Made-in-Chicago Gifts to Get for Loved Ones This Holiday Season
By Emma Sarran Webster| December 13, 2016 |
It’s always a good idea to shop local and, here in Chicago, there’s certainly no lack of amazing options. Our city is chock full of designers, artists, and creators who make everything from clothes, to home décor to food, and more that are perfect as gifts this holiday season.
Antique Metal Growhouse, Modern Sprout ($135). Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose Ave., 773-840-2456
This chic, metal greenhouse—made by Chicago’s own Modern Sprout—even allows urbanites the chance to grow their own plants and herbs, with its natural sunlight LEDs and a three-setting timer meant to mimic a full day’s light, from sunrise to sunset and back again.
The Violet Hour Bar Kit, The Violet Hour ($100). The Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen, 773-252-1500
The perpetual entertainer will relish this kit from James Beard Award-winning cocktail bar, The Violet Hour. The set includes an 8-oz. bottle of The Violet Hour+ cocktail mix, two recipe cards, a bar spoon and jigger, and a bottle of The Violet Hour’s single-barrel house selected bourbon or rye. And it’s a gift that gives back, too: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Drinking Fountain, a non-profit dedicated to providing communities around the world with clean and potable drinking water. Purchase the kit at The Violet Hour, or by contacting the bar’s managing partner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designer Lindsay Lewis is a Chicagoan through and through: She earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now handcrafts her unique jewels—like this stunning solid brass and Lace Agate ring—out of her Windy City studio.
The After Five Bar Cart, Basil Hayden’s x Greta de Parry ($400). huckberry.com, 855-325-8998
To celebrate the launch of its 2016 Sipping Companions collection, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon partnered with local artisans across the country to create limited-edition items to accompany the bourbon-sipping experience. One such item? This limited-edition bar cart designed and made by Chicagoan Greta de Parry. There are only 10 bar carts available, making it a very unique, local gift.
Sea Salt Caramels, Chicago Classic Confections ($26). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515
Shopping for someone who’s more into sweet than savory? It doesn’t get much more Chicago than a mint meltaway, made by a Windy City chocolatier that’s been around since 1936.
Is there anyone who can resist a handful (okay, several handfuls) of Chicago’s classic, Garrett Popcorn? It’s a beloved gift, for sure. The fact that when you purchase the limited-edition Hebru Brantley tins, Garrett will donate 15% of the proceeds to Chicago Children’s Choir makes the classic present better than ever.
Muirwood Reclamations focuses on upcycling reclaimed materials, like Illinois barnwood and railroad spikes, to create seriously cool pieces for the home. Case in point: this wine rack, which can be made for five or six bottles.