Ready? Set? Gift! Gearing up for the holidays, you can dress to impress and score the perfect present for anyone on your giving list. North Shore shops brim with all the latest trends and quality classics in clothing, household goods, self care and trinkets. See where you can spot where Endless Shopportunity awaits on the North Shore.
BlackSheep General Store, Glencoe
Gorgeous Home Goods and Goodies
Local legend Chalet Nursery (3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette) has been delivering curated home decor along with their inspired landscape design and classically fresh products for 100+ years. Take a whiff of their exquisitely fragranced Holiday Classic Candle from Nest to activate all the jolly spirits! For an astonishing range of treats, keep BlackSheep General Store (346 Park Ave., Glencoe) on your list of must-visit shops. Ladies will love the Matt & Nat bags: vegan, made from recycled materials and brilliantly styled. Artem Pop Up Gallery (1627 Sherman Ave., Evanston) trades in the handcrafted work of talented local artisans. Among all the jewelry, woodwork, fiber arts, photography and more, you’ll find one-of-a-kind ceramics to dress up any home and dinner table.
Children's Gift Shop, Northfield
Great Gifts Abound
Explore the beautiful Maze Home (735 Elm St., Winnetka) with its extensive, elegant collection of lamps, occasional tables and unique accessories from the Paris markets and across the globe. Among the barware, decorative pillows and clocks, the blue-and-white porcelain “objets” outfit the season with panache. Take your time and browse female-owned, independent bookstore Book Bin (1151 Church St., Northbrook) for the latest bestsellers from Celeste Ng and John Grisham, moving memoirs, kids books and more. Children’s Gift Shop (310 Happ Rd., Ste. 128, Northfield) carries classic favorites, as well as new and unusual toys and more for infants through teens. Colorful NeeDoh Groovy Shrooms are THE funniest fidget fungus that you didn’t know you had to have. And pick from a wide array of coloring books for the perfect stocking stuffer or Chanukah gift.
Stella Boutique, Evanston
Women’s Fashion Finds
Bringing city style to the 'burbs, Randoon’s (962-1/2 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) is a hip clothing, accessory and gift boutique/couture café where this season’s jaunty jackets shine like the vegan, distressed faux leather number with a knit hood. Fall fashion with a purpose is bursting at Hubba-Hubba (1105 Central Ave., Wilmette), too. The local fixture for trendy women's clothes and accessories has pleather leggings to die for. Browse around Stella (2116 Central St., Evanston), a chic, funky hotspot filled with exceptional treasures: an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, home accoutrements and gifts. The adorable, faux-fur trimming and poms on a colorful selection of wool gloves will keep your digits cute and toasty.
North Shore Exchange, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Resale Shops and Antique Treasures
Award-winning luxury resale shop North Shore Exchange Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) always has something to surprise and delight like gorgeous, collectible novelty handbags from Judith Leiber. Hummingbird Resale (4632 Oakton St., Skokie) features an ever-changing eclectic collection of carefully curated curiosities with thrift store price points where you can score fab furnishings before guests arrive. The unique consignment store Twisted Trunk (1826 Glenview Rd., Glenview) specializes in higher-end, pre-owned items, plus new goodies from various designers. Pretty up the homestead for parties and houseguests with upholstered chairs and ottomans. Need a host/hostess gift? Raven & Dove Antiques and Gifts (1810 Central St., Evanston) will be your new go-to for dramatic winners like a glass matchbook cloche. And don't miss out on the treasure trove of unique finds that is Heritage Trail Mercantile (190-B Northfield Rd., Northfield). From vintage books and jewelry to a variety of art mediums, one-of-a-kind furniture and more, you'll find something special for everyone on your list.
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Shopping Center Chic
Strolling and shopping in one handy location is the perfect way to merge your quest for food, fashion and entertainment. With 100+ stores including Nordstrom and Williams Sonoma to explore Westfield Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) proudly debuts Bloomies, the reimagined Bloomingdales — now what we always called it! The ever-evolving store concept includes expert consultants and curated experiences. And check out the new concept of Barnes and Noble now open in time for the holidays.
Crate & Barrel, Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Northbrook Court (2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook) is the mecca for your fave brands where you can see what’s new at Apple Store, lululemon and more. Crate & Barrel has what you need like their quality Le Creuset cookware and kitchen accessories — from the cast-iron Dutch oven to the Honey Pot with dipper. With pretty European town charm The Glen Town Center (Patriot Blvd. at Navy Blvd., Glenview) sports a lovely range of shops from Apricot Lane to Notice: Accessories for Living. Remember Dick’s Sporting Goods has a great selection of clothes for kids and teens with sweatshirts, hoodies and track pants to keep them moving and looking good!