SMALL BUSINESS GIFTS
In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to local businesses - Small Business Saturday. Now more than ever, it’s important to support your local businesses that reside in the community. Here are some great gifts you can get from a Chicago Southland business this holiday season.
If you're looking for a beautiful, hand-made piece of art, look no further than Lotton Art Glass Gallery and Studios in Crete. With a wide variety of bowls, vases and art sculptures, Lotton Art Glass has incredible creations that make wonderful gifts. Lotton Art Glass is even offering 10% off all of their jewelery Friday November 19 and Saturday November 20, as well as Friday November 26 and Saturday November 27 (coffee and light refreshments provided!) To see some of their art and for gallery information, check them out here.
Everyone enjoys sweets during the holidays, and what better gift than some of the best treats in the Chicago Southland? Gayety’s Chocolate and Ice Cream Company is host to some delicious goods including chocolates, candies and hand-dipped fruits. Gayety’s has all of the options for your loved one’s sweet tooth. Find more information on Gayety’s and their sweet treats here.
If you’ve got an avid golfer in the family, you can tee up the perfect gift with a golf membership. With over 30 golf courses in the area, we’ve got more than enough greens for every golfer to enjoy come spring. Get a golf membership or book some tee time from great spots like Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood and Cog Hill Golf Club in Palos Park, or any of the other fantastic courses you can find here.
A night out to the theatre is a great gift for those who love the arts. With multiple local theatres in the Chicago Southland, there are a variety of shows and performances to choose from. If you want to get tickets as a gift this holiday season, click here for information on all of the theatres and performance centers in the Chicago Southland.
If you’re shopping for a beer lover this holiday season, nothing beats some delicious, locally made craft brews. With more than 20 breweries in the area, the Chicago Southland is the perfect place to get your gift. If you’re looking to get a variety of beers in one bundle and some brewery merchandise as well, then be sure to grab a Holiday Beer Fest in-a-box from the Dixie Highway Brewery Trail. With 8 different breweries offering craft beers, apparel and beer glasses, this box makes a perfect gift. Get tickets for your beer box here before November 17. If you miss the deadline, don’t worry! You can still get craft beers and merchandise from several our breweries here.
Restaurant gift cards
There are hundreds of local restaurants in the Chicago Southland, so if you’re looking for a gift that’s perfect for foodies and supports local business, go with gift cards. If you plan on buying your loved ones a delicious meal from one of the Chicago Southland’s finest restaurants, be sure to check our full restaurant list here.
Custom wooden bats
If you’ve got a baseball player to shop for this holiday season, Homewood Bat Co. is a must. Their selection of quality wooden bats is top tier, and you can get them personally engraved and stained. Whatever their level of play is, there’s a bat for them at Homewood Bat Co. If you want to hit this holiday season out of the park, be sure to check out Homewood Bat Co. here.
Who doesn’t love the zoo? Get your loved one a zoo membership this holiday season for the Brookfield Zoo. Memberships offer free admission and parking all year long, and you can even upgrade to include admission to special events and attractions as they take place. If you want to get the perfect gift for your animal lover, check out memberships here.
Small business shopping
If you’re more of an on-the-spot shopper, then we’ve got great small businesses for you. With the likes of Historic Downtown Frankfort, The Homewood Business Association and The Shops of Old Orland, we’ve got small business shopping areas for all your needs. You can also find fantastic small businesses in downtown Crete and Blue Island. These locations are host to countless boutiques and local shops, so you won’t have trouble finding a gift for everyone.
If you are looking for more traditional shopping centers the Chicago Ridge Mall, River Oaks Center and Orland Square Mall are all great options. Find their locations, extended holiday hours and more information here.