2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Shop Local

This year, as you’re making your list and checking it twice, we want to encourage you to THINK LOCAL.

We’re thrilled to bring you our annual holiday gift guide, featuring gift items and experiences from some of our favorite local businesses. Many of them are even offering special discounts just for Madison Moms Blog readers!

Remember that there are tens of thousands of you (our amazing MMB readers) but NOT tens of thousands of each gift idea here. So if you’re interested in something you see in this guide, we have two pieces of advice:

  1. Act FAST!
  2. Visit the shops! Chances are very high that you’ll find something you like even better.

Happy holiday shopping!

1.

Tradition Children's Market | Christmas Jammies

About the Gift: These sweet, unique Christmas jammies make the holidays extra special!

About the Company: With imagination, innovation and nostalgia at its core, Tradition Children’s Market features a curated assortment of designer apparel, accessories and toys for young children for any occasion. By pairing beautiful product with a welcoming environment, they hope to remind adults and children alike of the joy and pleasures of childhood.

1835 Parmenter St
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 841-2345

2.

Hip City Sak | Bags & Accessories

About the Gift: A fun, hip little bag that makes life a little easier! Our hands-free bags help your little girl on-the-go carry her small items, so you don’t have to!

About the Company: Hip City Sak is a lifestyle brand dedicated to EMPOWERING little girls. They encourage girls to be INDEPENDENT and INSPIRE them to follow their heart, be adventurous, DREAM BIG, and always express themselves. Hip City Sak’s fashionable bags and accessories are playful, interchangeable, and simple. Just snap them on and off!

3.

Playthings Toystore | Haba Little Friends

About the Gift: Haba Little Friends – Super sweet, colorful and bendable – Little Friends from HABA are buddies all through childhood, because the little dolls made from robust plastic are perfect for what kids like to do best: playing. Whether it’s for classic dollhouse role games, experiences in school or with the family…kids can role play situations from their everyday life.

About the Company: A specialty toy store, offering unique toys, clothing, and gear to entertain, educate, and fascinate all ages! From baby shower gifts, to puzzles for Grandpa – there’s truly something for everyone.

*Visit their NEW location at Hilldale next to New Balance.*

733 Hilldale Way
Madison, WI 53705

 (608) 233-2124

4.

Girl Wonderful | Empowering Tees for Girls

About the Gift: The best selling GIRL STRONG tee, Gunner and Lux’s “Strong, Smart, Bold” Necklace designed by 8 year old Creative Director, Riley, and a greeting card she’ll be proud to display!

About the Company: GIRL WONDERFUL is lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering girls of all ages. Launched by a local mother-daughter duo, their mission was to encourage girls to discuss their passions by adding something a little more meaningful to their wardrobes. Today, they offer a wide range of products that includes women’s sizes, greeting cards, coffee and more, all sure to inspire some wonderful conversation!

Discount: Use code MMB for 15% off now through Cyber Monday!

5.

Harlem Globetrotters | Tickets

About the Gift: This year, the Globetrotters’ show features even more amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a continued focus on family entertainment. For their 2017 tour, basketball’s greatest innovators will debut basketball’s first-ever 4-point line, a move that comes six years after the team unveiled the first 4-point shot in the history of the sport.

About the Company: The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. The Globetrotters represent nine decades of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game.   

Discount: Use code SAVE7 for $7 off tickets (all price levels included).

6.

EdVest | College Savings Gift

Give the gift of a lifetime: a college education.

This year, skip the hassle of holiday shopping and give the gift of education. Edvest, Wisconsin’s official 529 college savings plan, makes saving for higher education expenses easy with its new and improved gifting options.

Funds saved through Edvest can be used at colleges, technical schools and grad schools nationwide. Along with helping your child or grandchild succeed, you’ll enjoy some tax advantages when you contribute to an Edvest account.

7.

Madison Children's Museum | Year Membership

Research shows that experiences bring more happiness than things—and they never end up in a landfill! Make a mess in the Art Studio. Make friends with a rooftop chicken. Make your way to the museum. A Madison Children’s Museum membership is a gift of fun, learning and joy, with unlimited admission for a full year. 

