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Where to Find Unique Christmas Ornaments in DSM

Christmas Ornaments

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Decorating the Christmas tree is like going through a time capsule. Placing ornaments, such as “Baby’s First Christmas” or “Our First Home” on the tree, reminds us of the many milestones we’ve celebrated over the years. Give the gift of a memory when you give someone a special ornament this holiday season.

Instead of heading to a big box store, pick out an ornament that you won’t find anywhere else when you visit locally owned shops throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM). Here are just a few of the places where you can find Christmas ornaments nearby, and don’t forget to check out the handmade options available at local craft fairs and holiday markets throughout the season. And make sure to take part in this year’s Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep event, where you can use clues on the @DowntownDSMUSA Facebook and Instagram accounts to find unique, locally made ornaments from artists in DSM.

Shop Christmas Ornaments in Greater Des Moines


Featured Item: Mini Masterpiece Kit
Description: Discover the artist within you with Artfull's Mini Masterpiece Kit! Unleash your creativity with each kit, complete with a mini canvas, a vibrant set of paints, a handy stencil and easy-to-follow instructions to bring your artistic vision to life. Perfect for all ages, these compact kits make ideal stocking stuffers, providing endless creative joy for just $8. Let your imagination run wild and turn moments into mini masterpieces!

Bozz Prints

Featured Item: Des Moines Ornaments
Description: Famous for their clever t-shirts about Des Moines, Bozz Prints has an assortment of fun and festive Des Moines and Iowa-themed ornaments in its Historic Valley Junction store in West Des Moines.

Canoyer Garden Center

Featured Item: Neutral Colored Ornaments
Description: From woodland-themed ornaments to vintage-style ornaments and everything in between, there are stunning options in the Glasshouse Market within Canoyer Garden Centers in Ankeny and Grimes.


Featured Item: Holy Family Ornament
Description: Give in West Des Moines has lots of faith-based gifts and Christmas ornaments, including this Holy Family ornament with a nativity scene. They also carry a wide variety of holiday décor and gifts.

Heart of Iowa Marketplace

Featured Item: Iowa Silhouette Ornament
Description: This is the place to find all the Iowa-themed things. From ornaments and blankets to give baskets and more, gift your friends and family a taste of home from the Heart of Iowa Marketplace.

Learning Post & Toys

Featured Item: Paint Your Own Porcelain Christmas Ornaments
Description: If you have little ones coming to visit this year, swing by the Learning Post & Toys in Urbandale to pick up an ornament DIY kit. It will be a fun way to spend time together over the holiday break and everyone will have a keepsake to take home. This is also a great location to find unique games and toys for the kids in your life.


Featured Item: Frosted Gingerbread Ornaments
Description: This shop is overflowing with charming Christmas décor and ornament options. We love this set of ornaments that look like delicately decorated gingerbread cookies. One of these ornaments would make a beautiful gift topper as well.

Pageturners Bookstore

Featured Item: Handmade Book Ornaments
Description: The reader in your life will be charmed by the handmade book ornaments at Pageturners Bookstore in Indianola. There is only a small selection available, so be sure to grab one when you’re there to fill their “to-be-read” wish list.

Porch Light Coffeehouse

Featured Item: Rudolph Ornaments
Description: If Christmas makes you nostalgic, head to Porch Light Coffeehouse in Ankeny to find ornaments of Rudolph and his friends. Some are delicate hand-blown glass ornaments, but there are also more affordable plastic options as well. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee while you’re there to stay caffeinated as you continue your holiday shopping.

Rustic Swan

Featured Item: Handmade Ornaments
Description: Rustic Swan in Ankeny is home to multiple vendors who sell their handcrafted items and vintage finds. This is the place to find that one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas ornament.

She Home & Gift

Featured Item: Purse Ornament
Description: If handbags are her favorite accessory, then this ornament that looks like a designer purse will be just the thing to make her smile. Check out the store during one of the Historic East Village Holiday Promenade nights and see all of their other holiday décor and gift ideas.

XOXO Gift & Home (formerly Treasure House Gifts)

Featured Item: Colorful Ornaments
Description: There is a magical, fun-loving holiday vibe as soon as you step into XOXO Gift & Home in Ankeny. This is the place to find playful red and white Christmas ornaments, classic options or brightly colored ones.

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.

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.