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Shop Local for Stocking Stuffers in Des Moines

Stocking Stuffers in DSM

November 28, 2023

Fill up stockings this Christmas with pretty and practical items from around Greater Des Moines (DSM). It’s a fun place to hide a gag gift or two as well! From jewelry to sewing kits to silly holiday accessories, there are no limitations (except size) to what you can give as a stocking stuffer. While you’re out shopping for everyone on your list, remember that local boutiques are a great place to find one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers as well as other unique gifts. Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about shopping local for stocking stuffers.

Where to Shop for Stocking Stuffers in Greater Des Moines

Adorn Gift & Home

Featured Item: Ear Bud Detailing Kit
Description: Keep those ear buds clean and working well with a detailing kit from Adorn Gift & Home. Their store is filled with great holiday gift ideas from jewelry and body care items to clothing and accessories.

Bozz Prints

Featured Item: Patches
Description: Famous for their clever t-shirts about Des Moines, Bozz Prints in Historic Valley Junction has fun-loving patches that would liven up any backpack and fit perfectly inside a stocking. They also sell caps, cups and posters.

Chocolaterie Stam

Featured Item: Box of Chocolates
Description: There are three locations in DSM where you can pick up a sampling of the best chocolates in town. Chocolaterie Stam is on Ingersoll Avenue, in Valley West Mall in West Des Moines and at the Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona.

Empress Threads Boutique

Featured Item: Wooden Earrings
Description: Stylish wooden earrings are just one of the many stocking stuffer ideas you’ll find at Empress Threads Boutique in Pleasant Hill. They also carry graphic tees, sweaters, shoes and more.

Fleet Feet

Featured Item: Socks
Description: The runner in your life will feel spoiled when you tuck a pair — or two — of performance socks into their stocking.


Featured Item: Shower Steamers
Description: Give the gift of relaxation with fragrant essential oil steamers that transform any shower into a spa experience. Give has a wide variety of bath and body products that would make great stocking stuffers as well as home decor and personal accessories.

Hidden Treasures Gifts & Book-Tea-Ques

Featured Item: Clean Perfume
Description: At Hidden Treasures Gifts, purchase Clean Perfume from an Iowa company making alcohol=free and chemical-free scents in classic vintage glass misting bottles.

Hinge on 5th

Featured Item: Holiday Glasses
Description: It’ll be all fun and games on Christmas morning when your family pulls these silly holiday glasses out of their stockings. Time for a selfie! Hinge on 5th in Historic Valley Junction also carries clothing for women and children.

Learning Post & Toys

Featured Item: Fidget Toys
Description: Keychains with colorful pop fidgets make great stocking stuffers for elementary kids. The Learning Post & Toys in Urbandale is a great location to find unique games and toys for all the kids in your life.


Featured Item: Sewing Kit
Description: You never know when you’re going to need a pair of scissors to snip a string or a needle and thread to quickly fix a button so a sewing kit stocking stuffer can be a lifesaver for its recipient. While you’re visiting MoMere, be sure to browse through all their cute gift ideas and Christmas décor.


Featured Item: Sunglasses
Description: Come in for the sunglasses and stay for the hip clothing and vintage finds at Preservation on Ingersoll.

She Home & Gift

Featured Item: Cocktail Kits
Description: We love that these cocktail kits come wrapped in colorful satin fabric, so all you have to do is tuck them into their stockings. Check out the store during one of the Historic East Village Holiday Promenade nights and see all their other holiday decor and gift ideas.

Suzy's Kitchen & Gifts

Featured Item: Wood Puzzles
Description: Choose between building the Empire State Building or a cruise ship ... a fruit shop or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Spice and Tea Exchange

Featured Item: Tea and Spices
Description: Shop for delicious spice blends and teas at The Spice and Tea Exchange in West Des Moines.

The Style Bar Boutique

Featured Item: Hand-Lettered Temporary Tattoo
Description: Find playful temporary tattoos that look real at The Style Bar Boutique in Waukee. If you’re shopping for other gift ideas, the shop is full of fashionable items and accessories for women. There is also a location in Ankeny.

The holiday season is the perfect time to shop local in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Support local businesses, creators and makers across the region. You can find ideas on where to shop using the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s #DSMlocal Guides and other regional business directories listed here.

Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations.