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Holiday Essentials: What to Buy & Where to Find It


The holiday season is upon us and we know what you’re thinking: “What am I going to give to my family, friends, and coworkers this year?” With time limited and the deadline to give approaching, we’ve put together a holiday gift guide with ideas, experiences, and suggestions to help you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list.

How Can I Find the Perfect Holiday 2020 Gift?

It can be challenging to find the perfect gift – there is so much to consider, including personality and personal style and likes and dislikes. But with budget and time in mind, here are a few savvy strategies to get you started on your 2020 gift buying (and maybe even land yourself in the best gift-giver ever category!).

  • Pay attention to their expression of affection for things and experiences.
  • Recall their complaints and then purchase something that solves that issue.
  • Start your list early and add gift ideas as they come to you.
  • Use intuition rather than impulse when buying for that complicated person in your life. 
  • Never equate cost with value.
  • Consider giving experiences over things.

Smart Gadgets are Always Popular

For that fitness or technology obsessed person on your list, there are must-have gadgets and gear that allows life to be more connected and Milwaukee’s Mayfair Mall has plenty of options. Consider Brookstone for one-of-a-kind tech items, Apple for accessories, and William Sonoma for unique picks for the culinary and mixology creatives on your list.

Shop Local & Purchase Specialty Gifts

Discerning friends and family members will appreciate any attention you’ve paid to their passions. For the coffee aficionado, head to Stone Creek Coffee for niche products like Switchback Peru, a richly creamy blend, and Santa’s Revenge, a hot cocoa full of goodness. For the sophisticate in your crew, A Trio Jewelry offers custom jewelry design with a leaning toward heirloom gems.

For that hard to buy for but super fun to surprise friend, check out Mod Gen for everything from housewares and plants, to clothing and books. And for the chocolate lovers in your life, visit Kehr’s Candies for artisanal treats perfect for every sweet tooth. They are located in the Milwaukee Public Market, which has other fantastic options for Holiday gifts like Brew City Apparel and Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.

Why Not Give the Gift of Milwaukee?

You love Milwaukee, so why not share your feeling of deep adoration for your hometown with a signature gift? From kitsch to history, and games to clothing, Urban Milwaukee: The Store has everything you need.

Support the Arts & the Artists Who Create Them

The Green Gallery on North Farwell Avenue offers numerous original art, gifts, and books for every price range. Or craft a gift on your own by having a photograph or specialty print framed at David Barnett Gallery on East State. They offer personalized and custom framing to match every style and image.

Enjoy Every Moment

Lastly, have a positive outlook about gift-giving this holiday season. Treat it like a hunt and have fun exploring your neighborhood – lucky for you, you live at the center of Milwaukee’s Westown.