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The holiday season is here again! As you break out your shopping list (and start checking it twice), why not keep your dollars local in Des Moines? Check out a few of our local favorites during your weekend shopping trip, and grab a gift or snag a gift card for all the loved ones in your life!

Food in Des Moines

1. Fiesta

Everyone needs their favorite go-to restaurant – and for us, that place is Fiesta! Their bold Mexican flavors are perfect for a quick weekday lunch or a sit-down meal with family and friends, and their menu has options for even the choosiest eaters. If you’re looking for recommendations, the pollo loco and the chorizo queso are both TwoTone approved!

2. Monarca

Located in Clive, Monarca Gourmet Paletas provides a fun twist on your typical frozen dessert. With over 30 flavors to choose from, these handcrafted paletas (a Mexican frozen treat) can be dipped, topped, and drizzled in any combination of flavors. After just one visit, you’ll be grabbing gift cards to treat everyone on your list.

3. Home Sweet Cone

Who says ice cream is just for the summer? Home Sweet Cone opened its doors at the end of summer 2021, and it’s quickly becoming a TwoTone favorite. With rotating flavors as well as fresh takes on old favorites, this premium, all-natural ice cream is a must-try in the Des Moines area. Home Sweet Cone also offers dairy-free flavors, so there’s really something for everyone!

4. Cheese Shop

Whether you want a delicious snack while curled up in front of the fireplace or need a side dish to bring to the holiday party, the Cheese Shop has you covered. Offering over 100 artisan and farmhouse cheeses along with craft beer, wine, and cured meats, you’re sure to find something for every palate at this tasty local spot.

5. La Mie

Who needs international travel when you can pop over to La Mie Bakery? Located on 42nd Street, this cozy cafe serves a wide variety of pastries, sweets, brunch and breakfast options, and much more. If lunch is more your speed, La Mie also offers tasty soups and artisan pizzas to round out the savory side. It’s the perfect spot for quick lunch or a fun weekend brunch date!

Shopping in Des Moines

6. Hinge

Filled with vintage and reclaimed finds, home decor, and chic apparel, Hinge will steal your heart the moment you walk through the door. If you’re short on holiday decorations or need a fun outfit for your family Christmas party, Hinge has you covered. Be sure to check out their stunning holiday decor, too!

7. Porchlight

Porchlight offers the perfect blend of old and new with timeless home and gift items. Located in the East Village of Des Moines, you’ll find candles, stationary, throw blankets, and other unique finds you won’t see anywhere else in the metro.

8. Many Hands Thrift Market

Want to make a purchase that makes an impact AND saves your wallet? Many Hands Thrift Market has a wide range of affordable second-hand goods, including clothing, furniture, and more for everyone on your gift list! Plus, your dollars directly support Many Hands for Haiti, as well as other local organizations doing good in the Des Moines community.

9. Give.

Obsessed with finding the perfect gift to surprise and delight your loved ones? Give. is your perfect next stop! Located on EP True Parkway (just a few blocks from our TwoTone Creative office!), Give. specializes in helping you find the perfect, intentional gift – with options including fun drinks and kitchen accessories, bath and body products, unique holiday collections, and much more.

10. Indie House

Spice up your interiors (and your wardrobe) this holiday season with a few new pieces from Indie House! Whether you need a couple statement pieces to wow your guests at the next Christmas party or an outfit that makes you the host to remember, Indie House can help you curate a home and look you’ll love.

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