4 Independent Illinois Retailers to Check Out for Thoughtful Gift Ideas

With 19 days until Christmas, many shoppers are feeling the pressure to find the perfect present for everyone on their list. Finding special gifts for each loved one seems to be a more complicated task year-after-year. You purchased the “must have” tech item; got them a sweater; wrapped countless socks and the ties; and suddenly this year, you have run out of ideas. The good news is, you’re not alone! The stress to find “unique” gifts is a shared sentiment among many holiday shoppers. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is here to suggest four outstanding independent retailers located throughout Illinois who will help find gifts catered to the interests of every person on your list as well as some last minute holiday décor for yourself. Happy shopping!

Good’s Furniture

200 N Main St, Kewanee, IL 61443

Good’s Furniture offers an unforgettable voyage through 12 historic, multi-level buildings spanning three city blocks. A journey that is filled with infinite home improvement ideas stemming from hundreds of inspiring displays that showcase over 50 lines of America’s finest furniture makers. Beyond all the furniture and home decor, Good’s has it’s very own Bavarian Wine Cellar Restaurant where homemade dishes are paired with fine wines and craft beer; a European Style Bed & Breakfast awaits the weary eyed for much needed R&R; an expansive Market Square features clothing, jewelry, handbags, candles and locally made goods. No matter where your gift recipients are in life, Good’s carries an inordinate amount of furniture and home décor to match their style and needs. Not only is Good’s Furniture a retailer who will fit the needs of so many on your shopping list, but the perfect getaway for YOU!


Roselle Ace Hardware

821 E Nerge Rd, Roselle, IL 60172

Roselle Ace Hardware is more than your neighborhood handy store. With a wide variety of products, there is something for everyone on your list. Say goodbye to generic giftcards and socks, Roselle Ace Hardware can help you find gifts that target the passions of your loved ones. The shop’s friendly staff can help you find the perfect gift for the handyman, DIYer, foodies, holiday-lover and even those tough to buy for Grinches. For those that hate the snow, give a gift that is actually practical and adored!  Help them prepare for the weather with a creative “winter prep gift basket” that includes ice melter, a car snow scrapper, windshield wiper fluid, and a brand new shovel. For the foodie, consider a deluxe pizza oven or electric smoker. Roselle Ace has even added some surprise lines like the new Toy Department and women’s winter fashion accessories. If you’re still competing to have the best light display on the block, Roselle Ace Hardware has you covered. Focused on offering season-long, low pricing on the holiday mainstays like trees, wreaths, lights and décor, the shop carries unique product lines like the Griswald Christmas Vacation line of ultra-bright LEDs and Illuminet’s line of wirelessly syncing lights and outdoor décor.

Platt Hill Nursery

222 W Lake St, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 | 2400 Randall Rd, Carpentersville, IL 60110

A well-established nursery, popular in the spring and summer, Platt Hill Nursery continues to flourish during the holiday season. The Nursery turns their plant expertise towards Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias and a variety of other fresh cut holiday greenery. Platt Hill Nursery works with its vendors to get the latest harvested trees to ensure freshness through the Christmas season. Customers come from around the Chicagoland area to get custom made wreaths and live evergreen pots. Their talented artisans have been making unique evergreen displays for over 30 years and will customize the design for any individual requests making them the perfect unique gift for family, friends, coworkers, teachers, and more!  Additionally, the inside of Platt Hill Nursery transforms into a Christmas wonderland with a variety of unique holiday gifts including holiday decorations, ornaments and Christmas tree lights, and other home décor. This retailer is a must see during the holiday season!

American Sale

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Originally founded as a toy store in 1959, American Sale has evolved to display a great selection of patio furniture, hot tubs, above ground pools, grills, billiard tables, backyard playsets and of course, Chicagoland’s largest selection of artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor. While summer shoppers visiting an American Sale may be less familiar with this holiday shopping destination, many long-time holiday customers consider American Sale to be a Christmas destination first and foremost.

Looking to “Spruce” up your home in the days ticking till Christmas? Their showroom floor carries over 180 trees on display and thousands of holiday décor items. Plus, their knowledgeable Tree Experts are always on hand to help you bring your holiday vision to life! And with 9 locations around Chicagoland, American Sale surely is the Christmas store just for you! American Sale is also the perfect spot for unforgettable group gifts. Whether you’re splitting a gift for parents, families, or others, American Sale has their interest covered. From game room must-haves, outdoor essentials like fire pits and patio upgrades to big backyard toys, like pools, trampolines and swing sets, all the most unforgettable – and enjoyable– gifts can be found at American Sale.