2013 Chicago Girls’ Gift Guide

Presents that’ll be music to her ears

Face the music: Gal pals can be tough to please. Which is why we did a little present hunting on your behalf. Read on to see which gifts hit all the right notes.

“Paparazzi,” by Lady Gaga
Your nights out together can be traced in a haze of Instagram photos. Turn her most-liked moments into artwork with GlossyGram, a new, Chicago-based site that prints and mounts digital pictures on ready-to-hang wooden blocks.

Stars, by Grace Potter and the Nocturnal
Sentimental ladies swoon over custom art by Mia Weiner, who embroiders the night sky as it appeared at a particular place on a particular date and time — such as an engagement, birth, or wedding. The thoughtfulness helps justify the sky-high price.

“Hungry like the Wolf, by Duran Duran
Amateur cooks will eat up the opportunity to take a master cooking class with the chefs of Avec, Blackbird, The Publican, and Big Star. Publican Quality Meats will host nine classes in 2014, with the first on January 26. Space is limited to twelve people per class and seats are going fast. Snap them up by emailing deanna@publicanqualitymeats.com.


“Flavor,” by Tori Amos
Food gift baskets are sumptuous in theory but rarely deliver. Except for Blockful, a new-to-Chicago company that curates the city’s best small-batch goodies. Choose from original or bold, depending on how hot she likes it.

“Box Full of Letters,” by Wilco
Whether she fills one of artist Garth Borovicka’s boxes with letters or leaves it empty is up to her, but she’s sure to appreciate its beauty. Borovicka constructs the eye-catching trunks and cases, available at Scout, from recycled materials, fine paper liners, and leather handles.

“Paperback Writer,” by The Beatles
Let’s get right to the point: These hand-wrapped pencils by a local bookbinder are beyond pretty. Your scribbling miss’s desk will thank you for the instant upgrade — and so will she.

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Anything by My Chemical Romance
Her first love was Bill Nye. We hypothesize she’ll bubble over with Cjoy when you give her a mercury glass flask vase from home design hotspot Jayson Home.

“Sunglasses at Night,” by Corey Hart
Italian handmade frames by Illesteva (available at Space 519) are quite the lookers. What makes them even more special is that they’re part of a collection that was a collaboration with the late, great Lou Reed.

“Welcome to the World,” by Kanye West
New moms can’t help but get wrapped up in their babies. Give parent pals a fresh change of bibs and blankets by local line Monica and Andy. The company’s delivery service lets you send a muslin blanket directly to a local hospital for a newborn or ship one overnight anywhere in the U.S.

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“Roar,” by Katy Perry
Bring out her animal side with a rabbit fur topper, courtesy of local accessories maven C/Fan. Try it on at Edith Hart’s brick-and-mortar, plus browse more cowls and beanies that are as chic as they are comfortable.

“Young and Beautiful,” by Lana Del Rey
Your friend may not be a vampy chanteuse, but TheStylisted still provides A-list treatment. Send a gift card from the new beauty site; recipients need only select a stylist (hair and/or makeup) to come to their home, office, or hotel room.

“Put Your Records On,” by Corinne Bailey Rae
Make her head spin (in a good way) with a membership to a record club. For $23 a month, she gets a spotlighted vinyl, plus a cocktail pairing and a subscription to weekly tunes and tips curated by music pros.

“The Chain,” by Fleetwood Mac
Far from your average bangle, local designer Zora Popovich’s linked bracelet is made from vintage gold-plated steel. She’ll love that it’s classic enough to wear every day, yet distinct enough to be a statement piece.

Just like she is.

Photos: Courtesy of GlossyGram; Courtesy of Blockful; Courtesy of Jayson Home; Courtesy of Space 519; Courtesy of Monica and Andy; Courtesy of C/Fan

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