It may be time to put down that price gun. After you've added the essentials to your registry, some local options can give in-town (or tech-savvy out-of-town) friends and family a chance to think outside the big box. We've rounded up some of the Chicago area's best alternative registries for one-of-a-kind gifts and more.
With an extensive collection of luxury flatware, glassware, home décor and other goodies from brands like Lobmeyr, Hermes, and Saint-Louis, this private salon may have just what your fancy aunt is looking for — and the attentive customer service to match. Plus, one percent of all online sales are donated to nonprofit Water.org (founded by Matt Damon), so you can feel good about the splurge.
For the couple that's looking for something a little different, this shop's two locations offer traditional and contemporary handmade pieces including bed and bath items, kitchen accessories and more. Read real brides' reviews here!
Adler may be a national name, but the sculpter and artist's funky Gold Coast shop has plenty to choose from for an eclectic or artsy Chicago couple. A bud vase shaped like a banana? They've got it. Graphic needlepoint " Mr. & Mrs." pillows? Yep. You can even design your own geometric throws and rugs.
This adorable shop, located in west suburban Glen Ellyn, is a foodie couple's fantasy. Stocked with pro culinary tools, specialty foods and charming table toppers, the store and its friendly staff will help you pick out everything you need to feel like a chef. And you'll score a $50 gift card for registering that you can use toward one of their in-store cooking classes or that cutting board no one bought you.
You'll be ready to host your first big holiday dinner for the in-laws once you've received a few items from this Highland Park shop that specializes in table linens and accessories.
Registering at one of this home goods' collection's three Chicago area locations gets you a selection of international goods sold exclusively at Tabula Tua, but also a bunch of perks like a $50 gift card for every $500 is spent on your registry, 10 percent off anything left on your registry for up to six months after your wedding date and free gift wrap and shipping for items more than $125.