Gift & Specialty Items

Gift & Specialty Items

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors

15253469_1392831854091085_4314684126306058011_nGlaszauber Lauscha, Lauscha, Thuringia, Germany

Glaszauber Lausche is a small family business located in the “Glasbläserstadt” Lauscha in Southern Thuringia. They make handmade Christmas decorations and small glass ornaments. The town of Lauscha is considered to be the cradle of glass Christmas decorations worldwide, since the business was founded there in 1847.

Offering: Hand-blown glass ornaments

Price Range: $20 – $120

German Gifts and Specialty Items

Offering: Various gifts and foods of Germany

Price Range: $2 – $100

Worldly Goods, Ames, IA

Worldly Goods is a Fair Trade nonprofit gift store located in Ames since 1987.  Our unique Fair Trade gifts are handmade from over 50 developing countries.  Volunteers share artisan stories.

Offering: Fair Trade items from around the world focusing on Christmas ornaments and decorations. Additional items that have a European heritage theme including Fair Trade stocking stuffers, coffee, tea, chocolate and other Fair Trade foods that are prepackaged.

Price Range: $1-125

TeaGeschwendner, Chicago, IL

Tea shop with natural and organic teas.

Offering: Premium loose leaf teas and tea accessories: Christmas teas: Black Christmas tea, Snowman greet teas, including Spices for Glühwein, herbal teas. Link to the teas:http://shop.tgtea.com/. Also tea accessories: Cast iron teapots, ceramic teapots, mugs and infusers.

The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio, Des Moines, IA

Vintage letterpress printed art prints, cards, stationery sets on elegant paper

Offering: Art prints, cards, stationery sets, holiday cards, and coasters

Price Range: $5-$55


Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Chocolaterie Stam, Fine European Chocolates since 1913

Offering: Hot chocolate, stroopwafel, coffee, prepacks

Price Range: $2 – $25

Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy Klindt is an Iowa artisan specializing in chainsaw sculpture and metal design. Fanciful, functional, or a fusion of each…watching Andy craft original pieces is sure to delight people of all ages!

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, hand-forged metal items, and mixed metal and wood items

Price Range: $20 – $2000

Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

Pickle Creek Herbs is a family farm in SE Iowa. They handcraft herb-infused olive oils & vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, and balms using herbs we grow in our gardens. They make everything by hand using our own recipes and herbs we grow in our Iowa garden.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, herbal jams, herbal soaps, salves, and balms. They will also offer festive gift boxes and gift bags of our items.

Price Range: $3 – $22

Three Smooth Stones, Des Moines, IA

Betty Chamness Trost of Three Smooth Stones creates handmade wet-felted and embroidered stones, and painted mandala stones that fit beautifully into the palm of your hand for comfort and meditation.

Offering: Smooth stones surrounded with wool fiber using the wet-felting technique and then hand embroidered in colorful garden designs. On the round stones she paints mesmerizing mandala designs using dots of acrylic paint. Each of her stone pieces are hand made and fit beautifully into the palm of your hand for soothing comfort and meditation. She creates felted pictures using wool fibers and needle and wet-felting techniques, free motion machine quilting, hand embroidery, silk fibers, and beads. And she knits, then wet-felts luscious wool slippers for men and women. The best part of her day is engaging with people and enjoying their excitement at seeing her creations.

Price Range: $5 – $150

fb_img_1480914201471museum of danish america, Elk Horn, IA

The Museum of Danish America booth will carry items from its Design Store reflecting Danish culture and Danish, Danish-American and Scandinavian artists, artisans and product designers.

Offering: Gift items of Danish, Danish-American and Scandinavian design – Christmas decorations, papirklip, die-cuts, hand towels, coffee mugs

Price Range: $5 – $100


Amana Woolen Mill, Amana, IA

The Amana Woolen Mill crafting Iowa made textiles since 1855.

Offering: Amana crafted blankets, scarves, totes, aprons & table runners

Price Range: $30 – $150

Suri Oaks at Grace Ranch, Hudson, WI

Suri Oaks Alpaca Fashions

Offering: alpaca socks, hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, dryer balls, capes

Price Range: $15 – $250

Jett and Monkey’s, Des Moines, IA

Jett and Monkey’s offers hunde und katzen (dogs and cats) holiday gifts, including treats, toys and European Christmas ornaments. Visit our store in the East Village!

Offering: Holiday pet gifts, including treats, toys and European Christmas ornaments.

Price Range: $3 – $50

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Come in and enjoy the world of glass. Indianola Glass Creations designs and creates colorful Stained and Fused Glass ornaments, suncatchers, jewelry and home decor.  They will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Stained Glass, Fused Glass & Blown Glass ornaments and suncatchers.  Fused glass and china jewelry.  Fused & Stained Glass clocks and home decor art pieces. Wine bottle tealights.

Price Range: $12 – $150

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Wild Cherry Spoon Co. handcarves unique, one of a kind, pieces of wooden kitchenware along the banks of the Mississippi, in Rock Island, IL.

Offering: Handcarved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, rice paddles, chopsticks, cutting/cheese boards, baby spoons, cheese spreaders, pizza paddles and pizza cutters, coffee and ice cream scoops.

Price Range: $5 – $75

Sugarplums, Altoona, IA

Delicious homemade gingerbread and lebkuchen featuring fancy cookies and houses. Traditionally decorated cookies are often purchased at Christmas markets to present to loved ones.

Offering: Fancy gingerbread/lebkuchen houses and cookies with festive German expressions such as, Frohe Weihnachten, Ich liebe dich, Mein Schatz, etc.

Price Range: $3 – $50

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinwares and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, tin candle sconces, tin cups, and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150



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