Sep 27 2010

WGN Best Chicago Gifts Segment


Sep 25 2010

Romantic Trips are the Best Romantic Gifts

We are starting to search for some of the best Romantic Trips for our Romantic Travel Holiday Gift Guide.

I am always a huge advocate of giving an experience gift or doing something where you can spend time with the person you are gifting, especially when it’s the person you love the most!

I am looking for great romantic vacations and destinations to feature in my Romantic Holiday Gift Guide.

Email ideas to or post a comment here!


Sep 25 2010

WGN Chicago – Best Chicago Gifts Segment

The Gift Insider has a WGN Chicago Segment coming up on September 23rd.

We are still looking for some last items to feature on our segment.

The theme will be all about Chi Town – best Chicago boutiques, best Chicago made products, best Chicago themed products.

We are especially looking for indie designers, local artists and smaller local companies to feature.

Email if you or your client has a product that you think would be a good fit!

Sep 22 2010

Chicago Shop For Someone Who Has Everything

Virtu is a shop in the heart of Bucktown stocked full of goods all “made by someone, not by something.”

I especially love these Heart Measuring Spoons by Behive.  They are hand cast in lead free pewter on a twisted copper ring.

Virtu is located at 2034 N Damen Avenue

They have a pretty fab online shop as well.


Sep 21 2010

Tablevogue – The Gift of Easy Entertaining

I got a chance to test out the Tablevogue recently on my “prep gift table” that I set up in my office.

It changed the whole feel of my office.  My table went from a 6 foot white folding table with a black piece of fabric covering the top to a full, clean, elegant table that completely covers the bags and boxes I had stuffed underneath.

While I know most people don’t have “prep gift tables” – it is a perfect product for anyone who likes to entertain and keep things tidy.  You can even get creative for parties and use paint to spice up the table.


Sep 21 2010

4 Seasons Chicago Print

This 4 Seasons in Chicago print caught my eye at the Renegrade Craft Fair in Wicker Park a few weeks ago.

I love everything about it.  It is four separate prints so you can frame them separately or all together.

Even better, it’s a local chicago artist, Ryan Kapp.

It’s the perfect gift for someone moving into a new chicago home!

$140 for all four
Ryan Kapp


Sep 21 2010

Wicker Park Gift Shop – Elevenzees

I took my first browse through a gift boutique I’ve been meaning to check out in Wicker Park – Elevenzees.  Such a fun mix of gifts, organized perfectly into categories around the store so you can find something for everyone you are looking for.

I immediately fell in love with the line they carry, Chalkboard China.  If you read my blog a lot you know I’m obsessed with anything that you can write on or personalize….especially chalk.

The wine glasses are an especially brilliant idea…put your name on the bottom and you are able to keep track of which one is yours the entire night.

1093 W Division St, Chicago


Sep 21 2010

Off The Street Picture Frames

five ACCESSORIES is working with some StreetWise vendors to create these cool, eco-friendly, recycled pictures frames.  If the design looks familiar to you it’s because they are made out of ticket stubs and CTA cards!

The best part about these frames is that the program donates 15% from each frame sold to SteetWise and aims to help people stay off the street and help clean up the city litter.

Even better – the frame is a perfect inexpensive gift at $15.00.

Five Accessories


Sep 21 2010

LEGO Architecture Sears Tower

I know technically it’s not the Sears Tower anymore … but LEGO  still has a pretty cool kit that’s a perfect gift for any Chicago resident ages 10 +.

I am about to attempt to build a model tonight for our WGN segment …. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out 🙂

You can buy it at the Legoland Discovery Center Tower


Sep 21 2010

Chicago Pillow from a Chicago Shop

This Chicago themed pillow will definitely liven up anyone’s average old couch.

You can find this hand embroidered gift at a shop in Northbrook Court Mall called Royal Appointments.

They are pretty much a one stop shop for gifts of all sorts – great place to head if you’re stuck last minute without a gift.  If you have a little more time, they have lots of great items you can personalize as well.

Royal Appointments




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