2018 Gift & Idea Guide

We have teamed up with some of our favorite local boutiques and businesses to give you the ultimate gift and idea guide.  Each week we will be sharing with you a gift and a family fun idea that will for sure get you in the holiday spirit.  There is something special about shopping local and supporting our community.


GIFT and IDEA 7:



This Bee Seasonal Organic Honey Gift Set from Marché is the perfect gift for any food lover on your list. This beautifully designed box comes with four glass jars containing 4 ounces of certified organic raw honey, sourced from Brazil (Angico: Brazilian Acacia, Aroeira: Brazilian Pink Pepper, Marmeleiro: Brazilian Quince, Silvestre: Brazilian Wild Flower). Their elegant design, together with the uniqueness of each honey varietal makes this product the perfect addition to a food lover’s pantry. Each honey pairs well with different cheeses, teas and fruits.


Journeyman Distillery Whiskey Gift Set is one of our favorites! The hand-crafted spirits from Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI make a special and unique gift for any spirits lover in your midst. Being both a certified organic and kosher distillery are just a few of the hallmarks that make Journeyman such a fabulous distillery. This whiskey gift set includes: Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey, Silver Cross Whiskey, and Last Feather Rye Whiskey.


Marché is located at 496 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn.


Here are tips on how to host a Stress-Free Tasting Party! https://www.education.com/magazine/article/host-stress-free-tasting-party/

Host a fun Family Game Night during the holidays! https://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/family-christmas-games/

GIFT and IDEA 6:

Marcel’s Culinary Experience


This Holiday Cookie Exchange Baking Kit makes the perfect gift for the kids. All you need are a few sticks of butter and eggs and your cookie exchange is ready to go! Each kit makes 4 dozen Chocolate Peppermint cookies.


Nothing says the holidays like yummy chocolate treats and peppermint candies from Marcel’s, including the oh-so-adorable keepsake Holiday Camper Tin filled with chocolate stars by Saxon Chocolates or the always popular, decadent hot chocolate mix from Lake Champlain. Stop in and pick up your holiday treats at Marcel’s!


Juliska 12 Days of Christmas Dinner and Serveware!
Liven up your holiday table with Juliska’s new holiday pattern, The 12 Days of Christmas. This fun pattern lends a whimsical feel to your classic holiday table and will blend effortlessly with any holiday theme. Now through December 24th, purchase any 7 pieces of dinnerware, glassware or flatware and receive the 8th, to complete the set, with our compliments. Stop in TODAY!



Marcels Culinary Experience is located at 490 N Main Street in Glen Ellyn.


For a family fun activity we suggest that families write notes to each other and put them in a clear plastic, fillable ornament ball. OR have each person write down their favorite gift or holiday activity for that year. This can be a new tradition that is perfect for all ages and lasts a lifetime.



GIFT and IDEA 5:

Edie Boutique

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Are you looking for trendy fashions and flawless styles this holiday season? You will find it at Edie Boutique!  Whether it’s jewelry, clothes, outwear, accessories, or handbags you’ll find this seasons styles along with a variety of options to fit any budget. It’s fashionable giving made easy!

The ease, style, not to mention delicious fabric, makes this dolman sleeved sweater one of our favorites! Perfect for any girl on your list!


Every girl loves a little sparkle for the holidays. Stack these pretties HIGH! They make a sweet gift topper too! $8 each or 5/$35


Add a little fun and glamour to your wardrobe!  This faux fur vest is perfect with pants, jeans or over a dress! Bonus…it’s softness guarantees extra hugs!!

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Edie Boutique is located at 499 Pennsylvania Ave and has six locations!  Plus you can shop online!




For a fun holiday experience with your daughter, niece, sister or girlfriends plan a surprise Skip Day! It doesn’t mean you have to skip school or important activities, we’ll let you make that decision! It might take some planning but it will be well worth it when you tell that special person that your ditching the normal plans to have some unexpected fun.  This idea is perfect for the over scheduled teenager or busy mom. Enjoy lunch at Blackberry Market, stroll Main Street, shop the boutiques, see a movie, or just grab a coffee! This holiday season put the unexpected on your list and make time for some cheerful giggles!

