Madison Mom-Approved Gift Guide | Gifts, Experiences and Unique Ideas

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This year, as you’re making your list and checking it twice, we want to encourage you to THINK LOCAL.

We’re thrilled to bring you our 5th annual holiday gift guide, featuring gift items and experiences from some of our favorite local businesses.

Our guide is packed full of mom-approved, curated gift ideas to provide you with ideas for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to check for special discounts – many are offering promotions JUST for Madison Mom readers.

A huge thank you to one of our favorite local businesses, Greenway Station, who made it possible to create this guide and is a go-to destination for many of us here in the Madison area. Our Madison Mom team curated and sourced each category, local brand, business and product included in our list – so if it’s in this guide, it’s Madison Mom tested and approved! 

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Check off everyone on your list all at once with a visit to Greenway Station in Middleton! Greenway has decked its halls for the season and is ready to provide you with the relaxed, joyful holiday shopping experience you’re looking for. Don’t miss taking a picture by their decked out tree and be sure to keep an eye out for their extended holiday hours.

In addition to providing a top quality shopping experience, Greenway Station is committed to giving back to the community it’s honored to be a part of. Greenway serves a wide range of non-profit organizations in support of the many worthwhile charitable causes within the Middleton area.

Can’t Decide?

Pick up a Greenway Station gift card! A Greenway Station gift card is a thoughtful way to celebrate the holiday season. Give the gift of flexibility to choose what they want from more than 35 stores, services and restaurants!

Marcus Theatres is your destination for gifts that entertain. Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or to gift an entire dining and entertainment experience, Marcus gift cards are the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Best of all, the Marcus Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie and Marcus Point Cinema in Madison offer more than just movies. With a Marcus gift card in hand, they can purchase movie tickets, concessions snacks, drinks in the Take Five Lounge, pizzas at Zaffiro’s Express and more!

Parabo Press is an online photo printing service that brings your digital memories to life with thoughtfully-designed photo prints and décor. Parabo’s unique Prints, Photo Books, and Calendars make one-of-a-kind gifts that let your memories shine.

Wrap up something meaningful this holiday season and turn special moments into everlasting memories with beautiful photo gifts for family and friends.

Mouse Magic Travel plans amazing vacations for families and couples looking for their next getaway. Our friendly travel planners specialize in theme park destinations, major cruise lines, all-inclusive resorts, and more. Best of all, our travel planning services are FREE when you book your vacation package with us! We also help you discover additional ways to save if you are on a budget, or find special upgrades if you are seeking a premiere vacation experience. Mouse Magic Travel is ready to plan your next magical vacation!

Palace Theater is a state-of-the-art Theater destination, producing classic Broadway musicals, as well as the latest fabulous family shows, and Tribute Artist.

The Palace Theater will produce an annual subscription series of six to seven family-friendly shows while serving a sumptuous meal or snack. The Palace Theater is a wonderful value for the entire family, and will build extraordinary memories to be cherished forever!

Buy the gift of family time with tickets or a gift card to the Palace Theater and create lasting memories with those you love.

The University Book Store offers fashion-forward, licensed Badger clothing for UW fans, students, and alumni. From high quality jackets to snuggly pajama pants, the UW Book Store has a wide selection of apparel for men, women and children. 

Check out the non-collegiate gift items as well – apparel, stuffed animals, notebooks and journals, and Madison, WI gear!

The goal of the The Bruce Company’s garden center is to help you define your individual outdoor lifestyle, offering the area’s largest selection of new and exciting plants. We search the world to bring unique gifts, whimsical garden accessories and the most comfortable casual furniture. And our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your gardening questions. Our goal is your goal. We want you to enjoy your outdoor experience.

Inside every CityTin are 20 coaster gift cards featuring 20 local eateries. Every coaster is $10 off your tab of $25 or more at the featured restaurant. That’s a $200 value in every clever little tin. Use just three coasters and the tin just paid for itself. The perfect one-size-fits-all gift!

Outlets at the Dells offers something for everyone on your list! With over 60 of the world’s biggest brands (including shops like Adidas, Coach, Build-a-Bear and Justice), Outlets at the Dells will help you stock up on the ultimate stocking stuffers, holiday outfits, gift cards and brand-name bargains for the trend-setters on your list!

Located next door to their flagship Children’s Boutique, Tradition Women’s Market offers a curated selection of classic women’s styles, hand selected from collections based all over the world. With soft fabrics, high quality stitching and a variety of price points, Tradition Women’s Market is the perfect place to shop for your bestie, teacher or mom. Don’t forget to check out their assortment of matching women’s and children’s winter hats!

Give the gift of CREATIVITY!

Signs by Caitlin offers unique reclaimed wood signs for purchase and also hosts DIY group workshops, as well as gift cards valid for either. Give a uniquely personalized gift or get your friends together and make your own custom signs for your homes!

