Dec 14 2010

Cool Gift Ideas for Guys

Everybody knows one, the guy who is literally impossible to shop for. Fear no more, here’s a list of things he is bound to love.

1. We all know guys love gadgets, but they’re always losing the cords! Fear no more, the power mat is an all-in-one charger pad for all his favorite electronics. BUY HERE: Powermat

2. The balloon speaker: small, handy and perfect for the music-loving type. BUY HERE: Amazon

3. One of the best gifts EVER! Beer of the month club is exactly what it sounds like. Sign him up and every month for a year he will receive a twelve pack of the coolest beer out there. Truly perfect for the guy who has everything – beer! BUY HERE: Beer of the Month

4. This Chicago based clothing company is rooted around “style detached from the masses” says owners Danny Loiacono and Zachary Sutter, who started Departure Lifestyle in the Summer of 2010. While they are currently designing their Winter lines for guys and girls, you can find some of the coolest and most unique threads online at Customized shirts for individuals or groups can be designed by contacting


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

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


Sep 21 2010

Personalized Gifts From With Grace

I love discovering cute new shops in different areas of the city.

With Grace is an adorable shop up in Roscoe Village that is known for the fab weddings gifts.  I immediately took to this personalized, bright and monogrammed serving tray from Fontaine Maury.

Check out the other great ideas for yourself at 2238 West Roscoe

With Grace


Sep 21 2010

Give Coasters of Chi Town

This is the perfect housewarming gift for a Chicagoan.

This Etsy artist uses black and white photography of local spots around the city and then ads a little flair with some bright pops of color.

$40 for 2 sets of 4 coasters

Mad Canvases


Sep 21 2010

i heart illinois necklace

If you love Chicago … flaunt it.

These custom state necklaces are from a local Chicago Etsy designer.

She can personalize it for any state you’d like with a heart on the city that you love.

Have a few places close to heart?  Try the layered look with your home town, new town, college town, etc.






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