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Walk to Local Shops and Find the Perfect Holiday Gift

Holidays are warm and fuzzy when you’re close to a fireplace and spending time with family. But let’s face it, holiday gifting is sometimes stressful! Shopping for the perfect gift can be time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and not very fun.

Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hancock Square at Arlington Heights to cross a few people off your list. There are so many great small businesses, all within walking distance of our community. In fact, it’ll only be a matter of hours before you kick back with a cocktail and regale in your pile of gifts.

Dad Deserves the Best!

Dads are awesome and really should get something more than shirts and socks for the holidays. For the posh papa, Arlington Pipe and Cigar Lounge carries beautifully handcrafted pipes, top-quality loose tobaccos, and hundreds of fine cigars.

Not sure what to get? Opt for the gift card so he can purchase himself and enjoy the swank lounge area!

For the more traditional father, check out Forgotten Times, Arlington Height’s top purveyor of timepieces. Since 1991, this shop (which looks like it’s straight from 1920) has been selling all sorts of time-telling devices. Dad just might like a good watch or pocket fob–vintage or brand new!

For Mom, With Love…

Sometimes moms get overlooked on the holidays, lost in the flurry of cooking, hosting, and cleaning. Spoil them this season! Dunton Art Gallery has a rich collection of original art for sale, ranging from classical still life and portraits to expansive and overwhelming landscapes. Interesting sculptures are also available in jumbo-size or as tabletop conversation pieces.

An option for the lush-mom (and maybe for you) is Vintages Wine Shop. This quaint little wine shop specializes in unique varietals but also offers old standbys. If wine isn’t the ticket, the shop also retails kitchen gadgets, gourmet cheeses, boutique gifts, and over 80 craft beers!

The Most Difficult Sibling

Even though you’re grown up now, it can still be a challenge to find the perfect holiday gift for your siblings. Luckily, Arlington Heights’ wide-reaching shopping district has a plethora of options for you.

For fashion-forward sisters, Le Obsession is a wonderful international boutique that embodies feminine empowerment with unique designs in clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

If you have a more sports-minded brother or sister, Runner’s High & Tri just might fit the bill for all those athletic needs. For 25 years, these running fanatics have been selling high-end running gear, products, supplements, and custom sized shoes. Any gift from here is sure to please!

The Neighbor, the Hair Stylist, the Dog Walker

The most inconsequential people in our lives are usually our favorite, so it’s nice to offer up a small token of appreciation during the holidays. Around Cafe is a wondrous place of caffeine, community, and sleek design. Nestled in a historic building, the coffee shop offers plenty of gift material: Stumptown coffee, crafted aromatherapy products, and extensive coffee brewing systems.

For more eclectic acquaintances, try treasure hunting at the Merry Memory Maker. This vintage shop boasts unique clothing, furniture, jewelry, and other odds and ends. You can feel great about purchasing here because proceeds go to pediatric cancer research.

The little shops of Arlington Heights are the real heroes during the holiday season, providing a one-stop shop-around to complete the pesky (but amazingly fun) task of gift getting. Even though you’re miles from the bustling Chicago Magnificent Mile, you can throw those crowds to the birds and retail in peace–all within walking distance of your apartment. Happy Holidays!

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