Shop These Eight Great Local (and Locally-Made!) Gift Ideas

Artterro is a fabulous company based right downtown that makes arts and crafts kits for kids ages eight and up. All of the kits are assembled by hand and contain artist-quality supplies—like high-quality paper, beads and fabrics. Families can spend time unplugging and doing a craft together. There are eleven kits to choose from, and prices range from $22-$29. Available at Playthings and Willy Street Co-op East & West.

Ever longed for the good old days of Rennebohm’s Drug Store, Marshall Field’s, the Shuffle Inn and O’Cayz Corral? Enter Bygone Brand T-shirts. This innovative line made by the Rockford-based company aims to inject a little nostalgia into your day. Also, order from the website and receive 10% off your order with the code MADMAG. All shirts are only $20.

I wrote about Sweet Salvation on my blog last week because I love these products. Owner Susan Thiede is based out of Baraboo and uses her chemistry background and courses she’s taken in lotion crafting and soap making to whip up lotions, bath salts, soaps, scrubs and massage bars. All concoctions are her own recipes, are natural and paraben-free, and are made with ingredients like beeswax, cocoa butter, avocado oil, pink Himalayan sea salt, shea butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and apricot oil. Check out all of her scents, including grapefruit bergamot, lavender rosemary, lemongrass and sweet orange.

If you have relatives that are missing Wisco or you simply want to share Wisconsin love with your giftee, look into The Wisconsin Story, a subscription box service that’s chock-full of artisan-made food and crafts—all from the Dairy State, obviously! Each month owner Jennifer Claire Ruetten shares the stories of the artisans and the following month subscribers receive a box full of those artisans’ goods. Shoppers can either pick one-time box purchase for $55 or a three-month, six-month or annual subscription.

Old Sugar Distillery is a four-year-old small-batch distiller based downtown that brews five spirits as well as seasonal selections. For the liquor lover in your life, pick up a bottle of Queen Jennie Whiskey, Cane & Abe Rum, OSF Honey Liqueur, Americanaki Ouzo and Brandy Station. Or pick out a gift box with two bottles of liquor, two glasses and a T-shirt. Gift boxes are available to pick up in person at their tasting room during the week and on weekends. Prices start at $50 for gift boxes.


If you want an absolutely unique home accessory or gift item, European Market is your ticket. Owners Sue and Chris Ellibee do all of the overseas traveling and shopping for you—and bring back the items here to sell on their website. Find holiday items made in the Czech Republic, French candles, Italian bath and body items, German scarves, English home goods and more.

City Tins have been around for a while—but saving money while eating at fabulous local restaurants never goes out of style! Spend only $25 to gain $200 in savings from twenty Madison Originals restaurants—think Brasserie V, Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry, Quivey’s Grove Stone House, The Wonder Bar and more. Most recently I’ve seen these sold at Metcalfe’s Market but I’m sure they are sold at other local boutiques, too.