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It’s 30 degrees out and there’s a light dusting of snow all around.  People have decorated their houses with colorful fairy lights. The stores are packed with shoppers trying to find that perfect gift.  Which reminds me, I have not done anything to get into the holiday mood.  Tonight  is going to be a special night in Mineral Point.  The town is going to have a Candlelight Shopping event which I urge you to attend if you want to find a truly unique gift for a loved one and to have a delightful shopping experience.  Two years ago Keith and I went and it was just wonderful.  Imagine at twilight,  paper lanterns lining the sidewalks, the street lights adorned with evergreen wreaths and giant red velvet bows, music in the air, and shop windows showing off their one of a kind items.  To top it off how about a gentle flurry of snow and some warm chestnuts roasted on an open fire to pacify your hunger before dinner at one of the local restaurants?  Experience the small town charm tonight.  Saturday, December 5 from 5-9 PM.

Here are some gift ideas:  Just a few of my favorite things.

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1. Kickapoo Coffee – $12 for 12 oz.  The only coffee I will drink now.  It’s the best.  They have also just won Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year award.  Keith and I will be visiting their factory in Viroqua soon.

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2. Scarf from Global View – $9.  Global View is such a neat place.  They are secluded among the picturesque hills just outside the town of Spring Green.  The shop is full of Southeast Asian tapestries and other decorative arts.  My favorite thing to do there is to look through their fabulous collection of hand-painted  silk and linen scarves.

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3. Decorative Pie plate from Aaron Weaver (purchase at the Mineral Point Farmers Market or contact Aaron at  aweaver@mail.com) – $25.  Wood Salt Fired Stoneware Pottery.  Mr. Weaver makes other items such as vases, plates, and mugs.  I plan to buy more items and perhaps take a pottery class from him this winter.

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4. Songbird Necklace from Rymi Studios (in Illinois) – $18.  This 18 k gold plated necklace with a Swarovski crystal was custom made for me by my friend Rymi.  She has very whimsical pieces that I just adore.

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5. Goat Milk Soap from Lacey’s Lathers (also Mineral Point Farmer’s Market) – $2 a bar.  These are my favorite soaps.  They are made from goats milk from Claire’s own goats.  The are gentle and come in a variety of scents such as orange, lavender, vanilla, and sandalwood.  In addition she also sells solid lotion bars that are just perfectly creamy.

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6.  Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve – $26 a pound or $180 for a 10 pound wheel.  It’s really good.  Made from the best cow’s milk in Wisconsin.

7.  Hook’s Cheese 15 year old cheddar.  $35.95 a pound.  It’s a new product debuting this weekend.  It’s America’s oldest cheddar.  Read more about it on The Wisconsin State Journal’s website.

8.  Rural Route 1 Popcorn.  Their 2 gallon can of “Merry Christmas” popcorn is $28.95 each.  What’s a holiday without a tin of popcorn?

9.  Wollersheim Winery Ice Wine.  $47.  Perfect for or with dessert.

10.  Gail Ambrosius Chocolates.

*Find plenty more great gift ideas at SavorWisconsin.

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