LAKEVIEW — No need to leave the neighborhood to load up on gifts this holiday.
Lakeview's full of independent shops with off-beat — and delicious — gift options for family, friends, roommates and your aunt with a Facebook feed dedicated to her dog.
FOR THE CHEESE AFICIONADO
Pastoral Cheese (2945 N. Broadway) offers a variety of gourmet cheese packages for the dairy lover in your life, from a selection of the best cheeses in the Midwest to a boxed trio of truffle cheeses. Don't believe us? Trust the O. Oprah picked the "truffle trio" as one of her favorite things this year. $69.99
FOR THE DOG OBSESSED
This one's for that person who's created a second Facebook feed — just for their dog. Dog-A-Holics (3657 N. Southport Ave.) knows that person and boasts they have "everything for your dog addiction." This holiday season, the Moxino Chicago Collar has been popular with the dog lovers. Local designer Anabell Salazer was inspired by her own dogs and donates $5 from each collar purchase to local rescues. $29.99 - $34.99
FOR THE KID ON THE MOVE
Heritage Littles (2868 N. Lincoln Ave.), local designers of bikes for adults and kids alike, now have a new toy for the younger set in time for the holidays — a kid's wagon, made with either wood or recycled plastic milk jugs. With 11 color options total, from a light-stained wood to Chicago blue or lime green, the adventurous kid in your life will be playing in style. $250
FOR THE WANNABE GOURMET CHEF
The best part about neighborhood cafe Southport Grocery (3552 N. Southport Ave.) doubling as a grocery is that wannabe chefs can mimic some of the shop's best dishes at home. Stuff stockings with Southport's famous bread pudding pancake mix or scone mix so that your kitchen amateur friend can fool guests into thinking they're pros. A plus: Southport will ship to faraway loves, too. $8.50; $7.95
FOR THE SEX ADVENTURER
Chicago's sexy — you already knew that. And for the adventurous Chicago lovers, there's a tour dedicated to checking out the city's sexy side, from former Levee districts and S&M dungeons to makeout clubs. The tour starts at Discovery Center (2855 N. Lincoln Ave.) and tickets can be bought online. $49
FOR THE MEAT LOVER
Here's a gift that will keep giving — Paulina Meat Market's Monthly Gift-Box Club. The shop (3501 N. Lincoln Ave.) famous for its sausages, steaks and others treats for the meat-loving bunch will send a loved one a selection each month as part of the club. 3 months to 12 months, $75/a month
FOR THE WINTER SPORTS LOVER
Windward Boardshop (3317 N. Clark St.) is filled everything a winter sports lover needs for snowboarding — and it's the only place in the city to sell boards by Never Summer, one of the few companies that produces in the U.S. They sell out every year, so try to buy this sooner rather than later. $300 - $600