We Chicago moms have a TON on our plate. Not only do we run a household, but we oftentimes run successful businesses and marathons—literal and figurative—all at once. And with the stress that the holiday season brings, it is about time that we hard working Chicago moms take a little short cut and use a helping hand in tackling our holiday “to do” list. I guarantee that by using this Holiday Gift Guide for Chicago Moms, you will be able to find the perfect gift for absolutely EVERYONE on your list—including yourself—all while giving back to the Chicagoland community while you are fulfilling your Santa duties.
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FOR THE KIDS
Splurge Present: Land of Nod Play Tent
Cost: Starting at $99…many tents are up to 40% off this holiday season!
Whether it is used as home base for imaginative play, a cozy reading nook, or a hideout from Mom and Dad, the Land of Nod play tent is the ultimate holiday gift for kids. There are tons of styles to choose from, including cozy pads, pillows, and decorative accessories to keep your kids stylishly entertained all year long.
Stocking Stuffer (Boys & Girls): Rey to Z
Cost: $25. Use code HOLIDAY15 for 15% off this holiday season.
Add some style to your kids’ stocking this year through these personalized caps made by a local mom. You can create your own hat using the custom color option or stick with the classic navy, red, or pink cap. Even better? Get yourself a matching one, too!
Stocking Stuffer (Just for the Girls): Leela and JoJo Headband
Cost: $18. Use code MERRY for 10% off your order
Add a trendy surprise to your daughter’s stocking this year and support a local artisan all at the same time. This unique headband is made from 100% Merino wool felt and perfectly suits stylish girls of all ages. Even better? It comfortably stays in place all day long!
Gift Experience: Pearachute
Cost: Starting at $39/month. Receive a $25 gift card for every $100 purchased.
Drop into a wide variety of kid classes and activities throughout Chicagoland using Pearachute. Our favorite options include art classes at Easel Art Studio, play time at Bubbles Academy, and bowling at Pinstripes.
Unique Treat: Surprise Ride Kits
Cost: $26 and up. Use code AMANDA20 for 20% off all subscriptions and bundles. (Orders must be placed by 12/14 for Christmas delivery)
These creative and unique kits encourage screen free learning and exploration through thematic hands on activities. Choose from art, animal, or science based bundles or individual kits such as how to build a volcano or make slime. You can also subscribe to monthly or yearly memberships in addition to purchasing individual kits.
Local Gift: Kids’ Table Cooking Kits
Cost: $28 and up
The popular Chicago cooking school for kids has launched a line of cooking kits for your little chef. There are different themed kits to choose from, such as the “Eatsa Pizza Kit” or “Holiday Cookie Kit.” Customized kits include kid-sized cooking tools, a set of signature Kids’ Table recipes, and a reusable tote bag.
Splurge Present: Kamik Boots
Cost: $85 and up
Whether he commutes to work or is simply assigned to dog walking duty, there is nothing better than a pair of stylish, waterproof, and comfortable winter boots. Kamik is a quality brand that has a vast array of trendy and affordable styles of men’s boots so that he is prepared for whatever Chiberia throws at him this winter.
Stocking Stuffer: Cubs Cocktail Glasses
Every die hard Cubs fan knows that you need a stiff drink to get you through the playoffs. Choose from beer steins, rocks glasses, shot glasses, and other Cubs themed drinkware to help you get through the highs and lows of the baseball season over at MLBShop.com.
Gift Experience: Argus Brewery Tour
This brewery tour is great because it isn’t heavy on the technical terms and you receive as much beer as you want to sample, which is offered in a souvenir pint glass. The 90 minute tour ends in the cozy taproom where you can play games, chat, and sample all the goods with your buddies. Reservations required.
Unique Treat: Packed with Purpose
Cost: $55 and up
Pamper the man in your life while also supporting the local community by purchasing a Packed with Purpose boxed gift. Every high quality product included in each gift box improves the lives of people in need by creating jobs, developing skills, reducing waste, and more. We highly recommend the “Just for Him Delux Gift” that is as unique and thoughtful as he is.
Local Gift: Blackhawks Jersey
Cost: $78 and up
Whether he pays homage to current Blackhawks who dominate the United Center ice or legends like Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, you can’t go wrong purchasing a jersey that showcases the best logo in all of professional sports. My personal favorite is the throwback jersey so he can stand out in the Blackhawks loving crowd.
Splurge Present: Sh*t That I Knit Cap
Cost: $125. Use code “twigsnberries” for 10% off your purchase.
This knitwear company uses the finest hand-dyed Peruvian merino wool, alpaca, or cashmere so each piece will last a lifetime. The knit caps are not only well made, cozy, and stylish, but they are also a way to give back to the community at large. Sh*t That I Knit donates knitting kits to young adult cancer patients, as well as employs and empowers skilled women in Lima, Peru with each knit cap purchased.
Stocking Stuffer: GenX Wine
Let’s face it…just about everyone loves to relax at the end of the day with a great glass of wine (especially if you have little kids at home!). GenX Bold California Red Blend is a subtly complex Bordeaux inspired wine and pairs well with just about any type of cuisine. You can purchase this new, local wine at any Chicagoland Mariano’s location.
Gift Experience: Tea Time at the Drake Hotel
Cost: $45 per person
Treat your friends like the true queens they are and take them for afternoon tea at the stunning Palm Court restaurant, located in the heart of the Drake Hotel. Choose from the vast collection of over 17 teas and enjoy a three tiered tray of artisanal finger sandwiches, delicious scones and breads with preserves, and of course, dainty petite fours. You can also indulge in champagne in addition to tea while you enjoy the stunning floral arrangements and live harp performances.
