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Shop Local This Holiday Season

It is that time of year again, when we all start thinking about the perfect gifts for our friends and family! There are many options around the Madison area to shop, and we are extremely lucky to have locally owned stores that offer exciting and fun gifting ideas. Even for those hard-to-buy-for people, there are so many local stores that can help guide you to the perfect present! Stop by these local businesses to discover a wide variety of gifts, for every loved one in your life.

For the connoisseur:

A cute place to enjoy a coffee and pastry, but they also have gift boxes made by the in-house chocolatier. You can curate any box, from small to large! They also have other fun gifts to choose from, including t-shirts and Rishi Tea.

National Mustard Museum

A delightful little shop since 1986, the National Mustard Museum will surprise you with variety and knowledge . You can purchase a gift box of gourmet mustards, or hand-pick from a wide selection from all over the world.

Whether you are buying for a coffee drinker or a wine drinker, Barriques has the selection for you. The coffee is roasted right here in Madison and the wine is hand-picked by the experienced sommelier owner. You can easily order online for any variety of product and schedule a pick-up, or even purchase tickets for an upcoming wine tastings!

For the home:

Wisconsin Candle Company

All products are made from 100% soy wax with no additives, and the fragrance oils are 100% free of parabens and phthalates. Choose from one of their collections like Hygge or Life on the Lake, or select from an array of gift baskets.

A legendary Madison stop! Here you’ll find seemingly countless luxury soaps, lotions and potions for the body. In business since 1972, they provide incredible service, great quality product, and even quick shipping straight to your home!

Orange Tree Imports

Gifting is made easy with their wide selection of anything from fanciful kitchenware, gourmet gadgets, specialty foods, and even Wisconsin themed home goods.

For the collector:

This store and gallery specializes in Wisconsin artists and showcases an aesthetically interesting array of paintings, prints, sculpture and upcycled art. They hold art receptions to kick off the new month of a new featured artist! For the month of November, the local artist, James Mahoney is featured. He is a watercolorist from Delafield who specializes in landscape and bird paintings.

Founded in 1962, Bernie’s is the spot to go for fine gems and jewelry. Burnie’s Rock Shop offers fine mineral and fossil specimens for collectors, as well as an affordable array of exquisite, hand-crafted jewelry, gemstones, and beads. They also offer services like ring resizing, stone cutting, and jewelry repairs.

For the pet parent:

They have only the best and most biologically appropriate products for your pet. All foods pass a nutritional test, with no corn, wheat, soy or animal byproducts. In addition, many of the toys, treats, foods, and specialty items are sourced locally in the state or Midwest region.

The dedicated staff is very well-educated and knowledgeable about the product they carry and the different needs for different animals. They only have foods with a simple list of carefully-chosen ingredients, avoiding any foods with unnamed animal parts, by-products, preservatives and added coloring. If you are in a rush, they even offer free delivery within 5 miles of the store for orders over $50.

If you are still searching for more suggestions, Dane Buy Local is an incredible non-profit organization that supports local businesses of all kinds. Their website is also a great resource for discovering all of the amazing places Madison has to offer. Follow this link to look at their member page and find just the right spot for that perfect present


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