5 things we’re loving this month

If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts, this holiday season, we’re loving the following products.


We fell in love with simple, cozy clothes from Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo our cover family is sporting. Uniqlo, known for functional, basic clothes for everyone, opened a second Chicagoland store last month at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Its flagship store can be found on the Magnificent Mile. 

Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes

Have you tried taffy grapes?! Fruit couldn’t get any sweeter when grapes are coated in candy and topped with nuts. Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St., Chicago, has more than two dozen options for you to choose from. Other flavors include Strawberry Shorty, Cookies N’ Dream, Cinnamon Roll and Caramel Delight. 


Even if our favorite holiday market, Christkindlmarket, is known for its souvenir boot mugs, we can’t help but love the heart-shaped mugs matching this year’s theme, “Ich liebe Christkindlmarket,” which translates to “I love Christkindlmarket.” Christkindlmarket Chicago runs through Dec. 24 and Naperville’s version runs on select days through Dec. 24. Don’t forget to sign up for the free Kinder Club that gives kids 14 and under special perks. 


You know what they say about the mother of invention: Mom of two, Karen Smoots, has created TheEcoDryer to quickly dry kids’ wet mittens. It sits on a floor heat register or attaches to a wall register. Plus, it has antimicrobial protection to stop bacteria and fungi growth. 

Fidget Busters

We admit we love books and it’s always a highlight when the new books arrive weekly. We’re currently loving the screen-free fun in “Fidget Busters, 50 Ways To Keep Kids Busy So You Can Get Things Done” by Chicago Parent contributor and mom Donna Bozzo.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.
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