There are still months of wedding planning ahead, but once that ring hit your finger, the invitations started rolling in. From engagement and bachelorette parties to bridal showers, you're going to have a lot of reasons to say "thank you." Here, our favorite local boutiques to find thoughtful and unique hostess gifts.
Think of this as a very refined, fashion-forward general store offering everything from coffee table books and modern home décor to accessories and bath goods. Shop quirky gifts like Moyna beaded clutches embroidered in sayings like WTF and OMG, as well as safe bets like skincare from brands Aesop and Murchison-Hume.
This River North boutique sources high-end flea market finds from around the world like antique china and jewelry boxes as well as globally inspired gifts like French soaps, tea towels and cheese plates. If your best friend from a college semester abroad is throwing you a girly get-together, this is the place to buy her something sentimental.
If you're headed to a home that's so precise in its design it's practically museum-worthy, then stop by Material Possessions. With everything from decorative bowls and bookends to artistic trivets and coasters, your hostess will appreciate the high-end addition to her collection.
A Chicago tradition since 1875, Merz Apothecary has a longstanding history as a neighborhood pharmacy, but over the years, its expanded inventory of health and wellness items has made it a go-to spot for gifts. We love the selection of Diptyque candles and soaps from around the world (that are so adorably packaged, all you really need is a big bow).
Ellen's on Elm
We love the preppy selection from brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade and Vineyard Vines in bright, celebratory colors.
The Fig Tree
Check out this gift shop's Chicago-inspired items like neighborhood mugs by Rock Scissor Paper and skyline-designed tea towels, but steer clear of the bridal section or you may walk out with a few too many gifts for yourself!
Luxury Garage Sale
Whether for your mother-in-law's country club taste or best friend's fashion obsession, this upscale women's consignment shop is a go-to for finding something gorgeous. Shop accessories like vintage Hermès scarves and bracelets from the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, and Dominique Aurientis.
Chicagoans are quite proud of their Intelligentsia coffee shops, and even though the company has spread to the coasts, it was founded here in 1995. Treat yourself to a perfectly steamed cappuccino complete with floral-designed foam and pick up a few pounds of coffee and espresso blends for that caffeine-lover in your life.
This boutique stocks home and personal accessories, many of which are sourced from independent artisans and are American-made. You know the inventory has been thoughtfully selected, because these gifts are always a big hit.
The Spice House
It's exactly what you'd expect — loads of spices perfect for the hostess who loves to cook and bake. We recommend the gift boxes inspired by Chicago neighborhoods. Each one features a different selection of ethnic spice blends, a map of the area and tips for use.