Christmas is right around the corner, and the next week will be full of holiday parties, gift exchanges and Secret Santa reveals. If you need last minute gift ideas, why not support a local brand at the same time? Cities nationwide, including Chicago, are full of native artisans and business owners making great gifts at a reasonable price. Here are our top picks from the Windy City…
Need an idea for your boss or family member? Try a personalized desk calendar from Nico and Lala! The company is run by two friends and also specializes in custom invitations, stationary and even iPad covers. Their designs can include monograms and are perfect for someone who likes keeping life in fashionable order.
If your guy or dad also has lots of city-pride, check out JoJo&Sofia. Their line of pocket squares and other men’s fashion accessories are reconstructed from unique finds from around the city. We love the cuff links and tie clips with vintage, Chicago centric pieces including CTA tokens and authentic maps.
For your friend, sister or even as a perfect Secret Santa present, check out The Everygirl. This Chicago online community, started by a Windy City native, was created to help career-driven women live better and brighter lives with more color! They have a new line of notecards, art prints and fun phone cases with inspirational quotes.
Seven Daughters Wines is a tasty drink that also comes from the Chicago wine family, Terlato Wines International. Our holiday favorite is the refreshing Crisp White Winemaker’s Blend, which is a well-priced drink with a great taste! You don’t need to break the bank to get a delicious bottle of wine, and this one is perfect for a hostess or roommate gift.
And if you want a little something for yourself, Tru Blooms Chicago Eau de Perfume is the first-ever fragrance made from locally-sourced ingredients grown by the residents for whom it’s created: You! Sold at Art Effects, the scent is created with natural ingredients from neighborhood gardens and urban farms like elegant sheer rose, traditional lavender and sensuous violet. It’s a fresh smell perfect for the fashionable Chicago gal!