CHICAGO - The Illinois Office of Tourism today released its annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide highlighting 38 small diverse businesses around the state, ahead of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The 2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide offers a wide variety of original gifts that are truly unique to Illinois — from handmade pottery and ornaments, locally sourced spirits and wine to custom-made apparel — for both travelers and shoppers to discover this holiday season.
“Supporting small businesses is key to economic growth and plays an important role in driving tourism to Illinois’ communities and neighborhoods,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) which includes the Illinois Office of Tourism. “The annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide encourages residents and visitors to discover the perfect holiday gift by visiting and shopping at local businesses in every corner of the state this holiday season.”
Launched in 2016, the Illinois Made program inspires residents and visitors to discover the people, products and authentic experiences created by one-of-a-kind small businesses throughout the state. The program, which now features over 200 makers, continues to drive visitors to every region of the state year-round. This year's gift guide was produced in partnership with Dotdash Meredith publishing.
2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide
To view the complete Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide click here.
Gifts for the home
Mississippi Mud Pottery, Alton - Natural clay materials are molded and crafted into creative, functional stoneware pottery. Purchase a wide array of ceramic ware like bowls, plates, and mugs ($24–$28) for a totally unique holiday gift. Shop products online here.
Swoon Living, Chicago - Get cozy this season with The Ultimate Smores Kit ($165). Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based company known for revolving glassware including wine glasses, decanters and cocktail glasses. Shop online here.
Wild Cherry Spoon Co., Moline - Give the gift of an artisan pizza night with high quality and handcrafted wooden utensils and home products. Large Pizza Paddle, Herb and Vegetable Knife, Wooden Tumblers ($55, $50, $20). Shop products online here.
Gifts for her
Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch, Makanda - Create your very own unique Alpaca bracelet with Kumihimo Bracelet Braiding Kit ($25) made with local handmade alpaca products at this mother-daughter-owned alpaca ranch. Shop products online here.
Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, Columbia - An 8th generation farm known for planting, harvesting, milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling their spirits from grain to glass. Shop Unbroken Vodka ($25). Available for on-site purchase.
Gifts for him
Sangamon Reclaimed, Springfield - For a truly memorable, handcrafted gift, shop American Flag wall decor ($125–$275) at Sangamon Reclaimed, whose mission is to produce beautiful, heirloom-quality furniture from 100+ year-old American barns and buildings. Shop products online here.
DESTIHL Brewery, Bloomington - This craft brewery features a wide variety of brews for every palate, produced with centuries-old global brewing traditions and techniques. Elevate any holiday party with DESTIHL’s Wild Sour Series ($20) Shop products online here.
Dearborn Denim, Chicago - This family-owned apparel business manufactures all denim in the USA to make comfortable, stylish and durable jeans like the Tailored Fit (mens) ($75). Shop products online here.
17th Street BBQ, Murphysboro - An award-winning barbecue joint in southern Illinois has been rated as "Best Ribs in the U.S." by Bon Appétit Magazine. Sauce up the holiday party with the Pig Pack (two sauce bottles and Magic Dust) ($35). Shop products online here.
Gifts for the Holiday Host
CBPB Popcorn Shop, Champaign - Handmade popcorn featuring flavors like Apple Cobbler, Birthday Cake, and Peanut Butter Overload make the perfect accessory for holiday gatherings. CBPB Popcorn Mix ($5-11). In-store purchase only.
River Bend Gallery, Galena - Family-owned art gallery that captures ??beautiful scenes of nature through photography displayed on mediums such as framed prints, metal, barn wood and even puzzles. The Breathing in Morning puzzle ($25) Shop products online here.
Long Grove Confectionery Co., Long Grove - The perfect gift to satisfy any chocolate lover. Indulge in hand-made candies gift sets including Chocolate Cube Box Trio, Snowflake Boxes, Classic English Toffee ($35–$75). Shop products online here.
Danenberger Family Vineyard, New Berlin - An award-winning winery that captures passion, love, joy and inspiration in each bottle. Enjoy the refreshing, airy, and crisp Blanc ($22). Shop products online here.
To learn more about the Illinois Made program and how to support small businesses around Illinois, visit EnjoyIllinois.com/IllinoisMade.
To download images from select businesses featured in the gift guide click here.
About the Illinois Office of Tourism: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.