100 N Hamilton St
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 256-6445

8.

SwimWest | Swimming Lessons Class Pass

About the Gift: Instead of a material gift, give kids a gift that will serve them for a lifetime – swimming lessons!

About the Company: Swim West offers high quality year round swimming lessons in Madison and Fitchburg for everyone from infants to adults, with a focus on keeping children safer in and around the water. Their indoor warm water pools provide a comfortable environment for babies, children and teens to excel.

9.

The Little Gym | Class Pass

About the Gift: This year, give the gift of active play! Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed for use toward fun classes, parties, camps and more.

About the Company: The Little Gym specializes in unique educational classes that revolve around active play. Kids make new friends, learn new things and build self-confidence in a super fun, supportive environment.

10.

Yummy Sprout | Culinary Classes for Kids

About the Gift: Kids’ culinary classes make healthy food fun! These hands-on and interactive classes are a perfect chance for kids to express themselves and their creativity through food. Check out the class schedule to see what Yummy Sprout is cooking up next!

About the Company: Yummy Sprout brings healthy culinary adventures to families in the Madison area!

1.

Casa & Co | Hand Stamped Pillows

About the Gift: Hand stamped natural linen pillows with down alternative inserts.

About the Company: Pillows and plates are lovingly made by hand and individually stamped with inspirational and fun words and thoughts. This lovely Madison Etsy shop grew out of a desire to create meaningful objects that are sustainably and ethically made.

2.

Spring Lily Jewelry | Leather Wrap Bracelets

About the Gift: Hand-crafted, statement-making vintage charcoal leather bracelet with unique industrial-inspired clasp, in your choice of gold, rose gold or silver.

About the Company: Spring Lily Jewelry is a collection of modern, feminine bracelets and necklaces, each piece handcrafted by designer and local mom, Amy Redfield. Spring Lily Jewelry has recently been featured in British Vogue, Glamour UK, GQ, and Brides. Stop by www.designsbyspringlily.etsy.com to shop the current collection. 

Discount: Use code MERRY20 for 20% off your purchase!

3.

BeautyCounter | Lemongrass Body Scrub

About the Gift: BeautyCounter’s Lemongrass Body Scrub (which even made the Goop list!) exfoliates winter skin back to a healthy glow! Made with brown sugar to buff away dull skin. Mix of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leave a fresh, invigorating scent. Pair it with the Citrus Mimosa Body Butter for a perfect gift!

About the Company: Beautycounter is a social mission based beauty brand dedicated to education and advocacy for more protective laws in the personal care industry. They are transparent about the ingredients in their high performing products. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone!

Discount: Get FREE SHIPPING on your order by contacting local consultant Erin Tomlinson directly.

4.

Mainstream Boutique | Critter Mittens

About the Gift: These super popular critter mittens come as a hedgehog, porcupine or fox. Pair them with a cozy scarf – Mainstream Boutique carries a variety of beautiful and unique infinity scarves, blanket scarves, plaid scarves and more – for the perfect gift!

About the Company: Mainstream Boutique of Madison offers affordable, fashion forward pieces for women of all ages. Their mission is to empower, strengthen and celebrate YOU, the women in our communities, through fashion. Visit them on Junction Rd. in Portofino Place next to Panera Bread, Eno Vino & Willow Creek.

Stop in during their annual Candy Cane Sale November 24-25! Pick a candy cane to save up to 50% off your entire purchase!

601 Junction Rd
Madison, WI 53717

(608) 836-1206

5.

Stella & Dot | Engravable Necklaces, Charms, Rings, or Bracelets

About the Gift: Tell a story! Personalize high quality sterling silver or gold plated jewelry with initials, name, dates, geographic coordinates, and more.

About the Company: Stella&Dot designs irresistible jewelry and accessories, but at their core there is something much greater. They have a mission to give every woman the means to style her own life. It’s called flexible entrepreneurship, and it means making a career that’s rewarding, flexible, and fun.

Discount: Every $50 you spend now earns you $25 in Dot Dollars to cash in after the holidays OR book a holiday style session and receive a FREE pair of the best-selling Sparkle Studs!

