Chicagogrammers 2017 Gift Guide
Welcome to the Chicagogrammers’ inaugural gift guide. We absolutely LOVE sharing all this good Chicago-centric stuff and our favorite things with you! We hope you’ll be able to find some unique gifts in here for everyone on your list! We’ve broken things up into categories to make it even easier to find the right gift! We’ve got gifts for: Foodies | Fashionistas & Beauty Lovers | Experience Seekers | The Readers & Art Lovers
Shopping Pro Tips!
Katie here. Did you know that in a past life I used to be an extreme couponer?! Yes, it’s true. My greatest glory story was when I carried two huge bags stuffed with amazing, typically expensive stuff like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc… out of Walgreens, and GET THIS – they literally handed me a quarter from the register. Yes, I’d managed to get all that stuff for BETTER THAN FREE. So…yes, I know how to save a buck, so take my best shopping hints:
If you’re planning to shop online at any national stores for the holidaze this year, you NEED to either be shopping through your credit card portal for points OR, if you prefer cold, hard cash, through an online rebates program like Mr. Rebates. I’m one of those points/rewards hoarders, but after 3 years of very casual online shopping, I cashed out $509 and used it for Main Squeeze and I to go to Paris. That’s a lot of REAL money. You just login to the website, search the store you want, click the link and it takes you to the store, you buy your stuff, you get a rebate. Some stores have up to 10% cash back! Two things: 1) If you join Mr. Rebates, please enter my email as the referrer: email@example.com (full disclosure, yes, I’ll make a little $$ off your purchases, but you can tell your friends and make money, too) AND 2) always disable your adblocker before going to the site, as you will NOT get your rebate if adblocker is installed during your shopping (you can turn it on again right after).
Add this browser extension to Chrome, and it’ll automatically come up during online checkout. It’ll search through ALL available coupon codes for the store you’re shopping and automatically apply the best one(s) to your order. I’ve gotten a TON of great deals with this extension and once scored half price movie tickets (never on sale) because there was some promotion I never would have found otherwise, and I saved myself $28! Seriously, add Honey to your browser now.
This is a favorite for finding deals you didn’t even know you needed. Brad’s Deals scours the internet to find you awesome deals on everything! I’ve seriously purchased so many things from looking at Brad’s Deals (and shopping through Mr. Rebates, of course!) Plus, they’re a Chicago-based company!
And now….onto the gift guide for real!!
The Dining Out Chicago Passbook
What is it? So, so, so many of Chicago’s amazing restaurants are in this coupon book, and the most common coupons are buy one, get one free entrees, saving you MAJOR moola.
Who is this perfect for? Parents, significant others (then obviously a present for you, too), bosses, foodie friends…everyone!
The Deal: The book is normally $99, but with code CHICAGOGRAMMERS2017, get it for $40. With that code, use it once or twice, and it’s paid for itself! (Note, Main Squeeze and I just used it for our anniversary at Steadfast, and got a steak for free!)
What is it? Kitchfix is a Chicago-based meal delivery company that specialized in fully-prepared meals and snacks that are always gluten, dairy, corn, and soy free. Get your weekly order delivered right to your front door to ensure convenience! (Note: we also love Kitchfix on those weeks when we’re super booked and want to have quick, super delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners ready to go AND you can pick the meals up, too!)
Who is this perfect for? Busy and health conscious people who want to eat healthy but might not have the time or desire to cook!
The Deal: Get $20 off your first order with code: ChicagoGrammers20
What is it? Javaya (getjavaya.com) is a premium craft coffee marketplace, currently featuring 11 of the best coffee roasters in Chicago. All coffees are roasted, packaged, and shipped on their Future Fresh™ date which means you’ll receive your coffee beans 24-72 hours after they’ve been roasted ensuring you enjoy every cup the way the roaster intended: Fresh. #freshnessmatters
Who is this perfect for? Coffee Lovers and fan of supporting local Chicago businesses!
The Deal: 25% off the Taste of Craft Coffee gift set for Chicagogrammers customers only! To redeem, follow the buy now link and the discount will be taken at checkout automatically, and shipping is always FREE!
What is it? Tiesta Tea specializes in loose leaf tea blends and accessories. Tiesta Tea specializes in naturally functional loose leaf tea blends that help you energize, slenderize, stay young, boost immunity and relax. We craft teas using real fruits, herbs and spices to guarantee you the best tea experience possible.
Who is this perfect for? Women, foodies, healthy bloggers and kids!
