WHY SHOP LOCAL?
- Sustain the Unique Character of Oconomowoc and Lake Country. The local small businesses help define the character of the community. Patronage them or risk losing them.
- Back Your Community. More of your money will stay within your community when you buy local.
- Small Business Treatment. Receive better care, service, and expertise from local businesses.
- Help Create Jobs. Supporting local businesses leads to local job and economic growth.
GIFT IDEAS YOU CAN SHOP LOCAL FOR:
1. LOCAL ART.
Champion local artists and give the gift of art such as paintings, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, and stained-glass pieces.
2. A BOOK.
Gifting a book from your local book store is like sending them on a mental vacation, something we could all use a little bit of this year.
3. PERSONAL PAMPERING.
A gift card to a local salon may be the perfect gift for those essential workers that are on your list.
4. HOLIDAY WREATH, PLANT OR TABLE ARRANGEMENT.
Shop at a local greenhouse or florist to brighten up your gift recipient’s home.
5. AN ANTIQUE.
Give a gift with history, such as an item from your local antiques store. They can be excellent decorative pieces and add warmth to a home, especially if the item is sentimental to the inheritor.
6. GIFT OF LEARNING.
Gift certificates to a local class to learn something new, like cycling, Tae kwon do, or a dance class. Many businesses also offer virtual class options.
7. WINTER SPORTS EQUIPMENT.
The Oconomowoc area offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation in winter. Those on your list who enjoy the outdoors may appreciate winter gear from your local sporting goods store. Gifts such as ice fishing tackle, snowshoes, or winter attire can be good options.
8. LOCAL GRUB.
A gift card to a local restaurant or eatery can help free up a night of cooking for your gift card recipient.
9. LOCAL BREW.
Giving the gift of local beer or coffee can make brilliant gifts for those aficionados that enjoy a craft cup of brew. Purchase at your local brewery, coffee shop, or roaster.
10. ARTISAN BAKERY AND CONFECTIONS.
Locally baked goods and hand-crafted confections are enjoyable treats that many would appreciate.
11. SPECIALTY MEAT AND CHEESE.
These two Wisconsin classics can make up the perfect gift basket.
12. CHARITABLE GIFT.
Donate to a local non-profit in the name of your recipient. Choose a non-profit that aligns with the recipient’s values and interests.
13. MEMORIAL OR HONOR GIFT.
Purchase a local memorial or honor gift in the name of your gift recipient. These gifts could include a park bench, a piece of boardwalk at a nature center, or a brick at the Veterans Memorial Park.
14. SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOUR PET.
Support your local pet supply store and buy a special gift for your pets, such as handmade treats.
15. GIFT CARDS
If you’re still not sure what to get someone, you can support local businesses by purchasing a gift card from them. The Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce also offers Oconomowoc gift certificates, which can be redeemed at any of the local participating businesses.
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