#ShopCedarRapids2016 Holiday Shopping Guide

We all know the holidays can be stressful, from deciding who’s going to make the turkey, to addressing and stamping the Holiday cards.  Whether you’re a shopper who likes to plan ahead, or a procrastinator who waits until the last minute, it’s our goal to help you cross everyone off your shopping list this season!! At Cedar Rapids Moms Blog we LOVE to support local businesses. That’s why we’re encouraging you all to shop local, shop small, and shop Cedar Rapids! We’re making it easy with our #ShopCedarRapids2016 Holiday Shopping Guide!

This is a sponsored guide. Each businesses has provided a giveaway item and paid a small fee to cover the costs of putting the guide together. However, these are all local businesses we love and love to support!

Be sure to scroll through the guide, visit our sponsors’ websites, and then go to the bottom to ENTER TO WIN A GIFT BASKET WORTH OVER $425!!

Baby Time

Baby Time specializes in unique items and classes for mom and baby. Toys, clothes, cloth diapers, baby carriers and other one-of-a-kind gifts. Locally-made products too!

{Gift Idea}: A Music on the Move punch card or unique gift from their shop!

Giveaway Item: Teething Bling teething necklace 


Cedar Ridge Winery

Cedar Ridge is a family-owned winery, distillery and event space nestled in the beautiful Swisher countryside- a short drive from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Award-winning wines and internationally recognized spirits are produced on site at the only winery/distillery in Iowa.

{Gift Idea}: A bottle of wine or spirits, or a gift card for a relaxing night out pairing wine with their delicious Wood-Fired Pizza.

Giveaway Item: Wine Gift Crate {1 bottle of wine + 2 wine glasses}

Earthly Editions

Established in 2001, Earthly Editions offers 100% all natural homemade Soaps, Lotions, Scrubs and more. Their mission is to create only the highest quality natural products by using the purest oils available. Your skin will thank you!

{Gift Idea}: A gift set of their amazing natural soaps, whipped body butter, or sugar scrub.

Giveaway Item: 5 Natural Soap Bars

Galassi Foods

Galassi Foods is a family-owned business whose passion is “making the taste of homemade a reality for busy families”. Their recipe has been passed down for generations and is “love in jar”.  Bonus: their sauces are also gluten free! You may purchase their sauce at Hy-Vee (including from aisles online), Fareway, New Pioneer Co-Op, and online at Walmart.com.

{Gift Idea}: Pick up a few jars + your favorite pasta as Holiday Party hostess gifts! Or for yourself to make on a busy weeknight! 

Giveaway Item: 4 Varieties of Pasta Sauce

Lillian's of Marion

A rare boutique that offers merchandise from head to toe! Unique, affordable fashion (XS-3XL), accessories, footwear & MORE! With a mission and purpose for giving back to the community and giving clients a little something extra, Lillians of Marion is a shopping experience you will feel great about. 

{Gift Idea}: Stop in and pick up a cute top or outfit for someone on your list! Gift cards are also a great idea!

Giveaway Item: Mug + Leggings + $5 gift card

Massage Heights Edgewood

Massage Heights guarantees professional, rejuvenating and affordable therapeutic services in an upscale environment as part of your healthy lifestyle. Every visit to Massage Heights guarantees a personalized massage or facial, custom-tailored to your specific needs. They also carry Dermalogica skin care products, as well as aromatherapy and other pampering products!

{Gift Idea}: Relaxing massage or facial! You can also sign up for their lifestyle programs and do 1 massage or facial per month!

Giveaway Item: 1 Hour Massage ($50 Value)

MODE Boutique

MODE Cedar Rapids is a locally owned boutique featuring designer fashion at outlet prices. Known as the home of the $40 designer jean! They also feature a Click.Shop.Save. personal shopping service designed to get you in and out in 30 minutes!

{Gift Idea}: Gift card + Click.Shop.Save appointment. We also love their cute, affordable accessories! Or stop in a pick up new pair of jeans for yourself!! 

Giveaway Item: $25 Gift Card

Olive's Oil

Olive’s Oil is a specialty store carrying a large selection of the freshest Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil, both traditional and infused, along with over 20 varieties of dark and light balsamic vinegars imported from Modena Italy. They also carry small batch gourmet oils, spices, and gift items. Their tasting room is an experience in itself, as they guide you through tasting a variety of premium oils and balsamic vinegars.

{Gift Idea}: Take that foodie on your list to taste for themselves, then pick out their favorites!

Giveaway Item: 200 ml bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 200 ml bottle of balsamic vinegar of your choice

Ramsey's Wine Bistro

Ramsey’s is a locally owned wine bar and restaurant in Marion. They offer  150+ bottles of wine that are available to purchase on-premise or to-go, and great food specials Monday-Friday. Patrons can enjoy live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and if you have a musical talent, can join them for their open mic night every Tuesday!

{Gift Idea}: Bottle of wine + gift certificate to come back for dinner.

Giveaway Item: 2015 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc


RAYGUN is the greatest store in the universe. The company’s goals remain unchanged: create stuff that makes people laugh, save America from 10,000 years of darkness, and find a way to get out of this t-shirt thing and into something more meaningful like pharmaceuticals or petroleum.

{Gift Idea}: Gift one of their amazingly soft and funny t-shirts. Or pick up a card and mug or some wall art.

Giveaway Item: T-shirt and gift item

Simply Soothing

You know Simply Soothing for their signature Bug Soother, but did you know they make other products as well? Simply Soothing is a family-owned business located in Iowa, created from a love of quality bath and body products, a great candle, and a passion for scents. 

{Gift Idea}: Order a gift basket that includes scent melt blocks, shea body creme, body wash, and hand soap. 

Giveaway Item: Gift Basket of assorted products

Style Encore

Style Encore Cedar Rapids buys and sells Women’s gently used clothing sizes 0-4X, plus shoes, handbags and accessories.! No appointment necessary to bring your items in, and get paid CASH on the spot for everything accepted! They have all the hottest name brands and styles that you see at the malls at up to 70% less than the mall prices, including brands such as Ann Taylor, White House Black Market, Chico’s, JJill and The Limited.

{Gift Idea}: Pick up some trendy clothes and accessories for someone on your list, and while you’re at it, get your own outfit for your upcoming Holiday Party!

Giveaway Item: $25 Gift Card

Wild Magnolia Design

Wild Magnolia Design offers unique gifts such as coffee mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, shirts, plates, ornaments and more with custom sayings written in vinyl! With sayings on items that sum “mom-life” up in one short sentence, they are the perfect thoughtful gift for the mommy friends in your life.

{Gift Idea}: Personalized ornaments make perfect gifts for friends, families, and teachers!

Giveaway Item: Coffee Mug, Tumbler, and Personalized Ornament

Wine Styles

WineStyles Tasting Station offers guests a unique experience and ambiance that is reminiscent of an old-world wine cellar. Inside, customers are afforded the opportunity to Taste, Learn, and Enjoy the best in wine, craft beer, fine chocolates, artisanal cheeses, coffee, organic teas and other gourmet items.  They also carry fun and unique gifts!

{Gift Idea}: Let Wine Styles put together a gift basket perfect for everyone on your list! Or gift the experience of a Wine Tasting so they can choose their own favorites!

Giveaway Item: Wine Tasting for 6


Each of our #ShopCedarRapids2016 sponsors has provided a giveaway item to include in our AMAZING prize package worth OVER $425!!! You may enter to win DAILY {with some entry options} from November 14th through November 27th. The winner will be announced on the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog Facebook page on Monday, November 28th!! 

Enter to win via Gleam here:

#ShopCedarRapids2016 Grand Prize Giveaway




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