It’s disheartening to see local stores having to close due to this pandemic that won’t end. We can all do our part and support local businesses to help. This holiday season, shop local in Appleton, WI! Here’s a list of some ideas to get you thinking about local gift ideas or just a treat for yourself. 

Local Shops in Appleton, WI

Hot Chocolate Bombs

These are the “hot” new item this year and many local businesses are making them! They are a ball of powdered hot chocolate and marshmallows. They dissolve when you pour hot milk over the top. Go watch a video of it if you’ve never seen it. They are so cool and look so yummy! I especially love the unique flavors and toppings like pop rocks and unicorn. Some local businesses offering these include All Tied Up Floral Cafe, SAP, Tamara’s Cake Guru, and Brewed Awakenings.

To-go Drinks 

One of my favorite local spots is 313 Dodge in Kaukauna. They have a walk-up window where you can order to-go drinks or drink kits. Every week they have three different craft cocktails to choose from and they are delicious! I’ve gotten them a couple different times this fall and they never disappoint. They are now offering drink kits to make 4 cocktails at home in yummy flavors like blueberry lavender vodka spritzer, rojo, and vanilla pear gin fiz. Check out their facebook page to order! 

Gift Cards to Restaurants

This is an obvious one, but gift cards to local restaurants are one of my favorite gifts to give. Not only does it support the restaurant, but it’s something to look forward to. Even if you plan on doing contactless pickup when using, I think it’s a great way to support local! Some of my favorite restaurants are Carmellas, Rye, Author’s Kitchen and Bar, and Draft Gastropub.

Support Local 920 pledge 

Downtown Appleton has a pledge you can take this holiday season to pick “9” and spend “20” at stores in downtown Appleton. If you sign up, you could win gift certificates to downtown Appleton businesses!

Past client owned small businesses

I have worked with some amazing mamas this year! Learning about them and how much they accomplish while raising their families is so inspiring. Two of my past clients own their own local small business. 

Check out Fuze Nuturition Club, a smoothie bar in Appleton, and Font Garage, an etsy shop that hand makes ornaments, signs, and home decor!


I always appreciate an experience gift over another toy that will eventually end up in our toy box. Memberships to local places are such a great gift! Below are links to a couple of my favorites!

Building for Kids membership

Building for Kids Membership Shop Local Appleton WI by Daphodil Photo

Mulberry Lane Farm membership

Shop Local Appleton WI Mulberry Lane Farm in Hilbert WI by Daphodil Photo

NEW Zoo membership

Online WI companies

While not local to “Appleton”, these two companies are my favorite online WI shops!

GILTEE Wisconsin clothing

GILTEE is based out of Milwaukee and has the cutest Wisconsin clothing. I love this green WISCO hoodie. It’s super comfy and I wear it all the time! They offer free shipping on all orders!

Door County Coffee

I love flavored coffee, so Door County Coffee is on the top of my list. They ship quickly and their coffee is so good! 

Support local businesses this holiday season!

I hope this gave you some ideas to start thinking about how to shop local in Appleton, WI during the holidays. Even if you don’t feel comfortable going in to a store, shopping online can still support local! 

Leave a comment with you favorite local place to support. I’d love to hear other places that aren’t on my list!