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Ultimate Chicago Gift Guide: STEM kids alert

Eating local is all the rage. Why not shop local, too?

Check back here every day for a classically Chicagoan take on the holiday gift guide. Here, you’ll find either a sophisticated or fun holiday gift item made by a Chicagoan, produced by Chicagoans, inspired by Chicagoans or sold exclusively in Chicago.

For the STEM kid (or the parent who wants a STEM kid)

We all know that there’s a tremendous push for kids to be comfy with the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Local company Paige & Paxton use puzzle pieces to depict STEM basics, and the puzzles come with storybooks.

Boom! Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic all in one place. Plus, the creator, Kelley O. Williams, is from the Chi. Even better. Prices for these activities, largely created for children age 3 and older, range up to $35.99 (for a deluxe set) at

Check out the entire list of Chicago-centric gift ideas below

Frank Lloyd Wright Art Glass Tumblers

Smell goods for guys and gals

Turbans? Yes, turbans for the Chicago fashionista

A local booze box

Elevated Art

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