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 little guppies: Goldfish Swim School

Skip the usual presents and give the gift of learning that will last a lifetime: swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! With 12 locations across the Chicagoland area, Goldfish features year-round swim lessons for children ages 4 months to 12 years, state-of-the-art facilities and a confidence-building curriculum that promotes a love of swimming and water safety.

This year's holiday package is available at a Goldfish near you and includes 2 months of swim lessons, an annual registration fee and a gift basket of Goldfish retail items for $189 — a $205 value! Score!

photo: Goldfish Swim School


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

— Maria Chambers