It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to summer. Though I’ll miss the long days of warm sunshine, the cozy promise of fall in the Midwest is calling my name. The multicolored, crunchy leaves, chilled air, and layered outfits are cornerstones of the season in this region and every year they signify to me that the world is experiencing a reset, that the shifting weather indicates a new beginning. This year, though, I’m relying on some traditionally Midwestern fall comforts to really get me into the spirit.
5 Midwesty Gifts to Help You Get Into the Fall Spirit
I know it’s autumn when I reach for the sweaters in my closet after a summer filled with t-shirts and tank tops. My favorite sweatshirts are graphic, with sports team logos or sayings that I resonate with printed on them. My favorite version this fall is our cropped hoodie with “Midwesty” written across the front in bold lettering. Not only is it more comfortable and stylish than your regular loungewear, it shows off my pride in being a resident of the Midwest. This sweatshirt will keep me warm as temperatures dip, and still keep me looking put together.
Pom Pom Beanie
Bundling up for the later days of fall requires a few extra accessories. My accessory of choice are these pom pom knit beanies. The plaid pattern is neutral enough to match many of my coats and scarves, and the thick knit keeps my ears warm even when the Midwest fall shows signs of winter. I’m keeping one of these by my door for the daily walks I take with my family and @fionathefabulousfrenchton!
Wisconsin Tumbler and Camp Craft Cocktail
These two gifts go hand in hand, and I’d be remiss to mention one without the other. When I think of a Midwestern autumn, I think of seasonal drinks. Some of my favorites can be made using Camp Craft Cocktail kits, which comes with inspiring ingredients that only require you to add your favorite liquor, refrigerate, then mix with soda or tonic when you’re ready to drink. My favorite flavors this fall are the Mirth & Laughter, the Cranberry Martini, Sage & Turmeric, and the Hibiscus Ginger Lemon (the floral flavor of hibiscus tones down the kick of ginger - so delicious!).
From the traditional Old Fashioned that you’d find in a Wisconsin supper club to an artisan mixed drink that incorporates seasonal flavors, you’ll find me sipping delicious drinks from this Wisconsin tumbler all autumn long. Pick up an artisan bitters kit to add the finishing touch to your bar cart, or give it as a gift to a friend who’s been looking forward to fall for months.
Embroidered Midwest Art
Nesting is one of my signature signs that fall has arrived. I start to want to make my home feel comforting and cozy and care less about a bit of clutter. To add a bit of Midwest hominess, I’m adding this embroidered Wisconsin art in a white frame to my bookcase. It’s a subtle way to add an autumnal feeling to your home without making a permanent change. The best part: this embroidery art was created by Samantha Steur, AKA Thimble + Birch, a local Madison artist.
These picks from our shop are helping me get into the fall spirit this year, one cozy day at a time. What Midwesty items are you using to celebrate the transition into autumn this year?