Holiday Shopping

Find that unique gift in North Dakota

North Dakotans take pride in things that are produced here, and that’s what makes holiday gift shopping exciting. Many people look for that uniquely North Dakota gift to send to loved ones out of state or simply across town.

These products are available year-round in small stores or boutiques throughout North Dakota, but things take on a new sense of urgency around the holidays. That’s where Pride of Dakota comes in. For weeks leading up to Christmas, the group brings a vast array of vendors together for events called “Showcases.”

Events get under way in early November and continue through early December.

  • Grand Fork's Holiday Showcase is Nov. 5-6 at Alerus Center
  • Minot's Holiday Showcase is Nov. 12-13 at the State Fair Center
  • Fargo's Holiday Showcase is Nov. 18-20 at Scheels Arena
  • Bismarck’s Holiday Showcase is Dec. 2-4 at the Bismarck Event Center.

You will find one-of-a-kind gifts, foods, wines and craft, all made by North Dakota artisans.

Nearly every city and town in North Dakota has some kind of arts and crafts show around the holiday season. In Minot, the Big One Arts and Crafts Fair is Nov. 4-5 and in Bismarck, it's Nov. 17-18.

And for those who prefer the rat race known as Black Friday or Small Business Saturday - those crazy days after Thanksgiving Thursday - stores all across the state will accommodate early birds looking for bargains.