Last Minute Buy Local Gift Ideas

Dec 21, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is offering shoppers a go-to list of places to buy local for last minute gifts this holiday season. The list includes places where many of the Economic Alliance staff shop for their favorite local things.

“Everyone always seems to look for last minute ideas each year and our team often gets inquiries about where we shop,” said Doug Neumann, executive director of the Economic Alliance. “This list is a good start for anyone looking to shop in these final days leading up to Christmas. Any time you can buy local, you don’t have to worry about shipping costs and the gift will definitely be here in time!”

A new study by American Express shows more shoppers are looking to buy local this holiday season, with nearly 80 percent of consumers saying the best and most unique holiday gifts come from small businesses. Seven-in-ten consumers surveyed say they are more conscious about shopping at small businesses and will seek out local small businesses when shopping.

“We have encouraged consumers in our region to buy and give local for many years,” said Neumann. “This study confirms our message is being heard. The list of our favorite things will make it easier for local shoppers to find those unique, special gifts you can’t get anywhere else. Just remember—it’s a partial list. We have a lot of unique boutiques and small businesses with many gift options.”

Here’s the list of our favorite things—where Economic Alliance staff go for last minute gift ideas:

AirFX 1100 N. 18th Avenue, Hiawatha
Almost Famous Popcorn 1121 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Buff City Soap 2300 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Kernels Store (because it’s never too far from spring to think baseball) 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art—Museum Store(especially for their Grant Wood and Marvin Cone items) 410 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher
Craft’d 333 1st Street SE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids
Czech Cottage 100 116th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
Czech and Slovak Museum & Library Store 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids
Farm to Health Organics 1107 3rd St. SE Ste. C, Cedar Rapids
Hands in Harmony 1615 32nd St. NE #3, Cedar Rapids
The History Center – Vossenkemper Gift Shop 800 2nd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Iowa Running Company 1000 3rd St. SE #2, Cedar Rapids
Lion Bridge Brewing Company 58 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
Need Pizza 207 2nd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
NewBo City Market 1100 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Newport’s Flowers 2125 Wilson Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
Orchestra Iowa 119 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Pierson’s Flower Shop & Greenhouses 1800 Ellis Blvd NW, Cedar Rapids
Roots in Bloom 524 10th Street, Marion
Simply Divine Candy and Gift Shop 129 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Solberg’s 212 Edgewood Road NW, Cedar Rapids
Theatre Cedar Rapids 102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Tomaso’s Pizza 3234 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
West Music 1398 Twixt Town Rd, Marion




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