The 2014 Chicagoist Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2014 - bbq set

We’re into mangle time for those folks on a present lists who are tough to emporium for when selling holiday gifts. We always tell a holiday present beam this time of year, and this year’s list is chock full of ideas for anyone on your list. And if there isn’t something for someone here, they simply go on a disobedient list.

Photo around Lomography Embassy Store’s Facebook page.

For a budding photographer: Lomography Embassy Store
One of my nieces wants a digital camera for Christmas and listed a slew of costly options we wouldn’t buy many adults. Knowing interests can mostly be passing with teenagers, I’m selling her a Holga with some film instead and afterwards her father can buy her a digital camera if it binds her interest. This Wicker Park emporium carries a low register of analog cameras, scarcely all of them indicate and shoots, along with film to supplement texture, tone and abyss to a photos. If we wish a mini Holga, they have it. Want a Wideluxe variant? They have those also, and in cost ranges that will take divided many of a prick when my niece breaks it. —Chuck Sudo

The Lomography Embassy Store is located during 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave.

For a partner of classical RB and funk: The One-derful! Collection
Bewteen 1962 and 1971, Chicago-based African-American-owned One-derful! family of labels expelled over 180 hint and despondency singles. While a Motor City saw aloft form success by a Motown label, One-derful! kept gait with a fast of artists and releases that are still prohibited adequate to blow out your speakers. There’s an unconstrained re-issue debate centered around a tag that will embody double-LPs (and CDs) featuring songs from a Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels to be expelled subsequent year (and available for pre-order as a subscription). The initial gathering is already out—The One-derful! Collection: The One-Derful! Label—and while we can buy that alone we advise signing adult a desired one for a whole collection. —Jim Kopeny/Tankboy

For a sentimental audiophile on your list: Something From Logan Hardware
Everyone knows someone who dabbles in peculiar trinkets and collectibles from another epoch (namely, a 1980s and 1990s). If during slightest one of these forms is on your list, Logan Hardware is a place to conduct to find them a ideal gift. From collectible fan zines of musicians, to toys, selected trade cards and other pointless finds, to reasonably-priced vinyl, CDs and movies, this record store is one of those “you never know what we will find” gems in a city. Plus, with a purchase, we get a formula to enter a free-play arcade in a back, gifting yourself while gifting in a process. —Carrie McGath

Logan Hardware is located during 2532 W. Fullerton Ave.

When rare, uncanny and cold books and zines are a must: Quimby’s Books
Quimby’s is one of those staples in my life and is always a place we go for gifts. It is a kind of place we take out of city guest and they always leave over by a brood of rare, uncanny and intriguing preference of books, comics, zines and some-more that has done this place such an establishment over a years. Their fast support of internal authors is fantastic, giving them a space to sell their things and to review or perform their work. —Carrie McGath

Quimby’s is located during 1854 W. North Ave.

Gift set from Epic Spices. (Photo credit: Melissa McEwen/Chicagoist)

For a zealous cook: Spice Gift Sets during Epic Spices
You’ll pleasure your favorite prepare with one of Epic Spice’s present sets. All a spices are creatively belligerent in-house and they have a good preference for any character of cook. The Grill BBQ Flavors set contains a rub, a brine and dual dainty seasonings. The Spicy Hot set contains some of their famously prohibited blends including a “Crazy Hot Seasoning” that we can demonstrate is indeed crazy hot. For a stewardess present we advise a prohibited cocoa twin that includes both Decadent and Spicy Aztec cocoa blends in a good present bag for usually $10. —Melissa McEwen

Epic Spices is located during 1725 W. Chicago Ave.

For selected garments lovers: Happy Forest Vintage
You could spend hours digging by preservation shops and estate sales, or we could let someone do it for you. Chicago-based Happy Forest Vintage bonds their online emporium with a curated collection of bright, bold, retro clothing. Pick adult a neon space-dyed 1970s cardigan for your heterogeneous crony disposed to anniversary depression. The colourful colors in a collection can renovate a greyest of winter days and lift your mood. —Allison Kelley

Visit Happy Forest Vintage online.

