Your Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

We rounded up 27 holiday gift ideas for you.

1. $100 Black Shoe Hospitality Gift Card and a $20 Holiday Bonus Card

$100 | BLACK SHOE HOSPITALITY

Give a Black Shoe Hospitality dining experience this holiday season with a gift card redeemable at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg, Story Hill BKC and Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails. Through Dec. 31, receive a $20 bonus for every $100 in gift cards or e-cards purchased at all four restaurants or online. Cards do not expire. Some restrictions apply.

2. Get Tickets to Chosen’s Annual Open Hearts, Open Homes Gala

CHOSEN

Chosen’s Open Hearts, Open Homes Gala celebrates the work of foster and adoptive families and raises awareness that more families are needed. This year’s gala is on Feb. 25 from 5:30-10 p.m. at Davians (N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls). The silent and live auctions have a Roaring ’20s theme, with proceeds supporting Chosen. Tickets are available from Dec. 15-Feb. 8 at choseninlove.org/gala. If you can’t attend the Gala, but still want to engage with Chosen, there are many ways to get involved, including becoming a financial partner, sponsor or volunteer. Be a part of impacting foster and adoptive families in our community! For more information, visit choseninlove.org/action.

3. Gift Shop With Artisan Craft and Specialty Wisconsin Retailers

WEST ALLIS CHRISTKINDLMARKT

On Dec. 2 and 3, shop the fifth annual Christkindlmarkt, a traditional European-style Christmas market featuring over 50 vendors. Hosted at the West Allis Farmers Market on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon-4 p.m., these specialty Wisconsin food retailers and artisan craft vendors offer unique gifts this holiday season. Enjoy live music, food trucks and beer from local breweries. Presented by the West Allis Masterminds with free admission. 6501 W. National Ave., West Allis

4. Dine Local With CityTins – The One-Size-Fits-All Gift

$30 | CITYTINS

Discover your new favorite restaurant! Every limited edition CityTin features over 20 coaster gift cards each worth $5 off takeout or $10 off dine-in at the featured locally-owned restaurant when you spend $25 or more. That’s a $200 value in every clever little tin for just $30. Live local, dine local! Visit CityTins.com for details.

5. Drink Wisconsinbly, Literally

DRINK WISCONSINBLY PUB

Visit the Drink Wisconsinbly Pub for the relaxed atmosphere of a day at the lake, the positive energy of a tailgate party, and the communal vibe of a corner tavern. And while you’re here make sure you enjoy a brandy old fashioned and visit the holiday Pub Shop.

6. Shop Wisconsinbly Made

DRINK WISCONSINBLY

By now, you’ve probably figured out that Drink Wisconsibly are staunch supporters of all things Wisconsin. So, needless to say, they love things that are made within our state’s borders. They’re collaborating with area makers to create these unique products that are enhanced with double Wisconsin power.

7. Gift Standout Jewelry for Every Season

DYNAMO DUO JEWELRY

Dynamo Jewelry and Accessories is a women-owned-and-operated business, where the two owners create handcrafted modern jewelry with an edge. Dynamo jewelry has been seen on TV on “The Young and The Restless,” as well as “Home Economics” on ABC. Mother nature rarely duplicates itself, making each piece unique to its wearer.

8. Give the Gift of Pizza Man Pizza

F STREET HOSPITALITY

Receive a $20 bonus gift card when you purchase $100 in gift cards at Pizza Man through December! Spread the cheer and give the bonus card to a loved one, or keep it for yourself (we won’t tell anyone!). Buy online or in person at Pizza Man’s Milwaukee, Mequon or Wauwatosa locations.

9. Donate to Goodwill Today

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN & METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

Sometimes ‘tis better to give than receive. Donate your past, gently used gifts to Goodwill. Your donations help fund Goodwill’s mission, connecting people to skills training and jobs, and preparing them for life. Experience the transformative power of generosity. For more information or to find a Goodwill Store and Donation Center near you, visit amazinggoodwill.com/donating.

