Something Special from Wisconsin: Holiday gift ideas


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin is a special place, and the state is highlighting some of its unique products just in time for holiday shopping season.

Two-hundred family run companies are part of the Something Special from Wisconsin program. They all make products using at least 50-percent Wisconsin ingredients.

Alice in Dairyland Ann O’Leary dropped by the WBAY studio to show us some of these products.


NessAlla in Madison is one of the first craft Kombucha makers in the country. The company’s two certified herbalists make 11 flavors of the non-alcoholic fermented tea.

When it’s raw or unpasteurized, Kombucha is rich in antibiotics.

“It has that fermented aspect and so it has a lot of really good bacteria for your gut,” O’Leary says.

NessAlla uses only organic and fair trade ingredients and is sold at Festival Foods stores in our area.


Absolute Handmade Soap Company in Malone, near Fond du Lac, makes vegan soap.

It has no chemicals or animal fats to irritate your skin.

“One thing about handcrafted soap is that the glycerin is left in, which is a little bit more moisturizing for your skin. It doesn’t dry you out as much,” says O’Leary.

Absolute Handmade Soap also offers perfumes and vegan lotions and body balm.


You can find a full list and more information about the Something Special from Wisconsin products on this website:

Action 2 News This Morning will feature more Wisconsin products on our Friday, Nov. 18 show.