Welcome Home for the Holidays, Champaign-Urbana
Shopping and eating in Champaign-Urbana can be fun and beneficial for all, not to mention the unique gifts and treats you can find for the loved ones in your life
This year you are invited to shop, dine and play at “home” right here in Champaign-Urbana. If there is one thing that continues to ring true in 2022, it is that local businesses are near and dear to our hearts. We hope to help showcase some of the wonderful Champaign-Urbana area small businesses that have great gift ideas and treats for your holiday needs.
1. Check out the listings below and see how you can shop (and eat) your way around town – and beyond – for everyone on your list.
2. Be sure to check back often as businesses will be updating their information to include special holiday shopping promotions.
3. Sign up for our daily “Home for the Holidays” email to receive daily updates on fun events you can visit around Champaign-Urbana this holiday season.
Lucky Moon Pies and More is a unique, ‘made from scratch’ take out bakery. Lucky Moon serves a fresh lunch during the week and breakfast on Saturday. It specializes in creative cake pops that both children and adults love! Mention chambanamoms and receive 10 percent off your order.
Lucky Moon makes custom desserts when pre ordered. The menu changes daily and is posted on Instagram and Facebook each day. In fair weather, you can eat outdoors or pick up a treat and drive through the beautiful forest preserves in Mahomet.
Location: 401 E. Oak St., Mahomet
Small businesses are the heart of the Tuscola community and shopping local in Tuscola this holiday season is more important than ever. This charming small town is the perfect place to tackle your gift list. Whether you’re looking for unique finds, boutique clothing, or home décor, plan a trip to Tuscola to get going on your holiday gift list!
Who to shop for when visiting the City of Tuscola: Tackle your entire holiday gift list in Tuscola!
Shop locally and globally this holiday season! Featuring handmade accessories, home decor, specialty foods, ornaments and more; Ten Thousand Villages’ nonprofit mission means your holiday shopping will positively impact fairly paid artisans around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is your destination for unique gifts this holiday season. Mention “chambanamoms” to get a free chocolate sample with your purchase. Offer expires Dec. 24, 2022.
Location: 105 N. Walnut St., Champaign
Who to shop for at Ten Thousand Villages: From stocking stuffers to wall art, find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list!
Give a gift that will keep on growing! Planted carries a variety of houseplants, planters and planty gifts perfect for the holiday season, including: puzzles, stickers, keychains and more. Planted offers local delivery, pickup and repotting services. Mention chambanamoms for 10 percent off your next visit.
Location: 16 E. Washington St., Champaign
Who to shop for at Planted? Planted has something for everyone on your gift list, especially those hard to buy for people. A plant is a unique gift that brings joy and cleaner air to your space. Not sure what plant to get your mother-in-law? Get a gift card!
The Rugged Outdoors location on Neil Street is CLOSING and the Liquidation Sale is going on NOW! Everything in the store is on sale up to 80 percent off including kids clothing and outerwear. Save on thousands of items from your favorite brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia, and so many others. Everything must go and items are priced to move!
Location: 2017 S. Neil St., Champaign
Who to shop for at Rugged Outdoors? The Rugged Outdoors Location Closing Sale is the perfect place to pick up a gift for everyone on your list! With 80 percent OFF premium brands like The North Face and Patagonia, you can find quality gifts for kids, men, and women. Whether you need a new, warm coat to fight the C-U winters or cozy merino wool socks for stocking stuffers, you’ll find it all at the sale!
The CU flower house – A One Stop Shopping Experience for All Your Holiday Shopping Needs! Flowers, sweet treats, personalized gifts, local art, handmade jewelry, stationary, cards, plants and so much more. Be sure to check out the “Shop Local” section where all items are handmade by talented Champaign-Urbana artists. You can also rent the Flower House for private parties for up to 50 people. Celebrate the year in style at the CU Flower House!
Location: 2006 S. Neil St., Champaign
Who to shop for at the CU flower house? The CU flower house is a one-stop shop for everyone on your holiday list! Under one roof, it carries A. Hunt Design Florist, Hunny Bunny Bakes, Apricity Ink, Firedoll Candles, Secret Garden CU cards and prints, Martha Willi Fine Art, Daisy Moon Jewelry and Pressed Floral Art, Soapchologist Soaps, Delight Flower Farm CBD and so much more. Funny, cute, sentimental, thoughtful, one-of-kind, unique gifts for everyone. Gift cards, too!
Greener goods has a bit of everything! Greener goods celebrates earth day everyday and is proud to offer eco-friendly toys, sustainable stocking stuffers and so much more. Looking for low waste gift wrap? Greener goods has that, too. Visit the shop within Sangamon on Main in Mahomet or shop online.
Location: 601 E. Main St., Mahomet
Who to shop for at greener goods? Come in to shop for the environmentalist in your family and you’re sure to find something for yourself. Laundry detergent sheets and shampoo bars are favorites. Choose from a variety of adorable reusable bags. Shop the selection of green toys, crafts and art supplies. Grab some fancy nut butters or chocolate bars. Treat someone to plastic-free bath and beauty items. When in doubt, purchase a gift certificate printed on plantable seed paper!
You can find great gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season. Several shops in downtown Champaign are open until 8 p.m. every Thursday in December. Come visit and make it a magical night out! Plus, come back on Dec. 18 for the Champaign Mistletoe Market featuring over 25 local makers at 51 E Main Street. Shop gift cards from a variety of businesses on their online shop, bundled and shipped directly to you. Finally, you can meet Santa at the Virginia Theatre on select nights in December.
Location: Various locations throughout downtown Champaign, including Golden Weather Goods, Ten Thousand Villages, Live Action Games, Jane Addams Bookshop, Champaign County History Museum, Exile on Main Street, The Literary, Planted CU, Circles Boutique, Jos. Kuhn & Co. and Furniture Lounge.
What can shoppers find while shopping? New and used books, new and retro video games, women’s fashion and accessories, home decor and house plants, and a variety of gifts in all shapes and sizes.
They don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice, they love you just the same! Come check out their assortment of cookies, cake pops, brownies, and holiday-themed cake jars, perfect for everyone on your list (whether they’re already the sweetest, or could use some sweetening up!). Follow them on FB and IG for product updates and class listings!
Location: 2006 N. Neil St., Champaign
Who to shop for at Hunny Bunny Bakes? They have a wide variety of hostess, teacher, appreciation gifts, as well as sweet treats for those “just because” holiday moments. Come check out their Christmas mini cookies, DYO cookie kits, Elf on the Shelf goodies, and gingerbread house kits!
Take advantage of Lodgic Kid’s Camp this holiday season and give yourself some time to go shopping (or eating!) thanks to its flexible childcare. Ask them about their Friday $5 special in December.
Unfortunately, Lodgic has permanently closed its restaurant, cafe and pop-up cocktail lounge as of 12/5.
Give community pride this holiday season! What side of Wright Street are you on? Show off your Champaign-Urbana or Urbana-Champaign pride with these Visit Champaign County tees — now available in kids sizes. Discover all tees featuring super sweet corn, #chambana, Pride, and much more. With new sweatshirts, hats, and local maker items, VCC has everything you need this holiday season to gift to those on your list, or to treat yourself. Shop online at chambanaproud.com or in the Welcome Center!
Location: 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign
Who to shop for at Visit Champaign County? With Champaign-Urbana area themed tees, totes, sweatshirts, and hats, there are gifts for your local family, friends, teachers, and for those that have moved away. Give the gift of community this season!
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