25 Holiday Gifts Under $25 in Lake County 2018

Holiday shopping on a budget is difficult to maintain.

Your friends over at Lake County thought it was a good idea to list 25-holiday gifts under $25.

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.

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling


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Christmas Red Spiced Wine and Christmas White Spiced Wine

This treat is served for vino fans annually at the Wheeling mainstay. The Christmas Red and White Spiced Wines are mulled libations 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 is a perfect complement to chocolate cranberry and coconut oatmeal cookies.

Price: $13

Improv Playhouse in Libertyville

Stand-up comedy show

Looking for the giggles this holiday season and beyond? The Libertyville facility hosts stand-up comedy every first Saturday of the month. The event is also a BYOB affair and they charge a $5 corking fee.

Price $5-$20

Long Grove Confectionery Co.

Holiday Classic Caramels + Peanut Butter

Peanut butter and caramel just complement each other well. Everyone loves sweets during the season as the Long Grove Confectionery handcrafts this delightful treats. The package comes with mouthwatering dark chocolate sea salt caramels and creamy peanut butter melts complete with a gift bow.

Price: $25

Tempel Lipizzans in Old Mill Creek


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Behind-the-scenes tour

If you hear an emphatic neigh in the distance, it is coming from the lips of the majestic Tempel Lipizzans in Old Mill Creek. Invite mom to a meet and greet inside the dancing stallions’ humble abode. On this behind-the-scenes tour, attendees will learn about the Lipizzan history, the methods of classical riding and receive a full tour of the farm. The tour will end in the Old Mill Creek farm’s arena with a daily training session and a Q&A with the trainers. There is a tour on the second Saturday of each month from Jan-May until the season begins in June.

Price: $15-$25

Genesee Theatre in Waukegan


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The Rainbow Fish

A glow-in-the-dark adventure is just what the doctor ordered. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia takes their Rainbow Fish production on the road with unique puppets, panoramic scenes and a plethora of lights. Based on the 1992 publication by Marcus Pfister, the story follows a story of a kaleidoscopic fish who’s obsessed with his shine, and he rubs the other undersea creatures the wrong way. Nobody wants to play with this arrogant protagonist, as he goes on an adventure to find a friend. The show is on March 20, 2019.

Tickets: $8

Deer Park Town Center


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Bath & Body Works Lotion

The way midwestern weather treats our skin, everyone would welcome the idea of getting skin moisturizer. The smell of these lotions is definitely something to write home about as well.

Price: $12.50-$16.50

North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

Beehive Curaçao

The delightful spirit is created with fermented honey that turns into mead. The liqueur is and then distilled with a variety of oranges, spices and herbs. Beehive Curaçao is an exceptional sipping liqueur for the holiday season as the Green Oaks has made a tradition of releasing unique spirits this time of year.

Price: $20 for a 375 ml bottle

Lambs Farm in Libertyville

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.

Price: 18.95

The Olive Tap in Long Grove


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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.

Price: $17.95

Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest

The Roommate

The Roommate

The Roommate

This show follows a woman named Sharon in her mid-50s who’s recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Hawkeye State home. Robyn answers Sharon’s prayers and moves in with her. However, as time goes on Sharon tries to uncover a few hidden secrets about her newly acquired roomie. This dark comedy is a perfect date night and gift for the holidays. The show runs from February 1-March 3.

Tickets: $20 each

The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee

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.

Price: Four-piece box $9

Uniquely Sweet in Grayslake

Assorted Toffee Treats

Uniquely sweet has splendid gourmet munchies for you to crunch on during the holiday season. The Grayslake facility is renowned for their toffee and you can mix and match if you’d like. Their delights include English toffee, buttercrunch, turtles, Chicago toffee, oreo, toasted coconut, dark chocolate sea salt toffee, cheesecake, taffy apple, coffee and hellfire toffee.

Price: $7.95 each

Dress Up & Dance in Mundelein


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Open Dance Night

After the holidays, plan a date night to cut a rug with your significant other on open dance night. If you want to spend a little bit more for a workshop, it is $27.

Price: Open Dance Night – $14, Dance Workshop – $27

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

Santa’s Magic Growler

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.

Price: $25

Ravinia Festival in Highland Park

BGH Classics

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! Some of the performers include Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Robert Chen, Mezzo Soprano Laurie Robin, the Henhouse Prowlers, Ethan Uslan, Ravinia Jazz Mentors and more.

Tickets: $11

Bosacki’s Home Brew in Mundelein

Cranberry Wheat Lager 32 or 64 oz growler

This 4.7 percent ABV lager-pale brew is introduced to the s in November for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The naturally carbonated fruity lager contains a subtle tartness due to the melody of Bosacki hops and cranberry. The Cranberry Wheat Lager provides you and the family as it’s a splendid complement to appetizers and dinner entrees.

Price: $9.95-$16.95

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars in Grayslake


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Bottle of Vin Glogg

This vino warms the soul during the winter time. The concoction contains a half dry red wine while the other half is port. Vin Glogg is jam-packed with cinnamon, cardamon spices and it also contains an orange peel taste. Vin Glogg is intended to be served warm.

Price: $12

Jelly Belly Welcome Center

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.

Price: 20 Flavor, 16 oz clear gift box $15.99

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets


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A candle will light up your family member or friend’s holiday. The fragrance of these wax presents have je ne sais quoi and provides your home with an exceptional ambiance. They also sell quite fashionable threads.

Prices: Many options between $6-$25

Giordano’s Pizza in Gurnee and Buffalo Grove

Frozen Pizza

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 in-store version.

Price: Starting at $19.57

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire


“A person’s a person; no matter how small.” That old Doc named Seuss still has tricks up his sleeve as the whos from Whoville try to be heard by the outside world. And who’s the only one whose lent them their ear? Horton, that’s who! View your favorite storybook characters from the world of Seuss live on stage as the one-hour presentation features our favorite elephant as mentioned earlier, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a slew of other fun-loving fuzzy creatures. The original Broadway production saw Kevin Chamberlin (who played Horton) receive a Tony Award nomination. “Seussical the Musical” will conduct a Q&A for the kiddies following the show. The show runs from February 8-March 31.

Tickets: $15.23 each

Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich


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Canadian Girlfriend

Named after our neighbors to the north, this brew is a dark lager fermented with German yeast. There’s a subtle roasted taste to the beverage with notes of cocoa parter and milk chocolate.

Price: $20

Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills


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Barnes & Noble

It’s always nice to sit down with a good book. However, a lot of the best sellers sell out during the holiday season. Some of the best sellers of 2018 right now under $25 include “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, Home Body by Joanna Gaines, “The Reckoning” by John Grisham, “Fire & Blood, 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones” by George Martin.

Price: The four aforementioned books $17.97-23.99 online (40 percent off sale right now).

Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake

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 29-30.

Tickets: $9-$10

Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee Mills


Wool Socks

The weather outside can be frightful. So can the inside pending on who you’re living with. Inside the living quarters and in the brisk outdoorsy type, we try to be as cozy as possible, and wool socks are a perfect those perpetually cold individuals in your life.

Price: $8.99-$23.99

For other holiday gift ideas for under $25, continue here.

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