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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Local Chicago

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Happy Holidays Chicago! We are in the fourth and final installment installment of our gift guides, following our gift guides for The Guys, The Gals, and The Foodies in your life. And for the first time, we have a local guide in each city!

I love any reason to celebrate our awesome city, which is why I am especially excited to share with you our Chicago Local Gift Guide. Having lived in Chicago for just over two years, I have made it a priority to #shopsmall whenever possible, and I have found the perfect items for anyone on your list, that are all #ChicagoMade. These are only a few of the many, many Chicago shops, businesses and artists that make finding unique, Chicago gifts and items so easy.

I present to you our Chicago Gift Guide!


Clockwise from top left: Starfish Necklace | Rhine Hall Apple Brandy | Brunch Please Tee Shirt | Buddha Skin Care Kit for Men | Ball Hat | Bucketfeet Men’s Lace-up Shoes | Stud Earrings | Bowl Set | Soy Candle | Few Bourbon Whiskey | Coffee Table Book | Watch

For The Glam Girl: The perfect compliment to any outfit, we love these Druzy Oval Stud Earrings by local Chicago jewelry designer Erin Gallagher, $85.

For the Proud Chicagoan: This Chicago Flag Uban Bowl Set is a great addition to the kitchen of any proud Chicagoan. These nested bowls work for all of your baking needs, and are adorable. Neighborly, $65.

For the Interior-Decorating Obsessed: This “Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors” coffee table book is the right gift for that friend that is always redecorating. An inside look at some of the fabulous designers to come out of Chicago, it is a great conversation piece and equally awesome gift. Jayson Home, $45.

For Your BFF: This bronze Starfish Necklace is so cute, we recommend you getting one for you BFF and for yourself… We won’t blame you! Made by hand here in Chicago, we promise, your girlfriend will love you for it. Lady Faye Jewelry, $68.

For Your Mixologist Friend: Chicago is home to a few really fantastic booze brands, but two are really outstanding. We are in love with this hand-crafted barrel aged bourbon-whiskey from FEW, $50. Does someone on your list love to take their cocktails to the next level? Then gift them with this hand-crafted apple brandy from West Loop distillery Rhine Hall, $29.99.

For The Person that is Difficult to Buy For: Stressing over what to get someone? We are loving thes minimalist and unisex world-cities inspired watches made by Chicago Company, Le Coeur, prices vary.

For The Hostess: Give the gift that keeps on giving… for 65 hours of burn time or more! These candles are perfect for any room in the home, and their cocktail inspired scents smell absolutely delicious. Chicago Candle Co., $28.

For a Fellow Brunching Bitch: To say we are obsessed with the sweatshirts and tees from Chicago based company, From Phoenix With Love, would be an understatement. It also doesn’t hurt knowing that Beyonce is also a fan! Give your brunching bestie girlfriend this adorable “Brunch Please” tee shirt, $30.

For Your Boyfriend: We are totally in love with all of the shoe designs from Chicago-made company, Bucketfeet. We especially love these (also available in womens’, too!) that are additional designed by a Chicago graphic artist. Bucketfeet lace-up shoes, $78.

For Your Man Friend: Mojo Spa in Wicker Park actually has something awesome for anyone on your list, but the beauty bar known most for all of your girly beautiful essentials, also has a great line of men’s stuff. Check out their Buddha Skin Care Kit for Men, $30.

For Mom: This cozy and cute ball hat comes in several different colors, perfect for mom to keep herself stylishly warm this winter. Akira, $26.90.

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