Local ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Shops to Find Uniquely Iowan Gifts

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The holiday season is wrapping up very soon. With just over a week left until Christmas, many of us are still in search of the perfect gift. Today in Iowa sent Channel 13’s Josh Nguyen to Valley Junction to find some local “Out-of-the-Box” gift ideas. He found three stores that offer uniquely Iowan gifts.


216 5th Street


This shop sells art, gifts and whimsical home decor. Items range in price from $5 to $400 and features local artists. All of the canvas art in the shop is created by the owner Mary Evans.

“They can find wide of wide variety of gifts. We gift for as little as $5,” Mary Evans, Owner. “It’s just a whole different atmosphere than the big stores. When people leave I want to be able to say that was a great experience. We have all types of things, clothes, art and home decor.”


123 5th Street


MōMere carries gifts, personal and home accessories, seasonal items and two original lines: Queen of Ipswich and draggamuffin designs. Originality and quality are important to them so they can continue to give you something unique. They focus on keeping your kids engaged creatively.

“We have jewelry lines from Atlanta, Minneapolis and even a Dutch designer. We have personalized gift line as well,” Kay Schiller, Owner. “We wanted to focus on customer service and unique gifts.”

One of the most unique items they offer is a line of books called “Storyline” by Commenium. It gives children an opportunity to create the artwork for a story line.

“We wanted to take them away from the electronics,” says Schiller. “We wanted to get kids back to creating. Also, it’s a great way to connect kids with parents and grandparents.”

Finding Iowa

201 5th Street


Finding Iowa is perfect to find gifts for those “hard to shop for” people in your life.

“We offer unique, vintage, one-of-kind items,” said Aly DeMoss, Owner. “We have great items at all price points. We offer Vines to Wines, they are made right here in Sherman Hills. They are named after things in Des Moines.”

Space Doctors Interiors

209 5th Street


They offer a wide variety of unique interior solutions for all price ranges.

Their focus is helping you achieve the look you want at a price you can afford. Their goal is to create an enjoyable experience and customer satisfaction.

“I carry some of the most unique high-end brands that you can only find right here,” said Gail Boothe, Owner. “We sell things I would want to buy for myself. I am not trying to compete with generic store. We have items you can’t get anywhere else. We offer items that people appreciate.”


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