Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Annual Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Online Shopping This Year
2020 Illinois Made Gift Guide features unique businesses from across the state offering online shopping and ordering options for consumers amid current COVID-19 restrictions
CHICAGO - The Illinois Office of Tourism today released its annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide featuring one-of-a-kind products by small businesses around the state. All products featured inthis year’s gift guide are available for online purchase, with some accommodating curbside pickup, as part of a broader effort by the State of Illinois to encourage safe holiday shopping and support of small, local businesses as public health mitigations remain in effect. Just in time for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, the Guide seeks to give shoppers new and original ideas for the 2020 holiday shopping season.
“All across the state, thousands of small businesses play an essential role in our communities as well as the economy. As the pandemic looms large this year, we are encouraging residents to consider supporting small and local in their holiday shopping plans,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) Director Erin Guthrie.“The businesses featured in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide are among the many Illinois businesses who are stepping up in new ways to pivot their operations to new online formats, putting great products and services within reach for new and existing customers, while protecting staff and their communities during this unprecedented time.”
The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide features a wide range of businesses – including those producing everything from gourmet chocolates and handmade skin care products, to coffee and candles. This year’s gift guide features products from 19 businesses included as part of the Illinois Made program– an initiative that recognizes the contributions of iconic local businesses representing communities across the state. The Guide will provide shoppers a chance to experience the state through its small businesses, offering unique products found only in Illinois.
“Small businesses play a significant role in driving tourism to our Illinois communities and boosting the state’s economy,” said Karla Flannery, Deputy Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “This year’s Illinois Made Gift Guide is a helpful resource to support local small businesses during this challenging time. We hope shoppers will use the Guide to discover authentic products made right intheir Illinois backyard, providing another reason to shop and visit in person when it is safe to do so.”
All businesses included in the Guide provide online shopping options, with some providing contact-free curbside pickup. With the latest public health guidance encouraging residents and visitors to stay home as much as possible, these offerings are critical for shoppers this holiday season.
2020 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide
Asterisks indicate a new Illinois Made maker
Southern Illinois & Shawnee Forest Country
? Pomona Winery in Pomona* - Specializing inwines made from locally grown fruits other than grapes, Pomona Winery is an out-of-the-box gift for wine connoisseurs to sip on this season. Popular flavors for online purchase and delivery include “Once in a Blue Moon” blueberry dessert wine and Jonathan - a semi-dry crisp wine made with Jonathan apples (approximately $15 per bottle). Shop all wine here.
? C’s Bees Honey & More in Anna* - Honey products made with locally sourced Southern Illinois honey. Popular items include salted honey caramels ($10), honey jam ($6), honey soap($9), lotion bars ($6) and handmade beeswax candles ($13). Shop online here.
? Warm N’ Cozy Quilting in Columbia - Find a cozy, new hobby while spending more time at home this season by making a quilt of your own with holiday-themed fabric (approximately $12 per yard). Shop online here.
? Grafton Winery & Brewhaus in Grafton - Specializing in wine for all seasons, order decadent dry reds and semi-sweet wine made near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to enjoy at home this winter ($15-30 per bottle). Shop all wines here.
Launched in 2016, the Illinois Made program promotes authentic travel experiences throughout the state and encourages visitors to discover hidden gems off-the-beaten path.
To download images of Illinois Made makers featured in the Illinois Office of Tourism’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide click here.
To learn more about the Illinois Made program and how to support small businesses around Illinois this year, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.