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Nov 3, 2022

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases 2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

The 2022 gift guide features Illinois Made products and encourages shoppers and travelers to support small businesses this holiday season

CHICAGO - The Illinois Office of Tourism today released its annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide highlighting 38 small diverse businesses around the state, ahead of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The 2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide offers a wide variety of original gifts that are truly unique to Illinois — from handmade pottery and ornaments, locally sourced spirits and wine to custom-made apparel — for both travelers and shoppers to discover this holiday season.

“Supporting small businesses is key to economic growth and plays an important role in driving tourism to Illinois’ communities and neighborhoods,” saidSylvia I. Garcia, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) which includes the Illinois Office of Tourism. “The annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide encourages residents and visitors to discover the perfect holiday gift by visiting and shopping at local businesses in every corner of the state this holiday season.”

Launched in 2016, the Illinois Made program inspires residents and visitors to discover the people, products and authentic experiences created by one-of-a-kind small businesses throughout the state. The program, which now features over 200 makers, continues to drive visitors to every region of the state year-round. This year's gift guide was produced in partnership with Dotdash Meredith publishing.

2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

To view the complete Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide click here.

Gifts for the home

Mississippi Mud Pottery, Alton - Natural clay materials are molded and crafted into creative, functional stoneware pottery. Purchase a wide array of ceramic ware like bowls, plates, and mugs ($24–$28) for a totally unique holiday gift. Shop products online here.

Swoon Living, Chicago - Get cozy this season with The Ultimate Smores Kit ($165). Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based company known for revolving glassware including wine glasses, decanters and cocktail glasses. Shop online here.

Eshelman Pottery, Elizabeth - Gather everyone around the dinner table with artful, bold and innovative cups, plates and serving dishes. Low Cups ($55 each). Shop products online here.

Wild Cherry Spoon Co., Moline - Give the gift of an artisan pizza night with high quality and handcrafted wooden utensils and home products. Large Pizza Paddle, Herb and Vegetable Knife, Wooden Tumblers ($55, $50, $20). Shop products online here.

Gifts for her

Hearth & Hammer General, Batavia - Specializes in creating one-of-a-kind literary-themed candles by hand. Fine Print Literary Travel Soy Travel Candle ($14). Shop products online here.

C’s Bees Honey & More, Anna- For a scented stocking stuffer, C’s Bees in southern Illinois offers honey and goats milk soap bars ($3–$6) made with 100% local honey - Shop online here.

Crown Brew Coffee Co., Marion - A perfect gift for any coffee-lover, the Enamel Mug ($27) allows you to savor every sip on the go. Shop products online here.

Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch, Makanda- Create your very own unique Alpaca bracelet with Kumihimo Bracelet Braiding Kit ($25) made with local handmade alpaca products at this mother-daughter-owned alpaca ranch. Shop products online here

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, Columbia - An 8th generation farm known for planting, harvesting, milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling their spirits from grain to glass. Shop Unbroken Vodka ($25). Available for on-site purchase.

Gifts for him

KOVAL Distillery, Chicago - Any whiskey enthusiast will appreciate The Whiskey Gift Pack ($51) from this award-winning craft distillery located on Chicago’s Malt Row. Shop products online here.

Sangamon Reclaimed, Springfield - For a truly memorable, handcrafted gift, shop American Flag wall decor ($125–$275) at Sangamon Reclaimed, whose mission is to produce beautiful, heirloom-quality furniture from 100+ year-old American barns and buildings. Shop products online here.

DESTIHL Brewery, Bloomington - This craft brewery features a wide variety of brews for every palate, produced with centuries-old global brewing traditions and techniques. Elevate any holiday party with DESTIHL’s Wild Sour Series ($20) Shop products online here.

Dearborn Denim, Chicago - This family-owned apparel business manufactures all denim in the USA to make comfortable, stylish and durable jeans like the Tailored Fit (mens) ($75). Shop products online here.

17th Street BBQ, Murphysboro - An award-winning barbecue joint in southern Illinois has been rated as "Best Ribs in the U.S." by Bon Appétit Magazine. Sauce up the holiday party with the Pig Pack (two sauce bottles and Magic Dust) ($35). Shop products online here.

Gifts for the Holiday Host

Rare Bird Preserves, Oak Park - Blends seasonal fruits with herbs, chocolates and other exceptional ingredients to produce deliciously unique spreads ($12–16). Shop products online here.

CBPB Popcorn Shop, Champaign -  Handmade popcorn featuring flavors like Caramel Pecan, Jalapeño Cheese, and Cheesey Ranch make the perfect accessory for holiday gatherings. CBPB Popcorn Mix ($5-11). In-store purchase only.

River Bend Gallery, Galena - Family-owned art gallery that captures ​​beautiful scenes of nature through photography displayed on mediums such as framed prints, metal, barn wood and even puzzles. The Breathing in Morning puzzle ($25) Shop products online here.

Prairie Fire Glass, Monticello - Mesmerizing glass blown holiday ornaments ($35–$45) and one-of-a-kind bowls handcrafted in-studio. Shop products online here.

Long Grove Confectionery Co., Long Grove - The perfect gift to satisfy any chocolate lover. Indulge in hand-made candies gift sets including Chocolate Cube Box Trio, Snowflake Boxes, Classic English Toffee ($35–75). Shop products online here.

Danenberger Family Vineyard, New Berlin - An award-winning winery that captures passion, love, joy and inspiration in each bottle. Enjoy the refreshing, airy, and crisp Blanc ($22). Shop products online here.

To learn more about the Illinois Made program and how to support small businesses around Illinois, visit

To download images from select businesses featured in the gift guide click here.

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