Shop Local Gift Guide from Ankeny Real Estate Group

It's that time of year when you are making your lists and checking them twice! 

With the holidays right around the corner we thought it would be a great time to share some of our team’s local favorite gifting items in Ankeny and the surrounding areas!  Whether you are buying for others or looking for ideas to share, look no further!  From experiences, handmade gifts, stores to support, and last minute e-gifts our team has covered it all!

Let's start with the essentials.. the sweet tooth! What once started from baking with Grandma, entering cookies at the county fair for 4-H has lead to a cookie dream come true. Cookies & Dreams strives to empower women, show the world what can happen when you refuse to give up on your dreams & be the bright spot in communities across the Midwest & hopefully someday….the world! Cookies and Dreams, Iowa based company, opened it's doors in The District at Prairie Trail Ankeny this year. 
Made fresh daily and shipped nationwide! 
If you are looking for that one stop shop we've got you covered! Nook and Nest located in The District at Prairie Trail is our go to for something for everyone.  Offering a large variety of stationery, entertaining essentials, dog gifts, lifestyle and home décor items, they have you covered.  There store showcases a large selection of greeting cards expanding over 100 feet!  Be sure to check out the adult greeting card section for a good humor gift!
Know someone who could use a nice relaxing staycation?  Gift the hotel experience to the Surety Hotel in Des Moines.  A weekend away that will leave you recharged and ready to take on the New Year. Surety offers simply modern guestrooms, a contemporary tavern, and several stunning gathering spaces, all created to set a new standard in Des Moines and beyond. 
Do you have a coffee lover on your list?  We recommend the experience of Northern Vessel! What once was a coffee cart and cold brew delivery service during the months of the pandemic is now a daily reality!  Opening their doors at 1201 Keo Way in Des Moines this local coffee company offers an exceptional product with a great experience. When you visit be sure to enjoy one of our favorite drinks, the Oat Milk Brew Latte. 

Time to fuel up!  After a long day of shopping local we know just the place to stop for lunch and pick up a gift card!  Trailside Tap located conveniently at the beginning of the High Trestle Trail in Ankeny, Trailside is the premier bar and restaurant to visit after a ride, for lunch, or after work with some friends! 

Trailside Tap


Looking for a premium practical gift this year that will sure to impress?  Look no further than West Forty Market located in Uptown Ankeny.  Featuring over 120 cuts of beef, pork, chicken, bison, lamb and turkey - all raised on local Iowa farms and butchered in Iowa. Their offering doesn't stop there, they offer dozens of local products, including pasta, rubs, sauces and honey.  We suggest the Prime Rib, perfect as a gift or to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday season! 
Looking for something local and handmade?  One of our go to stores in the Uptown Ankeny area, Tweedle Dees specializes in handmade in Iowa, gifts for everyone! There is never a shortage of new product to browse through, even items you can personalize!  If you're in a hurry and don't have time to shop around we highly suggest grabbing the candles!  
If you are looking for an experience gift what better than a gift card to Wine Styles Tasting Station, where the best wines are the ones you drink with friends! Wine Styles specializes in unique wines that are only found within small vineyards domestically and internationally. 
Offering three Des Moines metro locations as well as many more throughout the US. A great gift for friends near and far! 
Let's be honest we all do a little shopping for ourselves during the season...  at CLM you can treat yourself and shop for others!
What once started as a traveling trailer, has now grown into a storefront in The District at Prairie Trail.  Charlotte Loise Mercantile features beautiful repurposed furniture & great gift items from local vendors.  Our personal favorite, the handmade pillows covers & holiday stockings!
Looking for a one of kind gift? 
We love Department R in Uptown Ankeny, with the foundation of Reclaim•Repurpose•Reinvent.  You never know what you'll find but we can assure you it's always something great! 
Now it's crunch time!  Last minute gift and no time to shop?  We've got you covered!  Classy Nails & Spa located on 36th Street in Ankeny. We personally love the service and attention to client detail they continually provide.  A gift card for a service or treatment will not disappoint! 
What's the best part? They offer e-gift cards!  

Happy Shopping!  Leave us a comment below if you find something great locally we can share as well!  


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