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The holiday season is once again upon us; while the bells are jingling and the carolers are singing, it’s also time to shop!

For many, shopping is filled with anxiety and challenges, especially when deciding on a gift for “the person that has everything.” And while items like televisions, computers and smartphones are always popular this time of year, there are other items that also make cool gift ideas, too.

If you’re short on time or big ticket items just aren’t in the budget this time around, check out our special Black Chicago Woman-themed list of gift suggestions; these ideas, for and about black women who hail from the Windy City, are sure to be a treat:

BOOKS
There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, especially while hibernating through another battle with “The Hawk.” Whether it’s downloaded to Kindle or other e-reader, or it’s an artful display for your coffee table, books are always great gifts, especially when a Black Chicago Woman is the subject matter. Check out the following recommendations:

Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

We all know Shonda Rhimes knows how to tell a story; through her mega hit ABC dramas “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “Private Practice,” she has made television audiences laugh, cry and (and sometimes scream) for years. And while creating outspoken and assertive strong, female leads is her forte, in Rhimes’ case, art doesn’t exactly imitate life. In Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, her recently-released memoir, Rhimes reveals how she finally learned to do away with her introverted ways and how embracing the word “yes” a lot more has changed both her personal and professional life.

Jocelyn Delk Adams, Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories

Who doesn’t love delicious desserts—especially cake—during the holidays? For the baker in your life, gift them with a copy of Jocelyn Delk Adams new cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories, where she shares inspirational family stories and Southern-centric recipes passed down to her by her grandmother. Between recipes for her “Mississippi Mudslide Cake” and her “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze,” Adams’ book is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

MUSIC
Good music that is soothing to the soul makes for great gift-giving; adding new tunes to a collection, even more so when the music is sung by a Black Chicago Woman, is always cool.

Lalah Hathaway, “Lalah Hathaway Live”

Award-winning singer Lalah Hathaway dazzles with her latest—a newly-released compilation of live recordings of her own hits (and hits of others including Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and of course, her father, the late, legendary Donny Hathaway). With classics like “I’m Coming Back,” her dad’s “Little Ghetto Boy” and Anita Baker’s “Angel,” Hathaway shows why she is indisputably one of the best soul singers of this era.

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Of course, you can never go wrong with food and beverage as a gift; check out our recommendation, by this Black Chicago Woman:

Chrishon Lampley, Owner – Love Cork Screw

There’s nothing like fine wine with dinner; not only does a nice bottle of vino make a great gift for any occasion, it’s a great “go-to” purchase when time is of the essence. Since we’ve now put wine on your mind, look no further than entrepreneur Chrishon Lampley’s Love Cork Screw brand. Lampley, a respected wine aficionado here in Chicago, has seen her brand available in several stores, bars and restaurants across the city and suburbs; with “whites” and “reds” that bear cool names like “We’re Movin’ On Up,” “Hard Knock Life” and “Head Over Heels,” current and future wine lovers will be pleased. In addition, Lampley has extended her brand to include cigars and luxury candles, so check those out, too!

FASHION
Whether it’s a cool pair of jeans or a new sweater, nothing’s better than adding a new piece to your wardrobe. And while most think of “Grandma” when they hear the word crochet, you’ll think differently when you check out the funky knit threads created by two of Chicago’s own.

Double Stitch Twins, Erika and Monika Simmons

These fashion designers who are twins from the south side have long ago proven that crocheted fashion can be both fun and funky—so much so, the Simmons Sisters, who are also models, have made fans out of fellow Chicagoans and Oscar winners Common and Jennifer Hudson—and even Patti LaBelle. With their creative, unique, and one-of-a-kind designs that feature sweaters, caps, wraps, shawls and more, you’d score big with the fashion lover in your life.

Happy Holidays!

LaShawn Williams

LaShawn Williams

LaShawn Williams is a lifelong Chicagoan who is an arts and entertainment enthusiast with a serious thing for dance, music and stand-up comedy. Follow her on Twitter: @MsWilliamsWorld.
LaShawn Williams

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