Wisconsin native Kendra Scott started designing jewelry in her spare bedroom as a new mom with $500 and a dream. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike. Our gemstone-inspired collections include Fashion Jewelry, Fine Jewelry, Home Goods and Beauty.

Paddywax Candle Bar is an experiential retail concept that started in Nashville, Tennessee! With custom candle pouring workshops offered 3-5 times daily, and beer & wine sold on-site, the power of creativity and relaxation is in your hands! Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time, as seats tend to sell out in advance!

Grasshopper Goods is a gift and lifestyle boutique specializing in handmade goods made in the US.

With an emphasis on simple and natural designs, we strive to make shopping fun again by creating an atmosphere where connections are made between artist and customer with us acting as the common thread.

Details is a contemporary boutique located on historic Main Street in Cambridge, serving up stylish clothing + fun and memorable gifts and accessories. Whether it’s soft eco-friendly fabric that also deodorizes, hidden tummy control technology, or a charming turn-lock clasp – every clothing and gift item at Details Boutique has a special “detail” that makes it unique and memorable. Be sure to enjoy a glass of wine or coffee and a bite to eat in our beautiful central atrium while you’re here! Details get noticed, and we’re so glad you noticed us.

We love this local candle shop offering hand poured, all natural soy candles inspired by a variety of geeky fandoms!

With custom designed labels and perfectly scented pairings for all your favorite fictional characters and locations – such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, My Little Pony and much more! 

Cosa Boutique provides sophisticated and fun women’s apparel and gifts. We are committed to curating a collection that brings out creativity and confidence in our customers. We pride ourselves on working with designers that share our mission of “look good, do good”. Each month Cosa Boutique supports a local non-profit organization that is doing good in our community by giving back a portion of our sales to that organization.

About the Gift: Instead of a material gift, give kids a gift that will serve them for a lifetime – swimming lessons!

About the Company: Swim West offers high quality year round swimming lessons in Madison and Fitchburg for everyone from infants to adults, with a focus on keeping children safer in and around the water. Their indoor warm water pools provide a comfortable environment for babies, children and teens to excel.

About the Gift: This year, give the gift of active play! Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed for use toward fun classes, parties, camps and more.

About the Company: The Little Gym specializes in unique educational classes that revolve around active play. Kids make new friends, learn new things and build self-confidence in a super fun, supportive environment.

Give a year of fun, learning, and joy for the whole family. Make a mess in the Art Studio. Make friends with a rooftop chicken. Make your way to the museum. A Madison Children’s Museum membership is a gift of fun, learning and joy, with unlimited admission for a full year!

Gift Madison Children’s Museum membership to a family you love, or put membership on your wish list!

With imagination, innovation & nostalgia at our core, we feature a curated assortment of apparel, accessories and toys for young children for any occasion. We are Tradition. With imagination, innovation and nostalgia at our core, we feature a curated assortment of apparel, accessories, and toys for young children for any occasion.

We have one of the largest selections of games in the world with over 700,000 tabletop gaming items available. All of which are located right here in Fitchburg! Shipping options are available or you can stop by in person to check out our free in house gaming library or participate in one of our many gaming events. Our friendly staff are here to help so be sure to ask away if you have any questions.

(608) 256-6445

Storybook Ballet is an enchanting and quaint children’s ballet school that intertwines classical ballet instruction with the delight of fairytales and celebrated ballet stories. Our classes are designed for 3-9 year olds and consist of a carefully crafted and progressive curriculum that teaches not on the physical movements of classical ballet, but the history, traditions, and etiquette of the art form.

The Coloring Table makes simple, mess-free, reusable tables cloths that can be colored over and over again! These are perfect for your upcoming holiday celebrations. The tablecloths are washable and wrinkle free. The patent- pending, specialty backing ensures your table is always protected. For best results, use Ultra-Washable Crayola markers so you can enjoy your tablecloth multiple times. Or, for a lasting keepsake, use fabric markers and wash accordingly to set the color permanently. Your family will love this fun activity this holiday season!

For over 10 years, Satara Home and Baby in Middleton has helped customers find high quality products that are safe and eco-friendly. They carefully consider what goes into making their products, who makes them and where.

From a selection of snuggly organic bedding and mattresses to the softest jammies, Satara is dedicated to offering high quality, eco-friendly products right here in the Madison area.

ParentSquad is on a mission to help moms and dads find time to focus on themselves. We partner with local establishments to offer unique and hassle-free social experiences for parents with fun and safe ON-SITE CHILDCARE.

In 2020, we are debuting a Date Night Club that parents can join to receive a monthly date night with on-site childcare. Date night locations change each month and include local restaurants and recreational/entertainment facilities.

Interested in purchasing or gifting a membership for our 2020 Date Night Club? Visit ParentSquadEvents.com/datenightclub to sign up for the waitlist. Memberships go sale at the end of November and quantities will be extremely limited. 


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