The holidays might be celebrated a little differently this year, but time spent with family can feel meaningful regardless of whether it’s in person or virtual. For all your gift exchange needs, check out these 17 stops for shopping inspiration.
1. Broken Brix
225 W. Main St., St. Charles
If the man in your life has been itching to get into the home brewing game, Broken Brix in St. Charles has you covered. For newbies, the shop sells books and homebrew beer kits to kick off their new hobby. Or replenish supplies for the master brewers in your life by picking up some bottles, flavorings and chemicals for their next batch. If beer (or wine) tasting is more their style, Broken Brix also sells growlers, wine and cider to go.
217 S. Third St. Suite 90, Geneva
Nestled in downtown Geneva, Motto offers both contemporary and traditional styles of clothing and accessories for the guys on your list. For a causal look while he’s working remotely, pick up a soft drawstring hoodie. If they’re back in the office, try a performance fabric shirt that’s wrinkle resistant. Gift cards are available to purchase online. Note: Gift returns are accepted until Jan. 9.
6 W. Wilson St., Batavia
This chic shop in downtown Batavia offers an array of items to help make a house a home, from home decor to holiday signs. You can even rent premium IOD silicone stamps to create your own DIY gifts for the ladies in your life. If you’re not ready to head into stores yet, Red Hive Market’s new virtual tour, available on its website, lets you browse the store from the comfort of your couch before you order items online for local delivery or curbside pickup.
Batavia Boardwalk Shops, 14. E. Wilson St., Batavia
For the book lovers on your list, the handmade reading pillows created by Desmond Brown Designs will bring joy to her favorite pastime. Each pillow includes a pocket to safeguard her book, tablet or magazine along with a handle for easy transport when she’s reading on the go. The shop also sells throw pillows and farmhouse hoop ornaments.
1420 Commons Drive, Geneva
From science and educational activities to games and boredom busters, Learning Express is bound to offer something for all the youngsters on your holiday shopping list. Hot items this holiday season include Squishmallows, archery sets and Spinagain — a new take on the classic rings toy for toddlers. Another popular item, Snow Pets, lets kids meet their mystery pet when they pour water into a plastic snowball.
6. Ruby Jane
10 E. Wilson St., Batavia
Looking for cute clothes for babies and young children on your shopping list? Ruby Jane in downtown Batavia offers a modern style to children’s clothing, including striped pullover tunics, ribbed tights and ruffled dresses. The store is open to the public Fridays through Sundays and by appointment only for private shopping Mondays through Thursdays. You also can shop from home for curbside pickup or delivery in the Fox Valley area, or purchase an online gift card.
7. Rocket Fizz
301 W. Main St., St. Charles
Check out Rocket Fizz for unique treats to tuck under the tree or into stockings. This sweet shop sells over 400 types of different sodas and candies. The sodas come from microbreweries all over the world. And the candy selection spans generations of favorite childhood treats, from old-fashioned classics to modern-day sweets.
105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles
This independent bookstore is located in historic Century Corners in downtown St. Charles. The staff of avid book readers enjoys getting to know customers and putting the right book into their hands. You can shop the store online and have books shipped directly to your parents or arrange for in-store or curbside pickup. If you opt for the latter, the adjoining cafe sells homemade sweets and soups.
404 S. Third St., Geneva
Through the years, The Little Traveler has transformed from its original Italianate Victorian residence into a 36-room shopping destination. Each room has a different theme filled with treasures related to the theme, including a room designated year-round to Christmas ornaments, decorations and collectibles — perfect for starting a new tradition of buying an ornament for your parents’ tree. This one-stop shop could help you find items for others on your shopping list. There’s room filled with toys for kids, bath and body products, and gourmet treats for your favorite foodies.
76 Main St., Oswego
Just down the street from The Marmalade Tree in downtown Oswego, the Hudson Design House offers shoppers what it calls a “curated lifestyle boutique,” featuring “timeless furniture, home decor, women’s clothing and accessories, gifts, unique vintage finds, and specialty goods from local artisans.” The store participated in Oswego’s Holiday Open House Weekend on Nov. 5-8, filled with an assortment of new holiday merchandise.
11. Velvet Grace
4025 U.S. Route 34, Oswego
This boutique shopping destination offers “eye-catching, frequently changing displays and products,” including pillows, throws, wall art, frames, vases, furniture, candles, women’s clothing, jewelry and more — like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which can be used to put a unique, new finish on existing furniture, cabinets and more.
5600 U.S. Route 34, Oswego
One of Illinois’ premier boutique wineries, the Fox Valley Winery offers gift-seekers the opportunity to knock the Christmas socks off party hosts, friends and goofy relations alike with the perfect bottle of wine, complete with a personalized label or as part of a custom gift basket. And while there, gift-seekers can partake in a bit of merrymaking as well, sampling the vintage for themselves in the Fox Valley Winery’s tasting room.
79 Main St., Oswego
The Marmalade Tree welcomes guests year-round but takes on a more regal sheen each autumn, when the store transforms into a holiday wonderland for that most festive of seasons. This year is no different, says owner Barb Tews, nodding to the store’s Yuletide decor and garb. “The holiday season is when we pay the bills,” says Tews. “We’re praying for another good Christmas season, and inviting everyone to come down and check us out this year.”
508 Center Parkway, Yorkville
Got anyone on the shopping list who might enjoy craft beer? How about an assortment of liquors, wine and mead, culled from distributors and makers in the region and around the world? Then a stop at Flight should be on the to-do list this holiday season.
15. Duy’s Shoes
135 E. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
Since 1954, Duy’s Shoes has offered visitors a collection of boots, shoes and sandals for just about any profession or athletic activity, complete with “old-fashioned personal service.”
16. Vintage 71 Shops
10711 Route 71, Yorkville
If vintage is on the holiday list – not involving actual wine — then a stop at Vintage 71 should also be on the agenda before the jolly man in the red suit takes flight. Vintage 71 offers a collection of “vintage retro” items, including “salvaged and repurposed items” for the home and garden, on consignment from many local artisans. The shops’ assortment of eclectic treasures also includes clothing, jewelry and other accessories.
112 W. Main St., Plano
Since 1886, this family-owned local gem has offered custom furniture, yes, but also a large assortment of other home furnishings and accessories that could make the perfect gift for just about anyone on your list, no matter where they call home.