Local Gift Ideas for the Last Minute Shopper

By Maria Hill

Maria Hill
Maria Hill

Here we are again friends, days away from the December holiday gift deadline. I have seen the countdown clocks on social media and the Christmas trees set up next to the Halloween decorations since October in stores. Just as year’s past I shunned the reminders to shop early, but now it is time to get serious.

Shopping local has always been important to me from a community and laziness standpoint so my fellow writers at Girls on The Grid have put together a list of last minute gift ideas that you can pop in and buy today, or tomorrow, or even Christmas Eve if that is your thing.

For The Craft Beer Enthusiast

In case you missed it California just passed the 750 brewery mark recently so if you have a craft beer lover in your life we suggest a gift pack of local brews. Find a list of local craft breweries here.

For The Coffee Addictcoffee

The person that has everything still needs coffee. Here are some of our favorite holiday specials for coffee lovers.

Temple Coffee: Spend $25 on coffee beans or merchandise, get a free Temple diner mug. Spend $50, get a Temple pour-over dripper ($22 value). Valid in-stores only.

Chocolate Fish Coffee: Holiday gift pack filled with a bag of Nutcracker Sweet Holiday Blend coffee and treats from About A Bite Bakery.

For The Comic Book Fan

Big Brother Comics in midtown is stocked with comics, games, Magic: The Gathering Cards and more.

For The Environmentalist

timberThe local husband and wife team at Timber and Main give old lumber new life as handcrafted furniture, décor, and home goods.

For the holidays they have tree ornaments that are beautiful, sustainable and charitable. 20% of each ornament sale supports environmental nonprofit organizations.

For The Person Who Needs Pampering

Let’s be honest, we could all use a refresh after the holidays. Ledoux Lamb Esthetics is offering a buy one service, get one half off holiday deal.

For The Fitness Friendhumani

Local yoga studio, Padme Yoga Center, has super light and portable Manduka mats for only $70.

Humani Pilates is making your life easy. Buy packing and wrapping a gift box stuffed with your choice of toesox, essential oils, gift cards and more.


For The Gardener

plantsThe Plant Foundry in Oak Park not only has your last minute Christmas tree at HALF OFF, but they also have a beautiful selection of succulents, outdoor decor, indoor decor, parfums, candles, holiday decorations and so much more.


Whatever holiday you are celebrating we wish you happiness, love, and short register lines. Did we miss a gift idea? Let us know in the comments!

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