By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Dec 12, 2020 at 4:34 PM

Welcome to a new series by OnMilwaukee friend, Municipal Court Judge and Man About Town, Derek Mosley.

Although I'm not Oprah, I too have some "Favorite Things." Each day I will feature one locally made item on social media that gives me a little joy. In these times, who couldn't use some joy? 

Pretzel Wreath from Milwaukee Pretzel Company

Surprise your family and friends this Christmas with a one pound Bavarian Pretzel Wreath, complete with a pretzel bow. Wreath feeds 3-6 people. Also comes in a Holiday Gift Pack with nacho cheese and mustard. $15-$25 #myfavoritethingsmke

The Strong Women Paint-By Number-Kits from Swoon

These Paint By Number Kits feature Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Carmen Miranda, Michelle Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Available at Swoon, (5422 W. Vliet St. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Strong women: May we know them, May we be them and may we raise them To grab them, stop in, go here or call (414) 204.9579.  #myfavoritethingsmke

The Winter Collection from Wick + Bean Candle Company  

These amazing-smelling candles have eye catching names like: Jolly AF, Sleigh All Day, Ginger Snap, Naughty List, Fireside Whiskey and Cuffing Season. Made locally in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Milwaukee. A great stocking stuffer. Available online at or at the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative  in the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. #myfavoritethingsmke

Charcuterie Boards from MKE Charcuterie

Treat your taste buds to the flavors of traditional Charcuterie with meats like prosciutto, sopressata, sweet capicola and salami paired with cheese profiles that are tangy, smokey, spicy, fancy, classic and creamy. The boards come in 4 sizes. Great for the holidays, the big game or family grazing. Go to here or call (414.308.0093) or just pop in. #myfavoritethingsmke

A virtual serenade from Virtual Serenades

Virtual Serenades is a service that allows you to book Milwaukee artists to make a customized  music video for family, friends, co-workers – heck anybody. For as low as $25 (up to $75) buyers choose from an impressive list of Milwaukee musicians to serenade their friends via video. Once you select the artist, you fill out a form of what you'd like in the song, and 48 hours later you receive a completed video. It's a personal, local and a musical way to send some holiday cheer. Go here for more info. #myfavoritethingsmke

Ike Bites Dog Treats 

Ike Bites are are healthy, gourmet dog treats. Each Ike Bites recipe uses all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Ike Bites are made in Milwaukee by people with disabilities, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support their mission. Each bag has the picture of the worker who made the treats. $7.49 To order, go here or call (414) 353-8480.  #myfavoritethingsmke

Monster Spray from Nourish Natural Products

Do you have or know a little one who insists there is a Monster under the bed or in the closet? Arm them with Monster Calming Sleep Spray from Nourish Natural Products. Spray under the bed, in the closet, or anywhere a Monster was last spotted. Upon contact, the Monster will vanish and the area will be protected. Lovingly blended with All-Natural ingredients and essentials oils known to help create a serene feeling and promote sound sleep. A great stocking stuffer. Buy it here or available at Miss Molly's Cafe & Pastry Shop Market, 9201 W. Center St. #myfavoritethingsmke