Looking for local, unique, and flavorful gifts that will delight, inspire, and nourish body and soul? Create a special gift basket for friends, family, and co-workers by choosing a selection of items that they will enjoy. Customization is key The key to creating a thoughtful gift that will truly be appreciated is understanding your recipient.
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, ’tis the season of giving. And when you buy gifts that have been made locally, you give not only to your loved one, but also to your community. That’s because for every $100 spent locally, an additional $45 of secondary spending is generated. Compare this to only $14 in secondary spending when you buy from non-local businesses and you can see just how huge buying local can be! But enough of the serious stuff, let’s get down to the business of giving. Here are 10 ideas from local artisans and food businesses that would make perfect gifts to give this season.
Jams & Jellies – We offer an assortment of locally made jams and jellies from Bayfield Apple Company and Northwind Organic Farm, both in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Whether you choose traditional raspberry or the more unusual aronia berry or find some other flavor, local jams and jellies make sweet gifts.
Leather Kids’ Shoes – Are there expectant parents on your gift-giving list? Check out SoleKicks handmade leather shoes for babies and toddlers, made right here in Ashland, Wisconsin. They come in a variety of designs and color combos, from green and blue Lake Superior to red and purple birds.
Towels & Tees – Lake Superior and other peaceful images are printed on a variety of soft, durable fabrics by Three Sisters Studio in Bayfield, Wisconsin. For the cook, grab a tea towel from the household section. For the fashionista, grab a shirt from our clothing rack. Bonus: These images are also printed on leggings, child onesies, and sweatshirts!
Heat Therapy Bags – Anyone would love a CrampAid Cozy heat therapy pack for relief from aching joints or muscle pain. Handmade in Ashland, Wisconsin by Luci Daum Designs, these fabric bags come in lots of fun colors and easily heat up in the microwave.
Soap – You’ll find a wide variety of scents on our Local Soap shelf from Sweet Pea Soapery (Mason, Wisconsin), Maple Hill Farm (Washburn, Wisconsin), Buzz & Suds (Ashland, Wisconsin), Lake Superior Lather (Bayfield, Wisconsin), and Twin Oaks (Bayfield, Wisconsin). The Lake Superior soap from Buzz & Suds makes a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves the lake.
Candles – Local beeswax candles from Northern Nectar in Mason, Wisconsin come in many sizes and colors. You can even buy their local beeswax blocks for your own DIY projects. Speaking of beeswax, we also have Sean’s Bees beeswax candles from Highbridge, Wisconsin in a variety of calming scents. Wickie Candle Company in Bayfield, Wisconsin makes lovely scented candles in tins. Give the scent of Oak Island Trail to a summer visitor now far away!
Dessert Sauces – Lotta’s Small Batch in Bayfield, Wisconsin makes sumptuous sauces (in Bourbon Espresso and Butterscotch flavors). They make awesome sundaes, but take cake to the next level too!
Teething Toys – For the little one on your list, Sogg E. Bear Cub organic cotton teething bears have been a customer favorite for years. Made in Bayfield, Wisconsin, they continue to be the perfect gift for babies cutting teeth.
Dog Treats – Treat your pup to Racey’s Tasty Dog Treats. Made in Bayfield, Wisconsin, these biscuits come in two flavors (one is even gluten-free) and make a great gift for the pet in your family or the dog lover on your list.
Lotions – If you have someone to pamper on your list, try Best Body Butter from So-She Organics in Bayfield, Wisconsin or one of the solid lotion bars from Sweet Pea Soapery or Buzz & Suds. Lea’s Organic Herbal Skin Care in Washburn, Wisconsin makes face products and herbal salve that make wonderful stocking stuffers.
Still stuck for ideas? There’s lots more in the store, so stop in and ask Co-op staff for recommendations for local gifts.
Homemade gifts are enjoyable to make, give, and receive! Skip the mall and try your hand at DIY gifts this holiday season. Here are 10 make-it-yourself gift ideas to get you started. Rumtopf – This is an old-school way to preserve fruit when it is plentiful, and flavor a liqueur at the same time. You can
Choosing gifts can be tricky at best, but add in trying to choose something special for Mom and it can be down right daunting. Don’t worry, though. You got this. Grab one of our delightful Mother’s Day gift ideas and you’ll make Mom proud! Flowers – We know they are kind of a staple, but
For Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) there’s lots of ways to show your love. Here’s a bunch of our favorite goodies. No sweetheart in sight? Give yourself a little love! Deli Dinner – Grab and go for a quick, delicious meal. You can easily get everything you need, from salad to an entree and
Our mother’s have given us so much, it’s nice to give back to them especially on special occasions like Mother’s Day. But finding the right gift can be tricky and downright overwhelming. Chequamegon Food Co-op to the rescue! Here are some simple Mother’s Day gift ideas to help you treat Mom on her special day.
- An owner share – Give the gift of ownership in the Co-op. You can purchase an owner share with an initial payment of just $25.
- Books – Whether your mother likes to cook or garden, we have a number of helpful books.
Bubble baths and soap – Help mom relax with a mildly scented bubble bath and luxurious, locally made soaps. Lavender in particular helps promote relaxation, but we have a variety of scents to choose from.
- Chocolates – Whether she likes straight up chocolate or loves to mix it up with berries, nuts, or even caramel, fair trade, organic chocolate is a sweet treat for your mom. Look for tasty flavors from Equal Exchange, Endangered Species, Divine, Green & Black’s, and Chocolove.
- Fair trade & local flowers – A beautiful bouquet will brighten Mom’s day. Help them stay fresher for longer by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. Change water daily. If she likes to garden, grab some heirloom flower seeds from Seed Savers Exchange.
- Gardening Gear – If mom likes to putter in the garden, grab her some gloves or a wide-brim hat.
- Gift Basket – We have a large selection of fair trade African market baskets that you can load up with all sorts of other goodies. Tie on a nice bow and you’re set.
- Gift cards – Buy a gift card for any dollar amount and your mom can pick her own gift. Bonus: They are always the right size!
- Hot/Cold Therapy Bags – Therapy bags can be put into the freezer or microwave. Available in a variety of fun fabrics, they make a great gift to ease aches and pains.
- Mugs – Whether Mom likes coffee or tea, we have a variety of ceramic and travel mugs to hold the beverage of her choice.
- Skin Care Products – We carry a wide variety of natural lotions and lip balms. Put together a small bag of skin care products to help Mom pamper her skin.
‘Tis the season for giving and if you’d like to give the gift of good food, we’ll give you a gift right back! Buy a gift card now through Christmas Eve and you’ll receive 10% off your next purchase. It’s our thanks to you for being a great customer and helping to spread the Co-op
Sure, there are lots of cool electronic gadgets and swanky thingamabobs you could give your loved ones. But if you’re looking for something a little different to show you care this holiday season, try making these tasteful (and tasty) homemade gifts. Warm their hearts and fill their bellies with something from your kitchen. Gifts in
‘Tis the season for gift-giving, but it’s not always easy to come up with what to give. Our team scoured the shelves for gifts you would not only love to give, but would also love to receive. You’ll find food (and non-food) gift ideas in the Co-op Gift Guide below. Mouse-over the image to see
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