So you've checked off all of your family members, but what about hostess gifts, teacher gifts, a gift for your dog walker, etc. Tired of the old gift card route? Well, lucky for you, the North Shore has a plethora of gift and home accent shops filled with unique items for everyone on your list, including yourself! And if your holiday décor could use a little freshening up too, then chances are you'll be able to pick something fabulous along the way! Happy Shopping!
Ellen's on Elm
841 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-441-5240
More than just a gift shop, Ellen's on Elm, thoughtfully selects unique gifts, many made by local artists, to line their shelves for all seasons of life. From jewelry and accessories to engraved and monogrammed items, the helpful and friendly staff is always ready to help you find the perfect gift.
Stumble & Relish
1310 A Chicago, Ave, Evanston, 773-330-3488
Owned by a mother/daughter duo, this adorable, little boutique has been described as a live Etsy store. Clients love the creative displays, the affordable prices, their adorable gift wrapping and the passion and knowledge that the owners have about each item and every item in the store. Jewelry, pottery, air plants, soaps, purses, journals, illustrated artwork, small wood curios, and so much more for you to discover and enjoy.
1148 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-5840
Exhibit is a lifestyle boutique with individually curated items for home and wardrobe. You'll find lots of unique gift ideas, perfect for your bestie or yourself!
1760 Sunset Lane, Bannockburn, 847-948-7689
Located in a charming cottage in the woods, Greenleaf Gallery features a wonderful selection of fine art, folk art, handcrafted goods and gifts, accessories for women and men, jewelry, whimsical garden art, stationery and cards, tabletop and baby gifts. The gallery supports more than 100 American artists, including many local Chicagoans in addition to talented people across the country.
303 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-441-7585
You can lose yourself for hours wandering through room after room of upscale gifts, tabletop and home accessories, stationery and children's items.
Black Sheep General Store
346 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-0130
This quaint, new storefront in Glencoe already has customers raving. It is stocked with a little something for everyone including candy, housewares, spa items, baby gifts, books, clocks, pillows, flasks, specialty t-shirts, candles and more, all with a focus on local, handmade, small batch merchandise.
1839 Second Street, Highland Park, 847-579-4525
Style Shack is a magical place where commerce and culture intersect. The unique collection of giftware is only part of what the Style Shack experience has to offer. From unique jewelry and handbags to one-of-a-kind home accessories and hostess gifts, their collection will entice the most discriminating shoppers, not to mention their outstanding complimentary gift wrapping!
1177 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, 847-767-1915
The newest shop on our list, Share has an eclectic selection of gifts, home decor, women's apparel and accessories. I recently bought a terrific and reasonably-priced handbag there, as well as a unique housewarming gift that was a big hit with its recipients.
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