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, [¢]



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 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, [♥]



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, [¢]



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, [*] [¢]



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., [¢]



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


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



For Women

Proenza Schouler clutch

A Proenza Schouler clutch is a fashionista’s keepsake. $975 by special order at Ikram,



Leather cuffs with antique buckles

Wondering what to buy the fan of vintage? These leather cuffs decked out with antique buckles are the answer. $195 each at Post 27, [*]



With & Wessel’s new merino wool camisole and high-waisted leggings

With & Wessel’s new merino wool camisole and high-waisted leggings are the softer, chicer alternative to thermal undies. $89 (camisole) and $150 (leggings) at p.45,



Vivian Maier book

The first book on Vivian Maier, a North Shore nanny whose street photos were decades before their time. $40 at [¢]

RELATED: Read our story about Maier



Chanel’s luxe limited-edition perfume

Chanel’s luxe limited-edition perfume gives new meaning to “Jersey girl.” $210 for 6.8 oz at Chanel,



A small dish

The motto printed in this dish has an ironic ring when you use it to keep diamonds and other bling. $22 at Classic Remix,



Gold-plated charm

Proceeds from this gold-plated charm help support Chicago native Amy Lehman’s floating health clinic on Africa’s Lake Tanganyika. $125 (necklace, $145) at [♥]



Jewelry pouch

Practical as well as luxurious, this jewelry pouch makes packing gems a treat. $385 at Barneys New York,



Sony NEX-5NKB digital camera

The Sony NEX-5NKB digital camera (for pictures and high-quality video) packs in more than meets the eye—including a touch-screen user interface. $700 at Abt,



A printed silk scarf from Neopolitan Collection

This printed silk scarf brings a bright pop of springy color to the darkest days of winter. $310 at Neapolitan Collection,


Photography: (cuffs) Michael Boone; (book) Megan Lovejoy; (all others) courtesy of vendors



For Men

Badger hair shaving brush

Made with high-grade badger hair, this shaving brush has old-school utility and a trippy ’tude. $69 at Truefitt & Hill,



USA-crafted card cases

Sturdy USA-crafted card cases get better with every scuff. $56 each at



Bow tie

A bow tie is the dandy’s defense against the winter blues. $75 at Shrine Haberdashers,



A made-to-measure bike frame

A made-to-measure bicycle frame—handcrafted in Chicago—is the ultimate gift for a serious cyclist. $7,900 for a similar model at Method Bicycle, [*]



Mister Marvelous cologne

A cologne with a name that will make him chuckle—and its crisp woodsy scent will make him smell terrific. $220 at Barneys New York,



A dip-dyed shirt by Comme des Garçons BLACK

A dip-dyed shirt by Comme des Garçons BLACK befits a dude who is ahead of the fashion pack. $280 at RSVP Gallery,



An American-made bag

This American-made weekend bag will last generations—and will only look better with age. $640 at



A men's wool vest

This sleek, made-in-America wool vest delivers three layers of insulation (all of the warmth, none of the puffy, marshmallow-man side effects). $225 at



A handmade, Colorado-crafted backpack

Its long, slim design helps this handmade, Colorado-crafted backpack keep gear closer to the body (a definite plus on a packed CTA train). $98 at



4Sight sunglasses

Sunglasses with a conscience: For every pair of shades purchased, 4Sight donates a pair of eyeglasses to a person in need. $49 at


Photography: (shaving brush) Michael Boone; (all others) courtesy of vendors



For Kids

Embossed wooden blocks

Embossed wooden blocks make play time of presidential history (and are worth passing down). $98 for set of 45 at Hazel,



Neon leather satchels

Neon leather satchels are cool places for bright students to stow gear. From $170 each at RSVP Gallery,



Pebble-shaped crayons made from all-natural materials

Here’s a stocking stuffer that rocks: pebble-shaped crayons made from all-natural materials. $6.50 for set of 16 at [¢]



CTA-inspired toy train car

This CTA-inspired toy train car runs on most wooden tracks—perfect for a young conductor. $28 for set of three (or $10 each) at [¢]



Friendship bracelets by Laura Jastram

Local designer Laura Jastram’s chunky friendship bracelets are one of a kind. $50 each at [*]



A plush giraffe from Lincoln Park Zoo

Adopt an animal for a year at Lincoln Park Zoo and this furry friend comes home for keeps. $46 at [♥] [¢]



A playhouse

A playhouse parents will love as much as their kids do, thanks to its fun stepping-into-a-cartoon design. $306 at Orange Skin,



'Chopsticks' by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s latest kids’ book is the follow-up to her beloved Spoon. $12 for preorder at [¢]



An airbrushed hoodie

Book a graffiti party—including custom shirt decorating and airbrushing—for kids who have style that’s all their own. From $25 per person at Frankie’s on the Park,



A Lego model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

Future architects can build a mini version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House with this recently released Lego set. $199 at



A porcelain box from Tiffany & Co.

This Limoges porcelain box is a gift that will be treasured especially after a baby grows up. $215 at Tiffany & Co.,


Photography: (crayons, blocks) Michael Boone; (all others) courtesy of vendors



For Homebodies

A wall sculpture

Lovers of midcentury modern are tough customers, but they’re sure to find this wall sculpture—a recent reissue of an iconic C. Jeré design—a showstopper. $1,200 at Jonathan Adler,



'Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors' from Chicago Home + Garden

Chicago Home + Garden’s new book of stunning local abodes will delight domestic design hounds. $45 at [¢]



Lucite antlers

Give glam-tinged Lucite antlers to the recovering taxidermy addict. From $175 each at Jayson Home,



Jessica Murnane’s made-in-Chicago cards

Jessica Murnane’s made-in-Chicago cards are an elegant addition to the letter writer’s desk. $35 for set of 12 at [*] [¢]



Fresh flowers

What do you get the friend who has it all? Fresh flowers, delivered weekly. From $29 a week for subscription at



A chalkboard gift tag

This chalkboard gift tag is an endlessly useful label even after the holidays. $10 at Tabula Tua, [¢]



Winter blankets

Cozy up to an ideal gift for Americana enthusiasts: winter blankets made at Iowa’s oldest woolen mill. From $70 each at



Botanical scented candles

A new line of candles comes in three botanical scents—all with near-universal appeal. $65 each at Barneys New York,


Photography: (book, antlers, cards, blankets) Michael Boone; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (blankets) Lorraine Rudin



For Gadget Lovers

A touchscreen watch

A clock, timer, and alarm in one, this touchscreen watch was made for modern multitaskers. $259 at the MCA Store,



An iPhone dock

This clever iPhone dock evokes the analog age while covering up cords—and has an earthy vibe. $42 at Stitch, [¢]



The Optoma PKA31 Pico palm-size digital projector

The Optoma PKA31 Pico palm-size digital projector plugs into smartphones for impromptu slide shows or video screenings. $400 at



The Play Button MP3 player

Play Button is an MP3 player (for a single album) and lapel pin combined. $24 at [¢]



The Lytro camera

Brand-new, seriously cool technology for photo buffs: The Lytro camera makes it possible to play with a picture’s focus after it’s taken. From $400 for preorder at




Gamers with Pac-Man fever will love iCade, a gizmo that turns an iPad into an arcade machine. $100 at



A mash-up of vintage luggage and modern stereo speakers

Made in Pilsen, this mash-up of vintage luggage and modern stereo speakers would be at home in a Luddite’s living room. From $350 at Artpentry, [*]


Photography: (suitcase speaker) Michael Boone; (play button) Megan Lovejoy; (all others) courtesy of vendors