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 train (and Cubs) lover: Building Blocks Toy Train

With an impressively expansive toy train selection, Building Blocks has everything your little conductor needs. They’ve got stocking stuffers galore, including World Series winning Cubs (we're still allowed to be excited about this a year later), da Bears and CTA trains. Besides trains, they have a link on their website to purchase books written by Chicago authors, like Justin Roberts and Sherri Duskey Rinker. BONUS: Call ahead and they’ll run your credit card and deliver to your car curbside.

Cubs and bears trains, $14.99; CTA trains, $17.99
3306 N. Lincoln

photo: Building Blocks


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

— Maria Chambers