By Rachel Werner
The stockings are hung, the cards are mailed, but there’s likely one name remaining on this year’s list—the perfect present having yet to be found. Avoid another mad dash through the mall by gifting one of these local items available online.
- Halos for Heroes: Raising awareness about the capacity animals have to help veterans readjust to civilian life, Mad Lizzie’s Flower Farm owner Katy Ripp teamed up with four local photographers—Katie Gardner (Katie Gardner Photography), Melissa Winters (Melissa Winters Photography), Brynn Cunat (Feathered Arrow Photography) and Kaley Zanghi (Kaley Rae Photography)—to make a 2019 calendar featuring dogs wearing crowns made of fresh flowers Ripp grew. All sales directly benefit Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, a Madison-based nonprofit that trains and connects service dogs with former military personnel, in addition to adults and children with disabilities.
- “Hunks of Sweet Love:” Crafted to cure the most insatiable sweet tooth, The Butcher Shop Bake Company makes giant, gooey cookies that can be ordered weekly from Rhinelander, WI and shipped anywhere in the country. Recent available flavors have included Birthday Cake, Hal’s Mud Pie, OG Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Poppa. And the man wearing the oven mitt, owner Dustin Chronister, is willing to accommodate requests for specialty cupcakes, larger cakes and other celebratory treats.
- “Love Wisconsin: Stories From The Place We Call Home:” Launched in 2015 by Brijetta Hall Waller and Megan Monday, Love Wisconsin is a digital project that uses images, written stories and video to provide a glimpse into the lives of modern Wisconsinites. This fall the duo released a book filled with stunning portraits and intimate reflections from over 80 state residents reflecting on what it means to live here, be in community—and explore “how we can and must connect with each other.”