Holiday shopping on a budget is difficult to maintain.
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Whether you have a white elephant holiday party, Yankee swap or whatever it may be, these Lake County gift ideas are perfect for everyone from mom to your mailperson.
Make this holiday shopping season less stressful with a spending plan in your favor. Here are 25 holiday gifts under $25 in Lake County.
This U.S. made wine opener is environmentally safe, low-pressured CO2 propellant that doesn’t compromise the flavor of the vino or hurt the ozone layer. Everyone is a happy camper with this fantastic contraption that gets us one step closer to another glass of libations.
Slippers & Moccasins
The weather outside can be frightful. So can the inside pending on who you’re living with. Inside the living quarters, we try to be as cozy as possible, and slippers and moccasins are a perfect those perpetually cold individuals in your life.
North Shore Distillery Tour
Take a tour of North Shore Distillery and try their vodkas, rums, cordials and more. Their newest feature is the Eye of Newt. The libation was just released in the winter season and contains an explosion of flavors in this new spirit. The North Shore artisans experimented with mustard seeds, turmeric, garlic, dill, honey and a touch of wildflower for this limited time cordial release.
Two-Gallon Popcorn Tin
Popcorn is a magical treat whether you’re at the theater, at home or just munching on a light gourmet snack. The Popcorn Factory in Lake Forest is offering their retro tin full of butter or cheese popcorn for under $25. Feel free to help your giftee polish off the delectable goods you gave your family, friend or coworker. For an extra $5 you can purchase a two-gallon tin of caramel or a two-gallon of butter AND cheese for $29.99.
It’s not the holidays without Long Grove Confectionery’s peppermint bark. The ingredients in this delicious treat include artisan’s hand swirled dark & white chocolate, peppermint oil and a sprinkling of bright candy cane pieces. Buy one to share with the family…or keep it for yourself.
Create an ornament
This gift is truly from the heart, plus you get to have fun creating it. Produce some new holiday flair for that special someone in your life by making an ornament at this Mundelein facility. Choose from flat or twisted ornament styles or a window sparkler and also your choice of colors. Everything in the gallery will be marked at the sale price for the holidays, and it is a limit of one person per ornament. You only have until December 17 to take advantage of this glassblowing event!
Is someone in the family obsessed with hitting the slopes every winter? Help them head for the hills for an all-day event featuring family-friendly activities and fun for everyone with a gift card for their skiing extravaganza. They can hang out in the lodge, have a meal at Walt’s Tavern, spend some time on the slopes and more.
Christmas Red & White Spiced Wines
This libation is served for vino fans annually at the Wheeling mainstay. The Christmas Red and White Spiced Wines are mulled wines jam-packed with aromas of cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread cookies. The red drink obtains a tad more cinnamon while the white has a bit more cardamom spice. The red and white are perfect complements to chocolate cranberry and coconut oatmeal cookies.
It’s great to have a nostalgic day at the arcade. What’s even better is that you can enjoy some suds while you play. Let’s not forget the Vernon Hills barcade has delectable eats as well. Spoil your friend or family member with a power card to Dave & Busters, like when mom gave you 10 quarters to game in the 80s and 90s.
Zodiac Chocolate Collection
Is your giftee into chocolate and horoscopes? Chocolate Sanctuary’s Zodiac Collection provides a personalized astrological forecast for your giftee. The chocolates include Cookies N Cream (Aries), Champagne Truffle (Taurus), ‘Some Like it Hot’ (Gemini), Grasshopper Truffle (Cancer), The Peanut Butter Dome (Leo), Raspberry Truffle (Virgo), Salted Caramel (Libra), Espresso Truffle (Scorpio), Honey Lavender Caramel (Sagittarius), Vanilla Bean Truffle (Capricorn), Birthday Cake (Aquarius) and Irish Cream (Pisces). Complete the entire Zodiac Chocolate collection with a box for $27.
There are so many great movies coming to the big screen (and are already out). This writer is exceptionally excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi releasing in theaters at midnight Friday, December 15. Two tickets to the movies is a perfect gift for someone to go on a date night (or dressed as a stormtrooper with 10 if your closest, geekiest friends).
