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Bag Balm from Oak Park Creamery.
Frankincense & Myrrh from Purple Prairie Botanicals.
Loads of items to create your own box for Christmas from McDonald's Meats.
Traeger grills & accessories for $10 to $1,400 from McDonald's Meats.
Beanies from Oak Park Creamery.
Hope Butter from Oak Park Creamery.
Honey from Oak Park Creamery.
Golden Mink Oil from Oak Park Creamery.
Sweatshirts from Oak Park Creamery.

A guide to shopping local: Part II

In a little over two weeks, families will be gathering to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2023. 

Are you ready?

Last week and this week, we at the Patriot are featuring several local merchants who have some fantastic gift ideas for your gift-giving process. Time is running out so don’t miss out on these fantastic last-minute gift-giving ideas!

Our annual Holiday Happenings articles give shoppers the unique opportunity to schedule their shopping at small businesses rather than the big box stores. This guide is by no means encyclopedic, but hopefully it will give our shoppers a worthy start while lessening the stress associated with the season.

Andra K Salon 

& Spa. LLC

615 Smith St., 

Clearwater, MN


Andra K. Salon is a great place to find meaningful gifts and great stocking stuffers. Why not pick up a gift certificate in any amount to stash in a sock or tape to the lid of a present?

Andra K. also has travel-sized hair products in prices ranging from $13-$25. OR, why not pick up a set of earrings or a necklace for just $12 to $22?

Bill’s Family Foods

13400 First St

Becker, MN


Bill’s Family Foods is a great Christmas shopping venue!

Stop in and pick up a Gerson water globe (lighted, spinning) for just $49.99. Or, a Gerson lighted spinning water globe (round) for $49.99. Or, a Gerson lantern lighted spinning water globe for just $36.99.

Gerson has numerous gift ideas including an electric lighted snowman block for just $49.99 or a Gerson lighted lodge lantern for just $29.99.

McDonald’s Meats

8601 Main Ave, 

Clear Lake, MN


McDonald’s Meats in Clear Lake has great gift ideas that bring joy to the recipients.

They have Shelf Stable Meat Gift Boxes made from their famous sticks, summer sausage and jerky in prices ranging from $15 to $85 (shipping is available on these boxes!)

They also have keep refrigerated/frozen meat gift boxes from $29 to $46. Or, build your own box! McDonald’s Meats has a wide variety of empty holiday boxes for you to fill with your favorites. They also have gift cards (in any amount) and great prices on Traeger grills & accessories for $10 to $1,400.

Flinstones Lounge

945 State Hwy. 24

Clearwater, MN


Have you been to Flinstones? You should check them out where you can find Flinstones T-shirts for just $16. Or a sweatshirt for $47!

Flinstones also has gift certificates for a fun family pizza night out. Stop on by!

Clear water Corners

720 Co. Rd. 75, 

Clearwater, MN


Clearwater Corners serves beer, wine  and spirits. Stop in and get valuable gift certificates in any amount to satisfy that perfect someone on your gift-giving list!

Oak Park Creamery

16623 Ironwood 

Rd. NE

Oak Park, MN


Oak Park is worth the drive to get your gift certificates in any denomination or to purchase Oak Park clothing such as T-shirts and sweatshirts. They also have mink oil for just $5.25 and bag balm for $8.90 (8oz) or $6 (1oz).

Beanies are also available for just $10.50 and they also have Hope Creamery Butter for just $8.50/lb. or local honey in various sizes starting at $4 to $13.

Taco Gringo

800 Nelson Drive

Clearwater, MN


Yummy Taco Gringo has gift certificates in any amount to stuff those stockings or place in your Holiday cards. They also have their ever-popular Southwest sauce for sale — so stop by and pick up a bottle or two!

Riverside Nutrition

340 So. Walnut St.

Suite 1

Clearwater, MN


Riverside Nutrition is a great place to purchase gift cards for those healthy-conscious recipients on your list.

But $20 worth of cards and get $5. Or, buy $50 worth and receive $10. Or, buy $75 and get $15 and to top it all off, buy $100 worth and get $20!

They also have baseball hats for just $25, t-shirts for just $15 and cups for just $15!


Travel Plaza

950 Hwy. 24, 

Clearwater, MN


Clearwater Travel Plaza has a plethora of great gift-giving items to round out your Christmas list.

They have ornaments starting at $7.99 on up. They have hats and mittens for $7.99 and up. How about a great Minnesota sweatshirt starting at just $29.99?

CW Travel Plaza also sells Carhartt apparell suchs as hats, mittens, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans. They also have a wide variety of socks including the world’s softest, Alpaca and Lazyones starting at $9.99 on up.

Purple Prairie 


800 Nelson Drive, 



320 558 9010

Purple Prairie Botanicals has Frankincense & Myrrh gift bags for just $30! What a cool gift idea!  They also have 100% natural essential oil candles for $25 as well as natural perfume oils for just $22!

PPB also has crystal bracelets for $22 and rare houseplants in prices ranging from $7 to $20!

Becker True Value

13350 1st St, 

Becker, MN


Becker True Value is a great gift-buying experience! Stop in and see their great selection!

Succulents in prices from $2.29 to $14.99. Spruce tips on sale for just $36.99! They also have 17lb. bags of Meadow Ridge Premium Wild Bird Mix for just $23.99. Other bird offerings include 5lb. Flyers bird food for just $7.99. They also have a Dremel multi-max tool for just $75.00!

Ralphie’s Minnoco

7988 Front St.,

Clear Lake, MN


Ralphie’s has great car wash packages for sale. Come on in and check ‘em out!

They also have Butchery meats from $5 to $35. Fishing poles would make great gifts and Ralphie’s has them from $20 to $100. They also sell gift cards that make great stocking stuffers. But as many for as many in any amount!

Oodles of Doodles 

Pet Spa

505 North Walnut St, 

Clearwater, MN


Oodles can get your furry family member a nail trim for just $12, or a good teeth brushing for $8, or a de-shedding treatment for $15, or any of their many other grooming services (prices vary). They also have gift certificates in any amount if you can’t decide on the spot!

T&R Meats

105 Pine St, 

Clearwater, MN

320- 558-6390

T& R Meats has great stocking stuffers for that hard-to-shop man. How about some jerky in three yummy flavors or some beef stix in four delicious flavors? For the adult children who are hard to buy for, grab a meat bundle, hamburger or breakfast sausage, bacon or brats! For the parents who “don’t need gifts”, who would turn down a fresh steak, some bacon or sausage?

For that Christmas dinner, what would be better than a delicious ham or prime rib supper? On your way out, pick up some gift certificates!

Clearwater Parts & 

Supply, Inc.

dba Parts City 

Auto Parts

PO Box 175, 

845 Hwy. 24

Clearwater, MN 


When you are in the Clearwater area, swing by CW Parts City for some incredible gifts!

Winter fishing tackle and gear is available as well as an assortment of grill accessories at discounted prices for a close out sale.  Great gifts for your grill lovers! 

Pet lovers - get your pets their Christmas gifts at our new pet display!  Assortment of dog and cat toys. Dewalt Impact drivers/drills ranging from $190-- to $399.99.  Nebo WorkBrite rechargeable flashlight $27.99