On The Ninth Day Of Christmas…North of Normal Gifts

Editor’s Note: This contest is over, but you can still score cool, North Dakota themed gifts at the website and location listed in this post. Mark your calendars for more Prairie Style File Giveaways on the second Tuesday of each month.

When you think about where to find fun, amusing, authentic gifts and souvenirs in Fargo-Moorhead, a few places probably come to mind.

And the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau probably isn’t one of them. But it should be.


The Fargo-Moorhead CVB’s North of Normal online store offers a slyly funny assortment of subtly branded accessories, clothing and interesting art. And for today’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, the staff is sending you on two mini shopping sprees, one to their shop and one to the shops at West Acres.

Seriously, how perfect is that hat at the top of the post? Like most of the gifts in the online shop, it acknowledges Fargo’s pop culture reputation — and the movie “Fargo” — and has a little fun with it. You can even buy a Fargo ice scraper — the perfect stocking stuffer for the Coen brothers enthusiast on your list.

If you’re a fan of the movie, you should definitely stop in to 2001 44th Street South in Fargo and shop in person. You can also take a photo with the wood chipper from the movie. It’s a pretty amusing photo opportunity.


On a totally different note, I really love this pen and ink montage by Bruce Loeschen. It highlights local landmarks, sure, but it’s also lovely to look at and very different stylistically from other “local pride” artwork available in the region.

I’m also a fan of leather bracelets wherever I can find them, so I might have to add one of these to my list. Dear Santa: I’ll take the “North of Normal” one, please.

Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau
2001 44th Street South
Fargo, ND
Bus: Route 23 (or 16, in a pinch)

This and all photos in this post are provided by the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau and used with permission.

Today’s Giveaway:
Score two mini-shopping sprees, including a $50 Gift Card to the Fargo-Moorhead CVB North of Normal Store and a $50 Gift Card to West Acres. This contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, but please note that the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau only ships within the U.S.

Enter to win using the entry form shown below. There are lots of ways to play and you can enter multiple times a day. The contest closes December 14 at 11:59 p.m.. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on December 15.

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Want to find more great gifts from local businesses, artists and craftspeople? Check out The Local Christmas List. It’s a great read if you want to shop small this season. And most vendors will ship anywhere you need your gifts to go, so don’t be afraid to ask.

If you haven’t already seen yesterday’s giveaway, be sure to enter to win some gorgeous coffee table books and other retro-inspired gifts. And check back here tomorrow night for the first-ever 12 Days of Christmas concert ticket giveaway.

Which North of Normal gifts make you smile? What would you buy with your gift cards? What’s your favorite place to shop in West Acres?


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11 Replies to “On The Ninth Day Of Christmas…North of Normal Gifts”

  1. I love that north of normal tshirt and several of the mugs, the snowflake sweatshirt, the blanket …..i had fun browsing their shop!

  2. My little brother would love the North of Normal attire! Who knew they had such fun stuff there?! Thanks for the great ideas!

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