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Where to Buy Local for Gifts of Gratitude in DSM

Gratitude Buying Guide

November 21, 2023

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

Greater Des Moines Coffee Gift Cards

Mayalu Coffee

Description: The recipient of a Mayalu Coffee gift card will enjoy local ingredients and global flavors. The extensive menu at Mayalu includes Matcha Lattes and Nepali Chiya, and right now you'll find seasonal favorites like the Nutty Brew and PumpKTM.

Savor the Rise

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

Scooter’s Coffee

Description: Purchase a gift card from Scooter’s Coffee to say thank you to a healthcare worker in the DSM community. They can use it to buy refreshing hot or iced drinks, blenders, smoothies, teas and more.

Smokey Row

Description: With six standalone locations from Des Moines to Pella, a Smokey Row gift card makes a great way to say thank you to anyone. They 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 Egg Nog or Egg Nog latte this holiday season.

Twisted Bean

Description: At Twisted Bean, a gift card can be used to purchase twisted specialties like the Raspberry Mocha or The Jitterbug Frappe, as well as breakfast from the bakery.

Find more coffee houses in DSM here.

Greater Des Moines Floral Gift Cards


Description: Unsure of what flowers to send? Send a digital gift card instead. They never expire!

Carmen's Flowers Uptown

Description: Give the gift that keeps on giving with a monthly floral subscription. There are options available for three, six or 12 months.

Evergreen and Lily Floral Studio & Gifts

Description: Send a gift card to an individual, multiple people or a group gift card for one recipient from many contributors. 

Find more floral shops in DSM here.

Greater Des Moines Restaurant Gift Cards

5 Borough Bagels

Description: Say “This breakfast is on me,” when you pick up a gift card to 5 Borough Bagels. They serve freshly bake New York style bagels that everyone 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.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Description: A Garbanzo gift card will buy a stuffed Pita or a Laffa wrap, a gyro or a salad. Recipients can build their dishes whether vegan, vegetarian or meat-based, add veggies, sides and drinks and enjoy!

Gateway Market & Café

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

Jay's Deli

Description: A gift card for Jay’s Deli in Grinnell means your recipient can indulge in a to-go sandwich and ice cream treat.

Latin King Restaurant

Description: There's a Holiday Gift Card Sale through Thursday, Nov. 30 at Latin King! This beloved Des Moines restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience and award-winning wine list.

Find more restaurants in DSM here.

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. Recently added? CBD-infused upgrades and services.

Massage Heights

Description: Help a friend relax with a gift card to Massage Heights. Options include a couples massage, Swedish massage, targeted treatments, prenatal massage, sports massage and deep tissue massage.


Description: From skin care to full-body treatments, let your recipient pick how to pamper themselves when you give a Spavia gift card.

Find more self-care options in DSM here.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you! If you’re a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

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.