Milwaukee Area Shop Local Guide | 2022




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 7th annual holiday gift guide, featuring gift items and experiences from some of our favorite local businesses.

Our guide is packed full of mom-approved, curated gift ideas to provide you with ideas for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to check for special discounts – many are offering promotions JUST for Milwaukee Mom readers.

This guide reaches over 10,000 local families every holiday season!

Milwaukee Pretzel Company

Handmade authentic Bavarian soft pretzels baked fresh right here in Milwaukee using a traditional recipe. We ship nationwide and have a variety of holiday themed soft pretzel gift boxes available including our famous 1lb soft pretzel wreath!

Central Standard Craft Distillery

Central Standard Craft Distillery is the maker of award winning delicious spirits in Milwaukee. Crafthouse and Kitchen is the tasting room and restaurant to enjoy those spirits in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Gift Ideas: 4 bottle gift pack – $29; Fillable Ornaments – 3 pack and a flask – $24; Sweatshirt – Forest Green with Plaid Badge – $40!

Kendra Scott


It’s the season to shine! Embrace the spirit of the holidays with our newest collection full of glam statements, rich jewel-tone colors, and opulent sparkle.

From everyday essentials to luxe accessories, we’ve got the perfect gift at the perfect price for everyone on your list.

Gift Ideas:

Emilie Multi-Strand Necklace and Earrings Set

Addison Stretch Bracelet

Gold Disc Pendant Necklace


We feature a curated collection of designer clothing, handbags, and jewelry. We’re here to help you find the perfect pair of denim, or complete your holiday gift list! Shop in store or online 24-7. Gift ideas: New initial necklaces by Marit Rae; Candles from Boy Smells or Brooklyn Candle Studio; Luxe new pj’s

Mouse Magic Travel, LLC

Mouse Magic Travel, LLC plans amazing vacations for families and couples looking for their next getaway. Our friendly travel planners specialize in theme park destinations, major cruise lines, all-inclusive resorts, and more. Best of all, our travel planning services are complimentary when you book your vacation package with us! We also help you discover additional ways to save if you are on a budget, or find special upgrades if you are seeking a premiere vacation experience.

This holiday season give the gift of family travel and make memories to last a lifetime!

Sundara Inn & Spa

Sundara Inn & Spa was just voted one of the “Top 15 Spa Resorts in the U.S.” in the 2021 “Readers’ Choice Awards” from Condé Nast Traveler magazine and was ranked one of the “Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest” in this year’s Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Awards.” Closer to home, Sundara was declared the #1 Spa in Madison Magazine’s “Best of Madison” awards as voted on by readers. This sanctuary from stress and oasis of wellness features 80 woodland acres for snowshoeing, heated outdoor and indoor pools, spacious suites, 26 spa treatment rooms, restaurant, fitness studio, nail salon, and a full calendar of complimentary wellness classes including yoga and meditation. Escape the real world and energize your soul at Sundara. Adult-only and electronics-free in the common areas for tranquility.

CEOs of Tomorrow

CEOs of Tomorrow inspires youth to unlock their entrepreneurial gifts and use them to make the world a better place. Our imPACTful Creations are entrepreneurship kits designed for children ages 8-14 and are packed with everything your kidpreneur needs to launch their very own fun business from home! Available business kits include: Homemade Gummy Animal Business; Homemade Lotion Business; Homemade Candle Business; Homemade Soap Balm Business

Quotebook Journal

Quotebook is for recording your family’s most memorable moments in a keepsake journal that will stand the test of time. Quotebook was born from a Wisconsin couple’s 20-year habit of writing down all the hilarious things they would say to each other. As they had kids, the Quotebook got even better by recording all the hilarity of 3 boys in the family. It became a family ritual to read it before bed to guarantee laughter – and they decided to build a product they could share with the rest of the world.

City Tins

This annual foodie favorite gift is back—perfect for even the hardest to shop for family, friends and co-workers! Inside every tin are 20+ coaster gift cards, each worth $5 – $10 off your $25 tab at the featured locally-owned venue. That’s up to a $200 value in every clever little tin for only $30. This go-to gift item is perfect for all hostess gifts, teacher appreciation, welcoming new neighbors and newlyweds alike. Choose from Limited Editions in seven different markets in Wisconsin and neighboring states

Ultimate Confections

Visit us at our NEW location, a few doors down. We’re now on the corner of 68th & Wells. Featuring hand-dipped chocolates by the piece or by the pound. Highly anticipated seasonal favorites. Chocolate covered strawberries available year around. Great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts and more. Gift Ideas: Hot Cocoa Bombs $12.95; Ultimate Chocolate Snack Trio $24.95; Ultimate Chocolate Snack Tin $39.95


Fort. Rocketship. Treehouse. Boat.

