3 awesome kids’ apparel shops and gifts made by Midwest designers

You can always purchase a cute gift at Baby Gap, but it’s so much more exciting to receive or wear something one-of-a-kind. Plus, who doesn’t love to support local business? These Midwest designers have created fantastic children’s apparel you won’t find elsewhere.

My Blankie

While you may have received a few blankets as baby gifts, there’s nothing like these blankets! Barb Mann makes beautiful handmade blankies with the soft silk trim you may remember from when you were little! Then, she embroiders the perimeter with the baby’s name, birth stats, names of members of the family and wishes for the baby. These are the kinds of blankets that will grow with your child.

Casual Friday Kids

These stylish kids clothes are my favorite new find! While Casual Friday sells grown-up apparel, their kids tees and leggings mean your babe can look just as on-trend as you. Plus, with an emphasis on comfort, you can rest assured your child feels good wearing the clothes. You’ll love the catchy phrases and funky prints emblazoned on these trendy pieces. I love that the line is made in the USA and the prices are so reasonable.

Layne Couture

These adorable knit hats make the perfect present, cozy winter staple or the ideal accessory for an infant photo shoot. I’m partial to the hats that feature Chicago sports teams or university names. Items come in sizes “newborn” or “baby” (0-3 months). Custom orders are also welcomed.

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