Some gift ideas, big and small, from the curator of Sendik’s sensational home department

Margaret Harris. Photo courtesy of Sendik’s.

Photos courtesy of Sendik’s, Faye’s and Inspired.

Margaret Harris puts her degrees in art and education to good use curating the home department for the 17 Sendik’s and Fresh2Go markets she co-owns with her three brothers. “I love a good lesson plan,” she says. “That’s how we organize our displays.” 

Harris also handles other facets of the business but tries to stay focused on sourcing products for the home section. And she has plenty of great ideas for Thanksgiving hostess gifts and seasonal splurges. “A pretty Christmas ornament tied to a bottle of wine or a package of cute cocktail napkins and a spreader tied with a bow is a great little gift without spending a lot,” she says.

5 Great Gift Ideas from Margaret Harris

1) Wisconsin-themed home products

Travel posters, baseball caps, pillows and other items repping Wisconsin pride are designed in-house and created especially for Sendik’s. Wisconsin pillows, $29.99. Available at all 13 full-sized Sendik’s locations.


2) Latin Music

“I like the beat and rhythm. It makes things feel more fun and festive.” She enjoys contemporary artists such as Luis Fonsi, Enrique Iglesias and Camila Cabello. Camila Cabello, Camila, $9.35. Available at


3) Cashmere Wraps

“I love to give these as gifts because they feel so decadent and [like] something you don’t tend to buy for yourself.” White and Warren Cashmere Wrap, $299. Available at Faye’s (18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield; and 1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon)


4) Furniture from Inspired

At this home boutique they create beautiful spaces that make you want to come in and sit down, Harris says. “I love the furniture patterns, textures and colors.” Custom-upholstered pieces start at $400. Available at Inspired (239 E. Chicago St., Third Ward)

5) Thymes Fraser candles and diffusers

Harris doesn’t even put up a Christmas tree anymore because these smell so much like the real thing. “I use these in every room in my house.” Candles and reed diffusers range from $10-60. Available at full-sized Sendik’s stores and

“Home for the Holidays” appears in the November 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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