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By published October 31, 2023

This November 25th is Small Business Saturday, a day to support and celebrate local, small businesses. Just in time for the holiday season, Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to get unique gifts your family and friends will love. Read on below for gift ideas and inspirations that also help support the local businesses of the Chicago Southland.

Hand-blown glass

If you're looking for a beautiful, hand-made piece of art, look no further than Lotton Art Glass Gallery and Studios in Crete. With a wide variety of bowls, vases and art sculptures, Lotton Art Glass has incredible creations that make wonderful gifts. To see some of their art and for gallery information, check them out here.

Sweet treats

Everyone enjoys sweets during the holidays, and what better gift than some of the best treats in the Chicago Southland? Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Co. is host to some delicious goods including chocolates, candies and hand-dipped fruits. Gayety’s has all of the options for your loved one’s sweet tooth. Find more information on Gayety’s and their sweet treats here.


Golf memberships

If you’ve got an avid golfer in the family, you can tee up the perfect gift with a golf membership. With over 30 golf courses in the area, we’ve got more than enough greens for every golfer to enjoy come spring. Get a golf membership or book some tee times at great golf courses like Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood and Cog Hill Golf Club in Palos Park, or any of the other fantastic courses you can find here.

Theatre tickets

A night out to the theatre is a great gift for those who love the arts. With multiple local theatres in the Chicago Southland, there are a variety of shows and performances to choose from. The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra have been a longstanding orchestra in the region that brings performances your favorite music fans won’t want to miss. If you want to get tickets as a gift this holiday season, click here for information on all of the theatres and performance centers in the Chicago Southland.

Craft beers

If you’re shopping for a beer lover this holiday season, nothing beats some delicious, locally made craft brews. With more than 16 breweries in the area, the Chicago Southland is the perfect place to get your gift. Check out some local breweries and grab some delicious beers or merchandise!

If your shopping for a fan of wine or mead, have no fear! Vintrendi Wine Company offers a great selection of wines, and Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery has delicious wines and meads available for purchase.

Restaurant gift cards

There are hundreds of local restaurants in the Chicago Southland, so if you’re looking for a gift that’s perfect for foodies and supports local business, go with gift cards. If you plan on buying your loved ones a delicious meal from one of the Chicago Southland’s finest restaurants, be sure to check our full restaurant list here.

Custom wooden bats

If you’ve got a baseball or softball player to shop for this holiday season, Homewood Bat Co. is a must. Their selection of quality wooden bats is top tier, and you can get them personally engraved and stained. Whatever their level of play is, there’s a bat for them at Homewood Bat Co. If you want to hit this holiday season out of the park, be sure to check out Homewood Bat Co. here.


Basketball tickets

Your favorite basketball fan can get their fix right here in the Chicago Southland with the Southland Saints! Playing home games at Moraine Valley Community College’s H Building, the Southland Saints offer a fantastic live sports experience. Any basketball fan will love the gift of a good game!

Zoo memberships

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Get your loved one a zoo membership this holiday season for the Brookfield Zoo Chicago. Memberships offer free admission and parking all year long, and you can even upgrade to include admission to special events and attractions as they take place. If you want to get the perfect gift for your animal lover, check out memberships here.

Small business shopping

If you’re more of an on-the-spot shopper, then we’ve got great small businesses for you. With the likes of  Historic Downtown FrankfortThe Homewood Business Association, the Flossmoor Business Association and The Shops of Orland Park, we’ve got small business shopping areas for all your needs. You can also find fantastic small businesses in downtown Crete and Blue Island. These locations are host to countless boutiques and local shops, so you won’t have trouble finding a gift for everyone.


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