Holiday Jelly Beans
If there was ever a way to celebrate the holidays sweetly, Jelly Belly has your holiday gifts available. Gift a few 7.5 bags that have some holiday pizzazz to their flavor like Reindeer Corn, Egg Nog, Jingle Bell Gels, Sour Gummi Santas, Sugar Plums or other festive beans.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings incredibly life-like prehistoric creatures to the stage! Your paleontologist/host and his master puppeteers invite you to see insects and dinosaurs that once roamed free – from cute baby dinos to some of the largest herbivores and carnivores that have ever walked the planet! It’s a tyrannosauric treat and a “must-see” for kids of all ages.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings incredibly life-like prehistoric creatures to the stage like you’ve never seen them before. Your paleontologist/host and his master puppeteers take you on an unforgettable interactive adventure. You’ll see insects and dinosaurs that once roamed free – from cute baby dinos to some of the largest herbivores and carnivores that have ever walked the planet. This event is February 1, 2018.
Advent Wreath/Pine Cone
During the Advent season, some faiths light a candle in honor of the festive holidays. Beautiful Marytown in Libertyville offers an 11-inch wreath and pine cone selection that captures the moment for the family to celebrate the holidays (candles are sold separately).
Everyone loves to receive a little bit of holiday cheer with Kris Kringle. Volo 4 Malls provides a slew of collectible Santas from yesteryear. Besides jolly old St. Nick, the village also provides plenty of other nuggets for your holiday gift under $25.
Koroneiki 100% EVOO Olive Oil
Fresh off the boat from Crete, Greece, this tasty condiment has all of the best flavors one would expect in Greek olive oil. The Koroneiki has a floral aroma, a creamy buttery texture and a slightly sweet flavor profile that will pair well with all of their balsamic vinegars of Modena. This is sure to complement any salad, chicken and lamb dishes and other delicious entrees.
Gingerbread and Spiced Honey Cake Cookie Combo
Lambs Farm always provides the sweetest desserts in time for the holiday season. Your gift for cookie monster includes soft gingerbread and sweet frosting coming together to spice up the season. The delightful one-pound combination allows you to indulge in a two-for-one holiday classic.
BGH Classics Series
We’re not encouraging you to get tickets for the world’s oldest outdoor music festival in the dead of winter. Ravinia Festival in Highland Park hosts the Bennett-Gordon Hall Classics Series indoors during the cold months. Treat a family member or friend to some of the most talented musicians donning the BGH stage!
Two-Hour Jump Time
‘Jump around! Jump up, jump up and get down!’ Hop on over to Jump America. Visitors can experience the leaps, springs and bounds of a lifetime as this Gurnee facility provides 16,000 square feet of trampolines including two dodgeball courts, a foam jumping pit, a kids zone and more.
This holiday Belgian strong ale in Illinois’s oldest brewery has a light body, but the flavor is spicy, and the aroma has a sophisticated scent of spice and fruit blend. The Libertyville brewery’s most popular seasonal ale contains honey and dark Belgian candy sugar. The seven percent ABV magic in a glass can be compared to tastes of Chimay and Duvel.
Silver Glass Star Ornament
‘When you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are.’ Add some shimmer to your holiday season and beyond with Treetime’s dazzling star ornaments. These bright and shiny stars reflect the light while making a stunning statement on your holiday tree. They make an excellent gift for the star in your life.
Take the stress out of holiday gift shopping by picking up a Potawatomi Bingo Casino gift card. If your giftee wins big, maybe they are generous enough to share the earnings with you. Plus for every $25 you spend, you can receive $5 in FKC Reward Play.
You can’t say no to Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Giordano’s offers 10-inch frozen pies. These famous pizzas are partially baked and taste exactly like the instore version.
Great Train Show
In Lake County, we always celebrate trains during the holiday season. As your friends and family ring in the new year, you can take care of their tickets to the Great Train Show at the Grayslake fairgrounds. The show features 250+ tables of trains, 50+ exhibitors, two unbelievable LEGO layouts and free rides on Thomas the Tank Engine for kids of all ages. This event runs December 30-31.
All Aboard! Chicago Botanic Garden has the little engines that can, as you and the family can view the Wonderland Express. The festive train set resides inside the Regenstein Center. The collection designed by Paul Busse spans 10,000 square-feet and is equipped with miniature trains, bridges, trestles, waterfalls and 80 mini-replicas of Chicago’s favorite landmarks. This event also features ice carvings, excellent music from carolers and for the kiddies, Thomas the Tank Engine. Parking in advance is $25, so maybe that’s the best present of all!
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