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Whether your favorite cheesehead still lives within the great state of Wisconsin or has ventured beyond its Great Lake-bordered confines, they will surely appreciate one of these uniquely state-centric gifts this holiday season.
1. For the one who likes to show off where they live: Wisconsin-centric maps
A Grafomap lets you create a custom map centered around any address—from Douglas to Kenosha counties and everywhere in between—styled in a number of fun graphic designs. Your recipient can receive their map printed on paper and framed or even printed on canvas or directly onto metal. Or, for those who love the state at large, the stunning map of the Great Lakes features America’s Daily Land as its crown jewel. (At least, that’s how we think your recipient will see it.)
2. For the one who adores being cozy: Locally made Wigwam socks
There’s a reason why socks are a go-to holiday gift. And a pair from Sheboygan-based Wigwam will be welcome by any Wisconsin-loving recipient for its quality, coziness, stylishness, and lifetime guarantee.
3. For the one who leans into the whole Dairyland thing: A cheese board and authentic Wisconsin cheese
Take a pass on those foam wedge hats in favor of this more refined cheese-themed gift: A bamboo cheese board, cut in the shape of the state, paired with a box of cheese from Renard’s, a family-owned cheesemaker based in Door County since 1961.
4. For the classy beer drinker: Glassware in the shape of a can
For the friend or loved one who left Milwaukee, or for the person you want to encourage to visit, send them something from Milwaukee Beer Gear, like this can-shaped pint glass with a map of the city etched on the side. What says “Milwaukee” better than seeing it come alive when you pour a cold brew?
5. For the person who wants an unconventional taste of Milwaukee: Rishi Organic Tea
Think Wisconsin and some people think cheese, beer, and sausage. One more they should consider: tea. The state’s largest city is home to Rishi Organic Tea, importers of speciality teas since 1997. A gift from Rishi is a great representative of Milwaukee's culinary depth.
6. For the person who wants an efficient way to get around town: A Trek bike
E-bikes—which give riders a battery-powered-motor boost—are the rage this year, and Trek Bicycle Corp., based in the small Wisconsin town of Waterloo, makes a handful of these motorized models, as well as highly praised “manual” road, hybrid, and mountain two-wheelers.
7. For the one who likes to bring the outdoors in: Rustic wooden decor
Looking for a unique gift that has back-to-nature appeal? The West Bend company ManMade Woods turns repurposed wood (read: already cut down) from northern Wisconsin forests into coasters, bottle openers, candle holders, cutting boards, and more.
8. For the one who wants to kick back and reminisce: An Adirondack chair shaped like the state map
Whether or not your recipient has a porch, any Wisconsin super-fan is sure to appreciate this indoor-outdoor Adirondack chair, available unfinished or painted in Packers’ or Badgers’ colors, and as standard or rocking chair design for supreme relaxation.
9. For the motorcycle fan too young to have a license: Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lego kit
The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lego kit is a collaborative project by the people at Harley (founded in Milwaukee) and Lego. The set has over 1,000 pieces and has authentic Fat Boy details like the red color and the teardrop fuel tank. The only thing it’s missing is that iconic engine sound.
10. For the one whose sense of smell always take them right back home: A Wisconsin-themed candle
There are always folks who move away yet daydream about the halcyon days of their youth in the Badger State. One whiff of the Wisconsin Homesick Candle can take them back—its fragrance combines peppermint, cranberry, maple, and butter and cream.
11. For the superfan who wants to wear their support: Gameday overalls
Jerseys are so typical. Why should your gift recipient simply don number 12 when they can go all green-and-yellow (ahem, bay green and cheese gold) in these stylish overalls? Bonus: You won’t lose ‘em in the crowd.
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