ShopMKE2017 | A Milwaukee Holiday Gift Guide

ShopMKE2017 | A Local Holiday Gift Guide is a sponsored post. That said, we sourced each featured business included in this holiday gift guide and also included our very favorite local ideas and companies.

We’re so excited to bring you this year’s holiday gift guide, featuring some of our absolute FAVORITE local shops and businesses! Below, you’ll find more than FIFTY gift ideas for everyone on your list, including both physical items and experiences.

This year, as you’re making your list and checking it twice, we want to encourage you to THINK LOCAL. Milwaukee is an incredible city for artists, makers and small business owners and even we were surprised (and inspired!) by the number of great options we were introduced to while putting this guide together!

So before you hop onto Amazon and zip through your holiday shopping, maybe, this year, try something new. 

Maybe you’ll find something a little different. Something you’d never come up with on your own. Something that a certain someone on your list would be genuinely surprised and thrilled to receive.

(And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!) 

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Baby Jack & Co.

Baby Jack is a local Milwaukee company designing comfort blankets and toys that encourage early learning of animals, shapes and raising cause awareness important to our customers like police, fire, military, CHD, childhood cancer and premature birth. Baby Jack has given back to more than 3,000 families with their Kindness Project. Every purchase helps a child in need.

Use code MKE25 for 25% off your purchase or shop local to support our retailers! 

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Hanna Andersson

For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. And our absolute favorite Hanna products?  Their pajamas!  If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, then be sure and check out Mayfair Mall or shop online.  You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

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Big White Yeti

Big White Yeti is a small batch home fragrance company started in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2013 led by wife and husband team Katie Daly Weiss + Cody Weiss. We make beautiful soy candles in reusable containers that are 100% soy wax, pure fragrance oils and undiluted essential oils, and cotton wicks. That’s it. Clean, simple, long lasting candles.

New this year is our Boozy Collection – beautiful amber glass jars filled with the memory triggering scents of our Wisconsin social culture like Whiskey Ginger and Bourbon and Sandalwood.

20% off orders $20 or more using the promo code “SHOPMKE2017” at checkout now through December 31, 2017.

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HaloVino

Invented by a local Milwaukee-area mom and former sommelier, HaloVino wine tumblers are the best thing to happen to wine since screw tops! HaloVino glasses are for the wine drinker who wants a SMART, FUN & AFFORDABLE wine tumbler that can be used everywhere they love drinking wine, even if glass isn’t permitted.

Its innovative geometry, with narrow rim and wide body, makes wine taste better without the spills, so you can cheer louder & play longer at the pool, park, boating, camping, and concerts. Plus, it’s shatter-proof, stackable and dishwasher safe!

Say goodbye to sacrificing quality & taste for cost & convenience! With HaloVino®, you can have your wine and enjoy it too! Makes for the perfect hostess gift or for that friend who seems to have everything! 

Use code MKEMOM to get FREE SHIPPING on your order! (Value $4)

The Wizard of Oz at the Miller High Life Theater

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Milwaukee! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends in this lavish production featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Enjoy a pre-show Tea With Glinda on December 30, or a free Noon Year’s Eve party on December 31!

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Cracked Designs

We are a greeting card and design company, born in the magical land of beer and cheese. We are constantly inspired by all the charm that exudes from the midwestern world we are surrounded in. We’ve been cranking out our weird little creations since 2008, and haven’t looked back since. 

In addition to our greeting card line, we also specialize in custom wedding stationery. We love creating invitations that are fun and unique, just like all the couples we make them for.

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The Corners of Brookfield

The cornerstone of fashion, living, and dining. The Corners of Brookfield is an incredible destination located right off I-94 where Milwaukee area families can enjoy a unique shopping experience, activities and dining all in one place. Retailers like Kendra Scott, Von Maur, EVEREVE, Sendik’s and Anthropologie and more make for a holiday treat. Plus, you can get your mani/pedi at Anthony Vince Nail Spa before heading over to enjoy tacos at Bel Air, a bier at Cafe Hollander, or grab a workout at Cyclebar or in the Market Square with Lululemon. 

There’s so much to love at The Corners of Brookfield

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The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County

With 5 locations throughout the Metro Milwaukee and Waukesha County area, and thousands of camp, sports, and swim programs, a Y gift card is sure to please anyone on your list. Gift cards can be used on membership, or put towards Summer Camp, learning to swim, personal training and specialty fitness classes and more. A gift card is perfect for any age and anyone on your list.

