You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. Now get shopping! This year, support local businesses and pick a gift from a store near you. Flip through our guide for ideas to get your brains churning.

For your lovers of the great outdoors: Land of Nod Teepee

So Land of Nod may be a national store, but their level of community involvement makes them feel anything but. Their “Decorate a Teepee” set includes everything your kids need for using their creative minds to architect a secret hideaway. Patches include numbers, letters and symbols so kids can spell out names or phrases. Perfect for kids of any age who want to pretend they’re adventuring in the great outdoors or maybe settle in for a long winters nap.

$218 (can catch a sale for $199)
Land of Nod
900 W. North Ave.
Lincoln Park

  • For your lovers of the great outdoors: Land of Nod Teepee
  • For the builders: LEGO Chicago Skyline
  • Pakd
  • For the train (and Cubs) lover: Building Blocks Toy Train
  • Pearachute
  • For the new baby: Monica + Andy Personalized Blanket
  • For the stuffed animal lover: Handmade Felt Animals
  • To market, to market to buy a fat pig (or socks): Barnyard Buddy Socks!
  • For the kid who likes to snack on the go: Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Bags
  • For the toddler on the go: Heritage Littles Balance Bike
  • For the experience: Chicago Children's Museum
  • For your little guppies: Goldfish Swim School
  • For the city parents: NPN Gift Membership
  • For your budding athlete: Lil Kickers all Winter Long
  • For your mini super hero: Psychobaby Cape
  • For the kid that loves learning: Playroom Prep
  • For the one who has everything: Gift Bar Chicago


What are you getting your family and friends for the holidays? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers & Christa Reed