2018 Gift Guide: Toys for Kids of All Ages

From a colorful stack of the classics you loved as a child to a doll with a big-hearted mission, these goods guarantee smiles from kids of all ages. Yoobi Mini Gel Pen, 24 Pack — Multicolor, $15 For every set purchased, one is donated to a high-need school in the United States. Two Bros Bows […]

2018 Gift Guide: The Year's Coolest Tech Gifts

Gizmos and gadgets so impossibly cool you’ll turn green with giver’s remorse. (On that note, buy two — one for them, and one for you. Every one of these gifts gives back in awesome ways so you can justify it!) Relay Cellphone Alternative, $50 This cellphone/walkie-talkie hybrid offers safe, screen-free communication between tweens and teens […]

Here’s the Only Hanukkah Latke Recipe You Will Ever Need

The time has come, once again, to recall the story of Hanukkah (long story short: the Jewish people were in peril, the Jewish people prevailed, the Jewish people headed directly to the kitchen to celebrate). As always, we celebrate the victory of the Jews with latkes fried in oil, or even doughnuts if you’re feeling […]

2015 Gift Guide: Travel

Whether globetrotting or commuting, these great gifts will ensure your favorite traveler is stylish and comfortable. 1.Kaehler 1920 The Palmer Duffel: Featuring Horween Leather accents, this duffle, beautifully crafted in Chicago, is the perfect gift for the sophisticated voyager. $1,195, Kaehler Luggage, various locations  2. D. Porthault Blue Trefles Trio Zippered Cases: Keep things organized in your luggage […]

2015 Gift Guide: Jewelry

No outfit is complete without that perfect accessory. Find beautiful jewelry that’s great for gifting in our Shop For Good. 1. Long Crystal Strand Necklace: Perfect for women of all ages, this crystal necklace adds just the right amount of glitter and sparkle. $84, Juniper Boutique, Shop For Good 2. Burdeen’s Kohl Children’s Museum Bangle Bracelet: Moms will […]

2015 Gift Guide: Home

Everyone loves escaping the Chicago winter chill by ducking into a warm, inviting home. Spread the holiday cheer inside with these great gifts.   1. Neó Canapa Basket: Nautical with a modern splash, this hand-crocheted basket from Maze Home is made of natural hemp yarn and neoprene yarn. It’s perfect for stashing everything from toys to extra […]

5 Things to Do: December 4-6

This weekend, get some holiday shopping done at the ShopColumbia Holiday Market and the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago. Or, shop in the suburbs during the Red Invitation Sale. You can also gather the entire family for two fun events in Skokie and Winnetka. ShopColumbia Holiday Market Dec. 3-5 Chicago Support […]

2015 Gift Guide: For Her

Your mother, your sister, your daughter, your best friend — let the ladies you love know how much you care with one of these special gifts. 1. OYOBox: Finally! A stylish way to keep glasses and sunglasses protected and organized. $300, Shop For Good 2. Alexandra Clancy Phoenix Bracelet: Stunning triple wrap water snake bracelet with a buckle […]

2015 Gift Guide: Guy Gifts

The men in your life can always use something stylish, but don’t forget about the fun. 1. Elephant Tie: Add a bit of whimsy and color to your guy’s wardrobe with an elephant-patterned tie. It comes in a few great color combinations. There’s also a version featuring crabs for the seafaring fan. $95, J.McLaughlin, 567-A Lincoln […]

2015 Gift Guide: Fitness

Blending practicality, style and fun, these fitness gifts are sure to be a hit for the cardio junkie on your list. 1. PROlite: Just right for the yogi-on-the-go, the PROlite mat is non-slip, comfortable and lightweight for traveling. $80, Manduka 2. HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR: For the avid runner who isn’t deterred by wintry conditions, […]