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The Milwaukee Bucks - Family Night Packages

The Milwaukee Bucks and Usinger’s have the perfect way to entertain the whole family. See the exciting Young Bucks on select nights with packages that start as low as $80*. You will receive 4 tickets, 4 sodas and 4 delicious Usinger’s hot dogs. Nothing says family time like food, fun and Bucks Basketball!

Note: Tickets can be purchased at quantities less than four, starting at $20* per ticket. Each ticket will include a soda and Usinger’s hot dog.

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Edvest, Wisconsin's College Savings Plan

Tuition costs continue to rise but parents, grandparents, friends and family may lessen the burden of college debt on the children in their lives by saving for college now. Plus, when you give your favorite little ones the gift of education this holiday season you could be eligible for 2017 Wisconsin state tax benefits. And, any earnings grow free from state and federal income taxes, so your gift has the potential to go even farther when funds are used for higher education expenses. Open an account, make a contribution or purchase an Edvest gift card at Edvest.com.

“What’s on YOUR wish list?” 

That’s the question we asked our Contributor Team and we are so excited to share four of their Wish Lists with you! These are gifts from all over Milwaukee and appeal to a variety of lucky recipients so your holiday shopping will rock! If you dread coming up with gift ideas every year (for others AND for you), we hope you find our Milwaukee Wish Lists helpful.

Lauren's Wish List

The Waxwing — KONKADA Pillows 

  • I recently stopped at The Waxwing for my monthly window shopping session and found my new favorite Milwaukee artist – KONKADA. In fact, while I have you here, I’d also love the Milwaukee Skyline Print, that DOES include the new Northwestern Mutual building in the skyline. Basically, I’m going to buy everything to decorate my house ASAP.

The Milwaukee Public Market — Cooking Class

  • Dear Hubby, please buy this for us for a holiday date night! The Milwaukee Public Market Cooking classes are creative and delicious, plus you go home an amateur chef. Featuring everything from seafood to Korean food to holiday cocktails, you’ll definitely find a class you love!

Kendra Scott — All the jewelry

  • Have you heard of Kendra Scott, the Kenosha -native jewelry artist who just hit the scene at The Corners of Brookfield? Her styles are simple, elegant, and timeless. AND affordable. Take all my money.

Cloud Red — A Night Out w/ Food & Drinks!

  • My new favorite bar & restaurant in the area (Shorewood.) Two words: Brussel Sprouts. I’m literally salivating thinking about going back there for the most delicious food I’ve tasted in the North Shore. And the house Moscow Mule was divine. Perfect spot for a ladies night out!

Mandy's Wish List

AnnKat Designs — Empower Bangle

  • This original hand-fabricated bangle, stamped with stars & intricate patterns on both sides, will make you feel empowered and is made by a hometown girl!

The BusyBee Creations — Milwaukee Tea Towel

  • Made with 100% durable (and machine washable!) cotton, this MKE tea towel is screen printed by hand and a perfect reminder of home!

Milwaukee Frozen Custard Book

  • Want all of the delicious frozen custard you can eat but with none of the calories? This book is perfect to fulfill your cravings without guilt – and you may find a new favorite!

Indulgence Chocolatiers — Chocolate Wine Pairing Class

  • This combines two of my greatest loves – chocolate and wine – for a themed night out that will make me feel fancy!

Sarah's Wish List

Quintessa Aesthetic Centers — Botox Injections

  • Remember that time I got Botox injections in my forehead at Quintessa Aesthetic Center LIVE on Facebook? Well, the three months that followed convinced me as to why so many women love Botox! And you can “Bank Your Botox” at Quintessa, locking in a low price to use year round. It’s a great way to make a holiday gift last long past December! Get $50 off your first service at Quintessa with THIS LINK

The Wizard of Oz — Miller High Life Theater

  • I adore giving and being given experiences and as a devoted fan of live theater, I can’t think of a better way to close out 2017 than enjoying a performance of the musical The Wizard of Oz right here in Milwaukee!

Harry Potter in Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra  — The Riverside Theater

  • Speaking of experiences, can we please talk about how this particular experience combines my love of all things Harry Potter with a live performance of the film score by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra? This would make a perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan, tickets packaged together with a Baby Jack & Co. Wizard Lovey, of course. 

