With the Holidays right around the corner, gift-giving is at the top of everyone’s minds. While it certainly seems tempting to go to Amazon and take advantage of their convenient services to find gifts, they will not be nearly as personalized, interesting, and meaningful if you buy them from larger corporations. This holiday season, I challenge you to buy local, and shop around Madison to not only support local businesses, but find the perfect presents to give! Here are the top five best places in Madison to find personalized gifts for your loved ones!
Art Gecko: Art Gecko is a wonderful store near downtown Madison that holds jewelry, to furniture, to instruments. Art Gecko gets their products from fair trade at all corners of the globe. Their main imports are from Thailand, where they get ready-to-sell textiles and jewelry. Their trades go straight to the source of production, small shops, or vendors who represent the crafters of the items. They deal primarily with traditional manufacturers of cottage industry crafts. Whether you are shopping for a musician, a jewelry or clothing fanatic, or a home-decorator, Art Gecko has a gift for you. Consider hopping over to their store on State Street!
Little Luxuries: Little Luxuries has been apart of the State Street local business community for over twenty five years! They have provided a one-of-a-kind gift shop experience in a very inviting atmosphere! Since they have such a diverse selection of gifts, it is easy to find a present for whomever you want! From greeting cards, to culinary devices, to accessories they have the item for you! Check out their store at State Street!
Serrv: Serrv is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty around the world, by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. The Serrv store in Madison features fair trade, handmade products from all across the globe. Whether looking for an accessory, sweet treat, or a new outfit, they have a shop for you. Visit their store on State Street!
Room of One’s Own: A Room of One’s Own is an independent, local bookstore. They offer a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and fun accessories related to reading! They have a strong children’s and young adult section, so if you are looking for a book for a younger relative or friend, this is the place for you! If you are interested, visit A Room of One’s Own Bookstore on Gorham Street!
Orange Tree Imports: Orange Tree Imports is a locally-owned specialty shop, featuring an incredible range of kitchenware, toys, specialty foods, jewelry, seasonal decor, candles, bath and body products, and so much more! Their shop has been a staple of the Madison shopping community for years, and they are proud to be a founding member of the Monroe Street Merchants Association. Stop by Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street!
By Maggie Di Sanza