6.

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness | Spa Services Gift Certificate

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness is a full service Wellness Spa specializing in therapeutic treatments including massage therapy, facials, nail services, waxing, body treatments, hydrotherapy, personal training and wellness classes, to create a stronger body, mind, and spirit.

The spa is located on an expansive, restored prairie, giving clients a view from several rooms of a beautiful nature landscape and making guests feel like they are worlds away when they are only a few short minutes out of Madison. Inside Kneaded Relief, you will find the peaceful sounds of soothing music accompanied by the calming scents associated with rest and tranquility.

Discount: Mention the Madison Moms Blog for 10% any facial booked before the end of 2017!

5500 E Cheryl Pkwy # 126
Fitchburg, WI 53711

(608) 255-0070

7.

Signs by Caitlin | Holiday Signs

Give the gift of CREATIVITY! Signs by Caitlin offers unique reclaimed wood signs for purchase and DIY group workshops, as well as gift cards valid for either. Give a uniquely personalized gift or get your friends together and make your own custom signs for your homes!

8.

WiscoBoxes | Curated Holiday Gift Box

About the Gift: Send love from Wisconsin this holiday season. Using thoughtfully curated, all-Wisconsin products, WiscoBoxes creates exquisitely designed, themed gift boxes for life’s many occasions. Gift boxes feature small, high-quality Wisconsin growers, producers and artisan manufacturers who truly embody the spirit of Wisconsin.

About the Company: WiscoBoxes makes holiday gifting easy with gift boxes sent directly to the recipient. Surprise and delight family, friends, guests, and clients with a memorable, local gift.

Discount: Use code MSNMOMS-2017 for 10% off orders through Christmas!

9.

Asha's Homemade Candles | All Natural Soy Candles

About the Gift: A hand poured, all natural soy wax candle for your favorite “Nasty Woman!” 10% of sales of this candle will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Also available is a Bad Hombre candle that donates 10% of sales to the ACLU. 

About the Company: All natural soy wax candles are hand poured by Asha. In addition to a wide variety of traditional favorites, she also creates several lines of geek themed candles. She has everyone’s favorite fandoms from Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and more! Find the perfect gift for the geek who has everything or fill your home with your favorite holiday scents!

Discount: Use code MMB17 to get $5 off purchases over $35 before 12/31/17.

10.

Bucky Book | Discount Coupon Book

About the Gift: The Bucky Book is jam packed with 50% OFF coupons for 325+ local merchants. Local families have saved 100s! You can find even more savings on the Bucky Book mobile app.

About the Company:  Bucky Book strives to connect savvy, savings-seeking consumers with quality local merchants while benefitting the community as a whole. Hundreds of worthy organizations like schools, churches, youth groups, service clubs and more have used the Bucky Book in fundraising efforts over their 23 year history. Over the last two decades, fundraising initiatives have raised over $3,000,000 for local organizations that need it most. 

11.

Girl Wonderful | Empowering Tees, Cards, and Coffee for Strong Women and Girls

About the Gift: Empowering tees, a call to action coffee, flair you can wear, greeting cards that come complete with silver star confetti, and more!

About the Company: GIRL WONDERFUL is lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering girls of all ages. Launched by a local mother-daughter duo, their mission was to encourage girls to discuss their passions by adding something a little more meaningful to their wardrobes. Today, they offer a wide range of products that includes women’s sizes, greeting cards, coffee and more, all sure to inspire some wonderful conversation!

Discount: Use code MMB for 15% off now through Cyber Monday!

1.

The Beer Trade | Beer Cap Art

About the Gift: Beer cap artwork, made with a distressed wood grain pattern, laser-cut, archival-quality matte board, and thick glass. Choose your state, your favorite beer shape, or put a few together for a unique set. Have a name or special date etched into the matte for a unique touch.

About the Company: With artwork from The Beer Trade, the beer lover in your life can express their beer pride, show off their exploration of craft beers, or make a stand for macrobrew. Whatever they’re into, help them turn their cap collection into a one-of-a-kind showstopper for their home bar, office, or man-cave. 

