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2011 Gift Guide: For Women, Men, Kids, Foodies, Gadget Lovers, and More

WRAP STARS: The perfect presents—unusual, covetable, affordable, and cool—for everyone on your list

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KEY: [*] MADE IN CHICAGO  [¢] LESS THAN $50  [♥] GIVES BACK

For Foodies
 

Winsome kitchen papers

Winsome kitchen papers, which stand in for plates or perk up serving dishes, could inspire baking enthusiasts to share the goods. From $15 a set at Classic Remix Chicago, classicremixchicago.com [¢]

 

 

Sweet Ride’s food truck

Surprise your holiday host: Offer to bring dessert, and let Sweet Ride’s food truck deliver on the promise. $75 an hour, plus the cost of treats, at sweetridesf.com. Location restrictions apply. (Chicago magazine readers receive free coffee.) [*]

 

 

Chocolate and cheese collection

Chicago magazine exclusive! The Good Food Project, which brings produce to Chicago-area classrooms, receives 10 percent of the profits from this chocolate and cheese collection. $60 at Pastoral, pastoralartisan.com [♥]

 

 

Iced coffee by La Colombe

Beer doesn’t go out of season. Neither should this iced coffee by La Colombe (the coffee supplier to The Pump Room—and several other hot spots). $4.50 at La Colombe, lacolombe.com [¢]

 

 

Locally made tea towels

Locally made tea towels in graphic patterns that pop will bring cheer to design-savvy cooks. $24 each at Shapes & Colors Textiles, etsy.com/shop/shapescolors [*] [¢]

 

 

Melamine coffee cups

For the dinner party impresario: Melamine coffee cups pay tribute to Pan Am–style service. $30 for set of four at I.D., idchicago.com [¢]

 

 

Food basket of locally made goods

Know a foodie who’s new to Chicago? Introduce her to some of the city’s artisanal snacks, condiments, and coffees with this food basket of locally made goods. $75 at southportgrocery.com.

 

Photography: (kitchen papers, iced coffee, tea towels) Michael Boone; (food truck) Megan Lovejoy; (all others) courtesy of vendors

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