Clothing, jewelry, kitchen gadgets – these are all fine gifts, but the gift of an experience is sometimes more valuable. If you have someone on your list who likes to get out and do cool stuff in the city, this guide is a good place to start.
1. Cocktailing & candle-making
A gift certificate to Glassworks CandleBar is a fun, creative gift for an individual, couple or family with older kids. The experience includes concocting a personal scent for a soy candle. Handcrafted cocktails and mocktails flow freely and the space is warm, intimate and hip, located in the Walker’s Point neighborhood. Plus, if you like fluffy, friendly small dogs, you gotta meet the shop pup, Humphrey. Get holiday vouchers here
2. Painting & sipping
For the creative folks on your list, few things will sound more appealing than painting wood projects and sipping warm beverages in a cozy studio during the post-holiday blues months (oh hi January and February). Give a gift certificate good for a project at Board & Brush in Elm Grove now, and the recipient will thank you later. More info here.
3. Axe throwing
Got a gal or guy on your list with a sense of adventure who’s also in need of a de-stresser? A gift card from Axe Milwaukee or Fling Milwaukee is a bullseye, a must-buy. Both spots also have bars, noshes and other fun stuff on site. For Axe Milwaukee on the East Side, click here. For Fling/Bounce Milwaukee in the Bay View neighborhood, click here.
4. Browsing & imbibing
Lion’s Tooth is Milwaukee’s newest book store, focusing on local/indie material and more. It's also a cute spot for a beverage with a small cafe/bar. Gift cards are available and ideal for couples or individuals who like to drink, read and be merry. Stop in or go here.
Memberships are truly gifts that keep giving throughout the entire year. Get one for your friends or family or teacher or bartender or favorite OnMilwaukee writer (ahem) from Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World or the Urban Ecology Center.
6. Kids Crew membership
The Milwaukee Brewers are also offering a membership, this one just for kids ages 14 and younger. Memberships feature a variety of exclusive perks and benefits including tickets, merch and more. In addition, members will receive a free ballpark tour, early entry (on select dates) to watch the players take batting practice, participation in a parade and more. Go here to get all the deets.
7. Bucks gift card
8. Rock climbing
An Adventure Rock experience is a fun, family-friendly offering that's redeemable at multiple locations in Milwaukee and suburban Milwaukee. Find out more here.
9. A trip to Mexico
Anyone on your gift list would beyond appreciate the gift of South-of-the-border sunshine, great food and lively company – especially during Milwaukee's drab February. OnMilwaukee OnVacay, a unique opportunity to travel with OnMilwaukee staff to an incredible destination, makes a wonderful holiday present and it's at a price you won’t find anywhere else. Find out more here.
10. Solve the Rubik's Cube class
Give the gift of learning something new to a kid or adult who would enjoy personal instruction to solve the Rubik's Cube. Levi Edler – yes, that's my son, folks – operates a small local biz called Cubing MKE and he's offering classes at a cafe of your choosing or virtually for the lowest price of the year. Go here for more.
11. Milwaukee Public Market gift card
Literally, with 18 different shops and eateries, everyone can find something they like at the Public Market including coffee, spices, cookies, tacos, crab rolls, wine and more. Plus, walking around the Public Market is fun and truly an experience in itself. Grab one for the nicest peeps on your list here.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.