5 Easy Gift Ideas!

Snow is falling in Chicago, winter breaks are starting, and it’s time to buy something special for the people you love! Sometimes I feel like I run out of unique gifts to give so I decided to wander around Wicker Park and some other spots in Chicago in search for some fun gifts.

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It’s always fun gift shopping, but my favorite part about gift shopping in Chicago is that all the holiday decorations are out! I didn’t include that part because I thought you’d be more interested in the gifts themselves, so without further ado here’s 5 easy gift ideas for the holidays:

 

Mojo Spa: Massage Candles

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Candles always seem like a stereotypical unwanted gift, but I think Mojo Spa in Wicker Park gives candles the revamp they need by making the wax a massage oil/body lotion too! Also they put the candle in a martini glass which makes it even cuter! It’s also vegan and they have a new holiday scent called Wonder. So if you have a friend or family member who lives for spa stuff over the holidays, definitely consider this cute gift!

 

                      Christmas in Chicago: Ornaments 

xmas in chicago.jpgIf you have a friend or family coming in from out of town, it would be sweet to give them a little souvenir they can take back with them on a plane or wherever! Christmas in Chicago is the perfect place to find a cute ornament for just that. So if you ever are around the Magnificent Mile definitely check their gifts out! Also this is not an ornament I found on their site so I don’t know if this is still available, but I did see some other cute things in store!

 

 

Sandmeyers Bookstore

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One of my favorite bookstores in the Loop is Sandmeyers Bookstore, which actually has a lot of different knick knacks for bookworms! I’m sure that was obvious being it’s a bookstore, but if you look behind the register or right at the front of it you’ll find the cutest little gift ideas! They’re a family run bookshop, so they don’t feature their products online, but I do know for a fact they have Rupi Kaur’s poetry books, so if you have a friend who’s into feminism and art I highly recommend anything by Rupi Kaur.

 

 

 

Steel Petal Press: Holiday Cards/ Stationary

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When I really can’t think of something a friend would appreciate I grab a gift card and  write something heartfelt on a funny card so they know I’m thinking of them even if the gift is last minute or they’re far away! Something as small as a card can be sweet and thoughtful especially if the card fits the person you’re gifting well. Steel Petal Press is a cute stationary boutique in Logan Square Park with some seriously sassy cards!

 

 

 

Get a Ticket to a Show! 

second-city-logoSometimes the best gift is getting to hang out with your friends or family at a show, and Chicago is full of places to go! I’ll definitely be addressing some cool spots to go in a blogpost either January or December, but off hand I recommend Second City because General Admission tickets are $24-30 which isn’t too bad for a show in Chicago. Plus a lot of people who perform through Second City end up on Saturday Night Live. Also you’re going to laugh a lot!

 

I hope these gift ideas helped! I’m so excited for all the things to do in Chicago over the holidays, but for now enjoy your Wednesday!

xoxo,

Lainey

 

 

 

 

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