Holiday gift guide 2016: Check out this year's hottest ideas

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Erica Strama from the Shops at Northbridge stopped by ABC7 with suggestions for host and hostess gifts.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- We are kicking off a week of segments here on ABC7 Eyewitness News at 11 a.m. called our Holiday Gift Guide. It's designed to help you wrap up your shopping with just a few weeks to go before Christmas.


Erica Strama from the Shops at Northbridge stopped by ABC7 with suggestions for host and hostess gifts.


Holiday Cheer Truffle Set - $40, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Sugarfina Candy Bento Boxes - $26-$28, Nordstrom

Wine Bottle Kit - $16, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio

Candles - $30-$36, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio

Kate Spade Dessert Plates (set of 4) - $50, Nordstrom

Panettone & Pandoro - $15-$40, Eataly

Home Entertainer:

Heritage Pie Dish - $50, Le Creuset

Pie Bird - $11, Le Creuset

Wooden Recipe Holder - $48, Nordstrom

Metallic Champagne Flutes - $12 each, Nordstrom

Copper Serving Plates & Bowls - $12-$59, Nordstrom

Metallic Ornaments - $5-$8 each, Nordstrom

Tapered Candleholders (set of 2) - $149, Swarovski

Votive Candleholders - $49-$79 each, Swarovski

Décor DIY:

Scarves (used as table runners) - $19 each, Charming Charlie

Initial Keyrings (used as napkin rings) - $6 each, Charming Charlie


Gurnee Mills' Elizabeth Striegel says stocking stuffers are one of her very favorite things about the holidays! Elizabeth has scoured more than 200 outlet, value and full-price retailers at Gurnee Mills and found some fun ideas for every member of the family - all for $20 or less!

Cubs Elf - Lids, $20

An (early) Christmas miracle, the Cubs wining the World Series, was one of the biggest events this year.

Delight the child on your list (or any young-at-heart Cubs fan).

The Cubs Elf will easily turn into a holiday keepsake and every year they will remember the World Series win.

Monogrammed Jewelry & Matching Bag

Perfect stocking stuffer for the budding fashionista.

Set includes her first initial on necklace, bracelet and earrings.

Can surprise her with a matching bag, too. You can get both items for just $20!

Justice, "A" bag - $5 Jewelry set - $15

Car Charm Air Freshener - Yankee Candle

Great idea for teenager who just got his/her first set of wheels.

Teens can practically live in their cars, so why not keep it smelling fresh - especially if he/she has a habit of leaving sports equipment in the backseat.

Car charm - $17.99

Graphic Socks - Zumiez

Pick a design that suits any teen boy on your list, including Cubs fan.

Socks are easy to squeeze into a stocking and boys never seem to have enough.

Graphic socks - $13 -$20 per pair

Headphone ear buds - Best Buy Mobile

Seems nobody leaves home without a set of ear buds and they're always getting misplaced.

Perfect stocking stuffer for just about anybody - mom, dad, teens.

Headphone ear buds - $19.99

Men's Wool Gloves - Wilsons Leather

While we're on the topic of misplacing things...gloves!

Dad or grandpa has probably lost a glove or two during winter activities, whether it's building a snowman, shoveling the driveway, or the family dog taking off with his final pair.

Truly a steal for a classic, quality glove.

Wool gloves - $19

Atomizers - Fragrance Outlet

Treat mom to double the fun two-for-the-price-of-one atomizers.

Mom is always on the go and can easily slip an atomizer into her car or purse.

Atomizers are mess free too, so mom will be sure to love this stocking stuffer.

Atomizers - $15 (for two)

Kitchen Clips - Corningware Corelle Revere Factory Outlet Store

Rummaging through grandma's snack cupboard is a time-honored holiday tradition.

Pick her favorite design and Grandma will be ready for any hungry grandkids or holiday friends that come her way.

