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A guide to shopping local: 2023-24

It’s December and that means Christmas is right around the corner. We at the Patriot are featuring several local merchants who have some fantastic gift ideas for your gift-giving process.

Shopping local keeps your holiday shopping money right here in the community. Retail small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, with an estimated 90% of all U.S. retail companies employing 100 or fewer people.

Our annual Holiday Happenings article gives shoppers the unique opportunity to schedule their shopping at small businesses rather than the big box stores. This guide is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it will give you a solid start and will lessen your stress of having to think about where to go and what to get.

Check back in net week’s Patriot for more offers from local merchants!

Studio 5 Salon 

& Spa

13860 First St

Becker, MN 55308


Studio 5 Salon & Spa is just what most of us need during the hectic Holiday gift-giving season — a nice relaxing spa or to treat ourselves to a new haircut or updo. 

Studio 5 has a huge selection of jewelry in costs that will not break the bank. Prices range from just $8-$10! How about picking up some nice scented candles from Farm Fresh Candle Co.? Studio 5 has them on sale for just $20. They also have Becker tumblers for $25, sweatshirt blankets for $20, shackets for $40-$50 and a plethora of purses, hats & mittens from $23 on up.

3 Sons Hardware

621 Rose Drive

Big Lake, MN 55309


Big Lake’s local hardware store is a great gift-giving location offering tons of great ideas for Christmas. They have Traeger PelletGrills in prices ranging from $599.95 to $1499! How about a 17” Blackstone Griddle on sale for $139.99? 3 Sons has tons of DeWalt tools available in various prices and Dremel tools and accessories from $4.29 to $199. 

They also have select pet beds on sale for $21.99!

Majestic Creations

15542 137th St,

Becker, MN 55308


Majestic Creations in Becker is a great stop off for your holiday shopping. They have lots of Cushy Spiritwear socks for just $18. They have Becker & Big Lake Knit Hats for just $24.99 and they have Becker & Big Lake Fleece-Lined mittens for just $24.99.

Make it more personal by having a lasered logo put on Deerskin Sherpa-lined mittens For $44 or custom-engraved cake pans for just $48!

French Twist Salon 

& Boutique

100 Jefferson Blvd, 

Big Lake, MN 55309


Don’t skip this merchant by! French Twist has funny graphic hoodies for just $49.95 and funny box signs for just $15. They also have a variety of funny trucker hats for $27!

On the more serious side, they have Simply Savory Dip mixes for just $6 as well as Crack Corn for just $10. Stop on by!

O’Brother’s Wine 

& Spirits

890 Front St, 

Clear Lake, MN 



Cordials and cocktails are essential during the holidays for some. Come on up to O’Brother’s in Clear Lake and pick up a bottle of bourbon for $24.99-$99.99. How about a Rum Chatta gift set for just $25.99? Or, a Crown Royal gift set for just $29.99! To top it all off, pick up a Bushmill golf gift pack (free golf flask) for just $24.99!