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
Vanille
2108 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park
3243 N. Broadway, Lakeview
131 N. Clinton Ave., Chicago French Market
5229 S. Harper Ct., Hyde Park
Online: vanillepatisserie.com

 

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

— Maria Chambers