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Designer Approved Gift Guide

The holidays are quickly approaching us! Have all of your gifts in order? If not, DON’T PANIC. We have selected 11 of the absolute best places to get unique Christmas gifts for the design lover in your life. From stocking stuffer to home decor, you can find it all by using this designer approved guide.

Sight Unseen is an incredible online magazine that covers all that is relevant in the design world and we’re obsessed with their overall aesthetic. This site is the perfect place to go to for design inspiration but they also have a small shop with super unique pieces for your home. We’re loving this artistic Large Vayu Floor Planter by Light & Ladder and it is the perfect piece to give to the green-thumb in your life. Another piece we cannot get enough of is the Duotone Coffee Table by Yield. This coffee table is a customizable piece with amazing construction. It is the perfect addition to any room and any mid-century modern aficionado would die to have it.

Our next suggested place to score some killer holiday gifts is a New York based manufacturer and online shop Super Good Thing. They collaborate with some of the best design studios from around the world to bring their product designs to life. All of their pieces are unique and functional making this the perfect place to score home decor pieces that everyone will want. It is so important to never show up to any holiday party empty handed. This monochromatic dining bundle is the perfect gift for your favorite dinner party host. The Dinner Party Bundle is an elegant and functional statement piece that will leave everyone wondering where you shop. It includes five Gather Vases, two Platform Bowls, two Field Candle Holders, and one General Tray all for under $200!

Have a tile lover in your life? We’ve found the perfect gift. We have been OBSESSED with the Maven collection by Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks. This collection is filled with tile inspired by Wearstler's affinity for repetition and relaxed, painted geometric patterns. These tiles add texture and uniqueness to any room in your home. The tile works for indoor and outdoor making it functional for any installation.

This next place is a must shop if you’ve never heard of them. Society6 sells work from hundreds of artists from all over the world making this a great place to find killer work by creatives. They make it known that every purchase pays an artist and as creatives ourselves we understand how important it is to help all artists alike. You can get anything from tapestries to wall clocks, comforters to beach towels that all come in unique designs. You name it, they got it. Looking for some wall art or a unique clock? Society6 seriously has it all and at prices for all budgets. You’ve got to check this place out.

Slowdown Studio is a print and pattern lovers dream. This shop hand selects illustrators and artists from around the world to collaborate on all of their throws and towels. Everyone loves a warm snuggly blanket around Christmas time (especially in Chicago!) and these colorful pieces will put a smile on anyone's face. These limited edition blankets are suitable for your home, a picnic, or to hang on the wall as art making them an extremely versatile gift. We’re loving this Hocko Throw by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Niclaus and we can't wait to get our hands on one.

This holiday season don't forget to shop small! It is so important to support your local businesses and this year we are doing just that. We wanted to give you a list of local Chicago shops were digging right now for more holiday shopping inspiration.

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