Have the most unique gift at this year's festivities by shopping in some of McHenry County's small businesses!

Because we have so many amazing small businesses right here in McHenry County, we reached out to a variety of stores to get their suggestions on what they predict will be the best selling gifts for this holiday season! 
Here is what they said:


Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company
Woodstock, IL

Lather your loved one in a luxurious handmade natural body product from Silver Prairie! 

Enjoy a variety of gift bundles like the ones right here for just $18.50. Gift bundles include a coordinating body creams and sugar scrubs made with essential oils, shea butter, goat milk soaps, and other natural ingredients! 

Daydream is a light floral fragrance and a store favorite!

Looking to give back while giving your gift? Grab one of Silver Prairie's Guardian Angel soaps for only $7. All proceeds benefit the Christmas Clearinghouse of the Woodstock Rotary! 






Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, IL

If you have a chocolate lover in your life, a gift from Ethereal Confections is a must! Their chocolates are made from responsibly sourced beans right in their store! Their holiday line of chocolates and gifts are to die for, here are a few of our suggestions! 

Etheral has a wide variety of truffels to choose from every day but their holiday selections will make your mouth water! You can purchase truffels in 4, 8, 15 or 20 piece boxes! Holiday flavors include Peppermint Mocha, Cranberry Julep, Spiked Eggnog, Rum Raisin, and Champagne.

For the tea and hot cocoa lovers in your life Ethereal still has you covered with their items made and mixed in house. Choose from Salted Carmel, Moroccan, or Spicy Mayan hot chocolates, drinking chocolates, and cocoa teas! 

Last but not least, is their Candied Fruit & Nut Bark made with Ethereal's 66% exclusive dark chocolate blend, mixed with brandy-soaked cherries, cranberries, and orange peel, topped with crisp pecans and pistachios! This is Ethereal's take on a fruit cake! And we think your family will enjoy this much more! 

Elated Boutique - 
Huntley, IL

Elated Boutique is a gift & lifestyle accessory shop filled with an array of items that promote high-spirited delight and joyful hearts! This store is ideal for that extra little something you want to add to a gift! With a wide variety of scarves, bath and body products and cozy accessories everyone's stockings will be filled with delight!

Holiday Bath Bombs - $6/each

Scarves - $12 - 24

Jewelry - $15 - 35

Handmade Soaps - $9

Soap Gift Set - $ 25

Locally Handmade Mittens - $37






Wear Did U Get That
Crystal Lake, IL

If style is what you're looking for, Wear Did U Get That has you covered! They have suggested a full outfit perfect for a casual day out shpping, or out with the girlfriends! This outit includes a cozy poncho, jeans, winter weather accessories and the perfect flair to finish off the outfit!

Jeans - $88
Poncho - $48
Gloves, Socks & Jewlery starting at $15







Lady Moxie's
Woodstock, IL

We can't forget about our furry friends! They enjoy a little love during the holidays too! Lady Moxie's on the Woodstock Square is the perfect place to find your pooch or cat something special! You won't want to miss their holiday items from The Honest Kitchen like their Holiday Dinner dog food that allows your pup to join in the special holiday meals! The weather will be cooling down any time now so a single or double layer fleece jacke is perfect for the pets that love the outdoors no matter the weather! These fleeces stretch so they are perfect for layering and even fitting a harness over them!







Finery & Finishes
Richmond, IL

Have you made a trip up to Richmond recently? If you haven't it's time to get up there and see all of the new businesses in the downtown district! One of which is Finery & Finishes right on Main Street! They have so many great specialty gifts for  anyone on your list! Their suggestions for the igft guide were so much fun! They even have some unique soaps perfect for the man in your life!

Unique Handmade Copper Jewlery - $28 - $40

Trendy must-have boutique styles starting at $22

Handmade, camper bird house puzzle - $38

Duke Cannon Men's Soap - $9








McHenry, IL


Aesthetics makes gift giving fun and easy! You can find something for every lady on your list! A great selection of jewelry, winter accessories, purses and hats! Clothes are always fun to give like graphic tees, adorable tops, cozy sweaters, wraps and cardis! Aesthetics has gift options for under $20 and more generous options for $30 and over! 

Don't forget their signature gift wrap!

Boot Cuffs - $16

Purse - $40.75

Fingerless Gloves - $ 23.50

Scarf - $22



A Week in the Life of McHenry County

Give back while giving a gift that makes you and the recipient feel great!  "A Week in the Life of McHenry County" is the perfect gift for the history lover in your life! Nearly 70 McHenry County photographers participated in this special fundraising project snapping pictures depicting life in McHenry County! 

This book makes a fabulous keepsake gift!





Apple Creek Flowers
Woodstock, IL

Liftime Candles are an oderless, smokelsess and sootless, refillable oil candle! They are made in the USA and are one of the most popular products at Apple Creek Flowers! Prices start at $29.99 and the candles are available in over 6 sizes! Apple Creek Flowers are an exclusive distributor/retailer of these candles, they can not be found anywhere else within a 50 mile radius! 




Out of The Box
Crystal Lake, IL

Out of the Box is designed to help you find great gifts for friens and family - or for yourself! They have home decor items, fashion accessories, affordable jewlery, and much more! They also offer free gift wrapping everyday with their signature boxes! 

Fun Wine Accessories - Great for hostess gifts!

   Glasses - $14.95

   Gnome Wine Bottle Toppers - $7.95 - 10.95e

   Wine Bottle Covers - $4.95 - 11.95