2023 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

From bladesmithing classes to hand-carved platters and sugar scrubs, discover the finest authentic products in Illinois — all while supporting local small businesses.


The 2023 Illinois Made Gift guide features one-of-a-kind products and encourages shoppers and travelers to support businesses in every region of the state this holiday season.

Memorable Experiences

A quilt-making class at Art Gallery Off the Square, Vienna

Learn the best practices for making a quilt and craft your very own wall hanging or table runner ($100). Give the gift of quilt-crafting

A candle-making class at Warm Wick, Brookfield*

Discover the fundamentals of candle making as you create your own candle and sip wine with friends in this fun-filled experience ($50). Book an experience here.

A tattoo at Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery, Elgin*

For something special that lasts a lifetime, gift a one-of-a-kind tattoo by an expert artist this holiday season (prices vary). Learn more about Funky Rooster Tattoo.

Forge a knife at Edge of Normal Workshop, Normal

Take a railroad spike, apply heat, sweat and craftsmanship to forge a knife in this edgy bladesmith class ($175). View class details and unleash your inner blacksmith.

Dinner and a concert at The Norwegian, Rockford

Spend a night out at the Norwegian, offering a tasty Nordic-themed rotating menu to enjoy while listening to captivating live music (gift cards available starting at $25). Shop gift cards here.

Cozy gifts + Home Decor

Sugar scrubs from Water Sweets Soap Co., Edwardsville 

Give the gift of exfoliation with the Berry Blast Sugar Scrub that’ll leave skin feeling silky smooth ($24.99). Shop their Sugar Scrub & more

A tea set from Casting Whimsy, Woodstock  

The Eight Nights of Whimsy Tea Set is the perfect Hanukkah gift for tea lovers. The package includes eight samples of teas with a six-pack of delicious shortbread cookies ($20.99). Browse products and start steeping.

An inspirational sign from Farmhouse Signs & Co., Taylorville  

Remind loved ones how special they are with a heartfelt inspirational sign ($34). Browse signs here

A candle from Wooden It Be Lovely, Springfield

The ‘Be Jolly’ candle fills the room with the scent of baked cookies for the holiday season ($29.50). All proceeds from purchased items go toward helping the women in the program gain valuable and empowering work experience and heal from lives of poverty and addiction. Shop candles for a good cause.

Essential oils from Einnim, Oak Park*

These essential oil blends offer an array of aromas, from sweet and spicy to fresh and calming ($15). Shop aromatic oils.

Foodie Gifts

Macarons from Atrévete Confections, Montgomery*

Try a dozen exciting flavors jam-packed into a 12-pack of delectably sweet macarons ($28). Explore their range of confections.  

A Galena gift basket from Galena Canning Co., Galena

Give seven jars of different dips, sauces and high quality home-cooked flavors that you can find only in Galena – all in one Taste of Galena gift basket ($69.99). Browse gift baskets & more.  

A wooden serving platter from Wild Cherry Spoon, Moline

Gift a hand-carved serving platter that’s perfect for plating charcuterie at a dinner party ($35). Shop hand-carved platters & more

Wine from Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmont

You can never go wrong with the gift of a well-balanced wine, especially this medium-bodied 2019 Bull Headed Red Wine ($21.50). Shop Sleepy Creek wines

A holiday box from Lexington Betty Smokehouse, Chicago*

Grill masters will be eternally grateful for the LBS Holiday Box featuring andouille beef sausage, “The Ultimate” BBQ seasoning and savory BBQ sauce ($69.99)Explore sauce sets & more.

Gifts for the Pets

All-natural treats from Bear's Bites, Peoria

Any dog would be lucky to sink their teeth into all the natural treats in the Monthly Bite Box, offering flavors like chicken, beef and pumpkin ($39). Shop for Bite Boxes & more

Paw balm from MION Artisan Soap Co., St. Charles

Help any furry friend feel pampered with Paw Balm - a luxurious and healing formula to nourish and protect paws ($9). Peruse products to pamper your pup.

Sports & Recreational Gifts

A custom golf club from Sub 70 Golf, Sycamore

Fore! From beginner to expert, custom golf clubs are a great way to up one’s game and lower the score (starting at $100, prices vary). Browse custom clubs.

A custom bat from Dinger Bats, Ridgway

Pick up a specialized baseball bat that’s a best seller for players transitioning from metal to wood ($125, prices vary). Create a custom bat.  

Joint & muscle ointment from Hempstock Pharms, Woodstock

Don’t let aches and pains stop your loved one from playing the game. The Joint & Muscle CBD topical ointment is 100% organic and made with shea and cocoa butters, beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils known for anti-inflammatory properties ($40). Shop Hempstock Pharms products.

 *Asterisks indicate minority-owned businesses

To learn more about the Illinois Made program and how to support small businesses around Illinois, visit EnjoyIllinois.com/IllinoisMade.