I hate the feeling of being absolutely clueless when it comes to gift shopping for someone. Whether the person has everything, or nothing– finding gifts is not always an easy task. Judging from personal experience, receiving amazing food- especially sweets- or some delicious beer and wine has never put a frown on my face.

If you need some delicious ideas that can be snagged at the last minute for that mysterious person in your life– these will not fail at all.

The best part, they are all local!

Bang Bang Pie Shop

2051 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-8888

A pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop or a fruitcake is near perfection. Would you just take a look at that?

Insomnia Cookies

2260 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
(877) 632-6654

Their extensive selection of cookies will most likely mean that you will be leaving there with a gift box for yourself as well.

The Goddess & The Grocer

901 North Larrabee Street, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 988-9870

A gift basket from The Goddess & The Grocer can appeal to many. With their selection you can go straight for the sweets, or mix it up with some fancy cheese and crackers as well.


The Shops at North Bridge
43 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700

Italian foods gift Basket from Eataly will be a gourmet feast of flavors in your mouth. There is no disappointment here.

Leonidas Chocolaterie

The Chicagoan
59 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 929-2323

Pralines at Leonidas Choclaterie are dangerous. They are essentially happiness bombs that can be taken in one bite– but it is completely worth prolonging to experience with 2-bite increments. Self-control is key, but not necessary.

Lucila’s Homemade

(multiple locations/online orders)

Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores are a unique delicacy that everyone needs to experience– at least multiple times a week. I am not exaggerating.

Garrett Popcorn Shops

(multiple locations)

Growing up, I always looked forward to the massive tins of popcorn that came with the holiday. If I received one for every holiday in existence, then that would already assure a successful year.

Silverland Bakery

439 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 488-0800

Get the best of both worlds here. A Wine-Infused Bakery Box is, well, amazing. I don’t feel like I need to do much convincing with this one.

Eli’s Cheesecake

6701 West Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 205-3800

O Cheesecake, Cheesecake, wherefore art thou Cheesecake? Deny thy dinner and refuse thy drink; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love.


53 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 658-1250

A comfort food cheese gift basket would make me very happy. There is a time and a place for fancy cheese– right now and in my mouth.

Publican Quality Meats

825 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977

Gifts from Publican Quality Meats will compliment your Pastoral pickup perfectly. Snag some of their meat and bread for an exquisite charcuterie plate.

Gene’s Sausage Shop

4750 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-7243

A prime cut of meat, or house-made sausage is truly a delicacy, in my opinion. Most people don’t take it upon themselves to create it at home, therefore your gift could offer them the most unique taste this year.

Beer Temple

3185 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-0907

Craft Beer of the Month from Beer Temple, or any of their beer will do very, very, very….very nicely.


9965 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 677-9463

If beer isn’t their forte, then a wine gift basket may fit in perfectly. They are completely customizable. Be sure to remind your gift receiver, pinky out.


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