As we head into the holiday season this year, keep in mind there are still many 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, once again, expected everywhere along the supply chain from manufacturing through distribution. Shop and ship early!
While you may be used to finding everything you need online, 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.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
ADORABLE BABY LLC - ROSCOE VILLAGE
Timeless children’s clothing, shoes, coats (aged 0 to 12 years old) + unique accessories, toys and games sourced from all over the world.
KIDZMAX - NORTH CENTER
Kidzmax, The Mother of All Stores, is a one-stop-shop for recycled kids' stuff, newborns to teens. Our prices and quality are guaranteed to satisfy all budget-conscious shoppers.
TIMELESS TOYS - LINCOLN SQUARE
Classic & specialty toys for kids of all ages!
GIFTS FOR WOMEN
BATIK - LAKEVIEW
Batik is a travel-inspired women's boutique concept selling apparel, accessories, and home decor with a coastal, colorful flair. We specialize in small batch collections with handmade qualities, including block printing and embroidery. We are proud to be a woman-owned and operated small business and recently celebrated our first anniversary! We hope Batik becomes your destination for adding unique, timeless pieces to your closet and your home.
BUSTED BRA SHOP - LAKEVIEW
We measure and fit for bras A-P cups and 28-56 bands. We'll Hook You Up!
GIFTS FOR EVERYONE
ECCLECTION - PORTAGE PARK
Ecclection sponsors school fundraising events, giving 15% of school purchases to their cause & offering a holiday goody bags to students.
ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE - ANDERSONVILLE/LINCOLN SQUARE
1000’s of gifts for everyone on your list. ENJOY is Chicago’s Stocking Stuffer Central with locations in Andersonville and Lincoln Square. Gifts shipped quick anywhere in the US from urbangeneralstore.com.
FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO - ROSEMONT
NEW BOOK JOY - EDGEBROOK
We are an educator-owned Booktique that specializes in book box gifts and book club experiences for readers of all ages. We pair a curated collection of amazing books with independent business goodies to enhance the reading experience, such as candles, snacks, toys, and stuffies. We're a great resource for teacher and hostess gifts too!
NOTHING BUNDT CAKES - ANDERSONVILLE
From "Happy Birthday" to "Just Because" moments, Nothing Bundt Cakes is all about bringing JOY to our guests! Our Bundt Cakes are handcrafted in the bakery in a variety of delicious flavors and sizes. To top it all off, our bakery offers a wide selection of retail items, including party supplies, décor and gifts, making Nothing Bundt Cakes the perfect one-stop celebration shop.
We're also huge fans of "Experience" gifts.
AURA CANDLE BAR - LAKEVIEW
AURA Candle Bar is a socially interactive retail experience bringing people together to explore and create through the power of scent. With 100 premium fragrance oils, soy wax, and only cotton paper wicks on offer, our candles burn cleaner and longer; it's really the only way you'll ever want to candle again.
EXTREME FLIGHT SIMULATION - GURNEE
Come out and fly a Boeing 737-800 simulator. Whether you already fly on a desktop simulator at home and want the flight deck setup to immerse your experience or you are a regular passenger and wondered what happens behind closed doors, fulfill your curiosity with Extreme Flight Simulation.
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