Season's greetings! Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means many Wisconsinites are officially in holiday mode. Shoppers will be making their rounds through malls, stores and specialty shops all across our state this month. If you're still trying to think of ways that you can slip fun and unique gifts into the stockings and under the tree, consider gifts that are Something Special from Wisconsin.
When you see products with the red Something Special from Wisconsin logo, rest assured that at least half of the item's ingredients, production or processing are from or occur in Wisconsin. Just like Wisconsin agriculture, the products and companies that are part of the Something Special from Wisconsin program are so diverse and truly offer something for people - and even pets - of all ages.
Still wondering what to get those hard-to-shop-for individuals on your list? Check out the gift guide below to put your mind at ease and money in your community.

Deck the halls
As you prepare to deck the halls this year, make a real Christmas tree part of your family tradition. While you're at it, give the gift of a wreath or swag made from real Wisconsin Christmas trees. Using fresh greens grown by local farmers is also great for the environment.
The Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association has hundreds of Christmas tree growers throughout the state. Support them by purchasing a Wisconsin-grown tree or wreath this year.
Wreaths by Chalann in Portage has beautiful, fragrant Fraser Fir wreaths made from Wisconsin greens that will brighten your winter and last for two months, or more, without losing needles.

Soaps, lotions and candles
Handcrafted skincare products and candles exemplify the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and are perfect for the ladies on your list.
Floppy Ear Farm, LLC, in Reedsville uses fresh goat milk from its own handmilked goats to make soaps in a variety of scents. There is about one-fourth cup of milk in each soap bar.
Kreative Kraftwerks in Malone purchases as many of its product ingredients as possible from businesses located in Wisconsin. The product lineup includes soy jar candles, handcrafted bar soap, and shaped soap, all in a variety of scents
Maple Hill Farm in Ladysmith uses milk from its milking sheep herd to handcraft bar soap in many scents. Sheep's milk is higher in fat than cow or goat milk, making it more moisturizing and healthier for sensitive skin.
Shamrock Soaps in Ixonia is handmade in small batches. Shamrock Soaps produces natural body care products, which are skin-soothing and fragrant. Natural ingredients can be found in their handmade soaps, bath bombs, bath salts, body balms, lip balms and laundry soaps.

Stocking stuffers
Whether you're looking for outside-the-box ideas to stuff stockings with this year, or gifts for neighbors, teachers and mail carriers, these businesses have you covered.
Annie's Bone Appetit! in Menasha specializes in treats for birds and four-legged friends. Pinecone bird feeders are made by Innovative Services, which provides jobs for handicapped individuals. The dog bones are also handmade and packaged in regular and Christmas packages every November and December.
Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown has over 20 years of experienced coffee roasting. Berres Brothers Coffee is available in dozens of flavors to satisfy everyone on your list. Try their No. 1 seller, Highlander Grogg, a unique blend of coffee with caramel, butterscotch and hazelnut flavoring.
Four Elements Organic Herbals in North Freedom has herbal teas available in many flavors and has been growing herbs organically for 26 years. All are hand-harvested in the Baraboo Bluffs.
HANmade Milwaukee in Milwaukee features bandanas, aprons and pillows, which display maps of Milwaukee's exciting lakefront. All cloth is milled and made in the USA, and the map and artwork was done by two Milwaukee cousins who love their town.

Sweet treats
These sweet and tasty treats will satisfy taste buds year round and make great hostess gifts.
Becky's Blissful Bakery in Pewaukee handmakes candies and caramels that will satisfy any sweet tooth. All are 100 percent natural, organic, gluten-free and delicious.
Bertram's Jams, Jellies & More in Sheboygan has handmade, artisan jams and jellies that use only the freshest, finest ingredients available. They use local produce when available and only Door County tart cherries for their cherry jam.
Raikowski Farm in Junction City has a unique story. What started as way to use up surplus peppers from the farm in jam has blossomed into a full-grown business that produces jams and dry rubs. Dry rubs are used for meat, veggies, stew and even nuts. Many of the products are produced in their certified farm kitchen.
Tolman Sweet in Sturgeon Bay. Specializes in dehydrated fruit, with all products grown, processed and packaged in Door County. A natural, perfect ready-to-go snack.
Wisconsin Bakers Association has a big job. Known for the famous cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair with an average of 350,000 consumed each year, the Wisconsin Bakers Association oversees the busiest retail bakery in the world for 14 days every August. Gift cards are available year-round, but redeemable only during the Wisconsin State Fair.

Wine and cheese
With over 600 types, styles and varieties of cheeses in Wisconsin and countless wines to complement them, give a Something Special from Wisconsin wine and cheese gift box to those with sophisticated taste.
Holland's Family Cheese in Thorp is a farmstead that features several varieties of Marieke's Gouda, a handcrafted raw milk cheese. Try Marieke Gouda Mature, a cheese that recently was awarded Grand Champion honors at the U.S. Cheese Competition.
Northleaf Winery, LLC, in Milton offers wine available in gift baskets of all sizes and price ranges. Take a shopping break and have lunch at their Bistro, which includes Artisan breads, gourmet soups and organic salads.
Omega Valley Farmers, LLC, in Dorchester makes products are all natural, rBST free, gluten free, Kosher and have naturally-occurring Omega 3 fatty acids. Each ounce of OVF cheese contains 415mg of Omega, with no fish oil added.
Vetro Winery in Jefferson produces wines with Wisconsin-grown grapes. Try WAP-A-TU-E, Nun on the Run and Padre's Punch, to name a few of Vetro Winery wines.
Widmer's Cheese Cellars in Theresa has been providing customers with national award-winning cheese for three generations. Try their cheese and sausage gift boxes. It's the perfect way to share Wisconsin products with friends and relatives near and far.
To learn more about ways to buy local from these and nearly 500 other Something Special from Wisconsin companies, log on to www.somethingspecialfromwisconsin.com. Remember, Wisconsin agriculture is yours. Today, tomorrow and always.
Wishing a very safe, happy and healthy holiday season to you all, and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!