Figgy is anything and everything.

Meet the home-adventure kit that’s taking every kid to the farthest reaches of their imaginations. Our play couch is expertly crafted to keep kids (and adults!) creating. Our choice: Figgy – $375 includes waterproof liners! 

Little Monsters

We are a children’s boutique that carries clothing (sizes infant-10), toys, accessories, and so much more! We try to offer a little something for everyone and love to do what we do. In addition we offer complimentary gift wrap and are happy to ship if you’re unable to visit us in person. Gift ideas: Meri Meri Advent Calendars, wooden toys (we carry Grimms, Le Toy Van, Tenderleaf Toys, Plan Toys and Djeco), Jellycat stuffies, Picasso Tiles and so much more!

Baby Jack

Sensory tag toys that teach, designed by two Wisconsin kids – great gift for kids and pets. Helps develop the five senses, a fun fidget – non tech toy – that can grow with each child! Small Wisconsin family business that gives back! Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas: Wisconsin 8×8 Crinkle Travel Toy that Teaches State Facts $15.95; Football 10×10 Stroller Tag Toy that teaches basics about the game. $19.95; Farm Learning Lovey Tag Toy Security Blanket – $13.95 – $24.95

Satara Home and Baby

Satara Home and Baby is a high end boutique for all thing natural and organic Baby products. We carry brands like, Kickee Pants, Kyte Baby, Little Sleepies, Naturepedic, nunababy, Uppababy, Veer, Wounderfold and many more. We offer high quality gift ideas including natural and organic baby clothes from Kickee Pants, Kyte Baby and Little Sleepies.

Wisconsin Clothing Company

“Clothing For Wisconsinites Made By Wisconsinites”

Gift ideas:

Ruckus & Glee

Ruckus & Glee is a toy, game, and puzzle store for the young and young at heart. We are located in Wauwatosa, WI. Visit us and you’ll have the chance to learn a new game, send a wind-up toy on its way, and build a new marble run. Our products are chosen for their ability to engage the imagination and their quality. No matter your budget, you will find something playful and fun. Gift Ideas: Airo Rocket $39.99; DIY Miniature House Cathy’s Flower House $39.99; 3D Rainbow Cube Game $19.99 


Give the gift of WhirlyBall … to yourself!

WhirlyBall is the greatest sport played in bumper cars. Our spacious Brookfield Square location is perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, and Moms’ night out. It features 2 WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes (including 4 private lanes available for events), the Pivot Room craft beer & cocktail bar, and a multi-floor LaserTag arena. Plenty of options for the kids, Dads, and Moms! Find out more at

First Stage

One of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families, First Stage offers professional theater productions that engage, enlighten, and entertain; Theater Academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills; and dynamic Theater in Education programs that integrate drama in the classroom curriculum. Gift Ideas: Gift Certificates redeemable for tickets or Theater Academy classes; Tickets to an upcoming First Stage performance; All-Access Membership that includes two complimentary tickets to a performance, discounts on additional tickets and Theater Academy classes, special event access, and more


The Corners of Brookfield is a shopping center in Brookfield, WI. With a healthy mix of local and national retailers, guests will feel like a local, and can experience dining, shopping and living in a unique, walkable space.

The Corners of Brookfield Gift Card, available in $25, $50, $75 or $100 increments. Valid at any retailer, restaurant and business at The Corners. It’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Pair it with a sweet treat, a piece of jewelry or tickets to a movie or comedy show for the perfect pairing!

Olives to Oil

When you walk into From Olives to Oil, an Olive Oil Tasting store, you will discover our collection of extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and nut oils displayed in gleaming Italian stainless steel containers called fustis. Our collection is unique in that we travel to Italy to personally meet with our producer, literally hand selecting the oils and vinegars that we sell in our store. With this special arrangement we control the quality and more importantly the freshness.

Gift Ideas:

Simple Bread Dipping $23.00

Sampler Set $30.00

Meal in a Box $43.00

Present Not Perfect

Present Not Perfect is a local small business co-founded by a teacher and a therapist.  They make art and sensory play kits with handmade all-natural play dough or sensory sand and themed small pieces for creative and open-ended play.  Each kit’s theme is connected to an emotional skill and includes a mini resource guide with intentional extension prompts and activities that are meant to support family mental health and support kids’ early emotional learning.

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