Families and friends will gather the evening of December 13 for Mellody Farm's inaugural 'A Very Merry Holiday' festivities at the new 268,782 SF development in Vernon Hills. Event details include free photos with Santa Claus, a hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating station, hair braiding, coloring contest, holiday story reading and more. It's also a great time to sneak in some more holiday shopping.
In the spirit of sipping, snapping photos (with Santa, of course!) and sharing, we put together some thoughtful gift ideas from Mellody Farm merchants. From small stocking stuffers to coveted white elephant gift exchange items, our 10 picks to help you whittle down your list are detailed below:
1. The bookworm in your life will enjoy former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir, 'Becoming.' She takes readers on a journey through her past — both publicly and privately — chronicling those experiences that have influenced and shaped her life. | Barnes & Noble
2. Take a foodie friend or family member to lunch (via a shiny gift card or I-O-U) at this new Mellody Farm eatery. Roti's menu combines popular flavors from around the Mediterranean with fresh, high-quality ingredients to prove food can be healthy and hearty simultaneously. Whether your dining companion's diet is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, paleo, or just hungry, Roti's ability to personalize your dining experience makes for a memorable meal. | Roti Modern Mediterranean
3. Up the spice game with 'Brush Fire' scratch-made BBQ sauce for the backyard grillmaster on your list. This sauce touts a selection of premium peppers, exotic spices and pure cane sugar which provide a bit of heat in this all-natural recipe. Choose from original, Sweet City, Swine Wine and Low Co. too — all just $4.99! | City BBQ
4. Let there be light (and power)! The Luci Pro inflatable solar lantern is a practical gift, and can also be used for camping or backyard BBQs. Charged by solar power (or USB), the device also serves as a power bank that can power your smartphone's dwindling battery. Win-win! | REI
5. An adjustable 'Shine Dailey' trucker-style hat is an appropriate choice for the barre and cycling enthusiast on your list — they'll love wearing this on casual days with yoga pants, sweatshirt and a ponytail. | The Dailey Method
6. The craft beer lover in your life is sure to enjoy a quarterly subscription membership to The Lazy Dog Beer Club. Membership provides an opportunity to try beer from some of Lazy Dog's favorite craft brewers. Each quarter, members get a Beer Kit for at-home consumption, plus additional member benefits. Cheers! | Lazy Dog
7. With burgers, fries and craft beers, the food-loving friend or co-worker will enjoy a special treat from this Chicago-based favorite burger joint. (pro tip: offer to babysit for them too!) If you purchase a $50 gift card, you'll also receive a $10 bonus gift card that you can keep for yourself or stuff in someone's stocking! There's no limit on this great special offer either. | Kuma's Corner
8. Entertainers and winos in your life will love any of Master Sommelier Devon Broglie's Sommelier Best-in-Class holiday wines. The selection delivers quality flavor at a great value. Look for the small maroon medallions around the store to lead you to these wines — they're also on sale! And kids on your list will enjoy classic educational toys by Melissa and Doug and PBS Kids. Whole Foods Market has a great curated selection. (In December a portion of proceeds of the toys' sales will be donated to the Whole Kids Foundation, which is dedicated to helping kids eat healthier.) | Whole Foods Market
9. Cult-following beauty brand Urban Decay's 'Ultimate Basics' matte eye shadow palette is a shiny, sleek square case with 12 new neutral shades. The make-up lover on your list will thank you for the versatility and portability of this classic palette. | Nordstrom Rack
10. A colorful gift card in any denomination is sure to please the homemaker or decorator in your family. From edible packaged goods (think sauces, maple syrups, candies, pasta and more!) to fluffy towels, colorful pillows, lamps, rugs and beyond, rest assured that accessory-lovers will find the perfect item while perusing HomeGoods' ever-changing shelves. | HomeGoods
For a list of center merchants, visit Mellody Farm's website. Or for event details and merchant update, follow Mellody Farm on Facebook and Instagram.