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What to Get Everyone on Your List

Black Friday–shopping versus watching football with a leftover turkey-and-gravy sandwich. Not much of a contest. So stay right where you are and relax. We’ve got your shopping list covered...

Aromatherapy Candles. For Dogs.
FOR AN UPTIGHT BITCH

Aromatherapy Candles. For Dogs.

Keeping you company. Listening to your problems. Sniffing things you wouldn’t dream of sniffing. Well, of course your dog looks stressed. So these canine-calming candles offer scents like Field of Dreams and Day in the Hamptons. Because your pooch is never happier than when reading Gatsby or watching Costner.

$32, available at Space519, 900 N Michigan Ave, 5th Fl, 312-751-1519

Space Invaders for the Fingers
FOR HIPSTER LITTLE SISTER

Space Invaders for the Fingers

You can never go wrong by giving someone something made with 24-karat gold, but a little 8-bit brass can work, too. This retro-influenced Space Invaders ring is sort of Lady Gaga meets Tamagotchi—with the glint of brass knuckles thrown in.

$60, available at Sofia Vintage, 71 E Oak St (between Michigan and Rush), 312-640-0878

A Year of Grant Achatz
FOR THE FOODIE

A Year of Grant Achatz

1983: Cabbage Patch Kids. 1998: Furby. 2010: Zhu Zhu Pets. Prediction for 2011’s gift people will kill for: Next subscriptions—basically 2012 season tickets for dining, including the El Bulli, Sicily and Kyoto menus. Tickets will be released mid-December, but you may want to start camping out at the website now.

Available starting mid-December at Next, 953 W Fulton Market (at Morgan), 312-226-0858

A Book About How to Get Lost
FOR THE PRECOCIOUS NEPHEW

A Book About How to Get Lost

Imagine Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for preschoolers, and you pretty much get the gist of Larry Gets Lost in Chicago. Larry is a dog who scamps his way around town, from Michigan Avenue to Wrigley Field. Basically, it’s your life as a dog.

$16.95, available at the MCA Store, 220 E Chicago Ave (at Mies van der Rohe Way), 312-280-2660

Big Shoulders Coffee
FOR THE COFFEE SNOB

Big Shoulders Coffee

This Wicker Park micro-roaster—from a former chef de cuisine at Spiaggia—helps coffee geeks one-up each other with super-limited batches of custom blends. The barista on your list should be very grateful for your thoughtfulness—i.e., venti-for-the-price-of-tall grateful.

$9.99/12-ounce, available at multiple locations, including Vinic Wine Company, 1509 Chicago Ave, Evanston, 847-733-7000

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