Oh, the joys of the holidays! So far, you have seen many themed gift lists filled with amazing ideas from our local businesses. As this series wraps this year, I will end with one last category to aid your shopping adventures: for everyone else. On this list, you will find rather unconventional, but intriguing suggestions. I hope this series has helped you find unique gifts and allowed you to deepen your appreciation for our small businesses in the Fox Valley! Happy Holidays!
These gift ideas are a part of our Shop Local Series! To show our own love and support for small businesses, we encourage the community to shop local this holiday season. Not only can you find unique gifts for everyone on your list, but you can leave a lasting impact on the boutiques, shops and businesses that are found in our wonderful community. Go Valley Kids is not compensated by local businesses on this list, but instead, provide the ideas as gifting inspiration!
Gingerbread ‘Reindeer’ Treats from Breadsmith
Pick up an adorable package of sweet Gingerbread ‘Reindeer’ Treats from Breadsmith in Appleton! These are the perfect little cookies to leave for Santa’s reindeer, to gift teachers or co-workers, or to use as a stocking stuffer! Breadsmith also offers a large variety of other holiday-themed treats, freshly baked and ready for your holiday table.
- Breadsmith, 670 N. Westhill Boulevard, Appleton
Specialty French Macarons from Almond & Ivy
For those who enjoy the finer things in life and err on the sweet side, consider a box of Specialty French Macarons from Almond & Ivy! Available in a variety of flavors like salted caramel, pistachio, spiced chai, and seasonal flavors like eggnog, peppermint and tart cranberry, these soft treats can be wrapped up to make a simple and delightful holiday gift!
- Almond & Ivy, 518 George Street, De Pere
Complete Papermaking Kit from The Paper Discovery Center
Those who enjoy crafting, writing, or trying a new project will enjoy the Complete Papermaking Kit from the Paper Discovery Center to make paper at home! The kit includes reusable supplies including a form to create 5.5×8.5 unique sheets. Individuals can also visit the Purdy-Weissenborn Paper Lab on-site to learn more about our community’s papermaking history and to make sheets using confetti, glitter, and botanicals.
- The Paper Discovery Center, 425 W. Water Street, Appleton
Gift Card & Coin Bonus Special from Affordable Rare Coins
Stop in and pick up a gift card for Affordable Rare Coins for all the collectors on your list! The shop features thousands of coins, foreign currency, collectibles, and gifts. This Christmas, purchase a $10 gift card and get a free silver nickel, a $20 gift card and get a free silver dime, a $50 gift card and get a free silver quarter, or a $100 gift card to receive a free silver half dollar!
- Affordable Rare Coins, 402 W. Northland Avenue, Appleton
Oil Change Services from Auto Aces
A voucher for an oil change is a helpful gift, and the professionals at Auto Aces provides top-notch service! Oil Change Services is full service and includes lube, oil, and a filter, in addition to a 15-point courtesy inspection. The shop stocks high mileage synthetic oils in addition to blend oils for imported vehicles. Auto Aces also offers a variety of other services to help maintain guest vehicles. Their work also comes with a 12-month, 12-thousand-mile guarantee!
- Auto Aces, 2212 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton
E-Gift Card for Pest Treatments from The Mosquito Slayer
Perfect for new homeowners, an e-gift card for pest control treatments from The Mosquito Slayer should make your shopping list! The service offers exterior barrier control treatments for spiders and mosquitos, offers complementary treatment quotes, and has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee!
- The Mosquito Slayer, based in Menasha
Home Inspection & Reality Services from Kelly Davies Homes
This is really a “gift yourself” idea, but it is totally worth it! For those looking to sell or purchase a new home, Kelly Davies Homes is truly a gift! Not only do they offer complimentary home inspection services, but they offer a “90 day or free” policy where they work hard to sell your home in 90 days, or they work for free! The team is committed to families and individuals in our community and offer excellent customer service skills paired with home service expertise!
- Kelly Davies Homes, 736 Ford Street, Kimberly
Trusted Pet Boarding from McLovin’ Your Pet Spa
As the holidays approach and families may opt to travel, a safe place for Fido or Fluffy to stay is at McLovin’ Your Pet Spa in Menasha! With over 25 years of experience, their dedicated staff take care of your pet while you are away and offer services in boarding, grooming, as well as a collection of pet supplies. Call to schedule service or stop in to shop a variety of gifts for those on your list with a beloved pet!
