North Shore Holiday Gift Guide
Shopping for the adults on your holiday list is a breeze in the enticing shops on the North Shore. Surprise a sibling with the latest cool gadget, your bestie with adorable home décor and your significant other with a gorgeous new look. From luxe treats to stocking stuffers, gifts that will delight one and all are can be shopped in person, picked up curbside and ordered online. (Check shops for their details.)
For all your holiday gifting needs, check out our full holiday gift guide.
OODLES OF EVERYTHING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING
For laser-focused shopping or to get a gander at lots of options in one spot, time to hit these shopping centers! Packed with favorites along the landscaped walkways, Westfield Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) has fashion-forward finds from Nordstrom and niche items from upscale, luxury designer consignment shop North Shore Exchange (Hermes bags, amethyst pendants). Test drive Amazon devices and discover books, electronics, smart home products, toys and games at Amazon 4-Star. Northbrook Court (2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook) will meet every need. The free-standing Crate & Barrel home and housewares mecca sets the scene for a very happy holiday and Lululemon workout or chill-out gear will help Dad get in a run or a moment of Zen.
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES: UNIQUE AND FABULOUS
Silky soft, hand-dyed scarves at Randoons (962 1/2 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) are the perfect accessory to complete an outfit for sis, niece or aunt. The shop excels in finding unique must-haves with that relaxed, West Coast vibe. Stella Boutique (2116 Central St., Evanston) has adorable tops and dresses for the gals on your list, like the Library Print Sarah Dress, a flattering wrap style with a ruched waist (eclectic gifts, accessories and home goods abound, too). Gigi’s Closette (1029 Waukegan Rd., Glenview) — a fashion staple for more than 30 years — has perfect “next-level” layering pieces, like the Patina Leather cropped jackets in steel, slate, or au lait, soft washed and tumbled finish for that vintage look.
Stella Boutique, Evanston
MORE CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES: STYLE FOR DAYS
Skändal (907 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) shares their love of Scandinavian designs for the human form and the household. Super hip prezzies for all the women in your life might include an elegant, yet playfully embroidered woven shirt by Vilagallo. The ridiculously cute, relentlessly cozy Havana Mini Leopard Jogger sweatsuits are back just in time for the cold weather at Apricot Lane the Glen (The Glen Town Center, Glenview). Your missus will love their chic and trendy fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags and hats (who needs a beanie?!). Get the perfect cold weather clothing and accessories for all the fashionistas in your life at gigi BOTTEGA (612 Davis St., Evanston). Personally, we're loving the Naomi Booties, Eyelash Knit Sweater Top and the Open Teddy Jacket.
WRAP UP SOME HOME DECOR
Maze Home (735 Elm St., Winnetka) scours Parisian markets and the globe to bring you an extensive array of home furnishings and gifts (think lamps and serveware to pillows and occasional tables). Exceptional finds like the stunning blue and white wine cooler/ice bucket would be perfect couple gift. Jewel-box of a shop Raven and Dove Antiques and Gifts (1810 Central St., Evanston) rings all the bells with uncommon jewelry, bath and beauty items and even a Victorian Majolica collection. Their Dragonfly Over Clouds throw pillow by designer John Derian would dazzle any recipient. Add more art to someone’s life from Artem Popup Gallery (1627 Sherman Ave., Evanston) with a wide range of price points for original and print art—abstract, whimsical, landscapes and regional pride—plus pottery and glassworks. Explore eleven (!!) rooms of home décor, tableware and accessories from Peachtree Place (303 N Happ Rd., Northfield). For that dog-loving in-law who has everything, the Glass Cookie Jar with Dog Finial has a rubber gasket to keep contents fresh and inquisitive noses away.
Peachtree Place, Northfield
FOR THE OUTDOORSY AND THE PLAYFUL
Wow your partner with electronic goodies from Abt (1200 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview). The mega media and appliance retailer has expert Bose Noise Canceling Headphones, so they’ll hear their favorite music—and absolutely nothing else. For the outdoorsy types, check out the hiking and camping gear at REI (888 Willow Rd., Northbrook). The three-season Kelty sleeping bag combines high-quality down insulation with a nylon taffeta shell for cozy sleeping even in inclement weather. Dad, grandpa and all the uncles will enjoy challenging the whole family with backgammon and dominoes from Blacksheep General Store (346 Park Ave., Glencoe), where you’ll marvel at the selection of local, handmade, small batch merchandise. Stumble & Relish (1312 Chicago Ave., Evanston) has the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. You'll find everything from Chicago and Evanston themed clothing, accessories and home goods to unique items and perfect stocking stuffers like the Painted Orange Sloth Ornament. Make sure to also peruse their extenisve and fun gift card section.
Blacksheep General Store, Glencoe
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