Gifts for Her: 2012 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a lady in your life? Check out our gift guide of local, small businesses in Oak Park and Forest Park.

In the last week, I've traveled to nearly every boutique, shop and store in Oak Park and Forest Park on the hunt for great holiday gift ideas. I've been amazed at the wide selection these stores have to offer and the great prices they offer their merchandise at.

Shopping locally at small businesses saves money on shipping and gas, allows you to see and touch what you're purchasing and keeps your money in the community. I think we've proved here that you don't need to go far to grab everything you need this season.

Shopping for Women

Shopping for woman can be hard—they like what they like. Still, we've managed to assemble a great collection of gifts for your wife, boyfriend, daughter or co-worker. The key to buying gifts for women—go personal and know their style. Can you picture them in it? Get it—they can always take it back. Here's what we found.

Learn more about these businesses, give a review and find contact information in our directory:

Run Chicago

Madison Street Shoes


Pretty Little Things

American Artworks Gallery

Forest Park Emporium



Taylor's Gifts and Bonsai

The Competitive Foot

Careful Peach Boutique


Nora's Shoe Shop



Bee Home and Garden

The Gold Hatpin

Did we miss your store? Contact the editor at matthew@patch.com to schedule a visit to your store.

Trends December 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
You forgot about TRENDS (810 North Boulevard)- voted by Patch Readers as 2012's Best Clothing Boutique and Best Resale Shop in Oak Park! Stop by and check out our newly expanded 3500 sq ft store. We have even opened a Men's Shop filled with gifting goodies! www.trendsoakpark.com (708) 434-0801
Deanne Alexander December 16, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Try the Artisan & Crafter's unique boutique (839 S. Oak Park Ave). Not only have they been around for over 36 years, you can get the most incredible handmade items for local artisans for nearly 1/2 the price of the other "trendy, but rip-off" boutiques in the area. Oak Parks best kept secret ! www.opwe.org (708-848-4693)


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