Gifts of Love
With Labor Day, the summer’s biggest wedding weekend, looming right around the corner, you may be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the bride and groom. If buying something off of a registry isn’t your style, look to these made-in-Wisconsin items for a gift the couple won’t forget. The state’s economy will thank you, too.
Just half an hour from Madison in Lake Mills lives Ephraim Faience Pottery, a pottery studio that has made a name for itself with handcrafted Arts and Crafts pieces. Specializing in vases with nature motifs, the studio has attracted a strong following of collectors nationwide, and its pieces can be found in shops across the country. The Lake Mills location, however, not only boasts the largest selection of pieces in its gallery, but is also where the pieces are made. A stop in the gallery can yield a priceless gift for the happy couple and also a treat for yourself. Our favorite is the Oak Street Bridge vase. $148. ephraimpottery.com
If you think the last thing the couple needs is another flatware set or tea service for their already too-small home, opting for a gift they can use right away may be your best bet. And Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac is a good place to start. Wisconsin’s most decorated winery, Wollersheim won the coveted 2012 Winery of the Year award in the San Diego International Wine Competition. If you can make the trip out to pick up the gift, a winery tour and tasting are a must. If time is of the essence, the brand can be purchased at Woodman’s, Metcalfe’s, Copp’s, Walgreens and just about everywhere else that sells wine in Madison. We feel compelled to recommend their famed Prairie Fume, but their Dry Riesling is right up there with it. $9–$16. wollersheim.com
For the younger or more fun-loving couple, we turn once again to Etsy, where we can browse thousands of items made in Wisconsin. While we love the $20 hand-painted Mr. and Mrs. mugs sold by Jessica of dustyroadgurl from Fond du Lac, we couldn’t pass up the wooden kitchen signs that Liz and Rick of OldNewAgain make in Green Bay. While they offer charming signs reading “cook,” “gather” and “love,” buying a few of their wooden letters to make the couple’s initials could be the perfect gift. Letters are $32 each, signs are $58. etsy.com/shop/OldNewAgain
Photos courtesy of Ephraim Faience Pottery, Wollersheim Winery and OldNewAgain.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: September 27, 2012
A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed the Mr. and Mrs. mugs products to Kristin. The products are sold by Jessica.