As the holiday season approaches, consider these hot spots that will be sure to have the perfect gift for that someone on your list while letting you keep it local.   

Mint + Basil

By far the most anticipated boutique in Fargo this year, Mint + Basil has finally opened its doors to us! Located on 714 Main Ave. in Fargo, Mint+Basil features both kitchen and home goods along with a number of unique harder to find products, including Honey Lotion and Royal Jelly Body Butter to pamper your skin through the long winter months.

Mint +Basil welcomes you into a crisp and clean interior, lined wall to wall with exciting items that will make cooking easy and fun. Check out their dressed up rolling pins with painted handles by Helen’s Table, or their Nordic ware selection. For those coffee and tea enthusiasts out there, be sure to spend some time at the coffee and tea “bar,” which offers a wide variety of filters, Chemex coffee makers, and coffee beans. Their loose leaf tea comes from Piper and Leaf, accompanied by aroma samples artfully displayed under adorable glass cloches. If you are looking for a great new cookbook, check out the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook inspired by the hit television show, a sure to be a fan favorite.

Although not all their products are exclusively made in Fargo, this adorable shop features a number of very unique and useful items that are perfect for your next meal prep, such as gorgeous teak kitchen utensils made in Thailand, salts, as well as reusable handmade bowl covers that are both chic and environmentally friendly. Perfect for the foodie in your family, Mint + Basil offers a range of products to make cooking in the kitchen an artistic experience, including all the tools and ingredients to make it happen.

Must Love Beads

Monica Gelinske has been making jewelry since she was twelve years old, but her shop, Must Love Beads has come a long way since those early years of crafting. Today, Must Love Beads specializes in handmade jewelry that is both customizable and perfect for dressing down or up for a night out on the town. Monica’s pieces often feature natural beads, stones, and sterling silver metal, and includes designs inspired by the natural environment, including ferns.  Organic shapes such as spirals and herringbone patterns articulated in wire wrapping are often found in her patterns as well. Although her materials are most commonly sourced online or here in Fargo, Monica always keeps an eye out while traveling for stones or beads that are local to an area, such as the turquoise she was able to find while visiting Colorado.

Must Love Beads also features specially designed collections, such as the Cloissone Crystal Collection, which incorporates Swarovski crystals. Her newest design is named the “Aromatherapy Collection,” a line of customizable jewelry which features porous stones that are intended to hold a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy scent, keeping you centered throughout your hectic workday.

Best of all, Monica works mostly with local clients, and can make a range of adjustments to pieces according to individual needs, including colors and magnetic clasps for necklaces and bracelets. Must Love Beads is also affordable and accessible, with a price point of $100 or less for readymade pieces. In addition to her online Etsy shop,, Monica’s work can also be found locally at River Zen in Moorhead, which also includes her new aromatherapy collection. With one of a kind jewelry made with love and care, consider finding a new piece either for yourself or to give as a gift this upcoming holiday season from local maker Monica Gelinske at Must Love Beads.


If you are looking to find a wide variety of home decor, jewelry and custom made t-shirts, look no further than Unglued. With two locations, one in Fargo and the other in Sioux Falls, Unglued is a “makers” haven for all things local and crafty.  With the fall weather in full swing, check out their baths bombs for a relaxing night in, or new cozy pillows and scented candles perfect for making your living room the snuggle den it was meant to be.

If you also happen to be looking to expand your skill set in all things handmade or just a fun night out with friends, Unglued also offers a wide variety of workshop classes, where you are introduced to all the ins and outs of DIY crafts and goods. Try your hand at anything from string art, pillow making or necklace making with one of their classes, each one offered by a local Fargo maker. Some of their classes to check out this fall include “Coffee & Craft: French Knots, French Macarons & French Press!”, a partnered event with 20 Below Coffee in Fargo and an upcoming weaving workshop. If you are interested in these classes, you better hurry! Space is quite limited, and each class typically capped at eight participants. Don’t worry if you miss a class though, because popular workshops are often held a second time.

Unglued has another treat in store for customers: partnering with Bakeology, a local specialty bakery that also caters, Unglued regularly features a new selection of cupcakes every week, which always includes gluten free options. Along with these delicious baked goods, be sure to treat yourself to a cup of complimentary hot coffee to sip when you visit the shop.

Unglued offers a friendly, cheerful atmosphere with a wide range of goods from tea towels to children’s toys. As the holidays approach, keep Unglued in mind and be sure to check out their current Lookbook for all the fall season’s latest events at the shop. Next time you’re downtown, be sure to grab a cupcake and some coffee as you peruse the shelves for that perfect gift. For more information check out their Facebook page or their event page:,  where you can find out more on all the DIY classes they offer, as well as register for them before they sell out.


By Ana Mitrovici