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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Chicago

#SmallBusinessSaturday is a great way to show some local love for the small businesses in your city. We  love being able to share some of our favorite Chicago brands and businesses to gift your guy or gal friends with this year, in our annual Chicago Gift guide, which just-so-happens to fall on #CyberMonday!

Chicago Market Bag | XO Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Gift Set | White and Gold Vases | Etched Atlas Chicago City Map | Scratch Goods Lemon and Charcoal Scrub | Abbey Brown Rosebuds Body Oil | Abbey Brown Juiced Lip Balm | Smiley Metallic Crew Socks | Olympic Candle | XO Earrings

For the Chicago Lover

We are absolutely obsessed with these unique maps to highlight our city of Chicago. These gorgeous wood-engraved city maps from Etched Atlas shows all the neighborhoods in each city with incredible detail. It’s a natural conversation piece and makes for a unique hand-crafted gift. ($59 unframed or $99 framed). All maps are engraved in beautiful Baltic Birch wood, bringing your favorite neighborhood of the city to life with crisp, vibrant detail.

There are so many cool Chicago gifts to give this season from Art Effects and we are sharing a few of our favorites. What is better than helping the environment while repping your favorite city?  You can do both with this over sized and reusable Chicago Market Bag made with jute burlap with a waterproof lining and natural vegetable-tanned leather straps. Or how about this NFT (not for tourists!) Guide Book to Chicago?  Complete with a hip “punch list” of over 50 must do Chicago experiences, this book is the perfect gift for someone who just moved to town, or someone who has Chicago pride in their blood.

Hardscrabble Gifts specializes in making comfy and cute Chicago-centric clothes and items for men, women and babies. Additionally, in store they sell locally made art, candles, jewelry, and more. We love this Chicago South Side Skyline Sweatshirt.


For the Sweet tooth

Local candy-lovers swear by Amy’s Candy Bar, a colorful Lincoln Square Candy Shop, which stocks nostalgic treats as well as imported and artisan candy. Come create a gift bag for your friend who craves the sweeter things in life, and grab some goodies for yourself!

We just love XO Marshmallow, the gourmet marshmallow sensation that has taken Chicago by storm. Run by two lady-bosses and fellow bloggers, you can gift your girlfriends with champagne-flavored marshmallows or gift your boss with a hot chocolate kit complete with an XO mug.

For the Beauty Babe

Abbey Brown Soap Artisans make hand made natural Olive Oil soaps, soothing body oils and relaxing bathing essentials produced in house by infusing homegrown herbs and botanicals with pure essential oils. Our favorites include the Rosebuds Body Oil and the shea lip balms, which are both perfect for keeping your skin smooth this winter!

We can’t get enough of the Scratch Goods, the self-service mask bar that everyone in Chicago is going crazy for. Gift your beauty-obsessed friend to a face mask treatment, or treat them to signature products like the jade roller or the lemon charcoal scrub. Trust us when we tell you they will love you for it!

For the Hostess with the Mostest

Eskell offers unique home, clothing, and apothecary items that make the ideal gifts for any host or hostess. We are partial to these White and Gold geometric vases that we think any hostess would love, but there are so many great items. Not included, fresh peonies to present them with.

Gift the host of your next holiday party with the gift of good smells for the home. We like this 3-wick Mint Julep Candle from Chicago Candle Co. or this Good & Well Supply Co. Olympic Candle from Unamae’s.

For the Fitness Junkie 

We are currently obsessed with a few local studios around town. We love yoga at Mirepoix Studio, Barre classes at Exhale, and Barre-dio classes at The Barre Code. Chill is our new go-to studio for meditation and some serious relaxation. We think that gifting a class pack to any of these spots is ideal for your fitness-loving friend, but if she is partial to her own studio or workout, then you should give her a gift card to Mercer and Winnie!

For The Fashionista  

Penelope’s is our go-to spot when it comes to unique boutiques in Chicago. Some of our favorite finds that would make great gifts for anyone this holiday season include XO Earrings, this Hear Me Roar scarf, these Smiley Metallic Crew Socks in Rose Gold, or Fisherman Crew socks for him.

Milk Handmade is a women’s boutique that is owned and operated by Chicago-native and total Boss Bitch, Hallie Borden. Milk Made specializes in goods from local and independent designers. The shop’s collection features everything from unique women’s clothing items such as scarves and sweaters, to handmade jewelry like tiny brass diamond stud earrings.

Because 80’s and 90’s nostalgia will never go out of style, we love to share about Kokorokoko, the top choice in Chicago for hot vintage finds from the 80s and 90s and cool new designer accessories.


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