Evanston Holiday Shopping Guide 

Evanston Holiday Shopping Guide

The holidays can be painful, but they don’t have to be. It’s all about knowing where to shop and what to get. That’s where we come in to save the day. When trying to find the best in Evanston, you’ll find that hitting up these hot spots is the best way to go. This list will ensure that you have everything you need to give your family the best holiday season possible without having you break the bank to do it. 

Bookends And Beginnings

If you have little ones or are a book lover, this is where you need to go. They not only have books for all ages, but they have puzzles, puppets, toys, and games that would give your family beautiful gifts that won’t end up at the back of your closet. They also have a great selection of cookbooks that cover all diets and styles if you’re interested in cooking. What meal do you think your relatives would make first?

Chicago Strings Violins 

Another great idea for the holidays? Give the gift of music. Music teaches your children significant traits and skills that can help them in the future and is also an excellent way to bring people together. Additionally, if your child loves to play, it would be the best gift you could give them. The store has instruments, accessories, and everything you need to make the journey that could change how they look at their music tastes. 

Get Ready For The Outdoors 

With stores like Gearhead Outfitters, you’ll find that you have options for outdoor fun. Boots and outfits that make you want to build an igloo are abundant here. You’ll also find the best in accessories. Get outside and have fun with these options, and you’ll find that your family will never be happier. Be sure to check out the hoodies and gloves. They have a style that is functional while being stylish at the same time. 


Do you have a young reader at home, and are you looking for surprise him this holiday season? Well, look no further. Booked has a diverse selection of new titles and classics for youthful readers of all ages.

Evanston-made Art and Artisan Works

Shop for hundreds of handmade goods (art, jewelry, ceramics, etc.) created by Evanston Made members!

Open thru Dec. 20 at 832 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202, Wednesday & Thursday 12-6p • Friday & Saturday 12-7p • Sunday 12-5p

It’s Clothing Time!

Crossroads Trading is the place to go if your family and friends care about the environment. All their items are for people who want to lower their carbon imprint. Each item in the store is incredibly unique and affordable, meaning you can buy it for your entire family without breaking your budget! This shop should be a definite priority if you have people who want clothes for the holidays.

Mushy Matzah Ball Baby Book Series

If you are looking for children’s books filled with love and kindness? You need to check out My Mushy Matzah Ball and Arianna’s new release, My Happy Hamentashen.

Madison Grace 

Madison Grace is the trendy hot spot in Evanston and for a good reason. They have high-quality clothing and great prices, and the holiday apparel is cute for younger audiences while modern and hip for the older ones. In addition to this, they have a great line of upscale clothing for special occasions, including skirts and jackets.

Wake Up Your Senses 

We all love coffee. If you don’t, we’re willing to bet that you know someone who does. As such, you should check out Newport Coffee. They have coffee machines, gift cards, and to-go cups for coffee lovers. In addition, they provide a wide variety of coffee beans and flavors meaning that any coffee lover can find what they would like here. It would also make for a great option for someone a little bit picky about what they drink.

Kilwins Evanston

Kilwins is a treat shop, and if your family has a sweet tooth, they’ll love you forever if you choose to come here. They have traditional items like chocolate and decadent sweets like fudge, but they also have things like holiday boxes that are great for gifts. You’ll love looking at their ice cream cakes and choosing between the flavors if you have a refrigeration system. Try the peppermint bark, as it’s a fan favorite. 

Get Fit!

People love to get people around the holidays with gift cards, and downtown Evanston has plenty of places to allow you to do this. Would you like to give your relative a chance at boxing, athletics, or ballet barre classes? This is the place to do it! The downtown area also has a cycle bar where you can tone your body. It makes for great gifts because not everyone can afford a membership and will be sad that they can’t keep their resolution for a healthier life. Thanks to you, they have that opportunity. 

Shop In Style 

Evanston is a place of culture, beauty, and adventure. Come shop at any one of the places that we’ve listed above and you can give your family a taste of that for the holidays. Everyone wants something unique and knows their family is thinking of them. If you take our advice, you can find clothes, toys, and a wide variety of other gifts that can truly liven up your holiday season. Have fun making memories and finding the best gifts for the ones that mean the most!

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