2.

City Tins | Restaurant or Bar Coaster Gift Cards

About the Gift: Twenty coasters in every clever little tin equals beaucoup fun for everyone! Each coaster is worth $10 off your tab of $25 or more at various restaurants or bars around town. Anything on the menu is fair game. Coasters are valid throughout 2018.

About the Company: CityTins’ mission is to encourage and incentivize community support of locally-owned and operated restaurants and businesses that contribute to the culture and community that make every city unique.

3.

WiscoBoxes | Curated Gift Boxes

About the Gift: Send love from Wisconsin this holiday season. Using thoughtfully curated, all-Wisconsin products, WiscoBoxes creates exquisitely designed, themed gift boxes for life’s many occasions. Gift boxes feature small, high-quality Wisconsin growers, producers and artisan manufacturers who truly embody the spirit of Wisconsin.

About the Company: WiscoBoxes makes holiday gifting easy with gift boxes sent directly to the recipient. Surprise and delight family, friends, guests, and clients with a memorable, local gift.

Use code MSNMOMS-2017 for 10% off orders through Christmas!

4.

Asha's Homemade Candles | All Natural Soy Candles

About the Gift: 10% of sales of this all natural, hand poured soy wax candle will be donated to the ACLU. Also available is a Nasty Woman candle that donates 10% of sales to Planned Parenthood.

About the Company: All natural soy wax candles are hand poured by Asha. In addition to a wide variety of traditional favorites, she also creates several lines of geek themed candles. She has everyone’s favorite fandoms from Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and more! Find the perfect gift for the geek who has everything or fill your home with your favorite holiday scents!

Discount: Use code MMB17 to get $5 off purchases over $35 before 12/31/17.

5.

BeautyCounter | Counterman Perfect Shave Set

About the Gift: A matte-black, travel-friendly tin contains everything he needs to prep, shave, and soothe—including a Shaving Brush made with soft, animal hair-free taklon bristles. Start Fresh Exfoliating Face Wash gently exfoliates with biodegradable jojoba beads to ready skin for shaving. Clean Shave Shaving Cream conditions without harsh ingredients for a smooth, close crop. About Face Moisture Lotion calms and soothes to help keep razor burn at bay. Soft Touch Beard Oil softens and conditions facial hair and helps prevent skin irritation. Each product is formulated with sustainably harvested sequoia stem cells to help firm skin and protect against free radicals.

About the Company: Beautycounter is a social mission based beauty brand dedicated to education and advocacy for more protective laws in the personal care industry. They are transparent about the ingredients in their high performing products. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone!

Discount: Get FREE SHIPPING on your order by contacting local consultant Erin Tomlinson directly.

6.

HotelRED | Night Stay

About the Gift: Give the gift of relaxation with a night’s stay at HotelRED, Madison’s #1 stylish boutique hotel. 

About the Hotel: There’s no place quite like Madison. And there’s no place to stay that’s as uniquely Madison as the one-and-only HotelRED. As the city’s first boutique hotel, HotelRED has consistently set the standard for customer service and outstanding local hospitality. Step outside and you’ll find the eclectic sights and sounds of Madison’s sports and shopping districts. Stay inside, and you’ll enjoy the same “Madison vibe” wrapped in HotelRED’s modern amenities–including delicious Elevated Comfort Food offered at The Wise Restaurant & Bar.

Disclosure :: This is a sponsored Holiday Gift Guide brought to you by some of our favorite local businesses. Every one of these recommendations has the Madison Moms Blog stamp of approval, and we hand picked each business for inclusion.

Happy holidays from the Madison Moms Blog!

2 Responses to 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Shop Local

  1. Leslie Dressler November 19, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    What a neat idea and great suggestions for places to shop locally! Thanks MMB. I’d also like to suggest a couple other local businesses for great gifting – Grasshopper Goods for boutique gifts and Odyssey Farm for responsibly raised pork!

  2. Jamie Fuller November 22, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Nice list of suggestions. Isn’t one of these shopping days supposed to be devoted to local businesses? Giving-Super-Cyber-Local Thursday? LOL

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