Last Minute Christmas Gifts

If you’re like me, you are running around Chicago as the days tick down to Christmas getting that “one last” gift to that special someone. So here are a few hints and suggestions:

Independent bookstores: Skip the big box discounts to support your local book worms. My personal favorite is Women and Children First. A few of my favorite books of the year include:

I’ll have a larger round-up of my favorite books of 2010 as well as a few new reviews at my blog this week.

Local handmade crafty stuff: The Inkling is one store front  that carries such items. It opened in 2010 and while I haven’t visited yet, I am familiar with some of the crafters whose wares are featured at the store. Fab and one-of-a-kind stuff!

While I’ve been too busy to knit much of anything lately, knitting is still hot. Knitting is popular with young women, so if you are still puzzled what to get your teenage daughter/niece, stop in one of Chicago’s knitting stores. Grab some needles, yarn and maybe a book with some funky patterns and BAM! Best gift ever.

And yes, I’m a north side gal, so if you have suggestions for south side places that are indie and a must shop for last minute gifts, do leave them in the comments!

Good luck with the last minute shopping! But make sure to take time for some cookies & cocoa with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays and New Year from Chicago Feminista! See you in 2011.


Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, a mom and a writer. She blogs about the intersection of feminism and motherhood at Veronica lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband, their spunky daughter and doxie named Piper. You can connect with Veronica at Facebook or Twitter.

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