2017 Holidays

Shop local businesses

Let’s be real, we’re cutting it a little too close for Amazon Prime. Don’t panic. There’s probably a neighborhood store with a treasure trove of gifts that our Has-Everything Dad or Hard-to-Buy-for Brother will love. Plus, we’ll spend money that will go back into our city’s economy and benefit neighbors right in our communities.
Here are some last-minute local shopping gift ideas that we’ve pooled together to help ourselves, errr you, out:
Grab some (liquid) holiday spirit at a local brewery or distillery
Nothing says happy holidays like your favorite locally made spirit or brew. Pick up a bottle of a hand-crafted spirit from a local distillery like Koval or CH Distiller, add a few mixers and call it a “well planned” gift. Or visit Off Color, Hopewell, Revolution, Half Acre or your own favorite neighborhood brewery to grab some bottles, growlers and gear and be the hero for your beer-obsessed pal, sister, or cousin. 
Shop Chicago’s chicest style
Here’s a round up from Who What Wear for the boutiques in Chicago with the most stylish coveted pieces in in Logan Square, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, Bucktown and more. In addition, here’s what neighbors had to say on Yelp about the best boutiques where they are.
Relive your childhood with comics and vintage toys
You know that one comic book you want to give your little brother because HE will really love it. Seriously, that one comic that HE—not you—would really love? There’s probably a comic store in your neighborhood where you can find it for HIM. There’s also something for your favorite hoarding sibling at these awesome toy stores, including vintage toys you fought over in the 80s from Toy de Jour or collectible toys from Rotofugi.
Give a taste of Chicago
Sure, you could give your mom a gift card to Giordano’s or Uno’s and call your shopping done. Or you could give a more thoughtful gift like Vosges chocolates, the new cookbook from pastry queen Mindy Segal or these amazing Chicago foodie gifts. Brownie points forever.
What’s your go-to neighborhood shop for gift giving? Tweet or snap a pic and share it at @closerlookinc with tag #evenbetter2018. Happy (final) shopping!

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