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 love of all things local: Earth Cadets

Everyone appreciates receiving a one-of-a-kind gift tailored to their personality, it's obvious when the buyer puts thought behind a purchase . . . that's one way to make this season extra special and memorable. There's no easier way to tick gifts off your list and make them count than marking your calendar for the One of a Kind Gift Show. They make it easy to support local artisans with their online artist search that allows shoppers to narrow down the vendors by city or state. One such exhibitor is Earth Cadets, which creates unique, hand-printed home goods, clothing and accessories in a way that respects our environment. They're printed in Chicago using eco-friendly water-based inks incorporating organic and recycled materials whenever possible. And because it's local, they have loads of Chicago-specific products.

Root for the Home Team baseball tee, $28

One of a Kind Holiday Show
Dec. 7-Dec. 10,
Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor
River North

photo: Earth Cadets


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

— Maria Chambers