The Chicago Mom’s Last Minute Gift Guide
If you are anything like me, you are looking at this guide, because you forgot to buy something for someone on your list. You instantly think to head to Amazon, because of well, 2 day prime shipping, duh. Well, Amazon is great and all, but the feel good nature of shopping small just cannot be beat. Plus chances are what you want isn’t available via Prime.
This guide is meant for those who want to shop small, support local businesses and have the time to stop by in person. All of them offer shipping, but their in-store locations are pretty great.
CTA Trains from Building Blocks
These wooden trains are always a big hit in our household. Whether used as a stocking stuffer or placed under the tree, the train enthusiast in your life will be super excited to receive one of the hand-painted wooden trains. New this year is the vintage inspired train car.
Tagalong from Tekhni
Whether you babywear or not, these handmade in the US clutches are beautiful. They are the perfect fit for your phone, wallet, lipstick + diapers, or for those without a baby; they are the perfect small bag for quick trips to the store. The Vault at Tekhni HQ is open on Wednesdays, and shopping can always be done through their etsy store.
Mei Tai from Catbird Baby
If you are looking for a gift for a new parent, you can stop by their retail store in Ravenswood for instant gratification. The Catbird Baby Mei Tai is always on the top of our list for carriers that are designed in the USA.
Kudu Lah from Sacred Art
The pieces at Sacred Art not just locally inspired, but locally crafted and desgiend. This darling shop in Lincoln Square offers gifts for all budgets and décor aesthetics. The artfully curated selection from Kate (yes, first name basis) will fill almost any check on your gifting checklist. Whether you are looking for clothing, art pieces or a collectible figurine, there is something to be found at this store that will make the person you are gifting to giddy with joy. The Kudu-lah Critters (pictured) are original illustrations printed on canvas. Great for all ages! Collect all 16 Critter In A Jar designs, and all 6 Chicago themed designs.
Sweet Tooth Teethers from MommyCon
The perfect stocking stuffer for your teething baby or sensory needs child. We love these at our offices as an easy, affordable gift, and as a great sensory piece for children big and small. They smell delicious and are super cute. They are made of a durable silicone and are BPA Free.
Experiences & Memberships
If tangible items aren’t up your alley, and giving the gift of experiences is more in line with your gifting agenda. The following local spaces offer classes for littles and not-so-littles alike.
Purple Monkey Playroom offers monthly and yearly memberships.
Wishcraft Workshop offers class passes and memberships.
Bucktown Music has an amazing array of music classes on a monthly and multi-month basis.
Hip Circle Studio in Evanston has monthly and yearly memberships available
Goldfish swim school offers discounted class passes and memberships.
Lil Kickers has soccer classes at a special holiday rate.
TK Photography is offering gift certificates for family photos and for mini-sessions.