Local Holiday Shopping in Madison, WI

December 1st, 2014

There is no getting around it – the holidays are here again. And with them comes decorating our homes, celebrations with friends and family, and shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. Whether you like it or not gift giving often takes center stage this time of year and most of us have at least a few presents to make or purchase (many of us have way, way more than a few.)

While it's easy to sit in your favorite chair with your iPad in hand clicking away on Amazon (The prices! The 2-day shipping!), you know deep down that supporting local shops not only supports our local economy, but it also makes our community a more vibrant place to live. Why not purchase at least a few things locally this year? This infographic created by CustomMade gives some compelling reasons to do just that. And we've even made it easy on you by listing a few ideas on where to shop (and when) in Madison (here's another infographic if you're still not convinced.)

To paraphrase Mother Teresa, “It's not how much we give, but where we shop.” (Or something like that, anyway.)



Ideas for local shopping:

Gift ideas from Madison, WI sellers on Etsy.com 

UW School of Human Ecology's Fair Trade store at the Robin's Nest in the UW Union


Gifts from the Wisconsin Historical Society


A guide to Monroe Street shops (the Monroe Street Christmas Walk is 12/7, 12pm – 4pm)

Downtown Madison shops (the Downtown Trolley runs Saturdays in December from 10am – 4pm)

Madison Originals gift certificates

DaneBuyLocal.com online gift auction runs through 12/7

The Fair Trade Holiday Festival at Monona Terrace on 12/6

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Warner park 12/6

MadCity Makers Holiday Handmade Art & Craft sale on 12/6