2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Thank You Gift Ideas for Teachers, Co-Workers, and More

In search of the perfect thank you gift for the holidays? Here are five gift ideas — perfect for teachers, co-workers, hairdressers, and more — that you can find at stores throughout Chicago and the North Shore.

Hudson Grace HG Winter Candle, $65

339 Park Ave, Glencoe


A perfect scent for the season, no one would be sad to receive this beautiful candle crafted by a master perfumer. The scents include rubbed sage, Canadian balsam, Moroccan cedar, and bay laurel, plus a nostalgic hint of firewood.

Rifle Paper 2022 Inspirational Wall Quote Calendar, $28.95

Papersource, 2100 Central St, Evanston


Give the gift of organization, and inspiration, with this Rifle Paper illustrated wall calendar.

Rare by Chalet, Price Varies

3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette


Head to Chalet to select a beautiful houseplant from their RARE collection, for a truly unique and beautiful gift that any plant lover will appreciate.

Evanston Art Center

717 Central Street, Evanston, IL

Paid partnership

The Evanston Art Center’s Annual Winter Arts + Crafts Expo features original, handmade arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans. This month-long event attracts visitors all over the Midwest region. Opens Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Monday, December 20, 2021. Image by DooHyun Kim. (847) 475-5300

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Ensemble Du Chocolat Classique, $135


Based in Chicago, Vosges creates the most delicious and unique chocolates around. This shareable gift set will wow anyone, and includes their quintessential wellness and comfort foods nestled in a beautiful box.

The Beautiful Box

Paid Partnership

THE BEAUTIFUL BOX is the ultimate treat for the plant lovers in your life. Each month our Plant Boss curates what’s in season and fabulous. Unique each time, a Beautiful Box might contain a houseplant, topiary, planted pot, bevy of annuals… you pick the frequency of delivery, we ensure the surprise and delight. Available at City Grange, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Beverly and, soon, Winnetka.

Schafer’s Wines, Foods And Spirits: Bollinger R.D. 2004 Champagne, $279.95

9965 Gross Point Rd, Skokie


This vintage is perfect to hold onto, or to pop right away. With flavors of peaches, lemons, hazelnuts and more, it is complex and delicious. It also received 96 points from Wine Spectator.

Frances Heffernan

810 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL

Paid Partnership

WE ARE YOUR one stop destination for everything you need this holiday season. Blocks Of Love are signed mini editions of Kerri Rosenthal artwork that are stand alone plexi-glass sculptures. Great gifts, collect them for your bookshelves, coffee tables and place settings. (847) 446-2112

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