2020 Holiday Gift Guide
This year more than EVER, we need to find ways to support our local businesses through the holiday season. Luckily, our favorite local shops have every gift on your list covered – with plenty of options for all of your loved ones! Happy Shopping!
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The possibilities are endless with these hand-poured resin letters, filled with fun sprinkles! These are the PERFECT addition to sensory bins, water tables, or playdoh!
The Green Toys Tea Set is one of our favorite tried and true toys, due to its durability and versatility! This works just as well in a play kitchen inside as it does in a water table or mud kitchen! We would buy again and again.
This adorable rainbow stacker from Play Toys in Lincoln Park is food grade silicone and a PERFECT alternative to a wooden stacker for a little baby! Such a bright addition to any playroom.
This is the sweetest gift for a kid who loves to get crafty! Each kit makes multiple projects that are quick, easy, satisfying and just right for the times — including a stuffed doll, a reversible face mask, and a padded eyeglass case for those Blue Blocker glasses! Hand-sewing friendly for ages 7+.
The cutest crewneck for any toddler or child on your gift list! LOVE the fun rainbow colors!
This is the most precious idea – I am so excited to give my children these ornaments for Christmas! This ornament is customized with your choice of fabric & motif, and finished with your child’s adorable signature! My daughter is going to be so excited to see her handwriting on her ornament.
Kidcreate has so many amazing at-home art kits available for purchase, including a holiday ornament art kit! These art kits are so much fun; it’s like having your very own private art teacher! Each kit is good for one art project, and even includes a link to a correlating online instructional video taught by a Kidcreate Studio art teacher. Stock up on these now, and you will be grateful to have so many fun activities this winter.
This bundle of adorable art supplies from Kidcreate could be used to fill up a stocking, or as a lovely gift! It includes a grow mermaid, chunkie marker set, mini clay, mini crayons, galactic putty, scratch and scribble, and heart to heart crayons. They are offering a ton of different bundles with lots of different options, so definitely check them out!
These awesome kits are the perfect “experience” gift for kids ages 4-10! Availble in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. The first box will arrive by Christmas, and will be wrapped! You can also purchase project boxes a la carte as fantastic gifts – use code LPMOMS for 10% off any project box (coupon code not valid on subscriptions).
Although temporarily closed due to Covid, the museum could use our help now more than ever! This is the perfect gift idea for relatives that are looking for big ticket items – or an “experience” gift for the whole family. We are obsessed with our children’s museum membership, and would go any day we could pre-covid!
Soft & cozy, these children’s fleeces truly live up to their name all season long. Available in a hot pink, light pink, lilac, light blue, navy, red, charcoal, and white.
A great way to show off your Chicago pride! This adorable crewneck also comes in adult sizes to do a matching look for the whole fam!
This book by Kamala Harris about the superheroes all around us is DEFINITELY on our wish list this year! It has been selling out but Kido Chicago keeps restocking – be on the lookout and grab it while you can!
Inspire wanderlust with a beautiful 8″x10″ high-quality giclée fine art print. The perfect gift to commemorate a favorite travel memory!
With locations in Lincoln Park & River North, Goldplaited is by far my favorite place for hair & makeup in the area (usually for family pictures). A gift card for a blowout would be perfection!
This is the PERFECT gift for any city dweller! It’s a portable melamine picnic table that folds to 24″ by 24″. Use as a desk, coffee table, game table, study table, home-base for your park picnic, etc…Comes in a ton of gorgeous prints!
This gorgeous acrylic tray is perfect for serving beverages or food, or organizing your cosmetics, books, or jewelry. Great for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or office! I love the gold & rose gold confetti!
This adorable sweater (also available in children’s sizes, for twinning!) can be monogrammed with a name, initials, or phrase of your choice. I love the neckline embroidery!
The perfect gift for your cider lover! This box will surprise you with 12 fantastic ciders that you can enjoy each day starting on Christmas Day.
Santa’s Bath Box is an adorable collection of festive bath bombs! Includes: Gingerbread Man, Christmas Wreath, Mistletoe Kisses, Peppermint Blast & Hot Cocoa. Perfect for gift giving or to keep for yourself!
