Top Ten Places to Shop for Last-Minute Christmas Gifts
Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch lists our favorite stores to pick up great gifts for everyone on your last-minute list.
If you've waited until now to do your Christmas shopping, you might feel tempted to panic. No worries. Patch has compiled a list of our favorite places to get last-minute shopping done—without so much as a drop of perspiration.
1. Ashley's Custom Stationery and More, 22 S. Prospect, Clarendon Hills
Paper goods are always a welcome gift, and Ashley's carries lots of popular stationery brands, such as Kate Spade. This stationery shop is also a great place to purchase your holiday card or create invitations for your New Year's Eve party. If you don't feel like braving the snow to visit the shop in person, you can also order custom invitations and cards online here, anytime day or night.
2. Tigers & Tulips, 14 W. First, Hinsdale
This women and children's shoe store is the ideal place to get holiday shopping done with kids in tow. In addition to shoes, the store's selection ranges from toys to accessories. Trendy, new boots are the perfect gift for a toddler who hopes to brave the sledding hill on Christmas Day!
3. Campus Colors, Gateway Square, 777 N. York, Hinsdale
Campus Colors is one-stop shopping for all the sports enthusiasts on your list. Campus Colors' merchandise ranges from officially licensed hats and T-shirts to flags adorned with your favorite team's logo. For a college-bound high school senior, a sweatshirt featuring their new school is the perfect present.
4. The Second Floor at Fuller's Home and Hardware, 35 E. First, Hinsdale
Any amateur chef or baker will appreciate a gift from The Second Floor at Fuller's, which specializes in cookware and other unique home goods. The Second Floor also offers several cooking classes each month; buy your favorite cook one of The Second Floor's Lunch-and-Learn Thursday afternoon classes in January.
5. Munchkin Land, 30 E. Hinsdale Avenue, Hinsdale
Just entering the pink paradise of Munchkin Land will brighten your mood on these dreary December days. This boutique, specializing in little girl's clothing, carries lots of hard-to-find brands. It's the perfect place to pick up last-minute stocking stuffers like jewelry and headbands.
6. Joelle's Hallmark Shop, 6 S. Prospect, Clarendon Hills
If you're looking for small gifts like Silly Bandz and Beanie Babies, Hallmark is the place for you. This longtime Clarendon Hills staple also carries a variety of candles and hostess gifts, which are perfect to bring to Christmas parties. And don't forget the cards to go with all those gifts - Hallmark has the best selection around!
7. Dips & Dogs, 50 S. Garfield, Hinsdale
Sometimes a gift certificate makes the best present. If you know someone who can't get enough of Dips & Dogs' fries, shakes, and Italian beef, a gift certificate to the casual Hinsdale restaurant is just the thing. You can even pick up Dips & Dogs T-shirts to go with the certificate.
8. Gap, 101 S. Washington, Hinsdale
Gap is the perfect place to pick up a gift for everyone in your family at once. The men's section features cold weather favorites like button downs and sweaters, and different styles and colors of hats and scarfs are available for women. Don't forget to pick up a few pairs of Gap's staple—jeans!
9. Ebenezer's Gift House, 14 S. Prospect, Clarendon Hills
Shopping in Ebenezer's Gift House will put you in the mood for an old-fashioned Christmas. This store is a great place for browsing, with antiques and Christmas merchandise on display. Delicious foods like peanut brittle are also for sale.
10. Toni, 51 S. Washington, Hinsdale
Not everyone has time to bake during the holiday rush. Toni Sweets and Savories, a Hinsdale favorite for almost twenty years, can provide the pies, tarts, and gingerbread cookies for your holiday table. For hostess or other gifts, you can purchase the "Deluxe Cookie Collection" or the "Cup Full of Comfort and Joy," a latte cup filled with biscotti, shortbread, cocoa and tea.