10. Shop the Harley-Davidson Originals Collection

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

Introduced in 1914, Harley-Davidson’s first apparel item was a jersey and the uniform for the H-D factory race team. It has led to many color combinations and variations, including the “turtlezip” sweater style and ranges in fabrications from heavy wool to cotton. Purchase the H-D Originals collection and more on the H-D Museum campus or online.

11. Your One-Stop Holiday Shopping Destination for Gifting and Entertaining

JOHNSONVILLE MARKETPLACE

Take the stress out of holiday shopping with custom gift baskets. Johnsonville will ship gift boxes virtually anywhere. For entertaining, choose from over 70 Johnsonville products, specialty cheese and foods, chocolates, wine, spirits and liquor.

Shop in person at N6877 Rio Rd., Sheboygan Falls (across from the Johnsonville corporate office) or online.

12. Give the Gift of Experience, and Let Marcus Hotels and Resorts Give Back to You!

$100 | MARCUS HOTELS AND RESORTS

When you buy a $100 gift card, you get a $25 promotional bonus card to keep! Use this promotional bonus card at any participating Marcus restaurant and spa. Valid through Jan. 1-March 31 at participating Marcus Hotels and Resorts restaurant and spa locations. Excluding Feb. 10-14 at Marcus Restaurants. Promotional Bonus Card offer expires December 2022.

13. Shop Unique Gifts at the MIAD Holiday Sale! 

MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN

The MIAD Holiday Sale is an annual event for purchasing one-of-a-kind works by students and alumni of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – from sculpture to greeting cards, paintings, ornaments and more. Proceeds support participating artists and designers, and MIAD student scholarships. Tickets and hours at miad.edu/holidaysale. Preview Night: Dec. 1, $10. Admission Free Admission Days: Dec. 2-3. 273 E. Erie. St.

14. Give a Gift That Inspires

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

Giving a Milwaukee Art Museum membership lets your loved one unwrap a full year of inspiring art experiences. Give them the gift of unlimited free Museum admission, early exhibition access, exclusive event invites, special discounts and so much more.

15. Preserve Milwaukee History With a Landmark Ornament

$19.95-$24.95 | MILWAUKEE DOWNTOWN

This holiday season, gift a piece of the city with the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornament collection. Hand-carved by local artist Andrew Schumann and cast in pewter, choose from over 20 Downtown landmarks. The 2022 War Memorial Center edition is available for $19.95. Past editions are available for $24.95. 

16. Create Holiday Memories at Milwaukee Public Museum!

MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM

Visit Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) November through January to experience a favorite holiday tradition: beloved exhibits decked out in festive splendor! During your visit, do some holiday shopping in MPM’s Marketplace – or shop unique gifts in the new online store. Want to give the gift of wonder? An annual membership is the perfect choice!

17. MSO Performs Holiday Pops

MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Milwaukee Symphony’s cherished tradition continues! Join the orchestra and returning audience favorite conductor Jeff Tyzik for a musical jubilee of your favorite carols, classics and sing-alongs. The Bradley Symphony Center halls will be decked in splendor for this beautiful holiday music celebration. There will be five performances: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Buy tickets today at mso.org or 414-291-7605. 

18. Holiday Shows For The Whole Family!

THE PABST THEATER GROUP

The Pabst Theater Group has a stacked lineup of shows this month. Dec. 1: Harry Connick Jr., Dec. 2-4: Harry Potter and the MSO, Dec. 6-9: The Illusionists, Dec. 9: Disney Princess: The Concert, Dec. 10: Patti Labelle, Dec. 13: Lindsey Stirling, Dec. 17: The Beach Boys, Dec. 22: Holiday Dreams Cirque, Dec. 30-31: Bluey Live. Click here for tickets.

