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The Twin Cities’ airport offers a good mix of stores with national and local provenance and relatively long hours — most shops open at 7AM and close up around 9:30PM.
The airport is divided into two terminals, and right now all the best shops are located in the much bigger Terminal 1. But MSP is undergoing a massive retail expansion this year, which will mean additional stores in both terminals soon.
This gift shop stocks a range of products created by local artisans and artists, like mix-media jewelry by Realia by Jen and greeting cards printed by Muddy Mouth Cards. Other solid souvenir options include illustrated pint glasses by Minneapolitan Adam Turman. Terminal 1; concourse G, near gate 1
Service at this Minnesota-founded beauty brand is great. Whether you’re picking out eco-friendly cosmetics and beauty products (items like mineral-based sunscreen, volumizing shampoo, and anti-wrinkle lipstick) or just browsing, you might get treated to complimentary neck and shoulder massage — which is hard to turn down pre-flight. Terminal 1; Airport Mall
Spirit of the Red Horse
New Age-y name aside, this Native American and Western-themed shop is a treasure trove for clothes and accessories that (when styled right) can be pretty fun, including prairie-style maxi dresses, patchwork denim jackets, and unsurprisingly, tons of turquoise jewelry. Terminal 1; airport mall
World Passage Duty Free
Head here for high-end beauty buys from brands like Dior, Lancome, and Shiseido. Accessories are mostly limited to luggage and handbags. Terminal 1; near checkpoint 7
Local men’s shirting company Hammer Made focuses on limited productions (about 30 pieces of each style are made) of decently priced (most hover around a $100) button-front shirts made with Italian fabrics — great for guys traveling for work or to a wedding. If you’re looking for gifts, the store also carries casual polo shirts, pocket squares, ties, and colorful socks. Terminal 1; south end of the Airport Mall
Other Shops to Note
Founded by two flight attendants, Portland-based Baggallini (Terminal 1; concourse G near gate 15) makes lightweight totes, backpacks and crossbody bags for frequent travelers.
The Body Shop (Terminal 1; airport mall) is a great place for sampling fruity lotions or picking up travel-friendly products like lip balm and hand sanitizer.
Minnesota! (Terminal 1; concourse D, near gate 1) has plenty of gift items and novelty souvenirs if you need to kill some time; they also carry local food products. Johnston & Murphy (Terminal 1; airport mall) carries basics for men and women if you need to pick any up.
There’s also a Sunglass Hut (Terminal 1; airport mall, across from the North Checkpoint) that carries plenty of designer brands if you want to pick up some shades, and a Twin Cities Harley Davidson (Terminal 1; airport mall) store if that’s your thing.