How do you profess your gratuity to your lovely ladies in waiting or your future husband’s drinking buddies? By gifting amazing gifts, of course. Bridesmaids’ and groomsmen gifts are a way to say thank you for spending their time, energy and money to help you celebrate your big day and for all the memories from the past and those to come! Chicago’s multitude of neighborhoods offer a variety of unique boutiques for scouting wedding party presents, but here are a couple unique spots that are budget-friendly, only in Chicago, or sell Chicago-made items. Let the shopping begin!
If you’re in Wicker Park, stop by Mojo Spa on Milwaukee Avenue, near the Damen Blue Line stop.
Mojo Spa has a very welcoming staff and great gifts. Their soaps, scrubs, candles, and other beauty supplies are all handmade. You’ll fall in love with their macaroon and cupcake soaps, candles that morph into lotion, and all of their other amazing-smelling items. The pieces are all reasonably priced, so you can truly pamper your ladies with a basket or bag full of treats. For only $8, you can purchase your gals bars of soap that smell just like Coconut Creme Pie, Lavender and Italian Amaretto Coffee. If you looking to pamper your ladies instead, you can buy spa treatments ranging from $22-$80. There are endless options at Mojo Spa, so you won’t be disappointed!
Another hidden gem is Art Effects in Lincoln Park. It is located right off the Armitage stop on the Brown line. They have cute knickknacks for both bridesmaids and groomsmen.
To capitalize on the personalization trend, you can find monogrammed glasses for the guys and monogrammed necklaces for the girls. If you are searching for items that remind you of your friendships, consider this a one-stop shop! Offering a wide array of cookware, fun books, perfumes, art, specialty pens, clothes, drinking coupon books, and more, Art Effects has a little something for everyone.
Venture to Logan Square to check out Wolfbait & B-Girls. It is an independent business that houses more than 170 local artisans and Chicago-based fair trade companies. Located near the Logan Square Blue Line stop, this is another spot for both genders. You’ll find local Chicago t-shirts for the guys and cute handmade jewelry and bags for the girls. Not only will you feel good about your purchases, but you’ll feel great knowing that you’re shopping local. The items may vary throughout the year, but they’re always one of a kind, just like your wedding party.
Where are you planning to snag your trinkets for your men and maids? Did we forget any other unique spots?