For a under-30 set: RED Card during Steppenwolf
In Europe, many museums, theaters and rail systems offer steeply ignored tickets for not usually students (which are mostly true adult free) though for anyone underneath age 27. Here in Chicago and a US, museum tickets don’t come cheap, though if we or a intensity present target occur to be underneath 30, we can see good plays for significantly reduction than face value. A RED membership during Steppenwolf costs $100 prosaic and gives a label hilt entrance to 6 tickets, equating to about $17 per chair for shows that operation from $45-90. RED members can haven tickets to any show—single, couple, or all 6 during a time—and also get $1 off drinks during a theater’s bars and discounts during participating restaurants in a area. It expires when a label hilt turns 30, so time is not greatly of a essence. Choose a uncover and go! —Kristine Sherred

Purchase Steppenwolf’s RED Card online.

For a design buff: AIA Guide to Chicago
Architectural sum everywhere in a home of a skyscraper, and while many tours offer a singular take on Chicago’s constructional legacy, they’re value scouting on your own. Arm your favorite building purify with a third book of a AIA Guide to Chicago, ripping with photos, maps and indices for exploring a skyline during belligerent level. If your companion name drops Bertrand and Mies like aged friends, cruise browsing CAF’s stately holiday guides . —Jessica Mlinaric

For a new indie literary fan: The Pitchfork Review Gift Package
The quarterly imitation arm of a periodical improved famous by a long-running digital imprint, The Pitchfork Review weaves longform consider pieces, comics, excellent photography and other art together in a singular high judgment package. To applaud a execution of their initial year as a announcement they are charity a present set mixing all their issues so apart with 3 7″ annals (from artists such as King Tuff, Kurt Vile and Zola Jesus) for a low cost of $34.99. Considering any emanate retails for twenty bucks a cocktail that’s a flattering good deal! —Jim Kopeny/Tankboy

Geared bookends from Salvaged Metal Designs. (Photo around Salvaged Metal Designs website.)

For a chairman who appreciates repurposing: Salvaged Metal Designs
Steven Pickens takes ostensible throw steel and gives it new life, formulating accent furnishings such as bookends done from gears and necklaces in coronet or brushed immaculate steel in shapes of states. Pickens’ Etsy emporium now facilities pendants in shapes trimming from Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and even Virginia, though he’s also able of creation tradition orders. (I placed one by his shop.) The best thing about Salvaged Metal Designs is a cost; this is affordable jewelry. —Chuck Sudo

Visit Salvaged Metal Design’s Etsy emporium online.

For a Dapper Dans: Flower Lapel Pins from The Tie Bar
Gentlemen, are we confronting a sartorial quandary this holiday season? We advise we hang a pin it—a flower lapel pin from The Tie Bar. A Chicago-based e-commerce end for over a decade, The Tie Bar hawks neckties, crawl ties and slot squares in fashion-forward patterns and fabrics—but it’s their complicated spin on a sad, saggy boutonniere that’ll have we looking singularly dapper. Our favorites embody a Petite Gingham in Plum and a Danbury Plaid in Fuchsia. Wear them on vests, sweaters, scarfs and jackets to give your demeanour a tiny pop. And vocalization of pop, check out a retailer’s initial pop-up store, that non-stop in Lincoln Park this fall. —Tony Peregrin

Visit The Tie Bar online or their pop-up emporium during 918 W. Armitage Ave. by Jan. 4, 2015.

For café dwellers: The Indie Coffee Passport
From your coffee posh friends to coworkers who need to mangle their crippling Starbucks addiction, a Indie Coffee Passport is a good present choice for all a caffeine addicts in your life. Purchase one pass for $25 and your crony can suffer one giveaway splash from a designated pass list during any of a 22 participating cafes. From Evanston to Pilsen and many neighborhoods in between, your coffee traveler will get to representation a crater and find a new barista crushes all over a city. Passports are good from now until Jun 30, so try to inspire them to get those pass stamps in while a continue is chilly. —Gina Provenzano

Buy a Indie Coffee Passport online.

For a coffee-addict: Dark Matter Gift Sets
Dark Matter is my initial choice for coffee gifts initial of all given their labels are unequivocally gloriously cold and demeanour great, though second given their coffees are distinct any others. we know we can send them to my family opposite a nation and they won’t be receiving coffee they can find around their possess blocks. Like their barrel-aged blends, that have spent critical time in drink or whiskey barrels. One that’s accessible now is Mastodon Black Blood (also ideal for complicated steel fans), that is aged in Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Grab one (or five) shortly given a barrel-aged blends tend to sell out quickly. —Melissa McEwen

Purchase Dark Matter Coffee present sets online or during Star Lounge (2521 W. Chicago Ave.), The Mothership (738 N. Western Ave.) and Osmium Coffee Bar (1117 W. Belmont Ave.).

