Not so surprising… The first thing everyone thinks of when they hear Wisconsin is cheese, and we're proud of it! Wisconsin cheesemakers make 2.6 billion pounds of cheese each year according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. When looking for gifts for friends and family, consider a gift basket that features Wisconsin cheese from Northwoods Cheese.
You've also probably heard that we enjoy bratwurst in Wisconsin. It's 100% true. A sporting event without a bratwurst just doesn't feel right. Try Nueske Applewood Smoked Bratwurst and other award-winning Nueskeproducts.
Now ice cream might not come to mind right away when you think of Wisconsin but our high standards for dairy products applies to frozen treats as well. In Wisconsin we like our ice cream with rich dairy and quality ingredients. One of the ice cream shops in my home town called the Chocolate Shoppe, has a motto: “If you want low fat, eat carrots!”.
Whether it's fishing, camping, hunting, biking or snowshoeing, we love the great outdoors in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to several companies making quality outdoor products including Firl Industries(canvas log carriers).
Wisconsin has many talented woodworkers like David Haesigg of DHH Designs. One popular style is to use a variety of different colored Wisconsin woods (walnut, oak, cherry, etc.) in one piece to create stylish and functional items like clipboards, vases, salt and pepper shakers, and more.
Flower Bulb Baskets
Spring is quite fickle in Wisconsin. We never know if it will be 75 and sunny or 35 and snowing, so we like to bring Spring inside when we can. Flower bulb baskets from Wisconsin Grower's Greenhouseare a popular gift since they bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors.
The beauty of Wisconsin inspires artists to capture Wisconsin scenes in all types of art including photography, prints and even fused glass like the artwork by Jennifer Spink of White Lily Glass.
Classic pottery pieces from family-owned Rowe Pottery Works, are handcrafted and intricately detailed in Wisconsin. These clay creations make a great gift or addition to your own home's decor.
Gourmet, hand decorated cookies make a thoughtful gift for any occasion, and the bakers in Wisconsin have every personality and season covered. The bakers at K-Delights create colorful holiday cookies, thank you cookies, and of course, Green Bay Packer cookies.
A Kringle is a giant Danish pastry from Racine, Wisconsin. They have flaky layers, decadent fillings, and icing on top, so if you haven't tried a Kringle, you're missing out on one of Wisconsin's specialties. Since there are several Danish bakeries in Racine, Wisconsin, make sure you get your Kringle from my favorite- O and H Bakery.
We love our cheese and bratwurst but we have so many more Wisconsin products that we are proud of! I'm always excited to hear about Wisconsin-made items so if you have any favorites that I didn't list, please comment below.
Amanda Maurer is the resident blogger at Wisconsinmade.com, an online gourmet food and gift store providing products made with pride and passion in Wisconsin to the rest of the United States.
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