Kitchen clips - $15 for three sets ($4.99 each)


Jami Ippolito of pet boutique Paw Naturals stopped by our State Street studio on Wednesday with some gift ideas for pets. For more information, check out the Paw Naturals store at 932 W. Monroe Street in Chicago or call 312-243-4080. Additionally, the dogs seen in this segment are currently up for adoption. For details on them, contact the Chicago Canine Rescue at 773-697-8848.

Gold Paw Series ASPCA Donation + Snood Gift Set, $49.00

This special limited-edition gift package includes your choice of buttery-soft, festive

Snood for the recipient's dog. It comes beautifully wrapped with a lovely card indicatingthat a $25 donation has been made in the recipient's honor to the ASPCA.

Barkworthies Blueberry CBD Treats & Pumpkin CBD Treats

Small treats (20 count) for $12.99 or large treats (10 count) for $9.99

The Barkworthies CBD Treats are all-natural and offer a spectrum of comforts that willbe enjoyed by dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. And by utilizing ingredients like

organic coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and delicious pumpkin and blueberry, these treatscombine the curative effect of CBD and hemp seed with healthful, tasty flavors your dog will love. These treats are are non-toxic and 100% legal.

Cat Claws, Inc. M.A.X. Sleigh Cat Scratcher, $19.95

The M.A.X. Sleigh Cat Scratcher adds a charming to touch to any Christmas Decor. The

scratcher is made in the USA from renewable corrugated cardboard and is completely

safe for kitties. It includes a bag of 100% pure Cat Claws Naturally Nip Catnip.

Caru Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, $11.99

Just like Caru stews, the Bone Broth is cooked in small batches with 100-percent humangrade, all-natural, non-genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients and produced in a human grade facility in the United States. It can be served as a tasty between-meal treat,

or poured over dry or raw food to enhance its appetite appeal.

Lulubelles Power Plush Holiday Toys, $14.99-21.95

Festive Holiday toys with a squeaker, crinkle paper and lined with mesh for extradurability.

Bocce's Bakery Product Holiday Treats, $12.00

Roasted Bell & Evans chicken with sweet pumpkin and cranberries, oh...and a dash of cinnamon in true Holiday fashion. Yum!


Blogger Cheryl Leahy, of All Dressed Up With Nothing to Drink, stopped by our State Street studio Tuesday with some of this year's hottest gifts for new moms.

The Stork Bag

The Stork Bag is the best pregnancy gift ever! Founded by Ericka Perry, a mom of 3, in 2014 The Stork Bag takes the guesswork out of shopping for your pregnant loved one making it easy to pamper expecting moms throughout their entire pregnancy. Each Stork Bag is reusable and pre-filled with 8-12 fun, safe and useful pregnancy and beauty products, specific to each trimester of pregnancy. The Stork Bag is the ultimate, ready made care package!

Each product carried in The Stork Bag is tested and handpicked by a team of moms including the Stork Bag founder, Ericka Perry. The Stork Bag is also the ONLY pregnancy subscription to have obtained Obstetrician endorsement!

Goldfish Mini Classes

This holiday season, skip the usual presents and gift a Golden Experience that will last a lifetime: swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! With 7 locations across the Chicagoland area, Goldfish features year-round swim lessons starting at age 4 months in state-of-the-art facilities and a confidence-building curriculum that promotes a love of swimming and water safety. The Goldfish Holiday Package includes: 2 months of swim lessons, an annual registration fee and a gift basket of Goldfish retail items for $185 - a $205 value! Contact your local Goldfish facility to purchase.

Pearachute gift cards

Pearachute is a new way to help your child discover and explore activities that best fit your family's schedule. You can discover thousands of new fun classes and book at the touch of a button. Pearachute aims to inspire children's curiosity and passion by empowering parents and caregivers through convenience and choice. Starting at $39 for 3 class plan.

