Your Last-Minute Local Gift Guide

If you’re like most of us at Smart Living, you probably aren’t done with your holiday shopping just yet. There’s no need to panic-buy something expensive online when these local businesses have got your back. The following shops in our region have excellent products and customer service to help you purchase meaningful gifts for everyone left on your list.

640 Meats

6410 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, (815) 633-9443,
Independent, locally owned butcher shop and deli with a wide selection of meats, side dishes and other savory eatables.

Eurostyle +

510 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 222-7384
Stylish women’s clothing imported directly from Europe, with brands that include Mat, Rimini, Twister and Yoek.

Flower Girls

102 N. Elida St., Winnebago, (815) 335-2787,
A flower shop that also offers flower arrangement classes.

Gustafson’s Furniture and Mattress

6651 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 636-8608,
A family-owned furniture store with a showroom featuring over 100,000 square feet of home furnishings and more than 1,000 mattresses in stock.

Barnstormer Distillery

6969 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 269-4069,
A farm distillery that grows many of its own ingredients to create delicious and unique whiskeys, vodkas, rums and moonshines.

Lallygag Boutique

4616 E. State St., Rockford, (608) 345-7802
Women’s clothing boutique that specializes in comfortable yet chic women’s fashion, accessories and gifts.

Lucky Quilt Company

516 Main St., Pecatonica, (815) 239-1026,
Quilting supply shop that carries a variety of fabrics, kits and quilting supplies. Also offers classes and retreats. Official seller of Janome sewing machines.


3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, (815) 282-8881,
This store offers a one-of-a-kind selection of jewelry, home decor, garden art, baby gifts, bath products and candles.

The 3R’s Learning Materials Center

5388 Williams Dr., Roscoe, (815) 270-0406
Family-owned store that specializes in educational materials, toys and games for children.


3622 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 398-4900,
A one-stop shop for do-it-yourselfers and professional contractors. Buys, sells and trades new and used hand and power tools.


6730 Broadcast Pkwy., Loves Park, (815) 977-4332,
Boutique offering gifts, jewelry, décor, and everyday-use items. Also has the area’s largest selection of Polish pottery.

Zavius Jewelers

2636 McFarland Road, Rockford, (815) 654-4000,
Jewelry store that specializes in custom-designed, handmade original pieces of wearable art. ❚