Tasty Gift Ideas Locally-Produced in Lake County


With work, family holiday planning and so many other things going on during the holiday seasonholiday-shoppe, it can be pretty hectic trying to find the right gift for that special someone.

Try not to get too bogged down with the stress levels of shopping because Lake County has plenty of gift ideas up their sleeves.

Sure an Ipad, an xbox 360 or a brand new car sound nice on paper, but let’s face it, we’re not made of money.

Also nobody wants another tie for a present. So why not turn some heads with a unique and matchless gift for that special someone. Here are some of the gems and best kept secret gifts of Lake County with only a week left till December 25.

Nut and Candy HouseChocolate1
581 Bonner Rd., Wauconda

The Wauconda treat store carries not only bulk nuts and candy, but has an old fashioned aura about it. They also sell pies, pretzels, sticks, trail mixes and donuts other delights giving you that nostalgic childish feeling. The Nut and Candy House has their doors open until 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Sweet Pete’s CandyChocolates
270 Market Square, Lake Forest

This sweet destination offers handmade chocolates and confections, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and more. Join us for a party, class or field trip for a sweet candy-making experience you will be sure to love. The Lake Forest shop features different classes so you can learn how to create these tasty treats. They will host a Chocolate Truffle Class on Christmas Eve, and have Candy Cane Classes up until New Year’s Eve (for you late shoppers).

Vigneto Del Bino WineryHoliday collections
42150 Crawford Rd., Antioch

Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in, “Wines grown from local Vines.” The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.

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345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

Mickey Finn’s Brewery is a landmark casual social gathering place famous for handcrafted beer. Since opening in 1993 as Lake County’s first brewpub, Mickey Finn’s has won a trophy case full of national and international awards for their beer. Sure you can always get someone a gift card or you can get them a Mickey Finn’s growler full of fresh brewed beer.

The Popcorn Factory Store
13970 W. Laurel Dr., Lake Forest

For more than 30 years, The Popcorn Factory has been the “popcorn authority” with our impressive collection of crowd-pleasing gifts and great-tasting snack. The Lake Forest Factory has Bright, decorative gift baskets teeming with gourmet popcorn and sweet treats; these baskets make the perfect gift for any occasion! We’ve specially selected our favorite popcorn flavors, chocolates, and savory snacks to fill each and every basket. Our baskets are guaranteed to deliver a smile to all who receive.

Popcorn Factory Coupons: Buy 5 bags of popcorn, get one free and $5 off any $20 purchase.

Lynfred Wilynfred winery collagenery Wheeling
971 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling

Established in 2008, Lynfred Wheeling is a satellite location for Illinois’ oldest and largest, continually-operating, family-owned winery. This winery carries over 80 unique American wines. To make the process easier for you, Lynfred has a December Tasting Menu available for you.

Lynfred Winery Coupons: Bottle of wine for $1 after spending $100

R & V Italian Market & Deli
13801 Laurel Dr., Lake ForestAnother deli shot

Italian Market & Deli serving authentic homemade Italian recipes daily. The full deli offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, fresh bread, and an Italian bakery. Also enjoy shopping the specialty grocery store’s olive oils, pesto, gift baskets and many Italian favorites. Beautiful gift baskets are ready for easy and delicious gift giving or you can make your own!! Choose from a nice variety of ready to go gift baskets with your favorite Italian specialties and they could have ready for you by the end of the next day.

DSC_8450North Shore Distillery, LLC
28913 Herky Dr., Un 308, Lake Bluff

Visit the first craft distillery in Illinois, where award-winning vodkas, gins, liqueurs and more are handcrafted. Get your spirits and such for the ones you love!

The Shanty
38985 N. Route 41, Wadsworthkv9h5vx93ux4w24nk70179pbu2w0q42

This Wadsworth establishment is amous for its whiskey shrimp along with tequila orange and orange salmon featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. Now offering our True Farm to Table USDA Beef Program with all-natural raised beef from Petersen Grain Farm in Libertyville. Peruse their estore and leave with their olive oil or olive oil natural soap. The olive oil is made in Sparta, Greece from the owners’ family farm.

The Olive Tap
240 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove

Step into a world of gourmet decadence and taste the unique flavors of fresh extra virgin olive oils, flavor infused and agrumato olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars of Modena. With over 50 oils and vinegars “on tap.” Their gourmet products are locally made and the Olive Tap also helps for the holidays with flavorful gift baskets, sauces, marinades, jams, mustards and so much more.

Olive Tap Coupon: Free dripless cap & pour spout with each bottle purchased

Long Grove Confectionery Companychoconuts
333 Lexington Dr., Buffalo Grove

Experience the Long Grove staple’s handmade, gourmet chocolates are produced and packaged. From chocolates, to nuts, to chocolate bars, to pretzels, their retail is the perfect sweet treat for the holiday.

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