11 unique gifts from Wisconsin
The holidays can be quite stressful – much of it for friends and family who turn out to be I amopportunity to shop year after year. (I am speaking to you, mothers of families who have everything and also all in-laws.) Rest assured, my Christmas darlings who buy gifts! Think of me as your holiday shopping savior… at least in terms of Wisconsin-themed attribution. I’m here to help you best impress our vacation. Here are 11 unique gift ideas straight from the heart of the Midwest: Wisconsin!
Vintage T-shirt “Cheese curds are my spirit animal”
$ 25 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
I am the proud owner of this “Cheese curds are my spirit animal” t-shirt. I get a lot of looks, smiles and laughs when I wear this one (and let’s all assume it’s because of the boisterous and proud but quirky statement of the jersey). It’s soft, there is a vintage touch that I love and I mean, let’s be honest, the shirt really says it all.
Gift boxes: $ 14 to $ 39.99(kreativekraftwerks.com)
Absolute Soap from Kreative Kraftwerks at Fond du Lac has been making hand cold soaps for over a decade. All of their soaps, scrubs, and fragrances are 100% vegan and animal-friendly, making them a pretty safe choice when it comes to holiday gifts. True to the philosophy that the simple and the natural trumps the complex and the chemicals, Absolute Soap products are minimally processed and use natural sugars, oils and salts, which supports Wisconsin farmers. This giveaway is definitely approved by the DW team!
Wisconsin Sweet Treats Gift Basket
$ 59.95 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
Would it be weird if I bought and shipped this bad boy to my house? Because it’s amazing … Anyone who receives this “Wisconsin Sweet Treats” gift basket is going to stumble upon the mailman just to rip up that delicious holiday bounty. Their only concern will be deciding which treat to eat first. (For the record, I’d go for Chippy’s White Caramel Popcorn first. Or the homemade caramels from the Door County Confectionery. Or the original cow pie from Baraboo Candy Company. Bah ! The decisions.)
Alpaca Silver Creek
Various prices (silvercreekalpaca.com)
A 160-year-old farm, the people of Silver Creek raise Huacaya Alpacas and harvest their fiber to produce Wisconsin’s finest and finest produce. Speaking of making Wisconsin, here’s a unique holiday gift that I love: they’re called Tundra socks. I don’t know about you, but they seem ridiculously warm to me. Silver Creek Alpaca also offers beautiful scarves, shawls, jackets, gloves, tote bags and handbags.
Unisex ‘Discover’ Hoodie
$ 40 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
True happiness = an amazing, comfortable and super soft sweatshirt. The “Discover” hoodie features air-jet spun yarn, double-lined hood, front kangaroo pocket, athletic ribbed cuffs and double-needle stitching throughout . Translation: This is the absolute perfect holiday gift for anyone who appreciates both a unique hoodie and America’s best condition.
Hendricks family distillery
Various prices (purclassvodka.com)
It’s not just about the beer here in Wisconsin, folks. The Hendricks family distillery in northeastern Wisconsin proudly makes and bottles every small batch of this unprecedented (which is gluten-free!) Vodka. Meticulously perfected from selected potatoes, Pür Class Vodka eloquently imparts an incomparably smooth and refined taste. Your gift recipient will love it so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if the bottle opens during your Christmas festivities.
Wisconsin Native Coffee Table Book
$ 39.95 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
Wisconsin is home to the largest number of Native American tribes east of the Mississippi River. Did you know ? I did not do it. It wasn’t until I found myself leafing through the book that now rests on my rustic coffee table called “Native Wisconsin”. The state’s 11 sovereign nations are highlighted in this magnificent book, in which you will gain a better understanding of the people who continue to practice the language and customs of their ancestors with honor, dignity and Indigenous pride.
$ 14 to $ 24 (hanmademilwaukee.com)
This giveaway is simple yet creative and boils down to a playful Milwaukee lakefront card. The original card artwork was locally designed and screen printed on cotton made in the USA. If the guy or girl you are looking for has a deep connection to the Milwaukee area, he or she will love the HANmade Milwaukee Souvenir Bandana, Puzzles, Notebook, Pillowcase or Apron.
2016 Discover the Wisconsin Calendar
$ 2 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
The Discover Wisconsin Calendar is special to me for several reasons: 1.) The awesome photos are submitted by our fans and each year our staff select the 12 that make the cut. (That’s no small feat, let me tell you!) And 2.) It’s extremely affordable! The calendar is free – you just need to cover the $ 2 shipping and handling charge. It’s the perfect item to add with the Wisconsin giveaway you’ve already started. Just be sure to grab one for yourself too! This year’s schedule features our broadcast schedule, statewide events, Sargento coupons, and of course, a dozen stunning photos taken in Wisconsin.
Berres Brothers coffee roasters
Various prices (berresbrothers.com)
This Watertown-based cafe is home to over 100 varieties of specialty whole bean coffees and gifts, flavored to unflavored and regular to decaffeinated. Gift ideas range from the coffee itself to accessories including mugs, travel tumblers, brewers and grinders. (Psst! There are even coffee candles available.)
“ Say Fromage Gift Basket
$ 74.95 (shop.discoverwisconsin.com)
Treat someone to the most Merry Christmas of all with a basket full of Wisconsin’s favorite appetizer: cheese! The “Say cheese! The gift basket includes seven varieties of premium cheeses from America’s Dairyland, as well as a cheese knife, Wisconsin-shaped cutting board, a traveler’s guide to America’s Dairyland and more.
I’m always on the lookout for cool gifts with a Wisconsin twist, so be sure to share your ideas with me on social media. Happy shopping and happy holidays!
Mariah haberman is the host of Discover Wisconsin, the country’s longest-running travel TV show. Discover Wisconsin airs Saturday at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Share your story ideas with her on Twitter:@MariahHaberman