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This abandoned Milwaukee mall is transformed into a winter wonderland for youth

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Winter Wonderland, abandon mall, Milwaukee

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day 8, gifts for pet lovers

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Have a local artist paint a pet portrait, $75-$425

Know someone who would love to adorn their fur baby on the wall? There are a couple local artists who specialize in painting pet portraits and they each have their own imaginative style: Pop Art Pet Paintings, D Taylor Fine Art, or etsy artist paintingsNprints.

Hedgehog Coffee Mug, $30

This one of a kind ceramic mug is individually constructed and carved in a durable stoneware clay body. Choose from cats, dogs, hedgehogs, bears, giraffes or moose. This etsy designer also creates custom designed mugs with yours or your giftee’s favorite pet.

 

 

Ruffit Dog Carrier, was $99.99, now on sale for $59.99

For the on-the-go dog parent who wishes they could bring their fur baby everywhere, enter The Ruffit. We’ve seen dog owners bring their pups along on full moon bike rides and the infamous Santa Rampage with these carriers. They are tailored to fit different sized dogs under 25 lbs. Even better, the Ruffit is discounted through December 31.

 

Pet Print Rubber Stamp, $2.50-$10

Those who see their pet as a member of the family may do things such as signing their pets name along with theirs in greeting cards. Here’s a fun way to give them more creativity in sharing their pet with all of their handwritten notes. This etsy shop has stamps for dog and cat paws, birds, snakes, cows, chickens and more.

 

Dog or Cat Bow Tie, $46

For those who want their pet to look their very best, Silly Buddy makes handcrafted bow ties, collars and flower attachments that can class up any furball. Orders can be custom made, which may take up to 21 days, or there are ready-to-ship designs that you can purchase.

 

Catastrophic Creations Cat Climbing Systems, $50-$575

If your giftee is willing to devote their living space to their feline, here’s an idea to take it up a notch. Catastrophic Creations designs space-conscious cat furniture including shelves, bridges, hammocks and walkways. Consider it a jungle gym for cats, that is also pleasing to the eye.  

 

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day 7, gifts for Star Wars fans

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Storm Trooper Decanter + 2 Whisky Tumbler Set, $97.95

Impress your fellow clones and raise a toast to The Emperor with a few generous measures from the Original Stormtrooper Decanter, which can hold 600ml (20oz) of your favorite Dutch courage. Pair that with TWO Stormtrooper Whisky Tumblers, each 5.07oz (150mL) in size. A proper fan of the Star Wars universe should only enjoy drinks from a Star Wars Stormtrooper Whiskey Tumbler!

Stormtrooper Decanter

Stance Star Wars Socks, $20+

These Star Wars-themed socks will give your feet a taste of the force in a variety of amazing designs.  You can buy them individually or in a variety of 3-packs and 6-packs.

 Star Wars Socks Stance

 

Sphero App-Enable droids, $89.99+

These small droids are simply amazing.  They are almost like the real thing with authentic moves and sounds.  You can control and program the droids with your smartphone via Bluetooth.

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day six, gifts for the outdoor explorer

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Buff Headgear, $20

Ear warmer, balaclava, neck warmer, hair tie. These things are multifunctional and adaptable, so you can sport it in whatever way suits you best.  They are wind resistant to keep you warm, and moisture wicking to keep you dry. Buffs are used by runners, hunters, boaters and hikers alike. They are one of those simple items you don’t think about, but once you have one, you can’t live without it. You can find Buffs online, and also at major outdoor retailers or local running stores such as InStep or Performance Running Outfitters.

 

Park People Membership, $40

With over 135 parks in the county, chances are you’ve been to a Milwaukee County Park at least once in your life. Did you know you can become a member? The Park People Membership lasts all year and benefits the maintenance, revitalization and management of the County Parks. As an added perk, each membership includes a coupon booklet to get you (or your giftee) out to enjoy different parks, including a round of golf, a pint of beer at the Traveling Beer Garden, entry into Cool Waters, Botanical Gardens and Red Arrow Ice Rink.

 

Kayak or Paddleboard Rentals, $35-$65 from Milwaukee Kayak

If you’re seeking something more summer-oriented, why not gift a day to explore Milwaukee by water. A gift certificate to Milwaukee Kayak can offer your giftee a daily rental or guided tour either by Kayak or Paddle Board.  

 

Luci Solar Powered Light,  $19.95

These inflatable lights are so handy and surprisingly bright. They are lightweight, durable, waterproof and collapse down to just 1 inch when you need to pack them away. Luci lights do not require batteries, and are always ready to go (as long as you have some sun). These can work on the backyard patio, around the campsite or for your next full moon bike ride.

Luci lights also operate on a buy one, give one model, so every light purchased helps send another light to search and rescue groups, disaster relief missions or families who live without access to electricity.

To check them out in person, you can find these lights at REI.

Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker, $28 (for vehicles with WI license plates)

If you want to get away for a hike at Lapham Peak State Park or hit up a campground next year, this will come in handy. One sticker grants access to all Wisconsin State Parks for 2018. Without a sticker, you’ll be required to pay each time you visit a park.

