If you still have shopping to do, don't panic; we're here to help. We've hand-picked some gift suggestions that will help you finish all of your shopping with time to spare. Show your love for your loved ones with these gift ideas.

 

Midwest Rum Festival
Photo courtesy of Midwest Rum Festival

Spirits of Christmas Future

Next April the popular Midwest Rum Festival returns, and The Local Tourist has an exclusive discount on tickets! Purchase tickets for the rum-lovers in your life and save 55% on the Grand Tasting. For just $47.25 (plus fees) you'll get two tickets to a three hour tasting of the best rums from around the world. Solo tickets are only $27. This special offer is only available through December 24 at 3:55pm. Click here to get your discounted tickets.

 

Chicago Helicopter Experience

An Elevated Experience

Where are the best views of the city? From the air! Give the gift of a Chicago Helicopter Experience tour and you'll give a memory to be cherished for a lifetime. Operating out of their own dedicated space between Pilsen and Bridgeport, the tours give you a literal birds-eye view of Chicago's majestic skyline and lakefront. Now through December 31 you can also take their Holiday Lights Tour, an evening flight which showcases the lights on Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Christmas Tree, and ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. The public tours seat up to six people. For a more intimate experience (say, an engagement or anniversary) private charters are available.

 

Cheese selection at Pastoral

Noshes & Nibbles

Shopping for the foodie in your life may just be the easiest gifts to find. While there's a plethora of options in Chicago, we've got a few suggestions that would make a welcome appearance under any foodie's tree (hint hint...).

A Lettuce Entertain You gift gives back. For every $100 in gift certificates you purchase you'll get $25 for yourself. You can get classic cards, or select the e-gift card option to get a certificate in any amount you choose. That could be a clever way to celebrate a significant number in the recipient's life, like an anniversary, birthday, or age. The group not only has restaurants in Chicago, but they also have spots in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Santa Monica, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C.

Pastoral Andersonville Cheese Selection

For the discerning cheese lover, order one of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine's holiday gift baskets. With FedEx overnight shipping you can order up through December 21st at 5pm (although I wouldn't recommend waiting that long!) for Christmas delivery. You can also make your own. Their staff is one of the most knowledgeable collection of cheesemongers in the city and they'd be happy to help you craft your own custom selection.

You could even create multiple, unique baskets for loved ones with varying tastes. They've also got monthly clubs so you can give a gift that keeps on giving. Stop by one of their four locations (2945 N Broadway, 5212 N Clark, 53 E Lake, 131 N Clinton) to begin your selections or make it super easy on yourself and order a gift card.

For the hands-on foodie a cooking class will fit the bill. The Chopping Block offers classes on pasta, bagels, knife skills, sushi, and more at their two locations (Merchandise Mart Plaza and 4747 N Lincoln). Serious chefs can take their boot camps for in-depth instruction. 

TLTip: Time your gift-getting with one of The Chopping Block's happy hours and you can sip on wine specials while shopping.

Dickens' Classic A Christmas Carol

The Play's the Thing

Chicago is home to literally hundreds of theaters. Big and small, storefront to off-broadway, black box to majestic playhouses, the stage fan can find a genre and production to fit any desire. At this time of year many of them also offer savings that will make perfect gifts.

Broadway in Chicago offers subscriptions as low as $130. 

Steppenwolf's Black Card gives you six ticket credits to use for any programming. You can choose Preview, Weeknight, or Anytime credits. They can use one at a time or all six if they want to bring friends (including a certain gift-giver). If you've got a 20-something theater lover Steppenwolf RED is only $100 and gives them six tickets.

Bring the whole family with the Chicago Children's Theater Holiday Family 4 Pass for $125. 

Get deeply discounted tickets to shows all over Chicago with Goldstar. You can get tickets for everything from The Goodman Theatre's performance of the Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol, to Broadway In Chicago's Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, to Lyric Opera's Jesus Christ Superstar and many, many more. It's a free sign-up and you're sure to find the perfect theater gift.

Chicago Skyline from Skydeck

Give the Gift of Chicago

There's a reason millions of people visit Chicago every year. Actually, there are several reasons, and many of them are the incredible museums and attractions. Give the gift of your favorite city this year with a Go Chicago Card.

With one card your loved one can take architecture tours and visit all of Chicago's major museums, including the whole Museum Campus and the Art Institute of Chicago. Both observation decks, 360 Chicago and Skydeck, are included. You can get them an all-inclusive pass or you can create your own. While you're at it, you might as well get one for yourself, right?

The "cards" are delivered via email and include a digital guidebook, so there's no waiting or wrapping (unless you want to, of course.). In addition to Chicago you can also get passes for San Diego, LA, Boston, New York City, Oahu, and more.

 

Zion National Park, Featured in Two Lane Gems

Inspire Their Next Adventure

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the travel lover, "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip" is a road trip romp from the Chicago area to San Diego and back. With more than 250 full color photos, they'll feel like they're along for the ride as The Local Tourist's founder shares this epic 31-day journey through thirteen states and 6,479.5 miles. From a town with no right angles to sand dunes in the middle of the mountains, it's part travelogue, part travel memoir, and all love letter to America. It's available in paperback and on Kindle, in case you want to load up that e-reader you're gifting. Kindle Unlimited readers can even get it for free! 

Go Big Screen or Stay Home


There's just nothing like seeing a movie on the big screen, but tickets can be a little pricey. With a Fandango gift card, you'll give the gift of a night (or afternoon) out, and that's priceless! You'll even get a free ticket for yourself if you spend $75, and if you spend $100, you'll also have a chance to win a year of free movies. There are several designs to choose from, or you can create your own. Click here to get the gift of movies and use code HOLIDAY4U.

Happy Holidays!