Gifts Under $25: Ravenswood Holiday Gift Guide

Still working on last-minute holiday shopping? Ravenswood has you covered! We’ve collected some of our favorite items from this year’s Holiday Gift Guide that have price tags under $25. The gifts included here can be ordered online and picked up locally, meaning you’re guaranteed to have them in time for Christmas.


2020 Rating Ornaments from Ravensgoods ($10)

Give this year the rating it deserves and chuckle every time you glance at your tree! The 2020 Rating Ornament makes a perfect stocking-stuffer, and a great gift set when paired with the other 2020-themed ornaments available from Ravensgoods.

Shop their online gift store at www.ravensgoods.com for those items, as well as handmade jewelry, soy candles, embroidered dish towels, greeting cards and more.


An Alfajores Gift Box from Lucila’s Alfajores ($22)

An gift set of chocolate covered alfajores from Lucila's

Lucila’s authentic recipe of melt-in-your-mouth Alfajores will transport you to her native Argentina. Two crumbly cookies sandwich rich dulce de leche caramel, and are then coated in dark chocolate, white chocolate, or coconut.

Lucila’s “Classic Trio” six-pack always make for a great holiday gift, whether you’re shopping for a loved one, participating in a grab bag, or looking for a nice corporate gift. A variety of gift sets and products can be ordered directly from www.lucilas.com.


Chicago Bungalow Pin from Cape Horn Illustration ($12)

Chicago Bungalow enamel pin from Cape Horn Illustration

Wearable art from Cape Horn Illustration? Yes please! Liven up a backpack, jacket, or hat with this eye-catching pin. Perfect for Chicago architecture and history nerds.

Based along the Ravenswood corridor, Cape Horn was founded by artists Katie Lauffenburger and Phil Thompson. The duo creates work dedicated to architecture, history, and the city, with a special love for Chicago. Cape Horn’s online shop features drawings of classic home styles and icons of the city, ceramics, and illustrated maps. Shop online at www.capehorn-illustration.com.


Christmas Ale from Begyle Brewing ($6)

Begyle Christmas Ale

The first taproom to open along Malt Row, Begyle has quickly become a neighborhood institution. Their Christmas Ale is a spiced beer featuring bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. The spices are rounded out by a blend of European style malts and an American ale yeast. The perfect beer for sending holiday cheer! For more seasonal brew, visit www.begylebrewing.com.


An Embroidered Baseball Hat from Lillstreet Art Center ($25)

Lillstreet Art Center Baseball Hat

Perfect for the workshop, the yard, or the ballpark! This classic Lillstreet baseball cap will look great atop the dome of your loved ones. 100% cotton denim fabric and an adjustable strap, one size fits most. Looks even better when splattered with paint!

Located in Ravenswood since 2003, Lillstreet is a community of artists and students working side-by-side. The Art Center offers space to create, connect, and find community. Lillstreet has classes for all ages and all skill levels in mediums like Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Metalsmithing, Printmaking, Photography and more. Visit www.lillstreet.com for more.


Enamel Cocktail Pins from KOVAL Distillery ($3-5)

Enamel cocktail pins from KOVAL Distillery

Who doesn’t want some swag from Chicago’s first post-prohibition distillery? Located in the historic Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, KOVAL is frequently awarded internationally for its bright flavors and eye for design. These stylish enamel cocktail pins are perfect gifts for out-of-towners and locals alike. The complete set includes the KOVAL logo in black and white, as well as a Cranberry Gin Sprtiz, Martini, Old Fashioned, and a Still/Skyline design. More at www.koval-distillery.com.


Fire Roasted Bloody Mary Mix from River Valley Kitchens ($14)

River Valley Kitchens Bloody Mary Mix

This isn’t your typical store-bought bloody mix! Every bottle of RVK Bloody Mary Mix boasts 5 pounds of chemical-free heirloom tomatoes. Zesty and delicious with a mild amount of heat, it’s ready for mixing with your favorite vodka– or a beer for a twist on a classic Michelada.

River Valley’s grocery store is loaded with goods from local, sustainably-minded producers. If you haven’t shopped with them in a while, don’t miss their expanded selection of organic wines, Slagel Family Farms meats, and daily fresh baked breads. Order online for pickup or local delivery at www.river-valley-farmers-table.square.site.


Holiday Toys & Treats from Urban Pooch Canine Life Center ($6-25)

Urban Pooch holiday dog treats

Urban Pooch is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support canine health and wellness, while increasing the bond between human and pup. Their large, colorful retail store carries an extensive line of food, toys, treats, and just about anything else else a dog-owner could ask for.

Our favorite picks from their store are the Lumps of Coal Soft & Chewy Treats from Bocce’s Bakery and the Christmas Beach Santa Toy.

Learn more about all of the products and services Urban Pooch has to offer at www.urbanpooch.com.


Jams and Sauces from Spoken Café ($10-12)

A picture of jars of pickled vegetables from Spoken Cafe

A true Ravenswood institution, Spoken is a warm, relaxed café serving breakfast and lunch fare with Acadian Cajun respects, plus caffeinated drinks, baked goods, and housemade goods.

Spoken’s line of house-made jams, sauces, and pickles are budget-friendly and offer a little something for everyone. From Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce and Gin & Juice Pickles made with KOVAL spirits, to “Chicago Dog” Relish and Apricot Chipotle Jam, the variety of colors and flavors is dizzying. All items can be shipped, so you can send your friends the tastes of summer all winter-long. Peruse the menu and place your orders at www.shop.spokenchicago.com.


Neighborhood Map Baby One-Piec e from Neighborly

A neighborhood map onesie from Neighborly

Cover your favorite baby in this Chicago neighborhoods map from Ork Poster and they’ll never get lost! These ethically-made onesies are locally printed on 100% organic cotton. If you love the map, it’s available in prints and adult-sized shirts as well.

Neighborly offers home goods, gifts and artwork that are handmade, fair trade, or eco-friendly. The shop also freatures work from Ravenswood-based Ork Posters, creator of the typographic city neighborhood map. See more at www.neighborlyshop.com.


Tickets for “It’s A Wonderful Life” from American Blues Theater ($25)

It's a Wonderful Live, Live in Chicago

One of Chicago’s longest-running Christmas traditions, American Blues Theater is putting on their annual performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago.” For over 19 years, the acclaimed, Ravenswood-based theater company has treated audiences to a retelling of the Frank Capra classic. Performed in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast, the show is ripe for a virtual adaptation. Purchase tickets at www.americanbluestheater.com.


Winter Beanie from Dovetail Brewery ($20)

A picture of the perfect holiday gift for Chicago winter, a Dovetail beanie

Dovetail founders Hagen and Bill met in Germany while earning their Master Brewer certifications. Bonding over their mutual interest in continental European beer styles, the two formed a friendship that has resulted an exciting young brewery dedicated to old world brewing methods. Show your love and stay cute and warm all winter long in this soft winter beanie! Perfect for the German beer fan in your life, or that friend with perpetual bed-head. Find some beer to pair with your pom-pom at www.dovetailbrewery.com.


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