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 the lover of decadent sweets: Vanille

Give the gift that’s as tasty as it is pretty . . . Vanille’s macarons. Vanille has become famous for these Parisian confections that come shaped like a sandwich, but boast a crunchy meringue shell that’s hiding an intense burst of flavor at its creamy center. Their 12-piece gift box, which can be shipped nationwide, comes with 12 flavors that can be handpicked by you or with a standard assortment of Caramel, Vanilla, Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Coconut, Coffee, Red Velvet, Hazelnut, Nutella, Casis, Mango Passion, Rose, Lavender and Green Tea.

$35 for 12-piece gift set; $15 for shipping
2108 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park
3243 N. Broadway, Lakeview
131 N. Clinton Ave., Chicago French Market
5229 S. Harper Ct., Hyde Park


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

— Maria Chambers