12/02/2010 04:05 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

2010 Chicago Holiday Gift Guide (PHOTOS)

Remember when the holiday season filled us with joy and excitement? Now, it seems to be a stressful few weeks filled with battling crowds while trying to avoid gaining ten pounds.

It doesn't have to be that way!

Many hit up Walmart for their holiday shopping needs, but we hope others will check out the unique and fun gifts Chicago's independent stores and businesses have to offer. Everything is under $100. If you are looking for foodie-friendly gift ideas (and don't care about gaining ten pounds), check out our Taste of Chicago gift guide here.

Happy shopping!

Chicago Gift Guide