Unique Treat: Letterfolk White Letterboard
If you have scrolled through Instagram in let’s say, um, the past six months, you know that letter boards are ALL the rage right now. But you know what is unique? A small WHITE letter board. Encourage your friend to be as creative as she can, sharing her favorite sappy quotes and maybe even your inside jokes that no one else truly understands through this handcrafted, beautiful board.
Local Gift: Bright Endeavors Candle
Cost: $8 and up
When you purchase a Bright Endeavors candle, you aren’t just buying a beautiful, handcrafted soy candle that will undoubtedly fill your home with lovely scented warmth. You also help a mom get back on her feet and move closer to her goals through the Bright Endeavors training program. You can’t go wrong with surprising a friend with any of the premium soy candles, but I do think that the Chicago and Holiday Citrus candles smell the best!
Splurge Present: Stella & Dot Baubles
Cost: $70 and up
When you are caring for a child, you typically don’t spend too much time thinking about what you are going to wear and are instead planning a fun day full of learning and exploration. Treat the person who takes such great care of your child to a glamorous splurge by gifting them a bold statement necklace from Stella & Dot. There are so many different baubles to choose from and at different price points, you are bound to find the perfect shiny and sparkly accessory.
Stocking Stuffer: Julep Subscription Box
Give the gift of “self care” by gifting a Julep Subscription Box. Each month a new box will arrive with over $40 worth of new beauty, skincare, and/or limited run nail colors. The box can be customized if desired or will consist of surprise treats. You can gift just one box or give an extended subscription if you want the pampering to continue past the busy holiday season.
Gift Experience: Spa Day at the Four Seasons
Cost: $160 and up
Luxurious doesn’t even begin to describe the wonderful experience spa patrons can enjoy at the Four Seasons. It is the perfect gift for someone who needs to relax and deserves to be pampered. When you book a facial or massage, you are also granted access to the hotel’s exclusive pool, so be sure to plan accordingly and thoroughly enjoy all of the amenities.
Unique Treat: Minted Photo Collage
Cost: $42 and up
Get all of those photos OFF your phone and ON display to celebrate all of the special moments your child has experienced with his/her caregiver throughout the year. Simply upload 30 snapshots, choose the frame and size and you’re done! This one of a kind work of art will definitely be treasured.
Local Gift: Chicago Hand Painted Ornament
Cost: $15 and up
Help the special people in your life trim their tree this year with beautiful, Chicago themed hand painted ornaments. Options include the Chicago skyline, Wrigley Field, Hockey Santa, Chicago Flag and much more.
Splurge Present: Sunlight Inside Bottled Sunshine Lamp
Cost: $249 and up
I know that I am not the only mom who dreads the winter, not just because we are cooped up inside but also because of the lack of sunshine. Alleviate this problem by bringing sunlight indoors through the unique Sunlight Inside Bottled Sunshine Lamp. The beautiful, hand crafted lamp mimics the sun’s natural light cycle and is already preset to your location once it arrives. Simply plug it in and enjoy the natural light cycle day and night.
Stocking Stuffer: Ever Skin Care Mini Polish/Mini Lavish Body Butter Set
Cost: $38. Use this discount code to receive $10 off your first order of $50 or more. “Subscribe and Save” orders receive 10% off and free shipping over $80 purchases. Use code MERRY30 at checkout for $30 off orders of $150 or more.
This award winning kit is the perfect way to wash away the strain of the day and relax. The scent of the lemon sugar body scrub isn’t overpowering and the luxurious body butter is the perfect way to combat the dryness that winter brings.
Gift Experience: Kirsten Lisa Photography Photo Session
Cost: $350 for 1 ½ hours and 40 images. Use code AMANDA2017 for five additional photos plus a FREE 11 x 14 print.
Most of us moms are the ones taking the picture, so gift yourself a memorable experience by hiring a talented mom and local photographer, Kristen Lisa, to capture your family’s photo memories. I have worked with Kristen for over two years and am always shocked at how patient she is with my rambunctious boys and how she is able to help me pose so that I am feeling confident in all of our photos, even after two babies. See more of my collaborations with Kristen here and don’t miss our Christmas family photo shoot.
Unique Treat: Child or Pet Silhouette
Cost: Starting at $41 for standard printing
Your home (and phone) are filled with photos of your family’s favorite memories. But instead of traditional photos, capture your favorite faces in a fun and unique way. Simply upload a profile shot of your child, pet or other loved one, and the artists at Minted will turn it into a custom silhouette print. Available in standard, foil, or letter press printing.
Local Gift: Custom Star Map Pillow
Capture any important moment, such as a birthday, wedding, or any other momentous occasion through this unique pillow. A customized map of the stars with outlined constellations and Milky Way for any date and location can be printed right onto a comfortable, soft throw pillow. You can also include a quote or other text on the back of the pillow for an extra special, customized touch.
Finally, no holiday season is complete without a night filled with warm pajamas, hot chocolate, and Christmas books. I’m partnering up with local publisher Albert Whitman and Company to gift one family our favorite holiday book, “Rudy’s Windy Christmas” this holiday season. All you need to do is comment on this post with your favorite item from the gift guide in order to be entered. All entries must be received by Tuesday, December 12th by 8 p.m. CST. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Good luck and happy holidays!
Now that all of your shopping is done, it’s time to have some FUN! Check out my top picks for how to celebrate the holidays in Chicagoland, as well as some ways to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed this holiday season.
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