10 Unique Gift Ideas For a Holiday Present in Lake County

Holiday shopping on a budget is difficult to maintain. It’s even tougher to find an original gift year in and year out.

Your friends over at VLC thought it was a good idea to list 10 unique gift ideas for a holiday present in Lake County.

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.

Here are 10 unique gift ideas. We won’t tell your family that you were last-minute shopping.

Take Flight in Lake County


Get the gift of wings. Extreme Flight Simulations (figuratively) provides individuals with frequent flyer miles in the Gurnee facility’s airplane simulator. Take off, coast and land as this soaring simulator accurately reproduces the flight deck of the 737 NG. The aerodynamic attraction is open to the public, and no flight experience is needed. 

Extreme Flight Simulation, 1350 Tri-State Pkwy., Suite 128, Gurnee.

Lake County Libation Trail Growler


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Happy Thursday!! 🥳 🍔 🍺

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Lake County is home to 15 libation trail brewhouses, including the first craft brewery in the county in Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. Instead of 99 bottles of beer on the wall, get your brew aficionado the present of …well..more beer. Many of the Lake County Libation Trail suds masters will send you home with a little brown jug of liquid courage at 32 or 64 ounces. Your gift receiver could call foul if you don’t set yourself on the prowl for a growler or two.

Various locations in Lake County.

Tickets to a Show in Lake County

What some may not know, is Lake County’s theatre lineup during the throughout the year is unmatched. There are legendary musicians, comedians and bands gracing our storied stages. Give the gift of a Broadway musical, a hilarious comedian to make your present literally make your friend or fam LOL or a concert they’ll never forget in Lake County. Here are some of the live entertainment venues that are staging a slew of shows in the upcoming months.

Various locations in Lake County.

Sweets and Treats in Lake County

October, November and December are full of flavors to make your tastebuds go wild. That doesn’t have to end just because of exercise resolutions for the New Year. Make your present a sweet one with treats from the many Lake County confectioners, bakers and chocolatiers concoct. Whether its the cocoa from Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee, the salty delights from The Popcorn Factory in Lake Forest, the slews of treats from Long Grove Confectionery and an array of others, your giftee’s reaction will be ecstatic.

Various locations in Lake County.

Saporous Spirits from the Lake County Libation Trail

“Liquor may not solve all of your problems, but it’s worth a shot.” Give your friends and fam a prequel taste of what Lake County Libation Trail Month (in January) has to offer. Vodka, whiskey, gin. You name it, Lake County’s got it. Here are a few of the “free” spirit distilleries the land of lakes has to offer.

Various locations in Lake County.

An Escape from Reality


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Me and my best friends tried to escape, but we lost and died 🤓

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Test your teamwork at 60 to Escape at Gurnee Mills, where you’ll have 60 minutes to discover codes, solve puzzles, open locks and find secret entrances all to complete your mission and escape the room. Perhaps you can pair your gift experience with a Sherlock Holmes sleuth cap. Can you escape in time?

60 To Escape, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

Carve Up The Slopes

Just over the Lake County northern border, lies Wilmot Mountain. The Wisconsin winter destination is equipped with 120 skiable acres, 23 trails, seven lifts, two surface conveyor lifts and progression terrain parks with a double high-speed rope tow and 22 lanes for tubers. Give the gift of thrills this holiday season. Hang 10 and ride the slopes kiddies!

Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.

An Overnight Splash

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow outside for all we care, because, inside Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the temperature is 84 degrees. Anchored by an awe-inspiring 80,000 square-foot indoor water park featuring slides and water attractions for every age, Great Wolf Lodge is a premier resort destination for families in and around the greater Chicago area. The gift just keeps on giving with the family activities and the divine cuisine. Owwooooo.

Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.

The Optimistic Obstacle

Just north over the Lake County border, is Boundless Adventures. If the gift is for an outdoorsy individual, a trip to this venue is a must-have. The Bristol, WI entity is the thrill-seekers’ haven and is highlighted by ziplining, obstacle courses, tree climbing and all sorts of challenging athletic expeditions for you and your giftee.

Boundless Adventures, 9700 160th Avenue, Bristol, WI.

A Bottle of Vino from the Lake County Libation Trail


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And today is the day I turned into a wineo. Fight me.

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“I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I’m drinking more.” Looking for the gift of vino for the wine lover in your life? Lake County provides you with the best local berry drinks for that special someone. Unfortunately, Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove and Vigneto del Bino Winery in Antioch are closed in the winter seasons. Still, you can plan a wine tour with the aforementioned when the warmer seasons come. Below are the wineries selling wine through the holiday season.

Various locations in Lake County.

For more unique gift ideas for a holiday present in Lake County, continue here. For other things going on during the holiday season, click here.


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