The Volk's Gift Guide

Written by: Meghanlee Phillips // Photography by: Kc Filzen

The Holiday season is in full swing, and with this comes shopping for fantastic gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. What if I told you that you could do almost all of your shopping right here in Minnesota while supporting small business throughout your community?! I have spent some time putting together the ultimate gift guide making shopping feel almost effortless this season!

The Beauty Lover

For the one who loves makeup and is constantly purchasing products to try, why not put together the ultimate spa package, featuring all local MN brands and products. Add a little sparkle to their lives with the glitter brush collection available at Giggle Gals Boutique. Be sure to grab the matching glimmer bag, when at the shop, tying the gift together! Expand their product variation and give them a taste of MN made hair products such as the Lisn’ Beauty styling cream or the wonderfully smelling moisturizer helping bring a healthy shine their hair. Help them look and feel great in their skin by checking out the large assortment of skincare products by Essence One. From body oils and lotions to rollerballs, soaps and mists, all things skin care can be taken care of at once! Plus it is all ethically made right here in Minnesota. Complete your hand-picked spa kit, by adding a hand made Excelsior Candle and you’re certain to be the “highlight” of their Holiday.


The Fashionista


For the one who is just a little bit “extra”. Cater to their needs with an eye catching pair of shades, available at Shop B.78 . With a range of sunglasses from Gigi to gaudy, these sunglasses are perfect for adding some pizzazz to their closet. Help the stylish friend of yours keep comfortable while still making a statement with the TressieCHIC Boutique graphic tee. This boutique has an array of fashion quotes and saying printed on extremely soft cotton tees and crew-necks, bringing some casual chic touches to their over-the-top closet. Need a layering piece to pair with the graphic tee, take a look at the faux suede moto jacket from Giggle Gals Boutique. This layering piece is not only stylish, but extremely soft, making it both comfortable and fashion forward. If there is one thing every fashioninsta needs it is the REBEL bag from Pursey Handbags. This bag is amazing because it can be worn multiple different ways all depending on how you style and use the straps. From a belt bag to a cross-body to a clutch you are certain to find all of your handbags needs with this rebellious bag.

The Momprenuer


For the woman who is running a family as well as running a company, we have exactly what she needs, to stay sleek, comfortable and energized all day long. First things first, every Momprenuer needs a great pair of jeans that make their butt look fantastic. Visit Giggle Gals Boutique and check out their amazing jeans selection. These jeans are flexible, soft and perfect for someone who is constantly on the go. Freshen up her skin and stimulate her sense of smell with the Essence One bath bomb. Re-energize her body with a bag of coffee beans ready to brew from Mistfit Coffee. Help her organize her giant mom bag, by providing her with the pouch wristlet from WAY the Label, keeping her necessities separated from the kids. When running the kids to and from their after school activities as well as running errands and keeping up with her own social obligations, it is important to stay warm all throughout the cold-weather season. Provide her with the answer by gifting her a fabulously warm (and stylish) hat hand knit by Nicki Chicki Knitwear. With a variety of options to choose from the Momprenuer in your life will definitely feel pampered. And trust us, she needs it!

The Man


For many of us, shopping for the men in our lives can be a tricky one to nail down. But don’t worry, we have a few awesome ideas perfect for bringing Minnesota vibes into his life. Most guys, enjoy casual street-wear for weekend adventures, so why not cater to his needs and provide with just that. Take a look at the wide variety of hats, tees and sweatshirts available at MNTD Goods bringing the casual, yet practical style to his closet. Although many associate sunglasses with summertime, it is just as important to wear sunglasses throughout the winter season as well, for the sun reflecting off of the snow can really damage your eyes. Keep his eyes protected and his style on point with the extremely cool shades at Lifted Optics. These wooden sunglasses are certain to earn him compliments everywhere he goes, while standing out from crowd in a sophisticated way. Help him stay organized and look put together by purchasing either a hand-crafted leather wallet or belt from Carmine Jack Leather Co. These beautifully made leather pieces, are perfect for any man who enjoys luxury and practicality.


These four guides are just the beginning. For more gift ideas be sure to order the Winter 2018/19 issue of The Volk, available now! With our Gift Guide we provide ideas that you can use for more than just the Holiday season, making our guide even more valuable. Shop, share and support local small businesses, for small businesses is what our community thrives on. Happy Shopping!

Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant style by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)