The capitol building in East Village Des Moines during the holiday shopping season.

Holiday shopping for everyone on your list can take less than a half hour. Simply search, click and buy. But the joy of gift giving can’t be found in a click of your mouse. Rather, it’s in gifting unexpected, but meaningful, little luxuries.

In the heart of Des Moines’ East Village, Two Rivers Marketing associates are often found shopping at local boutiques during the holiday season. Here are our top stores for local finds that are sure to spark joy.


It doesn’t get any cooler than Preservation. With a mix of modern, ready-to-wear and reclaimed vintage items lining its racks, you can’t go wrong here. From accessories to trendy jeans and leather goods, Preservation offers stylish gifts for any cool guy or girl in your life.

Allspice Culinarium

For the adventurous chef or aspiring cook, check out Allspice. With a dizzying range of herbs, oils, extracts, vinegars and (of course) spices, you’re sure to unearth a flavorful gift. Go for the smells, leave with a great gift.

Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shoppe

This local spot is a hit with our dog-friendly office. Offering healthy dog and cat food, American-made, eco-friendly pet gear, and a variety of treats, Jett and Monkey’s is your secret gifting weapon. Your friends (with furry friends) will thank you for stopping in.

Fontenelle Supply Co.

Yes, we have our very own hand-manufacturer of leather goods in the East Village. And yes, a custom leather wallet or highly-curated accessory is sure to be a favorite gift for your favorite people.


Be careful. You’re likely to leave Eden with multiple gifts — one for those on your list and a little something for yourself. Featuring high-end skincare, fragrant candles, eclectic children’s ware, and just about everything you never knew you needed, this store is ripe for gift giving.


This charming clothing boutique carries more than 50 designers, which means it won’t be hard finding something for the fashionista in your life. Not sure what you’re looking for? This spot is known for its customer service, and the staff can help you home in on the perfect, stylish gift in no time.


It wouldn’t be an East Village guide if we didn’t mention the (self-proclaimed) Greatest Store in the Universe — Raygun. For the Midwest-loving, political-humor-appreciating, or downright-cool person on your list, stop here.

In the mood to shop til you drop? Explore all the shops in the historic East Village.