Published Dec. 1, 2011
A most wonderful time of the year to
shop in Hinsdale stores
Working on the Christmas gift ideas stories
each year has provided us some interesting experiences —
sitting in a Maserati for the first time, seeing a
$65,450 necklace up close and dreaming of finding a
sheared mink stroller under the tree.
Those gifts were all part of our “luxury gifts” story in 2007.
We’ve also done the “100 gifts for $100 or less” list
more than once and discovered all sorts of finds to put
under the tree for any family member or friend.
This year we’re highlighting gifts of all shapes and sizes in a
three-part series that continues this week on Page 7.
The stories are always great fun to work on. Crystal-studded cowboy
boots, a PJ and bedtime story gift set and miniature
building blocks (think tiny, tiny LEGOs) are among the
discoveries we’ve made this holiday season.
We always find great ideas for the people we need to buy for and a
few items we put on our own holiday wish lists.
Shopping in Hinsdale is a great experience, and one we fear not all
Hinsdaleans have taken advantage of. From exceptional
clothing and one-of-a-kind jewelry to fine art and
high-end pianos, Hinsdale shops sell just about anything
you might want to buy.
And, as our $100 limit reminded us in years past, you can find
gifts in any price range here in town — even at some
places you might not expect.
There’s also something about looking for gifts in an intimate
environment where you don’t have to search the aisles
for someone to help you. In many stores in town, the
person standing behind the counter is the owner, ready
to share invaluable advice.
And while we’ve seen more customers in stores this season than in
years part, you’re aren’t likely to encounter the
crushing crowds that seem to characterize other shopping
It’s easy to forget that Hinsdale offers three shopping
destinations: its vintage downtown, Grant Square and
Gateway Square. The latter two have their own identities
but are still very much a part of the community.
Few excursions offer the quaint and charming background that
downtown Hinsdale has to offer. And with the number of
restaurants in town continuing to grow, there are more
options for those who want to schedule lunch and dinner
as part of their excursion. While you’re at it, why not
make an appointment for a massage to help ease some of
the holiday tension that always seems to show up this
time of year?
You won’t have to worry about those neck and shoulder muscles
tightening up again as you fight traffic on the drive
home. You’re likely to be pulling into your garage in
five minutes or so.
So start a new tradition this holiday season. Give yourself the
gift of a productive, convenient shopping experience in
your own community.