When it comes to holiday gift giving, my mother receives an ultimatum every Halloween.
If she pays an admission fee, has the ability to meet the artisan and the goods are sold from a folding table — the gift tag should not have my name on it.
But she could travel to the One of a Kind show this weekend and find gifts for others, and admittedly, a few for me. With more than 600 artists in disciplines ranging from fine art to gourmet foodstuffs setting up shop, there is a gift for everyone on the list.
Here are a few stops on the shop trail worth a look:
For the edgy ‘artiste’
Brooklyn-based artist Mauro Baiocco takes over-the-top dreary oil paintings and adds whimsical monsters to the canvas. For One of a Kind, he created a line of limited prints with iconic Chicago landmarks photo bombed by his monsters. Or there arejust straight monster portraits. From $20. Booth 8051
For the wearable-art connoisseur
Spanish fashion designer (Mango, Zara) Paz Sintes hand-paints haute couture embellishments and weaves them into intricate necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Each piece is silk, custom-made and a break from heavy metal pieces. From $40. Booth 8055
For the microwave chef
You could pull pans from the oven with a standard-issue hot pad, but why? Costumers Stacy Rauba and Yutaka Fujita use remnants from their sewing business and create bespoke hot pads, some with a different gauge of hot. Like smoking hot. $20 for two. Booth 7053
For the ironic mustache man
Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve — tequila cat in a sombrero on a T-shirt is a better mood indicator. Graphic designer Jason Laurits started his Paste line with shirts and has parlayed his signature kitsch onto rocks glasses. From $9. Booth 8067
The One of a Kind Show and Sale continues 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart. Admission is $12.
Here are some other ideas:
Fifth incarnation of this truck, as tested by Mt. Greenwood carpenter Keith Mastropaolo’s son. $18 each. #MoteDesignToys #ooaks
Need your pet’s visage personified? Nadine Williams of Pet Portraiture has you covered. Booth 8086. From $120. #ooaks
Chicago designer Dana Killion‘s Payton side zip jacket in gray. Booth 8102.#ooaks
Designer Edson Enriquez handcrafts @limbojewelry jewelry from his Austin studio. These are forged sterling silver and 14k gold fill. $109. #ooaks
Illustrator Erin Bonham BoxBerry cards and prints, starting at $4. #etsy #ooaks
Samantha McIntosh Metal necklaces. #ooaks #etsy EP27
Leather earrings look like gold vermeil from#OnceAgainSam in #etsy space. #ooaks
Joelle Medici creates Mr. Sogs Creatures. Perf for baby gifts. Booth 9081 #ooaks
Mayan spice chocolates: ancho chile, Mexican vanilla bean and cinnamon. Mayana Chocolate, Booth 9065.#ooaks
Melissa Yen’s Jo Snow flavored syrups, including cardamom rose water. She has a perfect cocktail recipe. #ooaks.