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10 TRENDS | Unique Local Holiday Shops


It's the most wonderful time of the year and we invite you to continue along your mission to support local businesses in hopes you will add these 10 unique trending shops to your list! Each shop featured provides something unlike any other shop in the area– from international treasures, to one-of-a-kind personalized gifts. Support local vitality! Visit, shop & share today.

#1 | Maison Russe, The Russian Shop

This Russian-inpsired shop is unique and beautiful. Located in Lisle on Ogden Avenue, their Christmas selection has beautiful hand made objects to add a "touch of Russia" to your holiday. They offer hand carved Russian Santas, strikingly detailed hand painted jewelry, filigree ornaments, nesting dolls, and some unusual items. Pictured is the Large Santa Matryoshka. A wonderful large 10-nested holiday nesting doll handcrafted with skilled precision using woodburning techniques and paint.

#2 | The Gift Box

The Gift Box opened its doors at 310 West State Street in Geneva, Illinois in November of 1947 and specializes in Scandanavian imports. Today, the shop strives to preserve its Scandinavian heritage by selling products that are made in the Nordic countries. Hans and Maria Jönsson, the current owners, carry a wide range of giftware to fit any size pocketbook. Customers enjoy seeing products they remember from their childhood, family history or their native country.

#3 | Little Luxuries


Little Luxuries melds rustic elegance with just a touch of edge. Best known for custom design, floral and jewelry, their assortment consists of beautifully crafted home decor that can transform any nook. One becomes more inspired with every step. Stop in and be surprised……Treat yourself to a “Little Luxury” Best known for……custom design and floral and jewelry

#4 | Nona Jo’s


If you’ve ever been to Nona Jo’s, it probably became a favorite of yours very quickly. This shop has many unique finds and is perfect for holiday gifts or to treat yourself. You’ll find unique home decor, eclectic gifts, and in-home design stylists along with Naperville-specific signs and accessories. Shop for unique pieces to add unrivaled character to your home this season!

#5 | Saraboo Creek


This unique shop carries gifts and accessories you're sure to love. Their customizable wood product line is available in their stores and many pre-made items are available online. Each piece is designed, cut and handcrafted from raw materials right in their Crest Hill workshop and customers are able to design signs and frames exactly as they want, leaving the store with a completed product ready to display. From ornaments to signs - such cute things!

#6 | Gather & Collect


Local neighborhood thrift shop, packed to the rafters with an ever-changing array of eclectic home goods with a side order of snarky, fun, and edgy novelty gifts. Offering a mix of vintage art, books, pottery, industrial finds, upcycled treasures, and global goods. With celebrated local makers in jewelry, soaps, candles, stationery, and honey. You will enjoy curated BOHO clothing, purses, scarves, and ties. Specializing in Potentially Offensives – patches, pins, stickers, mugs, and inappropriate cards and political satire.

#7 | Ten Thousand Villages


So unique! This fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe invites you in for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, this shop is part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products

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#8 | Rocket Fizz


Rocket Fizz has the largest selection of candy and soda ever found in one store. Hundreds of sodas from microbreweries all over the world + almost every candy ever made. You will discover amazing flavors here. You’ll find gifts perfect for everyone one your list. Inside, you’ll find 400 different sodas, and candies that every generation can enjoy. How fun!

#9 | The Rustic Fox


This unique marketplace arrived on the shopping scene in September 2020 and has already become a fast favoriet for thousands in the area. The Rustic Fox is a 20,000 square foot lifestyle marketplace with over 120 vendors offering furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, accessories, kids clothing, and so much more. Many vendors have holiday displays and are filled with unique gift ideas fore everyone on your list. Come in today and see what's new!

#10 | The Cardinal Gift Shop

The Cardinal Gift Shop functions as part of Clare Woods Academy transitional vocation department, which trains students for future employment. What is so fabulously unique about this shop is that it sells handcrafted gifts by the students of Clare Woods Academy. Check out all of other amazing products at the website or visit today. Clare Woods Academy assists with the learning and developmentally disabled youth and adults to become self-sufficient and self directed in areas of personal growth, general health, education, social and emotional well-being and functional living skills


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