Last-minute gift ideas from MainStreet Libertyville

Christmas is in three days. Did that make your heart race? If you still have people on your list to shop for, head to MainStreet Libertyville and not only get all of your shopping done in one spot, but help small local merchants, too. It’s like two gifts in one!

MainStreet Libertyville is the adorable stretch of downtown Libertyville from near the Metra Station to Route 176. It’s filled with great shops and amazing restaurants so you can find something for every single person on your list.


For Toddlers/Preschoolers: Petranek’s Pharmacy has one of the largest selections of Melissa & Doug Toys that I have ever seen. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a quality wooden toy that the youngest on your list will love.

For the artsy kids: Artist @ Heart carries a full selection of Faber Castell art kits( as well as other brands), sketch books, spirographs and more. Last year we got our toddler a Sands Alive kit that is still a favorite to play with today.

For older kids: C & A Robot Factory has just moved to MainStreet (sharing a space with Artist @ Heart) and carries Lego kits, but the best gift is a Robotics Class. Try a gift certificate.


There are so many amazing restaurants in Libertyville, you could win with a gift card to any of them, but if you are looking for something to wrap, try these.

Savory Spice offers spices, salts, blends and gift packs for every chef on your list. A great gift idea for that person you don’t know what to get? Get one of their popcorn topping kits. It instantly turns plain popcorn into something gourmet.

Oh Olive! carries an enormous line of olive oils and vinegars from around the world. More than you probably even knew existed! They will help you pick out the perfect gift based on the person you are buying for, and even let you try it out.

For the person with a sweet tooth, pick up a beautiful pastry from Lovin’ Oven Cakery or some decadent chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company.


MainStreet Libertyville has several boutiques that will help you find the perfect gift for that fashion-forward lady on your list.

The Serendipity Shop is full of clothing and accessories that any girl would adore to add to their collection. From boho chic sweaters and tunics, to their blessing bracelets made of silver, swarovski crystal and pearls, you will find the perfect gift.

Full DisClothesure is an upscale resale shop. Pop in and pick up some accessories or a handbag and make them think you spent way more than you did.


If your husband is anything like mine, he’s probably the hardest on your list to shop for!

Forest Bootery (also located in Lake Forest) not only carries great quality shoes and socks but has tons of fashionable accessories (see also for your fashionista friends) and has great ideas for men. Pick up some cologne or a shaving set from St. James of London or get a great winter hat or scarf.

Pick up a growler of local brew. Lake County is becoming the place for local independent breweries. Mickey Finn’s, which just opened it’s new location this year, is Lake County’s oldest Brew Pub. Pick up a growler of their Santa’s Magic and win Christmas.

Bonus: Growlers are half off refills and kids eat free on Tuesday.

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