Good Gifts in Madison


We browsed around Madison and found some out-of-the-box gifts for hard-to-buy-for types.


Willow & Birch, 36 Wall Street in Madison

Oliver Thomas Bags
This fresh line of functional bags by Oliver Thomas allows you to go from day to night and week to weekend without having to schlep multiple heavy satchels. They offer lightweight quilted bags of all sizes from face case to backpack to weekender. From $55.

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Gateau Marche’s Classic Currant Scone Mix
Here’s a great teacher gift. Willow + Birch’s former In-House Pastry Chef, Angela Salvatore (who recently returned to Napa to pursue her confectionary dreams) left behind her famous recipe for scones. Mixes come in 3 flavors:  Classic Currant, Cranberry Cardamom, and Ginger Turmeric.  All dry ingredients in the jar, add butter and cream, baking instructions included.  $14 each

2019 Calendar with Gold Easel
We can think of a handful of people on our own lists that would appreciate this simple and elegant desktop calendar filled with whimsical illustrations by Memphis, TN artist Karen Adams. $61

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Creations, 712 Boston Post Road in Madison

Chocolate Lovers Gift Box
This Chocolate Lover Gift Box filled with cocoas will please the most discerning of palates with Lavender Mint, Vanilla Orange and Chokola (with a dash of red chili pepper). $39.95


Rotating Globes
Know someone who could use a little serenity in their space? These eco-friendly decor pieces channel energy from ambient light and the earth’s magnetic field and rotate continuously on their own – no cords or batteries. From $159.95


Baby Gift Set
We loved this organic cotton knit hat and one piece sleeper set (and baby blanket). These soft sets are printed with maps of Connecticut and perfect for any baby (or baby to come) that has ties to our state. $60.95

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J.Horton, 690 Boston Post Road in Madison

Mighty Sound Pocket-sized Speaker
How cute is this teensy (3.5” x 1.8” x 0.7”) Bluetooth speaker? And who wouldn’t want a to-go speaker that fits right in your pocket or bag for music and podcasts on the go? Built-in microphone for conference-calling, too. $70

These flat water bottles are genius! The Memobottle’s slim design is made to fit in your handbag or pocket. Designed in Australia, this company is joining the movement to cut down on the dependence of single-use water bottles. Every bottle sold provides one person with two months’ access to clean water through $22 – $28


Choose from a hilarious selection of games that will help jazz up any family gathering or dinner party. Other titles include: I’m Not Saying You’re Stupid and Things They Don’t Teach You in School. $20