‘Tis the Season to Gift…Stylishly

‘Tis the season to shop…for others!  Every major retail site is oozing with gift guides to lead you along the path to great purchases.  And then there’s the blogger crowd…these fashionable elves have been whipping out endless guides geared for everyone from your bestie and boo, to your dog walker.  And so I felt if I failed to publish anything on the subject matter, my blogger street cred would crumble to pieces. Let the fun begin!

Instead of sharing all the beautiful gifts carried at large department stores (you can check those out anytime), I am sharing my favorite local boutiques to shop, and giving you a glimpse of my gift picks this year.  I get my love of a solid theme from the queen bee of themes herself, my mother.  This first gift is sure to put a smile on any beauty loving girly girl in your life.  Darling rose all day coffee table style book, equally darling drink pink book, rose flavored gummy bears that taste legit like delicious rose, indulgent rose beauty products, a rose candle, and your favorite bottle of rose. All those treasures are linked with online sources, however I recommend my Chicago ladies head to local gift shop paradise, Bow&Arrow Collection. I could seriously live in this store.  Gifts galore for all the ladies in your life (even that friend who has everything), as well as slick finds for men, party goods, and the cutest cards in town.

Art Effect is a Lincoln Park gift shop dream.  Their eclectic collection ranges from silly gag gifts, great kitchen and home goods, designer jewelry, fun finds for children, and so much more.  One of those shops I never leave empty handed!

Alice and Wonder is a local gem that offers contemporary clothing for women at great prices, as well as fun gifts and home accents.  If you are a local Chicagoan I can’t recommend popping by this Instagram friendly spot enough. If you are not local, they offer all their goodies online! Here’s a few favorites I couldn’t resist.  How about those ornaments? Swoon!

Lastly…what’s a great gift if its not adorably wrapped?  This year I decided to step up my game by wrapping all my goodies in coordinating boxes by SugarPaper from trusty Target.  I love how pretty and clean the white and gold looks.  For those odd shaped gifts that make more sense to wrap, I recommend using coordinating paper.  Sugar Paper has beautiful matching tissue paper, gift tags, and gift bags. The coordinating cuteness is irresistible!

Other favorite places of mine to shop for gifts include:

Mulberry and MePerfect for ladies who appreciate the beauty of nice things. Beanies, sweaters, jewelry, and more…not one item in this shop is less than lovely. My favorite local boutique is also available to shop online. My pick of the year…Jenny Bird earrings. My ears are so sensitive I stopped wearing earrings for years until I discovered these.  Lightweight and amazing quality.

Sephora and Ulta Beauty~The ultimate beauty destinations are on fire right now. The best value gift sets of the year. For you mask-a-holic/skin care obsessed gals I recommend this set and this set!

Urban Outfitters~ Great for dudes…records, band tees, funky socks, etc.  Unique beauty products and fun accessories for the ladies.

Anthropologie~ Excellent kitchen and home goods for Moms/Aunts/any lady who appreciates lovely things. I once gifted my mom an Anthro dishtowel and she claimed it to be the best dishtowel she had ever had…and I’m guessing there have been many;) Also pretty jewelry, luxury pajamas, and great bath and beauty products.

Shopbop/East Dane– Stylish pieces for the fashion forward women and men on your list.

Planet Blue– One of my favorite places to shop for boho chic women’s clothing now offers men’s styles as well! The ultimate California cool threads for your beach loving buddies.

I hope y’all’s holiday season is off to a lovely start!  Get to that shopping sooner than later…it would be a tragedy to be rushed and not have time to wrap it up in style.  Crank up the Mariah Carey Christmas beats and feel the love!


Julz Chez


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