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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Sparkle & Supply Resin Alphabet Letter Set
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!
Green Toys Tea Set from Building Blocks Toys
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.
My First Rainbow from Play Toys
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.
Sweet & Thoughtful Gifting Kits from Wishcraft Workshop
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+.
State of Play Kids Rainbow Windy City Mini Crew
The cutest crewneck for any toddler or child on your gift list! LOVE the fun rainbow colors!
Stitch Monograms Embroidered Signature Christmas Ornament
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 Holiday Ornaments Art Kit
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.
Stocking Stuffer Gift Bundle from Kidcreate
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!
Green Explorers Club Holiday Subscriptions
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).
Chicago Children's Museum Membership
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!
Favorite Jackets from Monograms on Webster
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.
State of Play Kids 312 Mini Crew
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!
Superheroes are Everywhere from Kido Chicago
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!
Thatch City Studio Travel Scenes
Inspire wanderlust with a beautiful 8″x10″ high-quality giclée fine art print. The perfect gift to commemorate a favorite travel memory!
Goldplaited Gift Certificate
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!
Painterly Party Table from the Cathy Lancaster Gallery
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!
Sparkle & Supply Acrylic Serving Tray
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!
Stitch Monograms Womens Sweater with Neckline Embroidery
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!
Bitter Pops "12 Days of Cider" Box
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 by Babe Bombs
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!
Triple Threat Stacking Rings from All She Wrote
This set of stacked rings is incredibly versatile- wear together or individually! Featuring 18k gold plated sterling silver with Labradorite stones.
State of Play Kids Adult Windy City Crew
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!
Scarf Mask from Monograms on Webster
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 Tie Bar Knit Country Stripe Tie
The cutest (subtle!) gift for your favorite Bears fan, from The Tie Bar on Armitage!
Haircut or Shave at State St. Barber Shop
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.
Thatch City Studio Chicago Skyline Print
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.
Old Fashioned: Two Ways from Foxtrot
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!
Intelligentsia Celebration Blend
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.
Chef Service at home with Sarah Angileri
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!
Bitter Pops Growler
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!
Holiday Combo from Terry's Toffee
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" at Unabridged Bookstore
“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.
Intelligentsia Gift Card
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.
Holly Jolly Trio Box from Babe Bombs
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.
Chicago Love from Thatch City Studio
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.
Bitter Pops Santa's Six Pack
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.
Custom Moleskine from Cathy Lancaster Gallery
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!
Sparkle & Supply Jingle Bells Coasters
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!
Stitch Monograms Holiday Kitchen Towel
This holiday kitchen towel, available in several different holiday motifs, is totally customizable with your family’s name! I want one of each!
El Board Game from Foursided
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.
Cake Jawn Hot Chocolate Bombs
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!
Herringbone Throw from Monograms on Webster
Maximizing both decor & cuddle potential, these throws are the perfect gift to brighten your home this holiday season. Available in a variety of colors.
Thermal Ash Plank Board from All She Wrote
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.