By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Christmas Day is almost here, and you are running out of time.
Sure, you can get everybody on your list a Starbucks gift card.
And there is nothing wrong with going to the mega-chain store and picking off a dozen cards from the gift card display.
Or a McDonald’s gift card!
(Remember those old McDonald’s gift certificates that looked like checks and came in a pack of 10 for 50 cents each? Those were in every kid’s stocking, circa 1972.)
However, if you want to appear as if you put some (minimal) effort into the gift-giving mission, here are some last-minute gift ideas.
This couldn’t be any easier.
Foxtrot is a mobile app the curates cool stuff and will deliver it to you–or the person receiving the gift, often within an hour.
The delivery area is limited generally to downtown and portions of the North Side, but if you work in the city, you can have the goods sent to you for gift-giving later.
Would you like to make Christmas morning a bit more lively?
Order Stu’s Bloody Mary Mixology Kit ($40)! (Vodka not included, but here’s a good place to find some.)
Enjoying a whiskey on the rocks by the fire sounds pretty good. Why not make it a Chicago spirit to make the season bright? One option would be a Koval gift box ($50) with Colossal Cube Molds ($14).
When we are all shuttered inside our homes because the weather outside is frightful, a scented candle sounds delightful. Choose one of these from Chicago Candle Company ($28).
If you would prefer that old-fashioned shopping experience, Foxtrot just opened its first physical store at 2229 N. Clybourn. The app comes in both iOS and Android flavors.
This Chicago-based company has some of the best coffee and lattes in the city.
For the java lover in your life, consider the Intelligentsia gift box: This $45 gift box includes a 12 oz bag of Celebration Blend, an Intelligentsia mug and an Askinosie + Intelligentsia collaboration chocolate bar.
For a more unique experience, how about a barista class for $200?
The Barista Training for the Espresso Enthusiast Class is Intelligentsia’s basic barista training course. It is held at the Chicago Roasting Works at 1850 West Fulton Street. All classes are held on a Wednesday once a month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Check the website for the dates.
The company also offers a tour of the facility for $30.
If you are ordering online, do it now to ensure Christmas delivery. Check their website for store locations.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Candy makes a great stocking stuffer.
(Pro tip: Do not wrap candy and put under the tree, unless you want your dog to eat the five-pound box of chocolates you bought for your mom with your paper route money.)
Dylan’s is candy-lovers mecca from New York, and it has just opened a “pop-up” store near the Chicago Tribune, 445 N. Michigan Avenue, just in time for last-minute holiday treats.
Perhaps a cute bundle of hot chocolate mixes in a sleigh ($12)
Dylan’s has dozens of gift-ready packages, from cocoa, to chocolate bars, to cookies, to “chocolate dipped snowmen nutter butters” and even “coal.”
Most of the gifts range from $12-$40, with many under $20.
The full-service, 13,000 square foot store will open in the spring.
Amy’s Candy Bar
This beloved Lincoln Square candy boutique has also opened a pop up store in Hyde Park.
The sea salt caramels ($8.50/12) are to die for, as are the OMG candy bars ($4.50/each), just to name a two.
Mix and match a variety of items to make your own gift basket.
Amy’s also makes delicious cupcakes and cookies.
Amy’s will ship orders, but there may not be a guarantee that it would arrive for Christmas.