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The Perfect Wisconsin-Themed Gift List

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It’s about that time to start loading up your sleigh for the holiday season! Thinking of the perfect gift can be tough, but we’re here to help! This perfect Wisconsin-themed gift list includes hand-crafted spirits & brews from our very own distilleries and in-state breweries, amazing apparel & accessories from Wisconsin’s home brands and stores, and of course, the finest cheeses from around the state! Read on and let the shopping begin!

Hand-Crafted Spirits & Brews

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One of the many emblems of Wisconsin’s products is the hand-crafted spirits & brews from all over the state that make the perfect gift for family and friends.

Henry & Sons, out of Dane, Wisconsin, is famous for their aged-to-perfection bourbon selections, making it a truly magical gift. Their signature bourbons include an aged bourbon, Small Batch 92 Proof, a cognac finished bourbon, Bellefontaine Reserve, and their very own cask strength, Patton Road Reserve. You can purchase each bourbon separately, or click here and visit their online shop. Before you buy it, head to their tasting room and try the flavors for yourself! From exclusive cocktail additions and gift sets, you can’t go wrong with this truly Wisconsin gift.

In the southern part of the state in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Central Standard Craft Distillery is distilling up flavorful gifts just for you! They have it all; bourbon, gin, brandy, vodka, whiskey, and even pour-ready cocktails. On top of that, they are currently offering different series that can add a special touch to your gift this year! These series are the Brewmasters Series and Flannel Series adding a touch of cozy to the cold weather/perfect for cozying up in the cold Christmas weather. But remember, they are limited edition so get yours today! To find their products, click here for their product locator reaching all throughout Wisconsin.

In the heart of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Jacob Leinenkugel's Brewing Company brews some of the most spectacular concoctions, perfect as a gift for your special someone. They have year round brews like the Leinenkugel’s Original, seasonal brews you won’t want to miss such as Toasted Bock, and variety packs, to fit the season. Click here and find out where you can buy this Wisconsin-brewed product as a gift this holiday season!

The brews don’t stop there, 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has a large and unique selection of beer to choose from when you are creating your gift list. They will surely have beer for you creating Wisconsin-made IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Amber, Stout, Barrel Aged, and Hard Seltzers. Check them all out here! Once you’ve decided which beer will make the perfect gift for your family or friends, here is their beer finder to search for them near you!

Wisconsin Pride: Apparel & Accessories 

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Apparel and accessories make for great gifts during the holiday season… but Wisconsin-themed items make it a whole lot better! Discover Wisconsin’s merch shop has all the items you can dream of that are all about the state! Our selection of short sleeves and long sleeves capture Wisconsin to a tee! The short sleeve shirts include catchy local sayings like our Ope Tee, along with other original designs showing off the state’s pride! For long sleeve tee selection, we have it all from lightweight and classic to crewnecks and our hoodies! Keep it trendy with the Limited Edition Throwback Crew Sweatshirt. Buy it before it’s gone!

Whether you’re looking for hats, snapbacks, or beanies, Discover Wisconsin’s merch shop has got you covered! There’s a variety of colors and designs to choose from including the Wisconsin Hat, Trucker Patch Snapback and even the Pom Beanie for the cold, Wisconsin winters! It’ll be the perfect topper on your gift this year. Discover Wisconsin merch even includes drinkware, one of the best gifts out there! And the best part? It’s all Wisconsin-themed! And you can’t forget about stocking stuffers. Fill those stockings this year with amazing sticker decals and accessories such as our 6 Pack of Decals, Wisconsin Ornament, and Wallet Bottle Opener!

Yet another great must-shop stop is at the Wisconsin Historical Society Store! They’ve got all things apparel and accessories, like tops & tees, scarves and festive socks! But wait, there’s more! They also have home & decor items all unique to Wisconsin. Here are a few of their hand-picked holiday favorites

Wisconsin’s Finest Cheese!

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Nothing is more Wisconsin than our local, freshly made, cheese. It’s a must for this year's Wisconsin-themed gift list!

Out of Chilton, Wisconsin, Vern's Cheese has cheese, cheese, and more cheese! The flavors are endless from Vern’s Bacon Cheese, Buffalo Wing Jack Cheese, and even Chicken Soup Cheese! And those are only a few of Vern’s original flavors. For special occasions, like the holidays, buy Beer Mug Shaped Cheese, Black & White Cow Shaped Cheese, and Wisconsin Shaped Cheese to fit the state theme! Shop online or visit their retail store for more cheese, meats, specialty items and their very own gift boxes specially made for this giving season!

The Mousehouse Cheesehaus, in Windsor, Wisconsin, is yet another cheese icon of our great state that is known for their ultimate gift boxes. Their best-selling box is Gift Box 412 which includes Mousehouse Jack, 4-6 week cheddar, Bavaria summer sausage, jam, and homemade fudge! And there is more to choose from! Get directions to the store here

Straight from one of Wisconsin’s top dairy farms, Pagels Ponderosa, Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese is freshly made for you! Choose from their cheese spreads, specialty cheeses, and dessert cheese! For a classic Wisconsin staple, add in Ron’s Cheese Curds, or spice it up with Garlic Dill Cheddar Cheese Curds! Or, to make it simple, get it all in one of their hand-made gift boxes.

Last but not least, in Kiel, Wisconsin, Henning’s Cheese, home of many award winning cheeses perfect for this year's gift list. Did you know that they are one of the last Wisconsin cheese factories making mammoth wheels? It’s true! They are quite a hidden gem! At their cheese store, you can purchase fresh cheese curds, some are even breaded for deep frying and cheese and sausage trays that can be the ultimate combination for a uniquely Wisconsin gift. Order your cheeses here or visit their store!

This gift list spills all the essentials that can make for the perfect Wisconsin-themed presents! From hand-crafted spirits & brews from our very own distilleries and in-state breweries, amazing apparel & accessories from Wisconsin brand shops and stores, and the finest cheeses from around the state. Time to pack up your sleigh with these Wisconsin goodies! 

Hailey Rose: Writer for Discover Mediaworks. A born & bred Wisconsinite with a love for fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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