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Holiday Shopping List: Check It Off In Tosa

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As we prepare for the holiday season ahead, we’re putting extra thought, care, and attention into a perfectly curated holiday list for loved ones this year while also supporting our local Wauwatosa small businesses

Gone are the days when handing out gift cards was “good enough” or picking out a last-minute present “got the job done.” This year, we’re not settling for anything less than the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Wauwatosa is just the place to find all you’re looking for. With so many niche small businesses throughout Tosa, there are endless options when it comes to finding a gift you know will make them smile. 

Plus, plan a weekend road trip or a quick staycation getaway to Wauwatosa (who said holiday shopping had to be stressful?) and cross off your list while supporting small local businesses throughout our five districts

If you’re not sure where to start shopping, we’ve packaged up a list of special items to purchase (that won’t break the bank!) and tied them up in a perfect bow, so all you need to do is pack up the car and drive over to Tosa!

The Foodie

Perfect for: The go-to food enthusiast in your life. You can always count on them for sending must-have food and drink recommendations or dessert inspiration for your sweets cravings.

Spices gift box from Penzey’s Spices. Penzey’s gift boxes pack a flavorful punch from their salt-free spice options to their baker’s boxes to their grill and broil packs. You can even customize your own gift box to curate the perfect present.

Cheese gift basket from The Village Cheese Shop & Cafe. Gift the taste of Wisconsin with The Village Cheese Shop’s cheese boxes filled with local, midwestern flavors, such as Widmer Cheddar, Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda, Apple Jam, and more.

Assorted Candy and Chocolate Boxes from Niemann’s Candies and Ice Cream. If you ask us, you just can’t go wrong with gifting peanut brittle, almond butter toffee, and chewy assorted chocolates.

The Nostalgic  

Perfect for: The friend who cherishes the simple pleasures in life from discovering hidden gems to supporting small, family-owned businesses.

Retro toys and games from Ruckus & Glee. From cat’s cradle to lava lamps to magic 8 balls and Hot Wheels, start fun gift-giving traditions with novelty memorabilia. 

Plus, Ruckus & Glee has private shopping appointments available for families or parents! Just sign up online through their website and get private access to the store with a shopper who will show you the ins and outs of their shop.

Vintage finds from Studio Ric Rak. Get lost in Studio Ric Rak’s endless supply of vintage goods from clothing to glassware to dishes to jewelry and more. Walk into their store with your eyes wide open, and prepare to walk out with the perfect spontaneous find.

Vegan Handmade Soap and Mineral Bath from Cream City Soap Company. Give the gift of relaxation with healthy, sustainable, and biodegradable bath, body, and home products from Cream City Soap Company.

The Adventurer

Perfect for: The people who are always searching for the next ‘thing’ to do. From winter to summer, they’re always excited to gear up, head outdoors, and start their next adventure.

Apparel from Phase 2 Skateshop. Gift a hoodie or t-shirt and introduce them to a locally-owned Wauwatosa skateboard shop that has everything they need to fuel their love for skateboarding.

Cold weather gear from Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness. From mountain bikes to parts and accessories, Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness sells everything you need to enjoy biking. Give the gift of extending their outdoor season through winter by picking up Stormy Kromer gear that’s handcrafted with fleece.

Staycation experience at a Wauwatosa-area hotel. Gift an experience they’ll never forget with special offers on Tosa-area hotels paired with local business offerings. Find the perfect staycation package with the Zoo Adventure Package, Discover Tosa Shopping Package, Food & Drink Package, Zoo/Family Package, and more!

Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here to Discover Wauwatosa. 

Due to COVID-19, the hours of operation may vary for locations and businesses mentioned. We recommend calling for the most up-to-date information.