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Holiday gift guide 2016

Holiday shopping is a breeze when you let our gift list be your guide

Photograph: Max Herman
Daley Plaza in 2014

You've got your office Secret Santa, the family gift exchange, plus stockings to fill, and you haven't crossed nearly as many items off the list as you'd hoped you would have by now. Don't panic—we're here to help. We've got ideas for everyone you're shopping for this year, from the wife and kids to your best friend, plus ideas for the most unique gifts and gift baskets. So instead of standing with a look of sheer terror in the many crowded stores this year, check out our lists and head to the best gift shops and holiday markets with a solid plan in place, just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas.  

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Holiday gift guide 2016

Unique gifts for Chicago lovers
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Unique gifts for Chicago lovers

Show a little Chicago love during the holidays with skyline, flag and Cubs gifts for everyone on your list.

Local gifts the Time Out Chicago staff actually want for themselves
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Local gifts the Time Out Chicago staff actually want for themselves

The most coveted items on our own holiday wish lists.

White elephant and Secret Santa holiday gift ideas
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White elephant and Secret Santa holiday gift ideas

Find the perfect gift for when you have no idea who you're shopping for.

The best gift baskets, gift boxes and subscription gifts
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The best gift baskets, gift boxes and subscription gifts

Gifts delivered straight to their door that make them think of you all year-round? Yes, please.

The best funny gifts for the holiday season
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The best funny gifts for the holiday season

Quirky culinary gifts and cool coasters, to gag gifts and stocking stuffer ideas, these goodies are just as fun to give as they are to receive.

The best gifts for men this holiday season
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The best gifts for men this holiday season

Great gifts for every guy on your list.

The best Christmas gifts for women this holiday season
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The best Christmas gifts for women this holiday season

Please don't buy her another pair of generic gloves.

The best unique gifts for men, women, kids and family
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The best unique gifts for men, women, kids and family

One-of-a-kind gift finds for every single person on your list.

The best gifts for music lovers
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The best gifts for music lovers

A small thank you for the friend who turned you on to all that great music you've been listening to this year.

10 terrific gifts for movie lovers
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10 terrific gifts for movie lovers

Box office finds for every movie buff on your list.

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More holiday gift ideas

The 15 best items at Christkindlmarket
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The 15 best items at Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket is open through December 24 at Daley Plaza

Awesome Chicago Blackhawks gear
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Awesome Chicago Blackhawks gear

The Blackhawks are poised for another successful season. How will you show your pride?

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