For a foodie: À La Card Chicago Decks
The present label is a slightest sparkling present for both a giver and a receiver, save those control freaks who send out lists to their family and friends as if any holiday requires a registry. For your desired one with a unconstrained appetite, don’t give them a present certificate to a Cheesecake Factory, yield them with a year of sparkling dining experiences. A La Card is a rug of $10 (off purchases of during slightest $25) coupons to 50 of Chicago’s best restaurant, charity an careful approach to try a city’s food scene. The restaurants operation from affordable, like Cemitas Puebla, to some-more upscale options like Fat Rice. This year, a lineup includes welcomed newcomers like Cellar Door Provisions, Tete Charcuterie, and Table, Donkey and Stick. Just like a preserve of a month club, it unequivocally is a present that keeps on giving. —Erika Kubick

Purchase À La Card Chicago Decks online.

2014_12_16_cutlermakesmedrink.jpgFor a irritated Bears fan: “Jay Cutler Makes Me Drink” T-shirt
If you’ve watched a Bears this season, no doubt Jay Cutler has driven we to drown your sorrows on many an occasion. And this t-shirt from Strange Cargo lets we promote your sentiments even when you’re not holding a swill from a bottle of Malort to lifeless a pain. The Bears committed $126 million ($54 million guaranteed) usually final January, and already rumors are that group government is feeling buyer’s remorse. But we all know we’re stranded with Cutler for a prolonged tenure now, given Bears government will never travel divided from that kind of dough, a livers be damned. —Benjy Lipsman

Buy a “Jay Cutler Makes Me Drink” t-shirt during Strange Cargo (3448 N. Clark St.) or online.

For a starved readers: Purchases from Open Books
In an increasingly fast-paced and technological age, a holiday deteriorate mostly becomes about what is new and shiny. All we have to do is spin to on a TV and see phones, tablets and a like singing carols and delivering gratifying greetings. The problem is that it while gifts like these are poetic to receive, and can be immensely practical, it can infrequently be tough to impregnate them with many definition or sentiment. Take a low exhale this winter and do things aged school. Buy a book! Used book shops are a ideal place to find gifts for everyone, even a many apart relative. If we know one or dual things about someone, we can substantially buy them a book. Not usually will we attraction yourself by demonstrating that we compensate attention, there are few some-more pleasing ways to pass an afternoon than erratic a aisles of a used book store. Check out Open Books, with locations in River North and Pilsen, as good as an online shop, they make it easy for you. Not sole yet? What if we told we that any book we squeeze does good for a community? Open Books runs a array of programs such as one-on-one reading use with area students as good as a book extenuation module that support Chicago’s youth. —Sophie Day

Open Books is located during 213 W. hospital Pl.

For Toys! Toys! Toys!: Play
It is unfit not to consider of toys when one reflects on a holidays, so Logan Square’s desirable fondle store, Play, is always a stop for me during a holidays. The preference of toys is considerable for such a tiny space and has oodles of things for infants to comparison kids trimming in cost from $5 and $10 to $50 and up. With all from singular books, classical toys, puppets and an array of stocking stuffers, it should be on any shoppers’ to-do list for holiday selling and beyond. As a bonus, a useful staff and nominal gift-wrapping will assuage some of that unavoidable holiday stress. —Carrie McGath

Play is located during 3109 W. Logan Blvd.

For a coffee drinker in your office: Loop Stripe Coffee Mug
This colorful mop depicts a stylized chronicle of a several “L” lines that harmonise a Loop that encircles downtown. At 15 ounces it’s also easily sized for a big, Chicago-sized cuppa Joe. Compliment it with a bruise or dual of uninformed roasted beans from one of a large internal coffee roasters. —Benjy Lipsman

Purchase a Loop Stripe coffee mop online.

For a chocolate addict: Mayana Chocolates
Chocolate gifts aren’t usually for Valentine’s day. They’ll greatfully roughly any honeyed tooth and won’t confusion adult anyone’s residence given if they are good like these they’ll be quickly devoured. We’ve praised their stately Space Bar ( and if we can curb yourself from eating them all yourself, their beast candy bars make an considerable and tasty gift. They also have some-more conventional, though still tasty gifts like boxes of chocolates featuring flavors like Mayan piquancy and Caramelized cashew and 72 percent ganache. Melissa McEwen

To squeeze Mayana Chocolates online or find a list of retailers, revisit their website.

