• Caroline Janes

Milwaukee Gift Guide

Sometimes it's hard to know what exactly to get your friends or loved ones for special occasions. Ditch the gift cards and generic presents for a thoughtful gift that shows just how much you care. No matter what the occasion, supporting local businesses is a great way to give back to your community and you'll definitely find a specialized gift!


For your friend with a serious sweet tooth, Burke Candy is your go-to candy shop. With traditional family recipes dating back nearly 100 years, Tim and Julia Burke certainly know a thing or two about fine candy making. From decadent chocolates, to melt in your mouth toffee and brittles, anything from Burke is sure to impress. Aside from their massive variety of quality candy made from the best ingredients, they also offer a variety of sizes and options for any occasion.

Stationary + Local gift items

Self-proclaimed as "the perfect place to pick up that little something for the people you love," Broadway Paper is your one-stop-shop for a cute knick-knack or thoughtful card. They even have beautiful gift wrap and bags to make your gift special on the inside and out. There are plenty of Milwaukee and Wisconsin related gifts including a Wisconsin tea towel, their Milwaukee wine tumbler, and Wisconsin state earrings.


Although candles sometimes get a bad rap for being a generic or unthoughtful gift, Milwaukee Candle Co.'s candles are anything but boring. Their candles are perfect for someone who recently moved away or are feeling homesick because they have fun nostalgic scents that make you feel like you're right back in MKE. Signature scents like Third Ward Java Dark Chocolate, Brewery Tour or Brady Street Daze are sure to soothe any homesick soul. Aside from their Hometown Collection, their Essential Collection has a an excellent selection of blends like Lilac + Teakwood or Bergamot + Lavender.

Fab Flight

Treat your bestie with the Fab Flight passport featuring 25 spas, fitness and beauty businesses. Free brow waxing, free fitness classes, haircuts, and discounted lash services are just some of the amazing deals you can find in this clever gift passport that has a value over $1500. Explore local beauty businesses such as Di Carlo Salon, Arch Apothecary and Illume Skin Spa with a Fab Flight!

Local Beer

This list wouldn't be complete without beer. Milwaukee is known for its abundance of local craft brews, so it won't be hard to find the right ale for anyone. For the adventurous drinker, the Fermentorium has plenty of fun beers from their Cookies & Cream Sweater Weather or their Big Belly IPA. Milwaukee Brewing Co. also has a great range to choose from such as their MKE Golden Lager or Hop Happy brews.


Our next item is just as iconic to the Milwaukee area, if not morecheese! Wisconsin Cheese Mart has a range of gourmet quality cheeses in several different gift options available to fit any occasion or cheesehead's tastes! Their cheese curds are ranked among some of their best sellers and they also have sausage + cheese packages and wine and beer pairings as well.

Foodie Flight

We couldn't forget our very own Foodie Flight on this list! Supporting local businesses is essential during this time, and we have a killer 2021 line up including Lakefront Brewery, Fiddleheads Coffee, Toast, and Dorsia. From breweries, to classic American restaurants, to brunch spots and just about everything in between, you can explore 25 different local favorites while taking $10 off your tab and no menu items are off limits including drinks!


Founded in 1993, Colectivo Coffee has been serving Milwaukee and the surrounding areas delicious coffee for decades and their drinks are tried and true for many coffee lovers. From light, medium and dark roasts, they offer a wide variety of flavors and options to suit any taste! They even offer a 3, 6, and 12 month coffee subscription service for a long-lasting, thoughtful gift.