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Every year, there’s a moment when I’m snuggled up on the couch on a cold December night, and then I remember all of the holiday shopping I’ve yet to do. But instead of using my credit card to scrape ice off my frozen-over windshield so I can run to a store, now I have the luxury of putting that piece of plastic to better use by shopping online from the comfort of my living room.
But shopping online doesn’t mean you can’t shop local. If you, too, wish to avoid the holiday crowds and stay warm this gift-giving season, check out these six Madison-based online shops to find the perfect local product for your loved one.
With a line of home décor, jewelry, clothing and other fun gifts, The Tin Owl has a huge selection to satisfy the hardest person to shop for on your list. The store combines owner Maren Misner’s deep love for photography and craft.
Among the offerings are wooden wall décor with printed images of Madison and global photographs ranging from Paris to San Francisco. For the holidays, Misner suggests, “A Wisconsin home print or T-shirt is a perfect holiday gift for anyone in your life who maybe lives far away now and misses home.” The owner also loves pairing one of her handmade magnets with a bottle of sparkling wine as a great gift to give a holiday host.
The Tin Owl offers 25 percent off all items on Nov. 24-27, with a quarter of all proceeds during the sale going toward the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. thetinowl.com
Give the gift of paper through jack + ella paper’s greeting card sets, notecards, creative “to-do” pads and more. Owner and stationary artist Jessica Bates sells personalized, eco-friendly notecards and organizational notepads. “[I] love that I can buy Wisconsin-made card stock with a laundry list of eco-friendly credentials delivered to my door,” says Bates.
Bates says one of her longtime holiday bestsellers is the “sweet peace” holiday postcard. The simple and sweet design is economical and “doesn’t require the additional waste of an envelope,” she says. Gift cards, gift-wrapping and gifts sets will soon be available for the holiday season.
Looking for holiday deals? Check out her newsletter to learn about discount codes and new products. jackandellapaper.com
Personalize your holiday gift with Periwillow Boutique. Owner Chelsey Walker started the online store from her Madison home, and it has quickly taken off. The online shop offers handmade home décor and lifestyle items. Walker says one of the most popular, holiday items is photo quilts. “Our photo quilts [mix a] timeless practice with modern technology,” says Walker. Customers can pick favorite family photos and display them in a functional way year-round.
Walker’s business also gives back to the community. A portion of sales from each item in the Periwillow Society Line is donated to multiple organizations in the Madison area, including Box of Balloons, March of Dimes and The Sun Prairie Public Library.
From Thanksgiving Day until Nov. 28, the boutique offer free shipping and a new sale every day. periwillow.com
Jewelry is a classic holiday favorite gift, and Cire' Cross’ jewelry brand Cire' Alexandria sells modern jewelry for the modern woman. The collection is mainly made with brass and 14k gold and mirrors Cross’ personal style. “I have a split personality for the layers, textures, colors and mix of a bohemian style, while the other half of me loves modern, minimalistic Scandinavian design,” says Cross.
The jewelry artist also produced a line of small home décor items, too, including brass wall hangings, wall hooks and an incense set. Stuff your stockings with a Hammered Brass Ornament or Cross says her Stud Gift Set is another great holiday gift because “everyone loves little every day earrings.”
Cross will post all of her upcoming holiday deals on her Instagram @cirealexandria. cirealexandria.com
Find quality, hand-stitched leather products through Jepsen LeatherGoods. Owner and artist Alicia Jepsen offers a small-scale mix of leather goods, hand-crafted individually through an awl and waxed linen thread. “I use only full grain leathers that I source from a tannery in St. Louis that has been in business since the 1800s,” says Jepsen.
Her aesthetic is simple and yields creative construction and clean lines. As a stocking stuffer, the key covers help save time when rummaging for a key in the cold by distinguishing it from the rest. “Pair your key cover with a key ring that has a slim pocket to stash emergency cash, too,” says Jepsen. Jepsen LeatherGoods will have free monogramming on every purchase over the holiday season. jepsenleathergoods.com
Spice up your favorite foodie’s pantry with one of Savory Accents’ specialty spices, seasonings and sauces made from ingredients straight from its local, 5-acre chili gardens. During their off-season, owners Ted and Joan Ballweg travel to discover new varieties of foods and types of peppers to grow. Though influenced by culinary delights in places like Peru, France and Thailand, they try to create simple, homegrown product that burst with flavor.
Ted says they are more than an online store because they create a community with the products. “People share recipes with us, refer friends to our site and often want to learn new and creative ways of utilizing our products,” Ted says. Savory Accents makes gift-giving easy with holiday gift boxes, available in three different sizes that are already prepped and packaged to go directly under the tree.
Abigail Carpenter is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.