Amana has more than one fine gallery with locally produced arts and crafts for sale. I'm very fond of the midwest artwork, that's all I'm gonna say. Browse for yourself. Just through the old wood houses where they are on display is worthwhile.
The commune is gone, but the buildings are inhabited by shop keepers, many of whom stock fine collectibles and refinished antique oak furniture. I bought one and put into the back of my big trailer along with the commercial load of Iowa pork I had picked up near Waterloo.
One of the best things to do is let yourself browse the textiles at the various shops in Amana. This is pure Iowa at it's best. Don't expect bargain prices though. Very few of the textiles are actually made in Amana now, but in the past this was it!
Nice gallery that showcases the work of regional artists - many of whom teach or practice in nearby Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, but who keep their connections with this special place. The Oasis has a wide variety of arts and crafts, pottery, painting, sculpture, and non-traditional pieces as well.
Notice the very plain, unadorned exterior of the gallery. That's the real Amana spirit there!
If it's light and natural and organic, the Herb Lady probably has it in stock. It's a good place to get all your favorite Burt's Beeswax products, and also a year's supply of organic nutmeg for all your baking needs.
If you can't find that special gift here, you probably haven't looked the store over.
What to buy: Jim Shore
Cookbooks - Amana - Iowa - Taste of Home
Toy Tractor and farm items
Wall Hangings, pictures - prints
so much more!!
What to pay: reasonable
The Amana General Store has all sorts of locally made candies, canned jellies, jams, mustards, and pickles, among a wide variety of other heirloom quality foodstuff and souvenirs.
Amana is full of little shops with imported garden wind ornaments and other curiosities, as well as wood furniture, some of which is locally made.
I'd like to give you more details about these shops, but we arrived late in the day, hadn't planned to stop and found a magical place that we'll have to come back to.
Amana's original store since 1858 features a wide variety of gifts, specialty foods, locally made wine, Amana food products, cookbooks, cards, and more.