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It's hard to choose just a handful of items from Chicago and beyond for our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays, but since we must — here are our top picks for gifts under $50 made in Illinois.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you'll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!
Chicago Ork Poster
Jenny Beorkrum's typographic city prints have been a go-to gift for urbanites since 2007. We just had to include this special edition Chicago Ork Poster ($35) in our guide. No Windy City abode is complete without it.
Simple and well-designed, we appreciate a no-fuss note pad. Based on agricultural memo books, Field Notes' utilitarian aesthetic is both useful and attractive. Since we can't pick just one, we suggest going with The Kit ($49.95), which has a little bit of everything.
P.O.S.H. Chicago Skyline 5-Piece Place Setting
Whether or not your dining room has a $1 million view, you can still peer at the landmarks on your plate. The Sears Tower and Lincoln Park wind around the rim of mugs and bowls of the Chicago Skyline place setting ($64). Pieces also available individually.
FOR THE HOST
Nourishing Notes Food Philosophy Dish Towels
Dish towels are our favorite kitchen workhorse, especially when they come with sage advice. Nourishing Notes Food Philisophy Towels ($14.95) offer nuggets of wisdom, like "Preserve fruits and family recipes." Well said.
Vosges Haute Chocolat
Sweets are the perfect addition to any stocking, but going gourmet never hurts. Variety is the spice of life (and chocolate), so grab one of Vosges' Library gift sets ($25) for your sweetheart.
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Illinois? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!
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