November 16, 2022  

Unique Gift Ideas From Iowa Small Businesses | 2022 Gift Guide

I love gifting items from small businesses and this list has really cool finds for everyone on your list. And the great news is that everything here can be shipped if you’re not local!

This post is sponsored by Travel Iowa.

Today’s gift guide is extra special because it’s filled with gifts from Iowa small businesses. The holidays are a great time to shop small and you’re bound to discover cool gifts when you do!

I’ve curated a collection of unique gifts from Shop Iowa for everyone on your list. This online marketplace is your one-stop shop with products available from hundreds of Iowa small businesses all in one place so you can browse and buy online with a streamlined checkout. Everything can be shipped to your doorstep or you can opt for local pickup if you live nearby.

As a lifelong Iowan, I would love for you to consider supporting these Iowa businesses this year! They are the heartbeat of so many amazing small towns across the state, and you can feel good knowing that every purchase you make on Shop Iowa goes directly to a local business right here in Iowa.

Gifts From Iowa Small Businesses

  1. Support Local Tote Bag – The perfect bag to bring along to the farmer’s market and while shopping small businesses.
  2. Hawkeye Nation Cologne – A gift any Hawkeye fan is bound to love!
  3. Handmade Earrings – A stunning pair of earrings handcrafted with genuine leather and wood.
  4. Midwest Crewneck – I added this cozy sweatshirt to my own wish list!
  5. Crop Top Shirt – How fun is this shirt?! Graphic tees are trending and this one is the cream of the crop 😉
  6. Winking Santa Wood Sign – This handmade sign would be such a great addition to anyone’s holiday decor collection.
  7. Beeswax Taper Candles – These beautiful tapers are made by Iowa beekeepers with 100% beeswax.
  8. Engraved Cookbook Holder – Send them a photo of Grandma’s famous recipe card and they will engrave it on a cookbook stand. What a thoughtful gift!
  9. Local Meat Snack Sticks Gift Box – A great consumable gift, this box is filled with an assortment of healthy beef sticks made right here in Iowa.
  10. Personalized Wood Family Name Sign – A great gift for your parents or in-laws!
  11. State Necklaces – Dainty necklaces to remind you of home, these can be stamped with the state of your choosing.
  12. ISU Vintage Logos Mug – The Iowa State fan on your list will love this mug covered in vintage ISU logos.
  13. Hometown Map Art – A beautiful map laser engraved with the city of your choosing.
  14. Lefse Starter Kit – Everything you need to get started making this classic Norwegian food.
  15. Lola’s Hot Sauce – Unique hot sauces made in central Iowa.
  16. Custom Pocket Knives – Personalize this with their name or a sentimental date or quote.
  17. Country Roads Shirt – Any country girl will love unwrapping this shirt!
  18. Ice Cream Toppings – A box of three luxurious, velvety dessert sauces…sounds heavenly!
  19. Popping Corn – Popcorn that pops right off the cob! Wrap up a few and gift to a family or tuck in stockings as a stocking stuffer.
  20. Lake Life Tote – A cute bag for anyone who lives at the lake.
  21. Popcorn Gift Set – A gift box of gourmet popcorn filled with the three flavors of your choice.
  22. Mother’s Birthstone Bar Necklace – This necklace is stunning! I love the idea of a dainty necklace with your kids’ birthstones.
  23. Taste of Iowa Gift Basket – A basket overflowing with an assortment of great Iowa foods!
  24. Vanilla Extract – A bottle of handcrafted vanilla extract is a great gift for teachers, neighbors, and parents.
  25. Handmade Chocolate Gift Box – When in doubt, gift a box of chocolates! This box includes an assortment of Iowa-made goodies.

Shop Iowa makes it easier than ever to support local businesses. Shop hundreds of products from Iowa businesses at

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of my gift guides for more inspiration!

Have a fantastic day!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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