Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it is time to get your you-know-what into gear and start making your way down that long list of gifts for people who are hard to please. Why not get them something truly unique this year? Here are some Illinois-inspired gifts that would make anyone happy.
1. Illinois Cutting Board
Isn't this cutting board so cute? It's functional and sturdy, made out of very cleanable bamboo. It would look even nicer with an assortment of cheeses on top of it at a holiday gathering.
2. Illinois Wall Art
This wall art is made from a recycled mid-1900s dictionary page and just a simple silhouette of the state with "home" written on it. It is a nice addition to any Illinois living room.
3. Illinois Curiosities Book
Here at Only in Your State, we reveal the weird, wacky, odd parts of Illinois. But here is a lot of those oddities all in one book. The author takes you through some of the weird sites and funny characters that make our state so interesting.
4. Illinois T-Shirt
There are lots of t-shirts out there that say Illinois, but this is my favorite. It's simple, declaring that Illinois is your home, whether you are native or a transplant.
5. Illinois Skillet
This is such a cute little skillet that holds up to 2 cups of food volume. Perfect for cornbread, a potluck or just your breakfast, this is a skillet that any Illinoisian will love.
6. Jordan Tune Squad Jersey
What athlete is more of a god in Illinois than Jordan? But everyone pretty much has a Bulls jersey. What about his jersey from the movie "Space Jam"? It's a classic and for the person who loves Jordan and grew up seeing this movie, they will love it.
7. Illinois Beer Top Map
Are you a beer enthusiast, love collecting caps, but don't like them just collecting dust? This is a really fun way to show off all of your drinking experiences in a non-messy way. You could even try to fill the map up with the caps of beers brewed right here in Illinois.
8. Chicago Flag Wall Art
Lots of people have something with the Chicago flag on it, but this wall art is super cool. It takes the flag and stretches the stars over the word "Home." Would make a great addition to any Chicago residence.
9. Illinois L Umbrella
This is one of the coolest umbrellas I have ever seen. The L map is something people go crazy over, but having it on this umbrella takes it to a whole other level. It has great reviews for being sturdy and, most importantly, waterproof.
10. Illinois necklace
At only $10, this necklace is super cute and is a super steal. What's cool is that you can get the heart cut out in different locations, so if you live in Carbondale, for example, you can get the heart moved down to reflect that.
These sure are a great start. If you are a maker of Illinois-inspired gifts, feel free to plug your business in the comments.