Photo around Johnny Casserole’s Facebook page.
For new parents: Johnny Casserole’s “Operation Hotdish” Subscriptions
If we have friends or kin who are new parents, we know they’ve got a lot on their plate. Give them one reduction thing to worry about with a Johnny Casserole Operation Hotdish subscription. With this subscription dish plan, we can have homemade comfort food classics like Shepherds Pie or a “For Your Thighs Only” Mac ‘n Cheese, delivered to your friend’s doorstep. Just select that dishes and what dates you’d like to send them. —Allison Kelley

Contact Johnny Casserole about grouping a subscription here.

To keep your lenses and screens clear: Toddy Gear Snowfall Tech Pack
Keep your computer, smartphone and inscription screens and eyeglasses and camera lenses purify and transparent with this present container containing 5”x7” Smart Cloth, 9”x9” Smart Cloth, Pocket Toddy, and The Wedge Mobile Device Stand, all contained in a giveaway mobile present pouch. —Chuck Sudo

Buy this and other Toddy Gear tech packs online.

For a darker side of exercise: Healthgoth
Local DJ and musician Johnny Love has helped flog off a healthgoth trend—it’s accurately what it sounds like—and launched a website filled with videos and several health tips. We don’t indispensably validate all of a recommendation offering there though his heart seems to be in a right place. Alongside those tips he’s also launched his possess line of healthgoth aptness wear, so either we wish to follow his training fast or not we can still demeanour like a cold child during a gym. —Jim Kopeny/Tankboy

Buy Healthgoth online.

For a heterogeneous local: Handmade Aprons from Pilsen Outpost
Who needs Renegade Craft Fair when we can stop by this code new Pilsen shop, that doubles as a gallery for internal art. Owned and operated by a artists themselves, a Outpost is some-more than usually a sell shop: it is a place to correlate with artists in sequence to know a definition behind your purchases and learn a impulse that put them there in a initial place. With stacks of colorful shade prints and a robust preference of handmade products like jewelry, toys, purses and more, we are certain to check a few names off of your list. —Carrie Laski

Pilsen Outpost is located during 1958 W. 21st St.

For ideal nails: AstroWifey Manicures/Pedicures
Whatever we can dream up, spike artist AstroWifey can interpret that to nails. Her next-level gloss skills have remade nails all over a city into beautiful pieces of art. Big names in cocktail enlightenment like Pokemon, Wu-Tang Clan and David Bowie have all gotten a AstroWifey treatment, and tons of drool-worthy patterns. Give a present of wearable art by picking adult a giftcard for a friend. —Allison Kelley

Check out AstroWifey’s products/services and ask an appointment online.

For a turophile: Local Cheese
Cheese is nature’s biggest present to us: a ambience of miraculously fermented spread is a holiday for your mouth. Why not hang adult a crowd or dual in glossy paper and tip with a bow? we advise holding honour in all a supernatural cheeses that a Midwest has to offer. You can revisit your internal cheese monger for some suggestions on cheeses from creameries circuitously or emporium Great American Cheese on Artizone. To give it a some-more personal touch, try creation your possess accoutrement like an onion jam with gruyere or bulb crisp with crunchy gouda. If we wish to compensate someone else to do a work, we can always sequence a present box by Pastoral. —Erika Kubick

Visit Artizone’s website.

For a painfully hip babies and kids on your list: Psychobaby
Not being a primogenitor myself, we entirely suffer a “kooky auntie” purpose we have taken on to a babies and children of many family members and friends. Particularly if this is a “first” holiday for a baby on your list, we will wish to stop by Psychobaby. Nothing creates a new primogenitor screech with fun like a personalized beanie, onesie or bib for their new gold of joy, creation it as gratifying for a gifter as a receiver. Beyond this personal touch, their emporium is filled with singular toys and punk, swat and rock-themed clothe that will make any baby, child and primogenitor painfully hip. It is a good place, too, for Chicago-themed bibs, shirts and other accessories if we wish to also give a bit of The Windy City. —Carrie McGath

Visit Psychobaby’s online store here.

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