Lake Country Family Fun’s Shop Small Holiday Guide

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Welcome to the annual Lake Country Family Fun’s Shop Small Holiday Guide!

If it isn’t painfully obvious at this point, we love Lake Country – we love Waukesha County and the surrounding area, and of course, we love Wisconsin. The area is full of fun events, the people are absolutely outstanding, the food can’t be beat, and we have some of the greatest small businesses around.  I always try to shop local and shop small when possible. It helps another small business owner provide for their family, lets their dreams flourish, and it is what makes us unique here in our area.  As a Mom with an action-packed schedule, I love to stop for what I need instead of going through mazes of aisles.  This holiday season and throughout the year, let’s skip the big box store when possible and head to these businesses to support our local businesses and neighbors and get to know our community a bit better.  Gift cards are the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for relative and friend.

All the business featured below have been recommended and approved by Lake Country Family Fun followers! Follow Lake Country Family Fun on Instagram and Instagram stories to see the fun we have when shopping local 🙂

Feel free to comment below with where you like to shop!

Lake Country Family Fun has all your Holiday needs. Check out our Holiday Fun Guide, Photos with Santa Guide, Christmas Tree Lighting Guide, Christmas Tree Farm Guide, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, and Christmas and Holiday Parade Guide. Happy Holidays from Lake Country Family Fun!

Boutiques and Specialty Shops

Ava's A Posh Boutique

Ava’s A Posh Boutique specializes in trendy women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes. The store offers a unique shopping experience with new arrivals weekly. They strive to make shopping convenient. You’ll be sure to find something you love. But don’t let the high end look fool you, the prices are incredible. Ava’s has unique locally handcrafted items perfect for any occasion. Amanda Schwefel the owner, with the help and support of her husband Jeff and daughter Ava (who the store is named after) runs the store in Downtown Watertown.

The Barn Owl Boutique

The Barn Owl, a boutique in downtown Delafield, providing a handpicked touch of whimsical, rustic and the unexpected for both your home and wardrobe. Featuring a blend of local makers and national lines like Milwaukee Candle Company, Smooch Lip Balm, Cloudnine Soap Company, Tammy Spice Jewelry, Rachel Keppeler Designs jewelry, The Earth & All Stars leather jewelry, Lollia bath and body line, Capri Blue Candles, BBDakota clothing and many more! You’ll be sure to find a variety of unique gifts this holiday season!

Books & Company

Books & Company is an independent bookshop serving the Lake Country and surrounding areas for 34 years. They are proud to carry on the independent bookselling tradition by offering books and unique gifts, personalized reading recommendations, author events, a monthly storytime for children ages 3 – 6, and free services for book clubs. Their knowledgeable, experienced booksellers are dedicated to finding the right book for the right reader. Find your next favorite read at Books & Company.

Fruits of the Spirit Candles, LLC

Fruits of the Spirit Candles, LLC is located in downtown Waukesha. They offer 20% off their scent of the month (November: Cranberry Salsa, December: Mistletoe & Ivy) They also host a number of Photo with Santa events including: Story Time with Quincy the Christmas Quail, Ornament Making with the Girl Scouts and Family Christmas Candle Workshops. Check out their website at or call 262-370-7093 to find the perfect soy wax candle for your loved ones this Christmas!

Hush Little Lanie: A Baby Boutique

Hush Little Lanie is an adorable storefront baby boutique in Merton just three miles north of Hwy 16. They offer a variety of mostly handmade gifts for baby and mom-to-be as well as First Birthday outfits and Big/Little sister/brother shirts! They invite you to check out their recent facelift during their Holiday Open House 11/24 thru 11/26 on Black Friday weekend when they will have special offers and in-store giveaways! Be sure to “like” them on Facebook so you can see the cuteness they we post daily!

JnJ Handmade

JnJ Handmade is a local family business that sells yard games and rustic home decor. All items make great holiday gifts! Use coupon code HOLIDAY2017 to save 12% off your entire purchase on their Etsy page.

Katie Geis Fine Art

Katie Geis – Watercolor and oil artist available for commissions, live event paintings for galas, weddings, etc., as well as prints and originals for sale via her website. She specializes in interior artwork to match your home, figure portraits, wedding portraits, and landscape paintings. Need a unique gift to give or treat yourself with? –> Facebook: Katie Geis Fine Art Website:

Lake Effect Co.

Lake Effect Co. is a brand that celebrates the beauty and adventure of lake living, driven by the tagline “Long Live Lake Life.” Founded by Hartland native and current Milwaukee resident Katherine Gramann, Lake Effect Co. is a community, uniting us over a shared sense of adventure and desire to savor the beauty many find so restorative about the beloved lake life. The shop features clothing for babies through adults (the most adorable onesies!) and goods such as boat totes, hats, tea towels and custom WI-made soy candles, all designed and produced locally. Jump in!