This set of stacked rings is incredibly versatile- wear together or individually! Featuring 18k gold plated sterling silver with Labradorite stones.
This is the perfect layer for a day of chasing around your littles this winter! Also great for the men in your life, with matching sweatshirts available for the kiddos!
These scarf masks add a pop of personality to mask mandates because unprecedented times call for unprecedented fashion! Available in charcoal, navy, & navy/red plaid.
The cutest (subtle!) gift for your favorite Bears fan, from The Tie Bar on Armitage!
With locations in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and River North, there definitely a State St. Barber Shop near you! Treat your guy to a special hair cut or shave at this classic barber shop.
This Chicago skyline watercolor print (available in several different sizes) captures the skyline from one of the best views of the city at the museum campus near Adler Planetarium! The scene perfectly spans from the iconic Sears tower to the Hancock tower and everything in between.
This AWESOME giftbox from Foxtrot (locations throughout Chicago!) contains everything you need to make two awesome holiday cocktails: The Chicago-style Old Fashioned and the Violet Hour!
The perfect gift for your coffee lover. This is Intelligentsia’s annual holiday blend with notes of dried cherry, honey, and almond. Additionally, for every bag they sell they will make a donation to Chicago-based nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City.
Price upon request
Plan the perfect in-home date night with Sarah Angileri! Sarah works with her clients to craft a menu that shares the narrative of a specific cuisine – Provencal, Sicilian, Roman – aiming for a mix of family-style and plated courses. Sarah also offers weekly meal prep (see her website), which could also be an awesome time-saving gift idea!
Any guy would LOVE a growler full of seasonal beer! This is a super useful gift that can be reused over and over all year long. No wrapping necessary – simply tie on a festive ribbon, and you’re done!
Terry’s Toffee partnered with DISTRICT Chicago to offer this amazing holiday combo! Enjoy 1/2 pound of S’mores Toffee (take it from me – YUM!) and a Lumberjack soy candle!
“Bubbly: A Collection of Champagne and Sparkling Cocktails” is a necessity as we enter this holiday season staying at home! The plush, gold foil cover makes it the perfect show-stopping gift.
There is no better gift than a cup of hot coffee! With 6 locations around Chicago (including Lakeview and Old Town), this is the perfect treat for everyone on your list. Intelligentisa giftcards are redeemable in coffeebars and online.
The Holly Jolly Shower box is such an adorable gift set! It includes 1 Variety Pack of Shower Steamers, Candy Cane Sugar Scrub, and a Christmas Wreath [tree shaped] Bath Bomb.
Thatch City Studio has the best collection of Chicago-themed prints, sure to please any Chicago lover! The montage print is perfection, and This print brings together watercolor sketches of architecture across the city to capture the life and beauty of Chicago.
I love this idea for all of those hard-working people you want to thank around the holidays! This is an awesome holiday pack that includes 6 festive beers, at a super low price point.
This gorgeous (reusable) custom moleskine can be easily refilled with Moleskine cahier notebooks! Available in three sizes: pocket, large, and Xlarge. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from, i’m not sure how to pick!
Set of 2 – $25, Set of 4 – $48
These festive coasters (available in many different fill options) would be the perfect addition to any holiday party or table setting!
This holiday kitchen towel, available in several different holiday motifs, is totally customizable with your family’s name! I want one of each!
This board game takes you around the city using the famous elevated “El” trains to visit places of interest and return to the State/Lake station before anyone else! Such a creative gift idea.
1 for $6, 4-pack $22, Gift Box $20-25
These are the coolest – simply place in a mug and pour warm milk over the “bomb” for a fun hot chocolate suprise! I love all of the festive flavor options – there’s even a “Grinch’s Heart” bomb!
Maximizing both decor & cuddle potential, these throws are the perfect gift to brighten your home this holiday season. Available in a variety of colors.
This personalized thermal ash board would make a wonderful gift! Its long, slender design is perfect for assembling a beautiful charcuterie board. Featuring room in the lower right corner for a name, date or address.