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Call Santa Directly

Can’t get the kids to write a letter to Santa? Have them dial “Santa’s Hotline” 1-605-47-SANTA. Children can call (for free) and leave a message for Santa describing their holiday wishes through Dec. 25th. Some of the most popular items requested so far? American Girl dolls, video games, and baby brothers and sisters. (As part of the […]

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Local designer Lidia Varesco Racoma of Type Baby has created a limited edition Christmas T-shirt, perfect for holiday snaps or photos of babies sitting on Santa’s lap. (Which are always funnier if said kid is screaming. Right? Or is that just me?) Price is $24 in sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months at typebabydesign.com.

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Trim the Tree

The tree may already be trimmed, but you have to add at least one ornament every holiday season. There are plenty of local shops that stock beautiful, offbeat options such as: –Equinox (3401 N. Broadway, Chicago, 773-281-9151) –Climate Home (2462 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-327-7717) –Sweden Shop (3304 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, 773-478-0327) –Foursided (2939 N. […]

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Gift Guide 2012

The holiday season is officially underway and so (drumroll), here is the Pinwheel Gift Guide 2012, featuring toys, clothes, and stocking stuffers from the best local and national stores. Enjoy! Yetitoy, $110, available at Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 312-280-2660). Build your own roller coaster set, $19.99, available at Cat & Mouse Game […]

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Deck the Halls

I love Christmas. The music, the food, the presents, the shopping, the tree, the decorations, the cheer—all of it. Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite traditions, and I can’t help adding at least one item to my collection every year. Here are some of the best finds I came across this season to […]

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Gift Guide

Still looking to finish shopping? Check out my very first Gift Guide, a selection of the best and most gift-worthy items from the best local and national stores. BIT toddler bike, $145, Wonder! (250 S. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 224-330-6400) Glitter boots, $98, JCrew (visit jcrew.com for locations) Noah’s Ark, $260, Giggle (2116 N. Halsted St., […]

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