2017 Holiday Gift Guide

'Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the house

not a spot on the floor was uncovered by a toy

and all I could do was sigh and drink my LaCroix...

Two of the most valued and sought after elements of a momma's life are TIME and SPACE. All year we find ourselves searching for ways to find a little more time for ourselves and our kids and dread the thought of having to find more space for the STUFF that comes into our homes throughout holidays, birthdays, school days... We often find ourselves looking for EXPERIENCE gift ideas to share with our friends and family that will give us more time, to ourselves or with our families, as well as eliminate the trinkets, toys, and frankly, junk that can fill up our coveted space.

This year, FIT4MOM DuPage County moms have curated a list of local experiences, businesses and time-savers for inspiration. Share this list with your friends and family when they ask for ideas or use it as inspiration for when gifting to your favorite moms.

Experiences for Moms

  1. Next Yoga (Wheaton & Elmhurst) - Find yourself in a Restorative Yoga class or take your fitness routine to new heights with Aerial Yoga. Class packages and memberships are available starting at $79 per month.

  2. Cosmos Beauty Bar (Glen Ellyn) - Take a little me-time with a mani, pedi, spray tan or wax all paired with delicious, handcrafted cocktails. Relax with girl friends or spend time pampering your daughter with salon services from certified associates.

  3. Rug Clean Service Co. - Let Francisco and his amazing team take holiday cleaning off your plate. Highly recommended by FIT4MOM DuPage County moms, Rug Clean Service Co. offers deep cleaning, regular appointments, and in-home car detailing.

  4. Entrée Kitchen (Carol Stream) - Let Entrée Kitchen handle all of the shopping, prepping and cooking with delicious recipes assembled in their kitchen and delivered to your home. Six-entree packages, gift cards and monthly memberships are available starting at $179.

  5. Blackberry Market (Glen Ellyn) - Connect with friends or take a moment to yourself with specialty coffee drinks, scratch-baked treats, homemade salads and sandwiches, including many gluten-free options, at this cozy, local cafe.

  6. Kie & Kate Couture (Elmhurst) - Give (or receive) the gift of retail therapy from this local boutique that aims to brighten your day with unique gifts and the hottest seasonal fashion.

  7. Smiley Nails (Elmhurst) - Few things in life are as good as a great pedicure. At one of Elmhurst's newest nail salons, you can't go wrong with a little pampering. Plus, with all of the recommendations from FIT4MOM DuPage County moms, you are bound to connect with someone you know while you're relaxing.

  8. Brewpoint Coffee (Elmhurst) - With a new roastery opening this year, you are guaranteed the freshest, most delicious cup of coffee in the western suburbs. For Brewpoint Coffee it's not just about the coffee, it's also all about fostering community, just like FIT4MOM.

  9. FIT4MOM DuPage County Classes - OF COURSE! What momma wouldn't love the opportunity to have a workout designed for every stage of motherhood and connect with and find support from an amazing village like ours!

Experiences for Kids (& Family)

  1. Goldfish Swim School (Glen Ellyn & Elmhurst) - Founded by a fellow momma, this swim school is passionate about changing and saving kids lives through swim lessons. Lessons are available starting as young as 4 months, all the way up to 12 years old. They also offer Family Swim and amazing parties!

  2. Morton Arboretum (Lisle) - With over 1,700 acres of trees, 16 miles of trails and a 4 acre Children’s Garden, you can virtually never run out of things to discover at this arboretum. Plus, membership provides reciprocal membership at hundreds of arboreta and gardens throughout the country, including the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

  3. Cosley Zoo (Wheaton) - Experience up-close interactions with farm animals and Illinois wildlife right here in the suburbs. Wheaton resident entry is free or become a member for just $59 per year and receive reciprocal entry at more than 170 zoos and aquariums throughout North America.

  4. Family Camping at Blackwell Forest Preserve (Warrenville) - Share the wonders of camping with your littles without traveling too far! Gift your family a new tent and reserve a family campsite right off of Butterfield Rd. for your next summer adventure.

  5. Lil’ Kickers Soccer (Lombard) - Teaching more than just soccer skills, the amazing staff from Lil’ Kickers helps kids starting at 18 mo. develop social, emotional and cognitive skills through physical exercise. Enrollment is open any time at a prorated rate for the current session.

  6. Kids Science Labs (Wheaton) - Kids get to explore and discover the answers to questions they ask every day - like Why is the sky blue? From ages 2 - 12, Kids Science Labs offers classes, camps and parties for your little scientist.

  7. Sky Zone (Elmhurst) - What better way is there to burn off energy than jumping around on giant trampolines!? This holiday season they’re offering a great bundle - purchase a $30 gift card and receive 30 minutes of jump time and holiday SkySocks free!

  8. Out On A Whim (Glen Ellyn) - Kiddos get to flex their creativity at this whimsical, unique pottery painting studio in downtown Glen Ellyn. Pick your own pottery to paint or join a kids camp or class for a fun outing.

  9. My Gym (Wheaton) - Dedicated to keeping kids healthy by making fitness fun, My Gym offers open play, tumbling, ninja training and more for kids ages 6 weeks to 10 years old.

  10. Vertical Endeavours (Glendale Heights) - Take adventures to new heights at one of the country’s largest rock climbing facilities. Private lessons, climbing camps and free climb let kids to experience life off the ground.

Did we miss anything? What are your favorite memory-making, time-buying gifts? Happy Holidays!