar-in-a-jar cocktails from the Heart of Iowa Market Place in West Des Moines, IA, all they need to do is add spirits and let things steep. This tasty three-pack includes the ingredients for Bourbon Bonfire, Fun in the Sun Margarita, and Iowa Sunset cocktails.
Perfect for: the aspiring at-home bartender
Heart of Iowa Market Place | Iowa Bar in a Jar 3-pack, $55.99
There are few things I love more than a pun, especially when it’s a Midwest-based one! This “crop top” is sure to make the Midwestern jokester on your list smile. Give the gift of some Iowa humor with this soft, 100% cotton tee.
Perfect for: your friend with a punny sense of humor
Shop Six Seasons | Crop Top Corn Tee, $19.99 – $23.99
After the craziness of the holiday season, everyone could use a little extra self-care. Thankfully this collection from Iowa Lavender in Ames, Iowa is full of items to bring a little relaxation to everyday life. The lavender mint lip balm, lotion bars, and aromatherapy eye pillow are all Iowa-made with lavender grown in Ames.
Perfect for: anyone who could use a little extra relaxation
Iowa Lavender | Smooth Lips & Hands & Aromatherapy Eye Pillow Set, $50
Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially during the holiday season? Give a sweet gift with a box of truffles from Lillie Mae Chocolates in Marshalltown, IA. These tasty truffle boxes come in a variety of sizes perfect for saying thanks or for sharing among friends.
Perfect for: saying thank you
Lillie Mae Chocolates | Christmas Truffle Gift Boxes, Large, $5.25 – $50
Share Your Thoughts
I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Iowa small businesses to support? Have you checked out Shop Iowa yet?