Fantasy Gifts® Bringing the best in our 12 stores into your home! For over 30 years now we have specialized in the most up to date and popular sexual health products and gifts such as vibrators, dildos, lubricants, DVD, stunning lingerie, menswear, restraints, shoes, educations materials, massage oils and fun novelties. Whether you are planning an event such as a bachelor or bachelorette party, anniversary or birthday party or simply a romantic evening for yourself you find what you are looking for at Fantasy Gifts®.
The Beginning… Fantasy Gifts® began in a small second story novelty gift shop in Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, my Dad was the only employee, one day in early 1980 he was so sick he had to stay home and ran across the Phil Donahue show on the old broadcast channels we didn’t have cable TV and Phil’s guests that day were the manufactures of what was then called “adult toys” were being interviewed. The women in the audience were not appalled but instead wanted to know where they could find the products and not be hit on, have their feet stick to the floor or have to listen to the sounds of 25 cent movie booths. Well it took just a few seconds for my Dad to grab the phone and track down the companies and soon he and my Mom were poring over catalogs of products they barley knew existed a few days before.
The program showed my Dad where to get the products but it was the women of Minneapolis who told him what to buy, he started with some simple items and the customers started to ask for more and it just grew. The merchandise outgrew the space and in August of 1980 he moved the store to Hennepin Ave and Fantasy Gifts® was born.
The Middle… In just a few years he added two more stores one in the Lyn/Lake area of Minneapolis and the other is St. Louis Park and then he and my Mom decided she would leave nursing and work with him full time. In 1989 my brother and I graduated and joined the business and a few later my sister. It was the easiest interview ever! For the next decade we have moved or opened a store over 40 times! My parents decided to go back to my Dads home town and got bored with retirement and started opening stores in New Jersey and somewhere in the mid 1990’s we went online and started this website and a few years ago again because of customer request we began home parties in the Twin Cities. Actually my parents did them in the eighties but the Midwest wasn’t quite ready for them then.
Today… My Brother and his wife run the stores in New Jersey and my Sister, Mom and myself run the stores in Minnesota. My Dad passed away in 2008 and he is very much missed. We have an amazing staff in both states who do an amazing job managing the stores and the buying department has grown from just me and my Mom with just a few companies to an entire staff and hundreds of companies. The products in the store are still influence by customer request but we also have a staff that has been with Fantasy Gifts® for years and they have good relationships with all the manufactures and know good product from crap.
The Future… It is our goal to provide sexual health products in a fun, clean and comfortable shopping environment. To provide information about those products in an honest and non judgmental atmosphere and continue to fight misconceptions about the items we sell and who uses them, to continue to have an all inclusive approach to our customers, and employees in our merchandise selection and hiring practices. While we may use humor to promote our stores and product we are very serious about your right to legal adult items and the First Amendment issues surrounding them.