From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa to New Years and the Chinese New Years as well as other holiday traditions, residents of Fox Valley find themselves hunting down the perfect gifts and party resources. So this little guide highlights some local, holiday-related products and services available near you to keep in mind during this season of giving and celebrating.
Holiday Gift Ideas
All Natural Pain Relief & Anxiety Management
Studies are rapidly showing that all natural CBD oil (cannabidiol from hemp without THC) allows the body to experience relief from pain and mental ailments. Local provider CryBaby CBD offers the highest quality tinctures, gummies, roll on or balm sticks, body butters, soaps, bath salts and even pet treats for humans and pets in the Fox Valley area. Their products make loving gifts for family and friends and can be purchased online or in person.
Wine Bottles & Wine Tasting Experiences
If you love wine but haven't had a chance to visit 100 Grapes Wine Tasting Room in downtown St. Charles, now is a wonderful time to do so! Not only is their wine tasting experience down-to-earth and never intimidating, their wines are simple and delicious. This time of year they are hosting holiday-themed events, such as holiday art and sip projects, so check out the calendar on their website or Facebook page to attend one. They also offer gift certificates to allow loved ones to enjoy a flight, tasting or bottle of their own.
Snow Blower or Lawn Mower Tune-Up
If you're always stuck on what to buy for your dad, brother, husband or landscaping lady in your life, this could be the creative answer you've been looking for! Two Guys Small Engine Repair provides full tune-ups and repairs for household machines, such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, generators, leaf blowers, chain saws, weed eaters, tractors, trimmers and more. Which means, your loved one's favorite home maintenance machine will be in fine working condition when they're ready to use it.
Handcrafted Local Candles
Brook Crossing Candle Co. hand makes the most fragrant, long lasting candles you'll likely find in Fox Valley. Based in Geneva with the ability to hand deliver or ship locally, they offer individual candles or gift sets perfect for holiday gifts.
Have an athletic teen that's tough to buy for? Know an adult that wishes they could receive some personal nutrition and fitness guidance? Contact Joe Giustino of Speed School and Core Nutrition to purchase individual or group sessions.
Personalized Consumable Gifts
Up A Notch Gifts creatively crafts adorable, custom labeled consumable gifts, such as hot cocoa kits, chocolate bars, mints, hot sauce and more. Labels can feature names, holiday themes and custom messages.
Custom Reclaimed Furniture
Spouses and partners who want to "wow" their significant other with a jaw-dropping, yet one-of-a-kind gift will love the custom furnishings handcrafted by Reclaimed Freedom. Made from genuine reclaimed barn wood and lumber, Reclaimed Freedom custom designs epoxy river tables, bars, countertops, built ins, barn doors, mantels and more at affordable rates.
Holiday Party & Dinner Resources
Illinois Pastured Holiday Meat
Whether it's turkey for Thanksgiving or duck, chicken, lamb or pork, you can find Illinois pasture raised selections through the Timberfeast farm.
Mobile Premium Coffee Cart
Viator Coffee Cart brings their mobile coffee service directly to your party or event for guests to enjoy a premium, locally sourced coffee and espresso experience on site.
Live Event Music, Speaker & Entertainment
Whether it's for a corporate holiday event, private special occasion or end of year sales meeting, Gregory Hyde could be the entertainment you're looking for. Both a musician and business speaker with exceptional customer service and professionalism, he's the kind of performer you can count on to keep guests entertained.
Wine Tasting Parties
Another quick mention for 100 Grapes Wine Tasting Room as a resource for private events. 100 Grapes welcomes you to meet up with a small gathering of friends for a holiday wine tasting or to rent out the entire venue for a private holiday event.
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