If you are like me, you love to surprise people with unique gifts that won’t sit in the bottom of a drawer. If you are also like me, you like to avoid crowds and the madness that weekend shopping can be. Here are 12 unique ideas you can buy online that are sure to bring a smile to the Chicago-lover’s face. Got more suggestions? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @JenTravelsLife.
1. CHICAGO: THE GAME
Are you looking for a fun way to experience Chicago? Here it is! Chicago in-a-box! The game is full of Blues, pizza, sorts, shopping, a little more pizza and…lots of wind.
2. GIORDANO’S PIZZA
Giordano’s take great pride in crafting and shipping their world famous pizza pies nationwide. To guarantee the best quality for all their shipped stuffed pizzas, they hand craft them to order, partially bake them, freeze them, and then ship them anywhere in the U.S.A.
3. GARRETT POPCORN
Garrett Popcorn is handmade throughout the day in old-fashioned copper kettles using only the highest-quality ingredients. This holiday, share the tradition of Garrett Popcorn with your family and friends!
4. BEARS FAN GEAR
The perfect gift for the sports lover in your life, this Chicago Bears Gift Set features a pair of officially licensed cufflinks, a money clip and team tie bar. Ideal for the fashionable Bears fan, support your team in the most sophisticated of ways.
5. CHICAGO GOURMET
Give the Gift of Chicago Gourmet! A day or a weekend at Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is the perfect gift for any food and wine enthusiast — your spouse, your friends, your parents, your siblings, or yourself!
6. BRAIN BOX
Do you know what is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction? Or how many parks there are throughout Chicago? BrainBox Chicago contains 55 beautifully-illustrated cards showing the very best Chicago has to offer. The object of the game is to study a card for 10 seconds and then answer a question based on the roll of a die.
7. CITYSCAPE ORNAMENT
Commemorate your trip to Chicago! This 5.5″ Chicago Glass Cityscape Ornament has beautiful details of the various landmarks of the Windy City. Buy one for yourself or for a loved one. Either way, it will be worth it!
8. CHICAGOLICIOUS SPICE SET
The gift of herbs and spices is the perfect present for anyone who likes to cook or wants to learn. This Chicago Ethnic Spice Set contains hand packed jars of freshly ground and blended spices and herbs and includes the Central European style blend, the Italian blend from Old Taylor Street, the Lake Shore Drive Seasoning-perfect for fish, and of course the Bronzeville Rib Rub.
9. CHICAGO GIFT SET
This Chicago Fan Gift Box is the perfect gift for the lover of all things Windy City! The Gift Set includes: 2014 Chicago Wall Calendar, Chicago Drinking Glass, Chicago’s Famous Buildings paperback book, CAF Icon Journal, CAF Chicago Water Globe, and 4D Chicago Cityscape Puzzle.
10. GREAT TO BE HERE TEE
A purple, slim fit Chicago tee with a white screen printed map graphic and cap sleeve. “Chicago…. America’s Happy Place”
11. BOOK – FOR KIDS
If you have sleepy tots who need a great bedtime story, why not have it be about the greatest city in the world? With this Good Night Chicago Children’s Book, you’ll have your young ones dreaming about the best landmarks of the windy city in no time.
12. BOOK – FOR ADULTS
The America the Beautiful series takes readers on a photographic tour of the country’s most beautiful states and most vibrant cities. This edition features Chicago, the third largest city in the United States and is President Barack Obama’s hometown. Get to know The Windy City more!