Psychobaby custom shop

The hippest online store to get the custom baby gear you want- custom Pop Art bibs and blankets - ($32)

Pop Art bib trio- ($24)

Noteworthy Notes

Customized holiday themed trinkets, hand printed by local company Noteworthy Notes - baby photo coasters, Xmas bib and ornament

Cubs wall art

For the early Cubs' Fan - hang a cool piece of wall art in your nursery - Custom Reclaimed Wood Cubs Sign made to order through Belle and June ($75)

Custom Chicago Baby Paper

The best distraction for little babies! $7.99 - Building Blocks

Momma's Jewels necklace

From Kickin' Maternity boutique in Roscoe Village. A splurge this holiday season is a gorgeous sterling silver teething ring necklace for $279. Yes, but it's real sterling and it includes the necklace, unlike some other brands. Sterling silver is antimicrobial and cooling on the gums. Perfect for the new mom!


ABT's technologist Josh Davis stopped by our State Street studio Monday with some of this year's hottest electronics gifts.

$299 Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle

Xbox One is an amazing gaming platform for the gamer in the house. For anyone that has a new 4K TV and aren't finding enough content, you can now experience 4K gaming. The great reason why this gift can please everyone in the family is that it's also capable of playing a 4K Bluray DVD!

$10 At&t Jive Headphones with mic

-In ear sound isolating headphones

-Take calls with built in mic and go hands free

$34 Eton American Red Cross FR1 Portable Charger

-Radio, Flashlight & portable charger for your smartphone

-Manually generate your own power in times of need

$59 - $99 Mophie Powerstation Plus Series

-4,000, 6,000 or 12,000mAh portable chargers for your smartphone or tablet

-Built-in Switch-Tip cable lets your charge your Apple or other brand gear

-2.1A Output charges your devices as fast as possible

$50 Roku Black Streaming Stick HDMI Version

-Make any TV a Smart TV

$99 Samsung Gear VR Goggles

-Gift the give of Virtual Reality to anyone with a Galaxy Note7, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6 or S6 edge

$199/$179 Samsung Gear IconX Black Wireless Earbuds

-Wearable technology has been perfected. These earbuds can hold up to 1000 songs, take phone calls, track steps taken, calories burned, speed, distance, heart rate. When you're done, place them back in their case and the case charges them! Great gift for anyone planning to hit the gym or are currently big into fitness.

$238 Sony LED Bulb Speaker

-Not only can this bulb take on one of 192 colors, but you can also send your smartphone, tablet or computer music to via Bluetooth.

$199 GoPro HERO Session Camera

-Perfect gift for anyone that loves to make movies, record their active sporting moments or just capture that right angle for just about any application. This is GoPro's smallest and Lightest camcorder yet. Rugged, waterproof and fully compatible with existing GoPro mounts and accessories.


Melissa Million from the Disney Store stopped by ABC7 to show off some last-minute holiday gifts from Disney.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premium Elite Series Action Figures

Price: $34.95 each

In collaboration with Lucasfilm, Disney Store presents the "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Premium Elite Series Action Figures. Collection includes:

--Sergeant Jyn Erso

-- Director Orson Krennic

-- Imperial Death Trooper

Imperial Trooper Voice Changing Mask - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Price: $26.95

This Imperial Trooper Voice Changing Mask lets your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fan speak with true authority! It's the right fit when issuing commands as they bypass protocol with their own missions.

Disney Moana Singing Feature Doll Set - 11"

Price: $39.95

The teenage master wayfinder who's in tune with nature shows she's also in tune musically with our Disney Moana singing doll set. Press her hand to hear How Far I'll Go, then change her outfit as she plays with her animal friends.

Talking Maui Action Figure

Price: $39.95

When they're ready to hit the seas for epic adventures, our detailed talking Maui action figure is the perfect guide. This legend of the sea brings a light-up fishhook, movie phrases and hidden tattoos revealed only by water.

For more information, visit Disney is the parent company of ABC7.