Out now, the made in Illinois holiday gift guide.

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. Especially, in the craziness of 2020. I think there's extra pressure when it comes to gift-giving this season. You're not going to see your friends and family like in the past. In fact, you've probably seen them very little this year. For that reason, you might want to get them something special for Christmas.

Of course, that's easier said than done. With restrictions at stores and a backlog of orders done online, you really have to plan out in advance. There's no winging it this year. It will be very difficult to go out and do everything last minute.

I have a suggestion to make things a little easier and it will also be helpful. Try to shop local. With this difficult year, businesses in and around Rockford and Illinois need our help. Plus, it's pretty easy. You can shop in person. If you don't feel comfortable with that, you can go curbside. Ordering on the internet is still an option. You can also take it to the simplest level and just buy everyone gifts for local stores and restaurants.

If you need some assistance figuring out what Illinois businesses are out there and what kind of products are available, you're in luck. The annual Illinois Made Gift Guide is out now. It even includes items from the state line area.

According to enjoyillinois.com,

"This year’s Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide features one-of-a-kind products from small businesses around the state that are available for online purchase so you can shop from the safety of your home this holiday shopping season! Meet the makers, creators, artisans of Illinois—the craftspeople, artists, family-owned businesses, small-batch breweries, distilleries, foodies, and farmers that make Illinois thrive. "

Check it out for yourself, HERE.

I usually try to get people on my list that aren't from Rockford something local so they get a taste of the Forest City.


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