MCL's Guide to Gift Giving
For The Home
Created in Paris in 1898, Lampe Berger has been coveted by collectors for decades. With a patented catalytic burner under its stylish cap, each lamp destroys odors and helps purify the air before fragrance is dispersed.
Get it at: Wickham Interiors 67 N. Williams St. in Downtown Crystal Lake 815-455-6202
For The Free Spirit
Tired of the same old gems? Triskele Moon Studios offers a change of pace with eclectic jewelry like that shown here.
Get it at: Evolve 54 North Williams St. in Downtown Crystal Lake 815-444-9905
For The Golfer
A sure improvement to anyone’s golf game, SkyGolf’s comprehensive network of precision-mapped golf courses allows golfers to accurately calculate distance, get an eagle’s view of each hole and quickly select the right club.
Get it at: Pro Golf, 6330 Rt. 14 in Crystal Lake 815-477-0000
For The Outdoor Lover
Mizuno outerwear is ahead of the pack when it comes to technology. It’s Breath Thermo line is made from fabric that generates heat from the absorption of moisture. These clothes protect muscle groups and the human body from cold temperatures.
Get it at: The Running Depot 30 N. Williams St. in Downtown Crystal Lake 815-788-9755
For The Woman
On The Go Called a “must have” by Oprah, the Butler Bag is essential for the woman on the go. With compartments to keep all the things necessary to get through the day, this purse combines style and function.
Get it at: Funky Things Inc., 303 S. Main St. in Downtown Algonquin 847-854-6800
For The Hostess
Give a gift that looks and smells great. Archipelago monogram candles are hand-poured using only the finest ingredients available. With an approximate burn time of 60 hours, this gift keeps giving.
Get it and your other holiday décor at: The Wonderberry Tree, 3106 Three Oaks Rd., Unit C in Cary. 847-462-9550
For the Tree
The Swarovski annual edition Christmas Ornament is faceted clear crystal. With a blue satin band and small silver-colored tag with the year of issue 2007, this shining star is sure to bring a stunning addition to anyone’s holiday.
Get it at: Dalzell Jewelers, 41 N. Williams St. in Downtown Crystal Lake 815-455-3600
For Your Teenager
Make sure your kids stay hip as well as comfortable. Made in Germany since 1774, Birkenstock shoes improve balance, exercise legs, increase circulation, ensure even weight distribution, promote spine alignment and come in a variety of styles.
Get them at: Tradewinds Cove Birkenstock 372 Virginia St. in Crystal Lake 815-455-2255
For Those Who Are Always Cold
Bundle up that special someone in brightly colored knits, while supporting a good cause. Hand-knit, 100% wool sweaters and accessories from Katmandu, Nepal are made by a Tibetan women’s cooperative.
Get it at: Ginger Blossom 3016 Rt. 173 in Richmond 815-678-4015
This piece, titled Truly Blessed, by Cindy Burden shows two little ones and their mother. Inspired by Proverbs 31, it is a tribute to motherhood.
Get it at: The Wise Woman 10325 North Main St. in Richmond 815-678-2345
For Your Little Wizard
Bring the world of Harry Potter and friends to life. With Lionel’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, your child can play conductor and ensure Harry and company make it to Hogwarts in time for classes.
Get it while it lasts at: Woodstock Hobbies, 124 Cass St. on the Woodstock Square 815-337-8770
With 100% water-based, non-toxic stains, Haba’s wooden toys are fun, safe toys for children. Learning and play are one in the same with these bright, stimulating toys.
Get it at: Wild Child 2731 West Algonquin Rd. in Algonquin 847-458-9453
For the Collector
For nearly 150 years, Belleek Parian China has demonstrated genuine Irish craftsmanship known for its delicate translucency. Each piece is made by hand to create stunning heirlooms.
Get it at: Celtic Home & Hearth 5604 Broadway in Richmond 815-678-4774
For The Holiday Fanatic
Bethany Lowe is a Midwestern company specializing in vintage-style folk and holiday art. This angel is just one of many holiday pieces in this year’s winter line.
Get it at: Seasons by Peg 103 East Van Buren St. in the Woodstock Square 815-206-3666
Gift Certificate Guide
Distinction Salon and Spa 88 Railroad St. in Crystal Lake 815-788-1320
For the Food Lover
Biaggi’s 1524 South Randall Rd. in Algonquin Commons 847-658-5040
Galati’s Pizza and Pasta 7 Jandus St. in Cary 847-516-3663
Plum Garden 3917 Main St. in McHenry 815-385-1530
Warsaw Inn 217 North Front St. in McHenry 815-344-0330
For the Art Lover
The Raue Center for the Arts 26 North Williams St. in Downtown Crystal Lake 815-356-9212