Badger Sneakers— Von Maur

  • On Wisconsin, baby. I represent my school with pride and as a Badger for life, I am loving these low-profile sneakers that scream “If you wanna be a Badger, just come along with me!” Available at Von Maur at The Corners of Brookfield or online

More Local Faves

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KENDRA SCOTT

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HOLIDAY TEA FROM DAVIDsTEA

GIFT CARD TO ROOTS SALON

CITY TINS

CREAM CITY GROOMING ESSENTIALS BEARD BALM

RED BUNNY DESIGNS

MILWAUKEE CANDLE COMPANY

THIRD SPACE BREWING GROWLER

TAILORED SALON GIFT CARD

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CHOMPY CHIC CHEWLERY

MEN’S MKE SOCKS – BREW CITY BRAND VIA BOSTON STORE

JEANS & ACCESSORIES FROM SCOUT & MOLLY’S

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MEAL DELIVERY FROM THE REAL GOOD LIFE

PARKSIDE 23 GIFT CARD

TRADES OF HOPE ACCESSORIES

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HIGH BROW WAXING BOUTIQUE GIFT CARD

LITTLE SPROUTS PLAY CAFE PASS

BABBLE BOOKS

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HAVEN + BLYTHE BODY POLISH

WISCO ROOTS PULLOVER BY GILTEE MKE

ARTERY INK COLORING BOOK

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FAIR TRADE DARK CHOCOLATE FROM ETHICAL TRADING CO.

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GIFT CERTIFICATE TO PIN-IT LIVE

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SHAVE SOAP BY SQUARE ONE SOAPWORKS

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INFINITE WARRIOR YOGA JEWELRY

We hope you enjoyed shopping our holiday gift guide! Now please feel free to enter the sponsored giveaways below to win a bundle with some of the featured items from some of our favorite #ShopMKE2017 businesses!

Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 26th! 

Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for more giveaways from our #ShopMKE2017 sponsors! 

Enter to Win a Holiday Prize Package!

Enter to win a prize package from some of our #ShopMKE2017 Holiday Gift Guide Sponsors! One lucky winner will walk away with all of the following: 

$25 Edvest Gift Card — Edvest Wisconsin

$25 Gift Card — YMCA of Greater Waukesha County

14 x 14 Learning Lovey — Baby Jack & Co.

Bourbon & Sandalwood Candle — Big White Yeti 

Box of HaloVino Glasses — HaloVino

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20 Responses to ShopMKE2017 | A Milwaukee Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Anne Limberger November 14, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Halo Vino, Baby Jack & co., Hannah Andersson….the list goes on!! All great gift ideas!

  2. Carrie November 14, 2017 at 8:05 am #

    I love everything at the waxwing too!

  3. Emily
    Emily November 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    Meal Delivery from The Real Good Life!

  4. Evelyn November 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    I love me a good candle! Trying to transition to soy candles.i had never heard of Milwaukee candle. Hopefully the hubby gets me one.

  5. Rachelt00 November 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    I love the Halo Vino glasses. They work great for water for my two year old also!

  6. Samantha November 15, 2017 at 4:02 am #

    I never thought of a YMCA gift card, thanks!

  7. Alexa Robertstad
    Alexa Robertstad November 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    So many great gift ideas! I’d love to be pampered with The Real Good Life meal delivery service!

  8. Megan Olson November 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Everything! I want it all! Big White Yeti for sure and the gift card to Evereve to get some clothes to fit my postpartum body would be fantastic! Everything on this list is amazing and I’ll be using those discount codes to snag some great teacher gifts too!

  9. Sarah B November 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Love the variety in this list!

  10. Stasha November 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Those KONKADA Pillows are divine!

  11. Sunni Cruz November 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    I love so many of these suggestions! I really like the Wisconsin themed clothing. You can’t go wrong with Harry Potter! (I’ve even gotten my 3.5 year old into it!). And my thing for the baby, from the lovie to the teething beads, are wonderful!

  12. Melania
    Melania November 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Halo Vino! LOVE THEM!

  13. Molly S November 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    The Public Market Cooking Class and Indulgence wine & chocolate pairing would both be on my wish list!

  14. Julie L November 16, 2017 at 5:46 am #

    I love the Public Market cooking class idea! We did one at Braise and loved that too! These ideas are wonderful! Thank you!

  15. Megan A. November 17, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    Love the idea of a wine and chocolate pairing at Indulgence. Seems like a great girls night while dad stays home with the kiddo!

  16. Kimberly November 18, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Wow so many great options. Would love baby jacks and Hanna Anderson and so many more!!

  17. Julia November 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    I would love to take a cooking class at the public market

  18. Holly November 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    We LOVE BWY candles!!!

  19. Adriana November 19, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Great ideas for unique, local gifts!

  20. Jennifer Waltenberger November 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    The MILWAUKEE PILLOW BY BETIMELESS! Love it!

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