19. Give the Gift of High-Quality, Responsibly Sourced, Wild Alaska Seafood

SITKA SALMON SHARES

Participate in the tradition of giving by nourishing your loved ones with nutritious, wild foods and supporting Alaska’s fishing communities. Perfect for the home cook on your list, every box of seafood comes with cooking tips and recipes developed by James Beard Award-nominated chef, Grace Parisi. Choose between a one-time holiday box or a flexible gift subscription and have sushi-grade Alaska seafood delivered to their door.

20. Give a Delicious Dinner With a $100 Bartolotta Restaurants Gift Card (and $20 Holiday Bonus)

$100 | THE BARTOLOTTA RESTAURANTS

Rather than giving a physical gift, why not give an experience to those on your holiday shopping list (and get something back in return)? The Bartolotta Restaurants are offering a $20 holiday bonus for every $100 purchased in gift cards or egifts. You give the gift of a night out at a Bartolotta restaurant, and you’ll receive a $20 holiday bonus to use at any of our fine dining restaurants. Some restrictions apply.

21. Shop Road America

ROAD AMERICA

This one’s for the car guy. Road America’s customizable signs come in various styles, materials and sizes. The Road America Paddock Shop offers a wonderful variety of apparel, wall art, barware and more for car and motorsports enthusiasts.

22. Specialty Toys Shine at The Smiley Barn!

THE SMILEY BARN

Touch the surface of the Plasma Ball Tesla Lamp, and the lightning in this mesmerizing globe harmlessly jumps to meet your fingers. Visit The Smiley Barn Toy & Candy Store to find this and other unique holiday gifts!

23. Treat Yourself in Whitefish Bay

THE MERCHANTS OF WHITEFISH BAY

Shop local means thinking of The Merchants of Whitefish Bay when dining, shopping or treating yourself, your family or friends. The shopping district in Whitefish Bay is an amazing spot to check out the latest fashions and outdoor gear, gift ideas, fine jewelry and watches, along with services for the whole family. Shop, dine and experience all that Whitefish Bay has to offer. See you on Silver Spring. To see the Merchants of Whitefish Bay calendar of events, click here.

24. Order Holiday Gift Boxes from Widmer’s Cheese Cellars

WIDMER’S 

The Widmer family has been producing award-winning cheeses since 1922. Why not skip the hassle and send your best business clients or relatives an assortment of Widmer’s cheese? Choose from one of their four standard gift boxes with vintage Widmer cheesemaking photographs on them, or customize your own package to meet your taste as well as your budget. Pick up your boxes at Widmer’s factory store (just 40 miles north of Milwaukee) or have them shipped to you anywhere in the continental U.S.

25. Roots Run Deep at Winkie’s Hallmark & Gifts

WINKIE’S HALLMARK & GIFTS

Winkie’s Hallmark & Gifts is the destination for all your local gear and souvenirs! It has a carefully curated collection of all the best Wisconsin and Milwaukee merchandise, along with custom made products that are exclusively offered through the store! Visit Winkie’s on the corner of Silver Spring and Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay or shop online at winkiesgifts.com.

26. Holiday Gift Boxes Perfect for All Your Shopping Needs!

$39-$139 | SOMETHING SPECIAL FROM WISCONSIN

Something Special from Wisconsin’s annual Holiday Boxes of Fun (BoF) are back. Eleven gift boxes are available and range from $39-$139. Whether for a loved one across country or for your entire staff, BoF have you covered. For delivery by Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 19. BoF are shipped to all 48 contiguous states.

27. Holiday Deals for the 2023 Wisconsin State Fair Are on Sale Now!

$12 | WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

$12 tickets, bundles, and more, only Available until Dec. 31! Pick up an Elf Pack or Santa’s Sack bundle for the best savings of the year. Be one of the firsts to get the new Fair Fun Pass, which includes admission to all 11 days of the State Fair! Buy your tickets, bundles, and Fair Fun passes now!

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