A tisket, a tasket, a holiday gift basket by luckboy


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A tisket, a tasket, a holiday gift basket
It’s pretty easy to find gifts for foodies—wine, cheese, and other goodies are always welcome. But what if you want a little more, or something a little different, or something impressive? A collection of treats in a basket or box is a great answer. There are catalogs galore that offer you options, but there’s no need to look outside Wisconsin for fantastic selections. Many of these are available locally, some at a moment’s notice. Here are a few interesting ideas for food-related holiday gifts:

Basketree opened in 1984 and has become Madison’s premier source of custom baskets for corporate and personal gift giving. Their inventory includes thousands of delightful items and interesting containers for you to create your own basket or one of their designers will be happy to put one together to your specifications. Their convenient location just off the Beltline makes it an easy place to stop for gifts for everyone on your list. Whether you want something “over-the-top” or “just a little something,” Basketree can match the basket to your budget and recipient. The Grand Holiday Gourmet contains an assortment of Nutcracker Cookies, Cajun Pretzels, Wine Cheese Spreads, Berry BonBons, Gourmet Snack Mix, Cashews, Mustard, Wafer Cookies, Scottish Shortbread Cookies, Belgian Truffles, Cappuccino, Door County Cherries, Fudge, and more. $150.00 199 E. Badger Rd., Suite 100 Madison, WI 53713 (608) 276-8116 or (800) 333-2758 www.basketreegifts.com

All Through The House
Voted one of Brava magazine’s top five places to get a gift, All Through The House offers out-ofthe-ordinary home décor, gift and seasonal goods, fine cookware, kitchen tools, gourmet foods and wines from around the world. They also offer cooking classes. This All Through The House Breakfast Delights Basket includes Brown Family Farm Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Maple Syrup, Caramel Mochaccino Fireside Coffee, a spatula, a teddy bear shaped egg mold, and a multiuse silicone protector, all wrapped up in a two-quart stir ’n store measuring cup with a storage lid. A wide variety of custom baskets are available. 160 E. Main St. Historic Downtown Stoughton (608) 877-9403 www.shopthehouse.com


Stoughton Spirits
The new Stoughton Spirits now offers 300+ wines under $15, a variety of craft beer, home brewing supplies, liquor accessories, gift baskets, and cigars. They hold wine tastings on a regular basis. A bottle of Chimay Ale and St. Sebastiaan Grand Reserve Belgian Ale with a pilsner glass and gold-rimmed goblet fill this Beer Lover’s Basket. Many custom baskets are available. 965 N. Page St. Stoughton, WI 53589 Phone: (608) 873-0860 www.bottledpleasure.com Issue Number eIght



Let Julie help with your Holiday dinner!
Bring an empty pie pan and we will fill it with one of our delicious recipes, or bring your favorite recipe and we’ll make it!

Let us create your perfect gift!
Beautiful holiday containers piled high with • Live plants and fresh flowers • Premium candies • Gourmet foods—local and exotic • Bath and body products
Julie’s is the place to pick up treats for your holiday party Fresh bakery with a wide assortment of delicious pastries your friends and family will simply love!

Class Registration:
Make your own gingerbread house Kids’ and adults’ classes available. Julie makes all the gingerbread kits!

Personalized gifts • Custom printed ribbons • Private label foods • Laser engraved wood products

Don’t miss it!

409 North Ludington, Columbus, WI 53925 Across from the Amtrak Station Ph: (920) 623-5540 Fax: (920) 623-5510

Custom, Creative, and Corporate Gifts
199 E. Badger Rd., Suite 100 Madison, WI 53713 Phone: (608) 276-8116


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Quality Candy/Buddy Squirrel
Since 1915, Quality Candy has been a Milwaukee tradition, producing confections of the finest quality using only the best ingredients. In 1985 they acquired Buddy Squirrel of Wisconsin and added roasted nuts , gourmet popcorn, and snack mixes. They are an excellent choice for corporate gift giving and fund-raising. Quality Candy/Buddy Squirrel’s Premium Chocolate Assortment includes a selection of melt-in-your-mouth crèmes, buttery caramels, rich award-winning butter almond toffee, crunchy nut clusters, and luscious cherry cordials drenched in rich, velvety-smooth Swiss milk and dark chocolate. P.O. Box 070581 Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 483-4500 or (800) 972-2658 www.qcbs.com


