2021 Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Shop Local and Start Early!

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni Kid Chicago Northside November 2, 2021

As we head into the holiday season this year, keep in mind all the anticipated supply shortages and shipping delays.  All the items on your shopping list may not be readily available, so the sooner you shop, the better.  Due to labor shortages, delays are expected everywhere along the supply chain from manufacturing through distribution.  USPS and FedEx have already recommended shipping at least two weeks in advance to get gifts to their recipients on time (UPS suggests calling for lead times.) 

So while you may be used to finding everything you need online, this year, it may be more likely that a local, small business, is carrying the inventory you are looking for, and may be the best way to ensure you can get it into your hands to gift on time.  It's also a great time to think outside of the (gift) box and get creative.

Check out these local gems for unique products and services:


A neighborhood shoe store with a European feel. Quality leathers and comfort for looking good in a walking city! 

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We are a collective of women-owned businesses that offer gorgeous fresh flowers, a delightful mix of common + unique indoor houseplants, a captivating collection of crystals and your one-stop gift shop for everyone. We curate gift sets, offer personal shopping services and ship domestically! 

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ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE is your Stocking Stuffer HQ this holiday season. 1000's of gifts for everyone on your list.
In Chicago's Andersonville & Lincoln Square neighborhoods.

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The Flower Hustler is professional studio florist serving the Chicagoland area. We offer luxe gift deliveries, weekly or monthly residential & business subscriptions, and styled floral designs for celebrations that matter most!

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The Guild is the new one stop shop for the conscious consumer.  Featuring over 55 small brands with a curated collection of products, made with sustainable and fair trade practices from all over the world.

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Hazel is your one stop shop for holiday decor and gifts! Visit one of our two locations in Ravenswood or shop with us online at

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We are an independent pet supply store and grooming salon located in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.  We provide products and services for cats and dogs.

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From every day essentials to work clothes or special occasion dresses - we have fashions that fit your lifestyle!
Discover the latest in non-maternity and maternity, nursing and active-mom fashion.

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Union Handmade is an independent and locally owned women’s boutique offering high quality, handmade made clothing, jewelry, millinery and textiles.  We are a woman-owned and operated consortium, home to a dozen or so local designers and makers.  

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I'm also a huge fan of "Experience" gifts.  


Meet Kidsperience the APP that is changing the way we give gifts for all occasions.  Kidsperience is a FREE APP to Download. No commitment, No shopping, No wrapping. Kidsperience is a  completely customizable experience gift giving concept. 

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LDC expands kids' palates beyond mac-n-cheese and chicken fingers. Each month LDC hosts a unique dining experience at a different restaurant that allow kids, or teens, to travel the world through food. Kids interact with chefs, taste different foods, rate each dish, learn how food is prepared, and appropriate dining etiquette.

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More experiences:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at Rosemont Theatre 
December 19th

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Amazing Interactive Scavenger Hunt Adventure for Up to 5 People! 
70+ Cities Nationwide & TONS More Popular Vacation Spots!

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HideSeek Pop-Up Experience 
November 1st - 29th

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Or how about custom gifts?

Social Media Photo Memories Album 
Facebook, Instagram or Google Photos

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T-Shirt Quilts by Project Repat 

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