More Skip Day Ideas:

Check out these fun ideas for planning a day with your daughter.                                     Love #8 Retail Therapy

Another fun idea is to make these super cute Christmas Tree Cones! https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/christmas-tree-cones.html

GIFT and IDEA 4:


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The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn is more than just a bookstore. Yes, they have a huge selections of Christmas books and popular titles but they also carry hostess gifts, toys, notecards, Theo Chocolates, Peepers, and much more! We are proud to have this independent bookstore in our charming town. They love their devoted customers and give so much back to our community. We’re lucky to have them!

For the little ones on your list we suggest the Melissa and Doug toys. These toys are created to inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see new possibilities. —Created by Me Craft Kit in a variety of choices from Race Car Bank to Pets Craft Kits and Pasture Pals Fuzzy Figurines with a display case! Super cute!


For the Book lover on your list this is a one-stop shop because this bookstore has an NPR Bookstand! It’s right by the front door and is fully stocked with all the popular titles.



A favorite for moms, sisters, and besties is Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis!




Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines



AND of course there are many Christmas books for every little elf on your list!


AND we have a little secret to share! Did you know you can sign up to read in the famous rocking chair in the window? YES!  Call to sign up for your one hour time slot! Grab some hot chocolate from Stam and have your own family story night! What a family fun tradition to start.

Also, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn will do a beautiful job wrapping all of your holiday gifts!

GIFT and IDEA 3:

Chocolaterie Stam

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This holiday season, Glen Ellyn Moms Village not only wants to showcase local businesses and great gift ideas, we also want to showcase local establishments and how to incorporate them into wonderful family-friendly activities. This week, we have teamed up with Chocolaterie Stam to promote their Deer Meet and Greet this Saturday, December 8th from 2-4pm. So bring your family down  and have your picture take with Randolph the Reindeer and have some delicious holiday treats.

Chocolaterie Stam is located at 530 Pennsylvania Ave next door to Storm Inspired.

We are so lucky to have this great establishment in our town. Glen Ellyn is one of only nine locations in the United States and the only one in the Chicagoland area.

Here are some wonderful way to incorporate Stam into your family activities.

Evening stroll with family looking at the Main Street Glen Ellyn Holiday Window Displays.


Go to the Glen Ellyn Bookstore, and sit in the famous rocking chair and read your kids a Christmas book and then head over to Stam.


Drive around and look at Christmas lights and then take the family for Hot Chocolate!


After you get your Christmas tree head over to grab a sweet treat


After an afternoon of ice skating on Lake Ellyn or sledding at Newton Park, warm up with some famous hot chocolate


Pick up chocolate for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts


Bring home a quart of gelato to have when you watch Christmas movies


After you go to Illumination at Morton Arboretum, head over to Stam to warm up with some chocolate goodness


Meet for hot chocolate at Stam before you head on The Polar Express


GIFT and IDEA 2:

M and Em’s


We love these iscream cozy pajama pants from M and Em’s.  Perfect for a family movie night or hopping in the car and finding the best Christmas light show.

Christmas Movie Schedules:



Drive by Christmas Lights:

781 Willis Street in Glen Ellyn

2S231 Valley Road in Lombard tune into 89.5 FM (they even have their own FB page Hughes Digital Christmas https://www.facebook.com/HughesDigitalChristmas/?fref=ts)

880 Pinebrook Dr in Lombard

913 E. Evergeen in Wheaton (tune into 102.5 FM)


GIFT and IDEA 1:

Meredith Jaye


There is a new line of jewelry at Meredith Jaye called Bella Vita!  Stone pendant necklaces, diffuser bracelets and pretty earrings – beautiful little touches

We will be sharing our Gift & Idea Guide on the blog every Wednesday and Friday!



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