Main Street Jewelers
Main Street Jewelers takes care of all your jewelry needs in one stop. Not only do they offer a comprehensive selection of fine jewelry, including the popular add-a-link bracelets, but also fine watches from Citizen, Pulsar, Seiko, and Colibri. On-premise repair is available. The friendly, helpful staff will be happy to help you put together the perfect basket at prices starting at $30. The Main Street Jewelers Cookies, Candlelight, and Pearls Basket starts with an opalescent hinged-top basket containing chocolates, a scented soy candle, cookies, and features a Wish® Pearl box with a pearl-bearing oyster and keepsake pendant. 139 E. Main St. Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-4566 www.historicstoughton.com/shoppingmz/mainstreetjewelers.html

Carl’s Cakes
Carl trained with German and Swiss pastry chefs and has been making wedding cakes for 21 years. Carl’s is famous for scratch-made pastries and cookies and fabulous wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and tortes. They also offer Equal Exchange organic fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolate bars. Gift trays can be custom assembled including breakfast bakery items, challa bread, raisin bread, pies, and holiday cookies (including the very special turkey cookie/cupcakes). 4674 Cottage Grove Rd. Madison, WI 53716 (608) 222-3322 www.danebuylocal.com/member/41/all


TerraSource Gourmet Chocolates
Specializing in dark chocolates made with the highest quality local, organic, and fair trade ingredients, TerraSource includes chocolates in delicious flavors such as red raspberry, black raspberry, rhubarb, lavender, honey lavender caramel, blueberry, and harvest caramel. Vegan friends will appreciate rhubarb, blueberry, black raspberry, and red raspberry versions created just for them. Each box of TerraSource Chocolates contains an assortment of handmade dark chocolates that vary with the seasons. Individual boxes and three-, six-, and nine-month Box-a-Month subscriptions make sure your special person never goes without chocolate. $20.00 four-piece box $7.58 twelve-piece box $22.75 TerraSource Gourmet Chocolates LLC P.O. Box 8664 Madison, WI 53708-8664 (608) 221-0588 (877) 808-9217 www.terrasourcechocolates.com


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If you’re looking for a distinctive selection of Wisconsin and imported cheeses, then Cheesers is a store you must visit. Other available items include gourmet foods, tea, coffee, Scandinavian goods, cocoa, and various Wisconsin-made goods. This Cheese and Treats Basket contains summer sausage, blueberry white cheddar cheese, Wisconsin chocolate cheese fudge, cranberry white cheddar cheese, Wienkis Market Cherry Raspberry Pie Filling, Door County Coffee, three packages of gourmet cocoa, Weinbrand Kirchen brandy-filled chocolate, Valley Lahvosh star crackers. Custom baskets and boxes are available. Baskets range from $15 to “the sky is the limit.” 186 E. Main St. Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-1777 www.cheesers.com

Home Interiors
Home Interiors is the largest direct seller of home accessories in North America. Its product lines include artificial flowers, candles, framed artwork, mirrors, sconces, small furniture, candles, and shelves. Either attend a home show or order online. Home Interiors Apple Pie Basket will make any home smell like just baked apple pie. It features baked apple pie candles, caramel pear hand wash, baked-apple room spray, and a unique Christmas tree centerpiece with a tea light candle. Children’s and theme baskets are also available, as well as custom baskets filled with stemware, dishes, centerpieces, seasonal pieces, and floral arrangements. Custom baskets typically average $20 to $90. Loretta Johnson 302Ashberry Court Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 333-5483 www.homeinteriors.com/lorettajohnson


Bavaria Sausage
Bavaria Sausage makes the finest German sausages and Black Forest ham you’ll find anywhere. Their selection of specialty meats and imported items are truly outstanding. Add a great cheese case and Bavaria Sausage becomes a one-stop gift shop. Their products can also be ordered online. This #113 Gift Box contains beef summer sausage, beef pfeffer sausage, all-beef salami, CoJack Wisconsin cheese, Wild Morel and Leek Jack cheese, Garlic and Herb Jack cheese, crackers, honey cup mustard, and trail mix. 6317 Nesbit Road Madison, WI 53719 (608) 271-1295 or (800) 733-6695 www.bavariasausage.com


Hawkwind makes their mustards in small batches that are hand turned to guarantee quality, flavor, and freshness. Their bright, delicious artisanal mustards and relishes are pesticide- and herbicide-free. The Hawkwind Three-Jar Box contains Clem’s Hot Pepper Mustard, Clem’s Hot Pepper Relish, and Hawkwind Heat. Twelve-jar boxes are available for only $39. E14494 Tower Road Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 356-2926 www.hawkwindllc.com



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