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There’s a lot to love about shopping local, especially when you’re searching for specialty items perfectly suited for a particular personality. Greater Madison makes the magic happen for gift-givers everywhere, from an array of boutique shops you can browse in person to gifts that can be delivered to your doorstep. Read on for a list guaranteed to get you in the spirit of giving the gift of Madison!
Buying for a Badger fan? Better head to the University Book Store. Jerseys, clothing, vintage posters, and more celebrate all things Wisconsin. You can even snag a baseball hat dedicated to different sports or academic departments. Locations on State Street – right next to Memorial Union – and in Hilldale Shopping Center mean easy access to dining and entertainment once you’re finished shopping.
If ever there was a staple—and universally loved gift—for the holidays, it’s one Wisconsin is known for: cheese! Fromagination features cut-to-order, award-winning artisan cheeses and perfect pairings. Lots of locals recommend the Dunbarton Blue, Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Hook’s Aged Cheddars. The web site and Capitol Square storefront are loaded with gift ideas, from Cheese of the Month shipments to cleverly-themed gift baskets like “The Cheese Stands Alone.”
This year, give your loved ones the gift of unforgettable experience. With Essential Madison Experiences, you can savor and explore like never before. Make memories with hands-on adventures you can only find in Madison. For a special bonus, grab a holiday gift certificate for a Betty Lou View of Madison and get $100 in bonus certificates for food and future cruises.
WISCONSIN IN A BOX
Share a part of Wisconsin this season with a gift from WiscoBoxes. This thoughtful collection of locally produced goods contains Wisconsin favorites made by Wisconsin people. Each package is carefully designed to offer a diverse selection for everyone on your list.
Does your guest list feature a table-top gamer? You won’t find a better selection than Noble Knight Games. Fitchburg’s gaming castle boasts 5,500 square feet of board games, role-player games, accessories, and more. Buy a classic like Catan, or a new release like Happy Hour – a cocktail card game. Finding the perfect game is easy as a roll of the dice. And yes, you can buy those there, too.
Specialty shoppers will enjoy the quaint goods at Verona’s JNJ CraftWorks. Explore unique finds like handmade jewelry, accessories, candles, décor, and more. Crochet elephants and pigs make cute, simple stocking stuffers. Handmade wooden clocks, garden baskets, and vases are a beautiful way to gift something both useful and pleasing to the eye.
Start your Valentine’s Day planning with a special offer from Madison’s hotels. Enjoy discounted rates of $75, $100, or $125 while you explore award-winning dining, inspiring arts, and spirited sports events through Madison Hotel Week. A discounted getaway to one of America’s happiest cities? Sounds like the perfect gift.