The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to start making those gift lists.
Wausau-area businesses offer fun and unique presents for everyone in your life. And it’s always a bonus when you can check things off your list and support local businesses at the same time. We asked our readers to share their go-to stores for holiday shopping, and these are the local businesses they said they make sure to visit.
Janke Book Store
Many readers said that Janke Book Store, 505 Third St. in Wausau, is a must-stop on their holiday shopping venture.
The popular store has been a staple in downtown Wausau since 1919 and offers something for everyone on your list. In addition to books of all genres, people can find games, toys, journals, coloring books and much more.
Staff said that local travel books, which are conveniently on display right up front, have been especially popular. There’s also a corner dedicated to Wisconsin merchandise if there’s someone in your life who loves to show their state pride. Board games and other activities are also popular with customers, particularly the throwback toys like jacks and dominoes.
Janke Book Store is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday.
Evolutions in Design
Evolutions in Design was another popular suggestion from readers. The shop, 626 N. Third St. in Wausau, offers home decor, including artwork, lamps, plants, holiday decorations and much, much more.
Whether you love classic decorations or unique, one-of-a-kind items, the store is packed to the ceiling with options. Staff said their candles, socks and holiday decorations are always crowd-pleasers.
Do you have a pop culture lover on your list? You’ll definitely be able to find something for them at Evolutions in Design. The store offers everything from celebrity prayer candles (Harry Styles and Elton John, anyone?) and Audrey Hepburn arm chairs to sleek artwork imprinted with famous song lyrics.
The store also carries food brands, mugs, kitchen accessories and everything else you’d need for a stocking stuffer or a custom gift basket.
Evolutions in Design is open from 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday and from 10 am-3 pm Saturdays.
The Chocolate Shop
Not only are the holidays a time for gift giving, but they’re also a time for everyone to indulge in their favorite treats. The Chocolate Shop, 532 S Third Ave., is a great option if you’re looking to accomplish both.
The local shop has chocolate imported from Europe, custom chocolate truffles and much more. You can buy holiday boxes complete with different holiday characters, including a snowman and a reindeer. You can also mix and match candy in the store to create the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.
The Chocolate Shop is open from 10:30 am-7 pm Monday-Friday and from 10 am-5 pm Saturdays.
Aspen Oak & Co.
Aspen Oak & Co., a Mosinee-based business that sells wax melts, is a perfect store to check out for anyone in your life who loves to fill their home with delicious scents, including Birch Woods, which has been a hit with customers.
The shop has popular holiday scents, like gingerbread and peppermint bark, as well as scents that are perfect year-round. If you know someone who loves to make their home just a little cozier with the perfect scent, you’re sure to find a gift at Aspen Oak & Co.
The wax melts can be found in a few local stores, including That Urban Boutique (The Lash Cafe), Lashed Out by Savannah, Maven Lash and HMM Boutique. You can also purchase melts through the shop’s website.
The Needle Workshop/The Quilting Workshop
If someone on your list loves a good homemade gift or loves to create something of their own, you’re sure to find something at The Needle Workshop/The QuiltingWorkshop, 312 S. First Ave. in Wausau.
The shop has everything needed to make household essentials, such as towels, hot pads, decorations, pillows and much more. For the sewers in your life, you can find all of the supplies they need, from stacks of material to choose from to scissors and thread nippers. The shop also offers other items such as ice cream scoopers and wine stoppers
The Needle Workshop/The Quilting Workshop is open from 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday and from 10 am-3 pm Saturdays.
JN Creations, 300 N. Third St. #L5 in Wausau, carries a wide variety of items, including custom artwork, jewelry, self-care products for men and women, apparel, art supplies and Wisconsin-made jams, sauces and maple syrup .
Customers can come in and look around to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list or they can request a gift box be put together with items from the store. In order to create a box, customers just need to provide a price point and some information about the recipient.
JN Creations is open from 10 am-5 pm Wednesdays, from 10 am-5:30 pm Thursdays, from 10 am-4 pm Fridays and from 10 am-3:30 pm Saturdays.
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