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Where to Buy Local for Gifts of Gratitude in DSM

Gratitude Buying Guide

A little effort goes a long way in showing someone how grateful you are for what they do. Whether you want to thank a teacher, co-worker or friend, the Greater Des Moines Partnership encourages you to look local first. Pick up a gift card from one of these great local businesses and spread a little gratitude.

Greater Des Moines Cafés and Coffee

Mayalu Coffee

Description: The recipient of a Mayalu Coffee gift card will enjoy local ingredients and global flavors. The extensive menu at Mayalu in Des Moines includes Matcha Lattes and Nepali Chiya, and right now you'll find seasonal specials like Spiced Lavender Latte and bestsellers like CaraMasala Brew or Samosa with Tamarind Sauce, a pastry filled with spiced potatoes and peas.

Savor the Rise

Description: This bakery and cafe in Indianola offers bagels, soups, salads and sandwiches along with matcha drinks to get your morning started.

Scooter’s Coffee

Description: Purchase a gift card from Scooter’s Coffee in Waukee to say thanks to someone in the DSM community. They can use it to buy refreshing hot or iced drinks, blenders, smoothies, teas and more. Summer items include the Cotton Candy Lil’ Smiley Smoothie, the S’mores Latte or the Pineapple Mint Scooter’s Quencher.

Smokey Row

Description: With six standalone locations, including Ankeny, Carlisle, Des Moines, Pella, Pleasantville and Oskaloosa, a Smokey Row gift card is a great way to say thank you to anyone. Recipients can use it on a specialty coffee drink, soup in a bread bowl or a handmade ice cream treat. 

The Coffee Connection

Description: Knoxville's The Coffee Connection features gourmet coffees, breakfast and lunch. Try the Café Miel, a latte with honey and cinnamon, or the Chicken Salad Croissant.

Twisted Bean

Description: At Twisted Bean in Ankeny, Des Moines and Urbandale, a gift card can be used to purchase blended drinks like the White Chocolate Jitterbug or the Peppermint Mocha Frappe. Try an Acai Bowl or Breakfast Sandwich made to order, too.

Greater Des Moines Floral Shops

Boesen the Florist

Description: Unsure of what flowers to send? Send a digital gift card instead. At Boesen the Florist in Des Moines, they never expire!

Carmen's Flowers Uptown

Description: Give the gift that keeps on giving with a Bouquet of the Month or Plant subscription from Carmen's in Ankeny. There are options available for three, six or 12 months of flowers, and three or six months of plants.

Evergreen and Lily Floral Studio & Gifts

Description: Say thank you with Winterset's Evergreen and Lily Floral Studio & Gifts mix of seasonal blooms, also known as the Florist’s Choice Daily Deal. 

Greater Des Moines Restaurants

5 Borough Bagels

Description: Say “This breakfast is on me,” when you pick up a gift card to 5 Borough Bagels in Clive. You can also send The Union Square — a baker’s dozen slice with three eight-ounce cream cheese options packaged in a box — that any recipient is sure to love. 

Charlotte's Kitchen  

Description: Gift cards from Charlotte’s Kitchen in Johnston are good for food inspired by Grandma Charlotte, the grandmother of Charlotte’s Kitchen Owner Michael Hanstad. 

Food Depot

Description: Order a Take & Bike Family Dinner from Food Depot in Grimes as a way to show your appreciation. Choose between the Biscuits & Gravy Casserole, Cavatelli with Garlic Breadsticks (8), Chicken Fajita Dinner Pack or other family dinner option.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Description: A Garbanzo gift card will buy vegan, vegetarian or meat-based dishes. Just add veggies, sides and drinks to enjoy when you visit the Ankeny location!

Gateway Market & Café

Description: Give the gift of healthy eating when you give an Orchestrate Hospitality gift card to Gateway Market & Café, located in the Sherman Hill district of Downtown Des Moines. The card is also good at other Orchestrate Hospitality restaurants in DSM, such as Zombie Burger, Django and Centro.

Latin King Restaurant

Description: Purchase a gift card for Latin King, and it’s also valid at BRGR Kitchen & Bar, Gram & Dun, Va Bene, Taco Republic, Fresko and Louie’s Wine Dive! Latin King in Des Moines is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience and award-winning wine list.

Greater Des Moines Spa Gift Cards

East Village Spa

Description: Send an East Village Spa gift card that can buy massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures or waxing. New services and products launch in June, including a streamlined nail menu, LED therapy for pain management and East Village Spa's signature body and skincare line with Tasha & Co. Organics.


Description: Give the gift of spa services from Hypsie in Bondurant. Relaxing facials or a haircut and style will have your recipient relaxed and refreshed.

Massage Heights

Description: It’s time to relax with a gift card to Massage Heights in Ankeny or Johnston! Gift your recipient a facial or massage to say thanks.


Description: From skin care to full-body treatments, let your recipient pick how to pamper themselves when you give a Spavia gift card. Located in Ankeny, treatments include massage, waxing, facials, scalp treatments and more.

Find a complete list of Member businesses here.

Learn more about buying local by visiting dsmpartnership.com/buylocal and make sure to use #DSMlocal when posting about your local products, services or purchases on social media.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.