Shop Local 4 Last Minute Gift Ideas in Des Moines -

Shop Local 4 Last Minute Gift Ideas in Des Moines

Want to find great gifts and support the local economy at the same time? Locally-owned and operated retail outlets often offer something unique and special. Here’s a few locally-owned places in Des Moines where you can find last minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

Art Happy

206 SE Main Street • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 971-4941

Art Happy is a place for all things artistic! You will find a gift shop, artists’ studios and a classroom for public rental all under one roof.  Find cute stocking stuffers or give kids a gift card to one of their crafty classes.

Back Country

2702 Beaver Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 255-0031

An outdoor specialty shop, offering everyday active-wear, products for adventure travel and a full range of outdoor clothing and equipment.  You can find hats, gloves, water bottles and more for your everyday or once-in-a-lifetime family adventures.


Multiple Locations

Don’t forget your fur-babies this holiday season.  Bone-A-Patreat sells quality pet foods at its two locations in Des Moines and West Des Moines, but they also have a great selection of toys, treats, collars and leashes.


505 E Grand Avenue #102 • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 523-0240

This whimsical and beautifully curated gift shop is like walking into a brick and mortar Etsy storefront. They have the freshest design and décor items, original artwork, locally handcrafted jewelry, accent furniture and other unique items for any family member young or old.

The Funky Zebras

Multiple Locations

A collection of boutique stores located throughout the metro (Ankeny, Altoona, Panora and Valley Junction).  The Funky Zebras offers a unique mix of trendy home décor, kid’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Main Street Boutique

9500 University Avenue #2105 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 987-9007

A multi-generational fashion boutique selling unique on-trend apparel and accessories at an attractive price point.  Find fun bracelets and boot socks for your tween or teen and pick up a holiday outfit for yourself!

Plot Twist Bookstore

502 N Ankeny Boulevard • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 964-8410

An independently owned bookstore, Plot Twist, has a curated inventory of books for readers of all ages and a children’s section with an ever-changing selection of new picture and chapter books. Shoppers will also discover quality cards, gifts, and puzzles.

Where’s your favorite place to shop local in Des Moines?

Be the first to start the conversation.

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select .

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>