Find something for everyone at Chicago's best gift shops

Whether you need to find a wedding gift or grab something great for Mom's birthday, these stores can help

Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth RivasGather Home & Lifestyle

The best gift shops in Chicago give you plenty of options for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, the holidays or "just because." Maybe you want to give the one you love a night out at one of Chicago's best fine dining spots or tickets to a Cubs game. But honestly, there's no better feeling than watching a friend or loved one unwrap that perfect gift. To take the stress out of browsing some of the city's best and newest stores, we compiled our favorite go-to gift shops, stocked with clever items for any budget that are sure to please. (And we won't tell anyone if that "gift" is just for yourself. Promise.)

Chicago's best gift shops

1

Komoda

This ultra-charming shop stocks an eclectic collection of gifts you'd rather keep than give away. Some items are cool, some are silly, but all are sure to put a smile on your face. We found candles, jewelry, scarves, coasters, frames, bath and body products, the best greeting cards, a small, but wonderful collection of books and lots of other great stuff. Overwhelmed by the selection? Komoda employees are quick to make suggestions and will ensure you don't leave empty-handed.

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River West/West Town
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Art Effect

It’s not surprising that this two-room hot spot has thrived in the finicky Lincoln Park neighborhood for more than 20 years. Bath and body products, vases, funky wine glass sets and tons of other presents for brides-to-be, moms-to-be and the hostess-who-has-everything can be found in the front room. 

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Lincoln Park
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3

Humboldt House Co.

This light-drenched escape is packed with cool vintage furniture and colorful rugs, but we're also digging the gift possibilities that line the shelves. Owner Claire Tibbs stocks a rad collection of local pottery, unique jewelry, candles and fragrances. Bonus: The ladies of Lost Girls Vintage recently moved into the back room of the store, where you can shop their curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories before you go. 

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Humboldt Park
4

Foursided Card & Gift

This Lakeview gift shop sells greeting cards, smart gifts for your hard-to-buy-for friends and cool framed prints. You'll also find a section with calendars, planners, frames and more. Or shop the store's merch online if you prefer to shop local in your pajamas.

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Lake View
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5

Enjoy: An Urban General Store

This Lincoln Square gift store has a strong focus on gag, humor and novelty gifts. You can't go wrong with classics like The Little Devil’s Trick of the Day gag set ($12), which includes a week’s worth of gags (think hand buzzer and whoopee cushion). Or, perhaps a friend or loved one will appreciate the gift of bacon toothpaste. You'll also find greeting cards, books, arts and crafts, and plenty of toys for kiddos.

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Lincoln Square
6

The Fig Tree

If you're short on time and don't know what to buy the host, bride or special someone, head straight to this quaint West Loop storefront. Touting a collection of hilarious cards, yummy-smelling candles, etched glassware and cutesy servingware, the Fig Tree will ensure your giftee feels very special.  

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West Loop
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7

Hazel

This Ravenswood store stocks a little bit of everything, for everyone and every budget. Find great gifts when it comes to men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, greeting cards, stationery, housewares and even fresh flowers. It's a one-stop gift shop before any party or gathering.

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Lincoln Square
8

Shop 1021

Owner Ann Kienzle first cornered the kids’ market in Logan Square with her sweet toy shop, Play. Then she expanded her repertoire, opening up this gift shop for grown-ups that features an eclectic (and extremely charming) selection of everything from coffee table books to cocktail accoutrements, home goods to greeting cards.

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Logan Square
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9

Virtu

This longtime favorite charming lifestyle boutique sells jewelry, greeting cards, cookware, tableware and much more. Nearly all items in the shop have been made by hand, and many are from local designers. It's great spot to peruse if you're seeking a gift for someone who has everything.

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Bucktown
10

Steel Petal Press

Artist Shayna Norwood started Steel Petal Press in Chicago after more than a decade of letterpress printing. Her printing and letterpress operation in the heart of Logan Square is also home to a bevy of great gift ideas, from quirky books to the perfect greeting cards. With custom letterpress work available, the adorable shop can also help clients tell their stories on wedding invitations, stationery, business cards or whatever they need. 

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Logan Square
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11

Hardscrabble Gifts

Stop by this Bridgeport shop for locally made arts, crafts and personalized gifts like mugs, cups and tees made right in the store. Also check out its cool selection of Chicago-centric items, which make great gifts for locals and out-of-towners alike.

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Bridgeport
12

Gather Home + Lifestyle

Owner Kristen Basilo has a keen eye for design, and the proof is in her stunningly minimalistic Wicker Park shop, which has "gathered" an impressive variety of products for both men and women, including home decor, cards, apothecary, leather goods and accessories, jewelry and books—all made by small, independent makers.

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Wicker Park
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13

RR #1

Long a Ukrainian Village favorite, the quirky RR #1 sells a variety of gifts, including candles, cards, locally made jewelry, home decor and a lot of weird stuff for your weird friends. We love that the store is in an old pharmacy from the 1930s—and we really love the affordable prices and helpful salespeople.

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East Village
14

Space 519

Stop by this posh "general store" in the 900 Shops to find an artful collection of handpicked accessories, books, clothing, furniture and art. New items arrive weekly, and even some of the store's furniture and decorations are for sale, which is great, because you're going to want to buy everything.

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Streeterville
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Judy Maxwell Home

This general store and art gallery has been selling trinkets and rarities since 2011. Its focus on beauty and practicality means a large stock of local and international commodities, including French home-spun linens, raw local honey and vintage lingerie. Bonus: You might even bump into actress Joan Cusack, who's said to own the store.

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Old Town
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Elizabeth Grace

Located in a Lincoln Park brownstone, this charming shop offers a sophisticated and stylish collection of gifts and stationery, but it's best known as the go-to spot for discerning brides looking for custom invites. The store also has an eclectic jewelry selection from local artists and other great gifts, like Tokyomilk beauty products or the perfect note cards. Find the perfect present for a new bride, baby, or maybe even yourself.

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Lincoln Park
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Comments

2 comments
Gail K

Inkling on N Broadway should be on this list also .Lots of made in Chicago gifts !

Larry C

GROW A PET TICKLEME PLANT


Cool stores.  Here is a fun gift you can buy online . It is call the tickleme plant and it is easy to grow indoors year round. What makes it so unique is that the leaves fold and the branches fall down when you Tickle it!


http://www.ticklemeplant.com  See video