Lava By E

Lava by E creates pieces of jewelry with lava beads that you can add your favorite essential oils to; take your diffuser with you anywhere! Simply apply 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oils to the black lava beads with your fingers. Lava by E works with you to create a peice of jewelry you’ll love!

Mama Said Tees

Mama Said Tees is a company run by 2 mamas on a mission to instill messages of love & kindness. Join the kindness campaign with their tees, bags, and cute sayings today.

Scentsory Bath and Body Boutique

Scentsory is a shopping destination with over 27 varieties of handmade bath bombs, sugar scrubs, handmade soaps, bath salts and the create your own Fragrance Bar and Custom Lip Kit stations it is the perfect bath and body boutique experience. In the middle of charming downtown Oconomowoc in Wisconsin’s beautiful lake Country area, it’s a perfect spot to visit on a “day-cation” and is happy to host your private party after hours, whether it’s a birthday, girls night out or bridal shower. Follow Scentsory on Facebook to keep up with current events!

Silly Willyz

Silly Willyz toy store is located in downtown Pewaukee. They offer the perfect mix of educational toys, novelty items, puzzles, games, books, and arts and crafts. Silly Willyz offers unique gift items for people of all ages (did we mention we offer free gift wrap)… come on in and play today!

Snips and Giggles

Snips and Giggles is located downtown Oconomowoc. It is a full service hair salon for children and adults. They offer a variety of services, including hosting birthday parties. Check out their November Mommy and Me Holiday Hair events and the new The Lounge at Snips!

The Purple Giraffe

The Purple Giraffe is a children’s boutique in downtown Oconomowoc. Their offerings are varied–toys to delight, special outfits for babies to big kids and everything in between–but the mission is simple: to make you feel appreciated, welcomed and comfortable every time you shop at The Purple Giraffe.

Classes and Services

Goldfish Swim School Brookfield

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a state of the art swimming facility designed to enhance learning, fun and safety with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), and a shiver-free 90-degree pool.

Lake Country Fine Arts and Gallery

Lake Country Fine Arts School and Gallery offers gift certificates for classes, workshops, camps and birthday parties including; Pottery, Sculpting, Drawing and Glass Fusing. The gallery offers unique fine art and fine craft gift items including over 40 different artist’s including: pottery, painting, jewelry, blown glass, metal sculpture, drawings, photography, baskets, greeting cards and more.

Lovejoy Travel Agency

Where your destination begins. Lovejoy Travel Agency is a professional travel company offering leisure and corporate travel services while valuing relationships among clients and suppliers.

Soul Bottom Wellness

Within the doors of Soul Bottom Wellness, they pride themselves on creating a safe and loving environment, so that you are able to journey within and rediscover your truth, heart, and passion. Through their individual services, classes, and retreats, you are able to become aware of the ways in which you have been limiting yourself and, with their help are finally able to clear them! You become empowered to make a choice of how to move forward in life, while making peace with all that has happened in the past. You are able to shift your life into something truly magical… The life you were born, and deserve to live. A life of love. “We don’t just speak about these principals, we live them wholeheartedly. You are no longer alone, Soul Shaker, you are home and we look forward to meeting with you soon!”

Yummy Eats

Bella Gusto

Downtown Oconomowoc’s own Italian market and deli. They offer a full lunch and dinner menu as well as gift certificates and holiday baskets. Book them to cater your upcoming holiday event!

Sweet P's Pantry

Sweet P’s Pantry is located in downtown Oconomowoc. Every confection is made with natural, high quality ingredients to create the most delicious toffee and chocolates that you ever tasted! Sweet and Savory Personal and Business Gifts for any occasion. They ship nationwide!

Outdoor and Active Shops

Endurance House Delafield

Endurance House Delafield is a retail experience redefined. It is a place for endurance sports enthusiasts to learn, shop, and congregate. Join their free Tuesday night runs! They carry all items running, biking, and swimming related. Print this ad or show it in store and save $15 on your next pair of shoes!


Sherpers is located in downtown Oconomowoc and also has a store in Hales Corners and Port Washington. They carry everything from camping and hiking gear to tactical gear – and everything in between! With the recent addition of their online store, you can shop local at home for all your outdoor adventures.

Don’t forget that gift cards to Local Coffee Shops
make great gifts 🙂

Our favorite shops are:
Mama D’s Coffee
Birch and Banyon
Pink Mocha Cafe & Coffee House
Brewer’s Two Cafe
Steam Yard Coffee

Want to be included in this Guide?

If you are local business and would like to be listed in Lake Country Family Fun’s Shop Small Guide, please email us at erin@lakecountryfamilyfun(dot)com with your business information. You can also email us via the contact form.