Gift & Specialty Items

Gift & Specialty Items

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors


An der Weihnachtsecke (At the Christmas Corner), Imported from Germany

Offering: Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 commemorative mugs, hand-painted German ornaments (Glaszauber Lauscha), advent calendars, imported chocolate, baumkuchen, Mozart kugeln, Asbach filled chocolates, assorted marzipan, Haribo, Pandoro, Pannetone, butter cookies, stollen, beer steins, beer mugs, beer glassware, shot glasses and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. Price Range: $1 – $200

Prairie Products, Ankeny, IA

Genuine German hand-made Christmas ornaments and Christmas miscellaneous

Offering: Imported German Christmas Items:  incense smoker figurines; Pyramids; wooden ornaments; Weinacht arches; nutcrackers; German Christmas napkins

Price Range: $5 – $300

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: 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

Jett and Monkey’s, Des Moines, IA

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

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

Price Range: $3 – $30

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

Quilted Gardens & Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Quilted Gardens & Nursery is an independent nursery specializing in unusual and collector perennials, hostas, trees, shrubs and conifers.

Offering: Hand made wreaths, swags, kissing balls and wood, straw and glass ornaments, table top trees, garland holiday optical glasses.

Price Range: $5 – $150


Mucky Duck Pub, Ames, IA

The Brits take Christmas very seriously, especially when it comes to food and entertainment.  Come and see what we have to offer!

Offering: Advent calendars and candles, Christmas crackers (poppers), English chocolate boxes (e.g. Quality Street, Roses etc), Christmas puzzles

Price Range:

Craic, Grimes, IA

We offer handmade goods with an Irish flair: Celtic knot ornaments and necklaces, shamrock adornments, and even Des Moines-themed merchandise with an Irish sense of humor.

Offering: Locally made items: Corded Celtic wreath ornaments in a variety of colors (including local high school colors), Celtic knot yoga bracelets/men’s leather bracelets, Hand stamped charms and necklaces with Celtic themes (various– also “breakaway style” for children), Celtic knot keychains and necklaces, Wooden utensils woodburned with Irish & Iowa themes, Celtic knot barrettes, Celtic knot pillows , Hand stamped shamrock/Irish themed flour sack towels, Soy candles (in Irish crystal glasses, and travel candles) with Des Moines themes (bergamot = Earl Gray’s Lake; orange = South of Grand Marnier), Soap and bath salts with themes (above), Locally designed handmade candle sticks and pint glasses

Price Range: $3 – $45



Meet The Team

Tasha Jackson

Betsy Penisten

Michael Mendenhall

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Sara Diekelmann

“G” (Gintare) Kelley

Carissa Stout

Suzanne Hull

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