Annual park stickers and passes can be purchased by calling the DNR at 888-936-7463 or as part of a gift package from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Oxford Pennant “Get Lost” Pin, $8.00

Even the most rugged outdoorsman (or woman), can still rock their gear in style. These lapel pins, custom crafted from Lost Lust Supply, based in Portland, can let your giftee express themselves through designs inspired by animals, outdoor gear or wise words to live by.

 

Cairn Monthly Subscription Box, $29.95/mo

For the outdoor junkie who has everything, here’s an easy way to help them discover new gear. The Cairn subscription box operates similar to a lot of those other subscription programs, but what’s nice about this one is that all the products are full sized and by reviewing the items, subscribers can earn points to use towards discounts on future gear.

 

 

 

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day five, gifts for musicians

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HD Musicians Ear Plugs, $18-20

When you’re a musician, ear protection is a must, but you don’t want to turn all sound into a muffled mash. High fidelity hearing protection helps to filter out dangerous sound levels while keeping the distinction between sounds so you can hear your cues and also makes enjoying live music a whole lot better. Your favorite musician will thank you for these EarPeace HD Musicians Ear Plugs useful, and thoughtful gift!

EarPeace HD Musicans Ear Plusgs

Apogee JAM portable interface, $129

The guitar or bass player on your list will love this portable recording interface. Turning a smart phone or iPad into a mini recording studio allows for ideas to get put down and for more fun on long road trips, boring conference hotel stays or for recording your next hit record in a cabin in the woods. Get it here.

The guitar or bass player on your list will love this portable recording interface. Turning a smart phone or iPad into a mini recording studio allows for ideas to get put down and for more fun on long road trips, boring conference hotel stays or for recording your next hit record in a cabin in the woods.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, $49-89

These calculator sized synthesizers pack a surprising wall of sound. Hook them up to speakers and you’ve got a professional sounding synth in your pocket. The Pocket Operators come in a variety of drum machines and melodic synthesizers that you can connect together or play solo. They have an on-board volume as well so you can noodle around with them in bed, on your lunch break, or anywhere you want to make a little noise.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

Pick Punch, $20+

Somehow you can always find a guitar pick in the wash, but sometimes they aren’t around when you actually need them. If you’ve got a random jar lid, expired credit card, hotel key, then you can have a pick! Just keep this pick punch in your guitar case.

Pick Punch

TronicalTune Robot Guitar Tuning System, $189+

Robot tuners started out with some bugs but they seem to have advanced quite a bit. Save your favorite musician a lot of time and hassle with this gift – users can tune a guitar in seconds with a single strum. If the player uses multiple tunings, they can store them in the system and can swap to the new tuning immediately without stopping the set. Get it here!

Guitar Tuner

Johnny Marr Jaguar Guitar, $1,799

Even if you can’t play like him, you can now own his guitar, the Fender Jaguar Johnny Marr signature model. Based on his 1965 Jaguar, this guitar plays like a dream.

Johnny Marr Jaguar Guitar

Sonor Signature Horst Link HLD590 8×14 Bell Bronze Snare Drum, $5,995+

Got a drummer on your list and deep pockets? Really deep pockets? The Horst Link Bell Bronze snare drum from Sonor is one of the most sought-after collectible drums on the planet and costs more than what you likely paid for your first used car. They aren’t produced anymore but can found (in the $4-5K range) at the usual collector spots like Reverb.com and eBay.com

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Rolli Seabord Block, $299

Create astonishingly expressive music on a portable, super-powered keyboard. Touch and shape your sound on Seaboard Block’s soft, pressure-responsive musical surface. Play a powerful standalone instrument — and extend its power by connecting to other Blocks.

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day four, gifts from etsy made in Milwaukee

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Online marketplace etsy is a great place to find a very random assortment of handmade items.

With a feature to search by city, you can find Milwaukee made goods you didn’t know existed – supporting local while finding something unique!

We scoured the site for you and picked out what we think you and yours will love; all made right here by your neighbors in Milwaukee.

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day three, gifts for music lovers

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A Subscription to Vinyl Me, Please ($99-324)

Vinyl, Me Please is a subscription vinyl service. Every month they pick a record that is super choice and do some elaborate design, (which vinyl lovers die for), print it on fun colors (ditto the first parenthesis), and include original artwork (again). It’s a great way to curate a diverse and deep collection for someone who is just getting into music and if the vinyl lover already has the pick of the month, they make for great trade ammo.

 

 

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day two, gifts for geeks and nerds

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A VIP Badge to Anime Milwaukee, Feb 16-18 ($150-$200)

If that special someone is into Anime, a VIP badge to Anime Milwaukee would be a perfect gift. Anime Milwaukee is a three-day anime convention that takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Wisconsin Convention Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The convention celebrates and educates fans about anime, manga, Asian culture, music and gaming.

There are two types of VIP Badges – Regular and Plus. The regular VIP badge comes with: Special Badge Art, Swag! (Anime Milwaukee T-Shirt, exclusive VIP ONLY lanyard, and some other special goodies that are TBD). In addition to all these awesome items, you get priority seating at all Main Programming Events (Does not include attendee hosted panels/events), and a VIP only autograph session. The VIP Plus includes everything in the regular badge but it includes a VIP Cocktail hour.

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Introducing the 88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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Milwaukee jazz musicians pay tribute to the anime series, Cowboy Bebop

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