The Deal: 20% off your purchase! To redeem, use the coupon code: chicagogrammers20. Code valid from November 27th – December 22nd
What is it? Candyality is your one stop shop for candy, chocolate, truffles, sweet treats, popcorn and more! With locations in Lakeview, Wicker Park, Andersonville & The Mag Mile, it’s easier than ever to shop for your favorites!
Who is this perfect for? Kids of all ages (aka EVERYONE!). You’ll feel like you stepped into the pages of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when you visit Chicago’s hometown favorite, Candyality-voted BEST candy store in Illinois by Food Network Magazine.
The Deal: It’s so sweet to go BIG and this holiday Candyality has the most unique and perfect BIG sweet treat for anyone on your holiday list! It’s a big GUMMY Christmas!
What is it? Urban Accents creates small batch crafted seasonings and sauces. Our Culinary Wingman always has your back in the kitchen. Give the gift of flavor with our handcrafted seasoning and sauce sets. We’ve got one perfect for every food personality in your life!
Who is this perfect for? Foodies, home cooks & parents.
The Deal: 10% Off Gift Sets with promo code CHICAGOGRAMMERS. Expires December 20, 2017.
Bumble & Bustle
What is it? Bumble and Bustle is an Etsy storefront for cute and sassy coffee mugs and art prints. Perfect for a budget-friendly gift and completely customizable!
Who is this perfect for? Women Who Love a Kick*** Mug!
The Deal: 10% off using code CGRECOMMENDED10 at checkout. Valid through Monday, December 4.
Other Foodie Gifts we LOVE!
What is it? Conscious Step sells socks that are each paired with a nonprofit in order to help fight poverty. Through this, each pair has a quantifiable impact (such as 18 months of safe water, or 20 trees planted) that helps make the world a better place. Our products are fairtrade and vegan certified, non-toxic and made from organic cotton. They are the perfect gift that gives back!
Who is this perfect for? Men and women
Bed Head Pajamas
What is it? Never again will you have to worry about getting caught in your pajamas. Since the creation of BedHead Pajamas, they’ve become to go to boutique for luxury loungewear for all. All prints are designed, made and distributed in the glamorous Los Angeles.
Who is this perfect for? The whole family! Including puppies!
The Deal: 20% off your order using code HOLIDAY20
What is it? Anywhere Apparel make versatile goods to help you travel light and discover more. Our products combine style and technical function to go from here to there.
Who is this perfect for? Women, men, study abroad, travelers, travel bloggers and photographers.
The Deal: Use code FREESHIP for free shipping through December 25. Plus, catch them at The Renegade Craft Fair on December 2 & 3 at the Bridgeport Art Center.
What is it? Zuri Collection collaborates directly with East African artisans to produce high quality, hand-crafted designs that merge traditional techniques with a modern, timeless aesthetic. By bringing these products to the global market, we empower our artisan partners with opportunities for long term growth that impacts future generations. We offer a range of bags and clutches, baskets, and jewelry.
Who is this perfect for? Women
The Deal: 25% off using code CHICAGOGRAMMERS
What is it? Looking for the perfect delicate gold jewelry or layer necklace with gemstones or simple pendants on a dainty chain? Landon Lacey Jewelry is your choice for timeless elegance that is always chic and on trend.
Who is this perfect for? Women
The Deal: 10% off order with code CHICAGOGRAM10
Stella & Dot by Renschke Christians
What is it? Stella & Dot is a boutique style jewelry line not sold in stores. hand crafted and designed in NYC, all the materials are ethically sourced. Coveted by celebrities, over half the line is under $40!
Who is this perfect for? Women of all ages!
The Deal: $25, $50, $75 off of a future purchase for every purchase. Valid from November 9 through December 12.
What is it? TrendingAbove is a fashion jewelry brand that delivers on trend handmade designs. TrendingAbove also retails clothing that pairs well with trendy sparkles.
Who is this perfect for? Women, fashion bloggers
The Deal: 15% off using coupon code secretsanta (use it all holiday season!).
Big League Pins
What is it? Inspired pins that capture the spirit of sport and the joy of life.
Wear them on hats, backpacks, shirts, jeans, collars, purses…anywhere you want to showcase a bit of fashion flair!
Who is this perfect for? Anyone looking for fashion flair in the form of stylish pins! We have designs for men and women who are into sports and showing their Chicago pride. We also have bling and adorable designs for Brides, Brides-to-Be and Grooms.
The Deal: 50% your purchase of two or more pins. Discount automatically applied at checkout and is available from Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday (11/25 thru midnight CST 11/27). CHIGRAM20 for 20% any order placed from 11/28-12/17
What is it? DesignerShare is the first truly peer-to-peer marketplace for women to rent their designer clothing and accessories to one another. What do we mean by this? Simple: We allow our users to connect directly and get to know each other—you’re opening yourself to amazing new pieces and friends in one place.
