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Top 10 Places to Shop For Your Grandma on State Street

Tis’ the season for gift giving! Now that you’re an adult it’s time you partake in the gift giving, not just the gift receiving, and that can be a tough transition. How are you supposed to know what to get your grandma? It’s not like you’ve ever paid attention to her interests because you were never responsible for giving her stuff; and even if you did, your mom bought it and wrote your name on the card. The gift was as much of a surprise to you as it was to your grandma. Now that you’re a poor college kid in Madison with the responsibility of giving gifts, The Black Sheep has found the best places on State Street to find gifts for your grandma.

10.) Knuckleheads: Tobacco and Vape Club:


Looking back on old photos, you saw a picture of your grandma from 1962 with a cigarette in her mouth and decide why not buy her a Cloud V Portable Vaporizer! It’s the 2016 version of a cigarette; maybe she’ll even learn how to make those cool rings out of the smoke.

9.) Triangle Market:

triangle market

This convenient store is exactly what it says it is, convenient. So your grandma is a woman…and women like ice cream…and Triangle Market has Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream…score. Maybe you’ll even throw in a bottle opener you saw on the checkout counter because you know, at this point in your grandma’s life she doesn’t have a bottle opener in her house.

8.) Sunshine Daydream:

sunshine daydream

Dreamsicle Hemp Lip Balm for $3.25?! What a steal!! Does your grandma know what hemp is? Probably not, but she will soon enough when she lathers on that lip balm and it takes her to a whole new world…maybe you should head back to the Triangle Market and grab your grandma a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos too.

7.) Pipefitter:


Get good ole grandma a pipe…in case the vaporizer is too much for her to handle.

6.) Ragstock:


They have metallic and neon colored leggings and your grandma was alive in the 1980s when that was a thing…so she’d get it.

5.) A Room of One’s Own:


Get her a used book! Get her one of those classic’s, like The Catcher in the Rye or Pride and Prejudice or A Tale of Two Cities or The Scarlet Letter. Screw it, just get all of them for her, they’re all half off anyway!

4.) Tobacco Mart:

tobacco mart

Gotta get her some tobacco for her pipe!



Get her butt loads of candy…oh wait, she doesn’t eat candy? Well, guess you’ll just have to take the gift back and enjoy all the candy yourself. 😉

2.) The Soap Opera:


Old people love soap, right?

1.) The University Book Store:

Pedestrians -- perhaps no longer feeling super lucky -- walk past a St. Patrick's Day display featured in the storefront window of the University Book Store near the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a heavy, wet snow falls during winter on March 18, 2013, a day after the holiday. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Get her a textbook from one of your classes. She’s always asking you what you’re doing in college, so now you can show her with the O-Chem textbook you never used all semester. Make sure you tell grandma that your textbook rental ends in a month so she better read quickly. Throw in a cute “Wisconsin Grandma” t-shirt while you’re at it.

You are definitely going to be the favorite grandchild after this holiday season. Way to adult, Badgers!

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