It’s not Santa’s secret that a shopping trip through Door County’s specialty shops and boutiques can tackle even the toughest Christmas lists.

From simple stocking stuffers to high-end décor and gallery pieces, you’ll find something in these stores to please even the pickiest of gift recipients.

But this year, why not think outside the holiday gift box? Check your list twice and plan beyond December 25 to birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Because when you give a gift from Door County, you are doing more than supporting the local economy. You are sharing a memory of a summer afternoon spent on the water, or a scenic drive through the autumn foliage. And that’s a gift that will be cherished long after the Christmas wrappings are put away.

She’s always cold: For the friend or co-worker who is perpetually freezing, warm her heart with a box of Door County cherry black tea, available at Tea Thyme in Sister Bay. You’ll fall in love with the felted mittens sold at Kim’s Boutique, the slouchy winter hats from Jane’s Clothing & Accessories, and the trendy wraps at Blacksmith Clothing Co., all in Egg Harbor. And any fur-natic will flip over the super-warm hats and headbands sold at Alpaca to Apparel, Fish Creek.

Bonus gift: A handmade alpaca teddy bear would make a perfectly unique gift for a new baby or baptism.

Host/ess gift: Everyone gets that one invitation to a party where you’re not sure what to bring. A bottle of wine is almost always well received—especially the classic Door County Cherry by Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, or White Christmas from Door Peninsula Winery, both in the Carlsville area. Want a more seasonal gift? Swing through Tannenbaum Holiday Shop in Sister Bay and/or Mistletoe Holiday House, Egg Harbor.

Bonus gift: Toast your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day with some Cherry Sparkle from Lautenbach’s Orchard Country, Fish Creek. And you’ll be all set for your friends’ anniversary dinner party with a bottle of Bubbler from Door 44 Winery in Sturgeon Bay, which pairs perfectly with personalized champagne flutes from Blue Heron Glass Etching, Sister Bay.

Foodie friend: For the person permanently tuned to the Food Network, go to The Cook Book in Sister Bay and pick up a collection of favorite local recipes, or shop Door County Olive Oil in Sturgeon Bay, the Oilery in Fish Creek or Fat Louie’s in different locations in the county for a fresh and unique oil gift. Visit Door County Creamery in Sister Bay for a gift box containing “Team Cream’s Favorite Things.”

Bonus gift: Pick up a box of Door County Creamery’s handmade goat milk soaps as a graduation gift for a student who is going off to college.

Four-legged friend: Pamper your precious pet with a personalized water dish or an organic catnip or cat grass kid, available in Juddville at Kitty Korner. For the dear doggie in your life, stop by the Door County Dog Store in Sturgeon Bay to visit their “Bone Bar” or pick up some lavender pet bath soap from Island Lavender’s Ephraim gift shop. You can also swing by Carlsville for unique pet-gift options at Pet Expressions.

Bonus gift: It’s impossible to know what to say when a friend loses a beloved companion. Show your sympathy with a personalized pet remembrance stone from Kitty Korner.

Packer backer: Know a fan of the Green Bay Packers who doesn’t want to wear cheese on her head? Wilkins & Olander has an array of tasteful “Home Sweet Home Wisconsin” T-shirts at their Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay locations. And you can pick up either a Packer pet pillow or patterned doggie coat at Dogma Diggs & Grooming Studio, Sister Bay.

Bonus gift: Visit Door County Candle Company in Carlsville and bag an extra green-and-gold “America’s Team” candle as a thank-you gift. You’ll be prepared when someone offers you Packers tickets or invites you to watch the Super Bowl.

Eclectic aunt: A cute, Christmas-y candy-striped vase can be found at Dis ’N Dat Décor in Fish Creek. Or go mismatched with a bright pair of colorful Solmate Socks (for men or women) from McKeefry & Yeoman, Ephraim.

Bonus gift: Let your loved one express her artistic talents at Fish Creek’s Hands On Art Studio. A gift certificate is perfect for any occasion.

Super-stressed boss: A neck pillow, eye mask or linen spray from Island Lavender in Ephraim or soothing lavender lotion from Fragrant Isle in Fish Creek is guaranteed to ease away the stress of the day, especially when paired with a relaxing CD of songs by Door County musicians, available at Tea Thyme in Sister Bay. You can pick up a soothing tea at Door County Coffee and Tea, too—or some fresh-roasted coffee beans (if your boss is super stressed, maybe try the decaf!) A literal “Cup of Peace” can be found at Plum Bottom Gallery, Egg Harbor.

Bonus gift: Pick up a lavender sampler basket for an expectant mother as a pampering baby shower gift.

Main man: What guy wouldn’t want a MANdle? It’s a soy-based candle in such manly scents as Packer Backer and Happy Camper—available in Egg Harbor at Door County Nature Works. Check out the selection of masculine woolen blankets at Hide Side Corner Store in Fish Creek or the Vineyard Vines resort wear from On Deck Clothing Company’s three locations.

Bonus gift: A bottle of Death’s Door gin or vodka—made from wheat grown on Washington Island—would make a perfect Father’s Day gift. Pick one up at Fish Creek Market.

That person who has everything: Perhaps the most impossible people to shop for are those who already purchase everything they need for themselves. But their faces will sparkle like Christmas lights when they get a load of the silver Wisconsin-themed necklaces and earrings from J. Jeffrey Taylor Jewelry and Fine Art in Fish Creek, or the made-in-Door County wooden Wisconsin boards at Cutting Boards and More, Sturgeon Bay. And no one has a Door County cherry blossom ring or pendant necklace like the ones at Samara Jewelry Designs, Sturgeon Bay.

Bonus: Best part about these gifts? Their infinite shelf life makes them perfect presents to keep on hand. Stock up for those last-minute occasions… or any time you want to treat someone with a little piece of Door County love.

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