Want to give a great gift at the next baby shower you attend? If so, skip the large chain stores and head right to the independent baby stores in the Chicago area for something unique. From cribs to strollers and clothes, the indie stores offer a wide selection of products that you can’t always find in larger stores. You can also find something for the mom-to-be, including special lotions and clothes to wear postpartum, as well as pre-made meals. Check out the following stores to find one that’s near you.
Lazar’s Juvenile Furniture
6557 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Are you organizing a group gift for the parents-to-be? Then consider checking out the selection from Lazar’s Juvenile Furniture. The store offers an extensive selection of new baby must-have items, including cribs, furniture, strollers, high chairs, bedding and gliders. Lazar’s also offers a delivery and set-up service, which will save the new parents time and stress. If you’re not sure what the new parents need, you can also opt to give them a store gift certificate.
Galt Toys + Galt Baby
1915 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Galt Toys + Galt Baby offers a selection of gear for welcoming the new baby, including car seats, cribs and strollers. Other products include apparel, art to decorate baby’s new room and books, DVDs and CDs for both parents and children. Is the mom-to-be planning to breastfeed? You can find a selection of appropriate products here, too. If you’re looking for a shower gift that’s more practical, consider choosing from the store’s selection of safety products, including monitors and babyproofing gear. You can also plan ahead and pick up potty training kits and supplies. Galt Toys + Galt Baby has additional locations in downtown Chicago and in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.
1630 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
When you think of new baby clothes and toys, you probably don’t think of the word “edgy.” But with Psychobaby’s selection, you can personalize onesies and shirts for a fun and unique gift or choose from the store’s extensive selection of fun designs. Shoes, books, toys and outerwear for babies are also available at the store, which is located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Does the new arrival have older siblings? If so, you can get shirts and other gear for older kids, too, so they won’t feel left out by the new arrival. And come on, wouldn’t you love to include this pacifier as a part of your shower gift?
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5111 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Are you looking for organic cotton onesies for the new bundle of joy? Then consider checking out the selection of products from Green Genes. Established in 2008 in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the store offers a variety of eco-friendly apparel, health and beauty products and toys for the whole family. If you’re headed to a shower, consider picking up stroller toys, sun hats made from organic cotton and organic and fair trade chocolate for the mother-to-be. You can also get clothes and toys for any older siblings.
In the excitement of finding cute onesies and strollers for the new bundle of joy, you can’t forget about the mom-to-be. With gift certificates to Meez Meals, you can give the gift of fresh ingredients prepared for entire meals delivered to the door, saving sleep-deprived parents from the tedious tasks of grocery shopping and slicing and dicing each ingredient. Just follow Meez Meals’ recipes and assemble the ingredients, and you have fresh, homemade food. According to owner Jen Moore, the meals are vegetarian, but Meez Meals can prepare dishes to accommodate vegans and those with other dietary restrictions, including gluten-free. It also offers tips on how to incorporate meat into the meals. What’s on the menu? Examples of previous meals include Caribbean black bean tacos and Thai peanut kabobs, and many recipes incorporate seasonal items. Meez Meals has a delivery zone that’s 25 miles around Chicago; for further information, check out the website.
Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I’m a Trader Joe’s Fan. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.