’Tis the Season

Looking for some unique gift ideas that will impress clients and remind them of your company well into the new year? Here are some of our favorite ideas; some with Wisconsin flair, of course, while others are just simply cool.

  1. Bacon… do we need to say more? The Neuskes have been selling their applewood smoked meats for more than 80 years. Located in central Wisconsin, this family run business offers a variety of tasty gift options, however, don’t consider sending a Neuske’s gift basket that doesn’t include their famous, mouthwatering bacon! Even Al Roker is a huge fan. Bacon gift baskets that include three one-pound packages of applewood and peppered bacon start at around $40. More robust gift baskets include other types of meats, such as sausage and ham, cheeses, chocolates, kringles and mustards run from $50 to $150 plus shipping.
  2. The Penzey family has been selling spices since 1957. Bill Penzey purchased the business from his parents and has grown it from a small Milwaukee area shop to more than 70 locations across the country. You can purchase one of a variety of gift boxes that include interesting seasoning blends that range in price from $20 to $45. Boxes are themed and are a great gift idea for the client that enjoys cooking.
  3. If you want to say Wisconsin, there’s no better way than by sending the gift of cheese. Artisan cheese boxes, a hot and spicy gift basket … even a cheese of the month, Wisconsin Cheese Mart offers just about everything you’d expect from the Dairy State. Businesses have the opportunity to brand gift boxes and cheese wheels with their logos. Volume discounts are available. Gift boxes are $30 and up. They include a variety of Wisconsin-made cheeses, sausages, mustards and sweet treats.
  4. Everyone gets their share of holiday fudge and cookies, but for a unique sweet treat, consider a kringle from Racine. This buttery, flaky, oval-shaped pastry, often filled with fruit or other goodies, is iconic to Racine. When Danish settled in the community in the late 19th century, they brought the tradition of kringle with them. Now several bakeries continue to create this tasty treat. At Racine Danish Kringles, you’ll find more than 25 varieties. Each kringle is hand folded with 81 layers that rests for three days in order to develop its delicate texture. Racine Danish Kringles offer corporate discounts and allows you to send a personalized note or even an imprinted mug with your gift of kringle.
  5. If you are planning to bring your clients or a group to Lake Geneva in 2018, feed anticipation with one of a number of At The Lake books on the area. From books detailing the history of the Geneva Lakes area, including the historic estates that line the lake, to a history of Grand Geneva Resort (home at one time of the Playboy Club) to a fun and whimsical coloring book featuring iconic attractions and scenes of Lake Geneva, choose from a number of gift ideas.
  6. Wisconsin is the number one producer of cranberries in the US. And this small, family-run company located in central Wisconsin, where cranberry bogs likely outnumber corn fields, offers a variety of goodies that will remind your clients of Wisconsin. Rubi Reds offers a variety of dried cranberries, chocolate cranberries, trail mix, cranberry salsa and more.
  7. The only bond stronger than a Wisconsinite’s love for the Green Bay Packers may be their relationship with the brat—a staple for any tailgate party or summer outing in Wisconsin. Celebrate our state’s German heritage with a gift from Milwaukee’s famous Usinger’s. This Milwaukee-based family has been sharing its recipe for sausage for more than 130 years, now offering over 70 different varieties of old world sausage! Recipes remain the same as when the company began in 1880 and many are still made at the Old World Third Street location in downtown Milwaukee. A variety of gift baskets are available starting at about $35.

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