- McLovin’ Your Pet Spa, 1158 Appleton Road, Menasha
Creative Photo Gifts from Camera Casino
Wrap up a gorgeous unique photo gift from Camera Casino, located downtown Oshkosh! The camera shop offers hundreds of camera supplies, a printing service, and of course lots of gifting opportunities! Shoppers can personalize products like canvases, cutting boards, notepads, mugs, puzzles, calendars and more with their own photos! These gifts are especially great for grandparents, parents, and those who are celebrating the holidays from afar!
- Camera Casino, 439 N. Main Street, Oshkosh
Customized Beef Bundles from KW Ranch
Give a gift of a stocked freezer this winter with Customized Beef Bundles from KW Ranch, located in Denmark! The ranch sells bundles right on-site, is fully licensed and inspected. They sell bulk meats or by the cut and their bundles typically include round steaks, sirloin steaks, and ground beef. By ordering meat bundles, families can have fresh, locally raised meats available for meals for their families for the year and during the chilly winter months!
- KW Ranch, based in Denmark
Fine Dresswear Collections from Bill Paul Limited
Whether you are shopping for sharp-dressing men or classy ladies, Bill Paul Limited, located downtown Neenah, offers a large variety of suits, ties, dress shirts, jewelry, accessories and more. Customers can utilize their dry-cleaning services or have items custom-tailored for the perfect fit. The shop also rents tuxedos for special events and provides endless gifting ideas for all fashionable recipients!
- Bill Paul Limited, 112 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah
Gift Certificate for DJ Events from Tommy Z’s Wedding DJs
Surprise a future bride and groom this Christmas with a DJ service gift certificate from Tommy Z’s Wedding Djs! Couples can celebrate their big day with flair thanks to a team of energetic DJs! There are multiple packages available which may include controlled lighting, dual 8-foot screens, glo-totems, and a LED dance floor!
- Tommy Z’s Wedding DJs, based in Little Chute
‘Tis The Season’ Mug Gifts from The Tailored Hide Gift Gallery
For fun little gifts, treasures, and leather-made goods, stop into The Tailored Hide and Gift Gallery in Neenah! Browse hundreds of products that are perfect for everyone on your list! Mugs make an adorable teacher gift, too! They include a felted Christmas mouse, a mug, hand cream, and hot cocoa mix!
- The Tailored Hide Gift Gallery, 447 S. Commercial Street, Neenah
Delicious Dinner & Dessert Date from The Tarlton Theater
Send friends or family on a date night to a historic theater for a delicious dining experience! Built-in 1924, The Tarlton Theater now combines an experience of a theater, a club setting and mouthwatering cuisine! From Cap’n Crunch Chicken Tenders to Lobster Mac & Cheese and Chocolate Fondue, the perfect dinner and dessert is waiting for all!
- The Tarlton Theater, 405-409 W. Walnut Street, Green Bay
A New Pet to Love from Just Pets
Every child dreams of having a cute pet to call their own, so if this wish is making your present list this year, stop by Just Pets! While this is a special gift to bestow upon a child, as a mom, I would encourage parents to do their research first before committing. Thankfully, the staff at Just Pets is also extremely knowledgeable and they can help your family choose a pet that is the perfect fit! From fish to gerbils, bunnies, and birds, the store has a variety of animals to welcome home. They also have a great stock of supplies, tanks, food, and toys!
- Just Pets, 2009 N. Richmond Street, Appleton
Giant 5lb. Hershey Bar from Ashton’s Confections
As your holiday shopping draws to a close, you might have that one person on your list that you still do not know what to get! Behold the answer: a five-pound chocolate bar from Ashton’s Confections! This larger-than-life gift is not only a humorous novelty but, who could say no to months of chocolatey goodness? Not only is this a delicious treat, but it is a pretty commendable gift if you ask me! The shop also offers a variety of other bulk candies and a flavored soda bottle section, making it a great stop for putting together a basket full of your giftees’ favorite goodies. Happy shopping!
- Ashton’s Confections, 51 E. 3rd Street, Kaukauna