Our goal is to allow women to look and feel fabulous all while expanding their networks—it’s about building each other up and feeling your most confident. Call us fashion feminists, if you will.
Who is this perfect for? Women & Bloggers
The Deal: Get 20% off your first rental with code FIRST
What is it? Our innovative Laser & Light facial safely reveals clean, smooth, glowing skin in just 15 minutes. Skin Laundry also has a complete Wash and Wear line available at Ulta Beauty and Sephora.
Who is this perfect for? Women & Men
The Deal: 20% off products (excludes kits) to SkinLaundry.com. Code is MERRY20. Valid thru December 31, 2017.
What is it? Purchase LISA gift cards and send a beauty service provider(Artist) to your home, office, hotel or salon. You choose. Services include Hair, barbering, nails, massage, makeup, facials, waxing and more.
Who is this perfect for? Everyone. Men, Women and kids
The Deal: Download LISA and receive a $20 promo code to use towards any service of your choice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Chicagogrammers and receive an additional $10 promo.
Ultimate Ninjas Chicago
What is it? Inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior on NBC, Ultimate Ninjas offers a wide variety of obstacle courses for kids and adults of every age and skill level. Ultimate Ninjas offers agility courses, swinging ropes, monkey bars, quintuple steps, climbing and warped walls among other exciting obstacles to try, mast and practice while building self confidence.
Who is this perfect for? Women, Men and Kids. Mom Bloggers. Fitness Bloggers.
The Deal: Ultimate Ninjas package includes $50 gift card, water bottle, t-shirt, swag bag (value $83). Pick up Ultimate Holiday Bundle at any Ultimate Ninja locations (Chicago, Naperville and Libertyville). Gift cards expire 9/1/18.
West Town Winterfest
What is it? Join us on Saturday December 9th from 12-6:00pm for West Town Winterfest. Hop on the West Town Winterfest guided Jolly Trolley tour and enjoy Winterfest without the walking. The guided tour lasts 3 hours, features all of the shopping blocks and provides a “checked shopping bag” service so you don’t have to worry about your gifts while you shop. Receive a $20 Gift Certificate when you purchase a $10 Jolly Trolley ticket.
Who is this perfect for? Women and parents looking to do christmas shopping locally without the hassle
The Deal: Receive a $20 Gift Certificate when you purchase a $10 Jolly Trolley ticket. In addition, the more you spend, the more you earn – for every $40 spent at a participating retailer you earn $20 in Winterfest Gift Certificates to be used to ring in the 2018 New Year.
OMG Party [in a Box]!
What is it? “OMG! a party [in a box]” brings the party to your doorstep so you can be your own guest! Each party box comes with a stylish theme, table setting, and decor for 8 or 16 guests; just add food & bubbly! Need it for a bigger crowd or different theme? We can customize a box just for you. So easy to set up it’s scary! (Please note that the table settings such as plates, glasses, and utensils are eco friendly and disposable)
Who is this perfect for? Women, Kids, Busy People
The Deal: OMG! a party [in a box] is offering 50% OFF THE FINAL COUNTDOWN NYE- Party in a Box for 16 guests! $140 VALUE NOW ONLY $70. Everything you need to bring in the New Year! Click the link to BUY NOW and then private message them with COUPON CODE: LET’S PARTY. OFFER EXPIRES ON December 25, 2017 (Party Boxes are limited so order soon!)
Logging Back into Life by RJ Hutchins
What is it? Logging Back into Life takes a humorous look at modern-day single life in your 30s when balancing the stresses of career, family, friends and online dating is the new norm. Yet there’s nothing normal about it!
Who is this perfect for? Avid readers that enjoy contemporary fiction
The Deal: Logging Back into Life is available in both paperback and ebook on Amazon. The paperback is priced at $12.99 for the holiday season, a $2 savings from its original price.
Note: Hi, Chrissy here. As someone who has online dated…a lot…in her 30s, this book really hit home! (Full disclosure: This link is an affiliate link, which means I may make a little money off your purchase.)
Chris Martin Photography
What is it? Chris Martin is a Chicago Nikon and drone photographer. Shop his collection of landscapes and cityscape prints, canvas prints, and digital downloads to liven up your walls!
Who is this perfect for? Men, Women, Photography Enthusiasts, Art Enthusiasts
The Deal: 30% off everything, use code “SAVE30” at checkout.
Thanks for reading our 2017 Gift Guide! If you’ve got more favorite gifts or have written your own gift guide, please let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear what’s on your list!
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