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Ultimate Chicago Gift Guide: Cellphone gear

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 a sophisticated or fun holiday gift item made by a Chicagoan, produced by Chicagoans, inspired by Chicagoans or sold exclusively in Chicago.


Everybody makes cellphone accessories, but sometimes the real challenge is in finding something unique. It’s no fun to have the same exact charger and case as all your friends and coworkers. That’s how things get lost.

To counter this problem, Chicago-based Toddy Gear has a line of on-the-go chargers, cleaning cloths and pouches that are distinct — and some are designed specifically for the holiday. The lime chevron tech pack, for example, rings in at $24.99 and is both eye-catching and easy to stuff in a purse or book bag. The items are available on

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