Gift ideas and tips to help you breeze through the season.

1) BREATHE IN

This diffuser emits an essential oil-infused mist for up to 18 hours and glows with an ambient light. Escape Essential Oil Diffuser, $95, Well Spa

2) MAKE A DAY OF IT

You’ll find something for everyone on your list in Brookfield. Finish the day with a relaxing dinner at one of the town’s many fine restaurants.

3) DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

These slippers please the eyes as well as the feet. The cork soles provide extra cushiness. Haflinger Cuoricini in Ruby Red, $131

4) SPREAD GOOD CHEER

A Bartolotta gift card is the ultimate one-size-fits-all present! Choose from a variety of denominations.

Plan Ahead: Wrapping all those wonderful gifts can be a time-consuming task. Instead of doing it all at once, schedule an hour or two here and there, so you don’t burn out.

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5) KEEP IT LOCAL

It looks like it was carved from stone, but this planter is actually made out of concrete – right here in Milwaukee. Planter with air plant, $30

6) STOCK UP

Keep some charming glass ornaments on hand for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. Gnome for the Holidays, $10

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7) WARM WISHES

This gorgeous merino wool sweater is perfect for chilly Wisconsin winters. Ra sweater, $115, Squire Fine Men’s Apparel

8) WARM MOM’S MORNING

These whimsical mugs, available in a variety of designs, are sure to brighten her days. Vallila Mugs, $18

 

9) ROMAN HOLIDAY

A gift card for Centro Cafe affords the lucky recipient the opportunity to indulge in rustic Italian cuisine, while traveling only as far as Riverwest.

10) PIE TO DIE FOR

This homespun apple pie has earned legions of fans. Give it as a gift, or serve it at your home. Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag, $16 in The Elegant Farmer’s Mukwonago market or $30 (plus shipping) online

11) CHEESEHEADS’ CHOICE

Nothing says Wisconsin like a package from Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, shippable to all members of your Badger diaspora. Gift boxes start at $31

12) READ UP

Delight a Milwaukeephile with local historian John Gurda’s latest book. Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, $29

13) NOD SQUAD

Please your sports fan with a find from MKE’s new Bobblehead Hall of Fame. Brewers Triple Mascot Bobble, $65

14) DINE & DISCOVER

The perfect family present: Purchase a Discovery World Family or Grandparents membership, and receive $120 in gift cards to dine at Bartolotta restaurants. $200

15) THE GIFT OF BEAUTY

Exfoliate your way to a new you with luxuriously scented products from Haven + Blythe. Lemongrass Body Polish, $24, and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Lip Whip, $14; High Brow Boutique

16) EAST SIDE REPAST

Give the gift of a night out with a gift card to dine at Sala, the great little Italian place near UWM.

17) FULL DECK

Know someone who likes to eat with the neat? A gift card for Fuel, Comet, High Hat, BelAir or Balzac is certain to please. Available at the restaurants.


“Your Holiday Guide” appears in the special advertising section of the November and December 2018 issues of Milwaukee Magazine.

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