Illinois Made Holiday Gift ideas featuring unique local businesses in the Illinois Made program and found in Shawnee Forest Country– each offering an authentic Illinois experience for visitors.
For the foodie:
Send an apple gift box from the Rendleman Orchards, of Alto Pass:
Since 1873, Rendleman Orchards has been committed to growing and shipping quality peaches, nectarines, apples and vegetables to the commercial produce markets throughout the Midwest. Apple gift boxes and specialty food gift boxes are quite popular during the months of November and December! Shop online here
Learn the ins and outs of BBQ from world championship BBQers 17th Stret BBQ. in Murphysboro:
Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from the Legendary Life in Barbecue. With this new book, the dynamic father-daughter duo behind Southern Illinois’s 17th Street Barbecue invite readers to join them around the fire as they share all the master techniques, signature recipes, and no-nonsense tips of a family with more than 100 years in the barbecue business. Shop products here
For the baseball player:
Create a unique bat for the unique player in you life with Dinger Bats in Ridgeway:
The very essence of Dinger bats is that no matter what league you play in, or the level you play at, everyone could experience the same quality craftsmanship of maple wood that professional baseball players merit. Build a bat here.
For the vino connoisseu:
Share the perfect fireside wine with Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass:
Alto Vineyards has Won over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible. Shop all wines here.
For fans of all things cozy:
Stay warm with a hand-crocheted alpaca yarn accessory from Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda:
Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda specializes in crocheted goods made with all-natural handspun yarn sheared from the herd of alpacas that call the farm home. The online store offers beanies, socks, gloves and more that are perfect for keeping cozy during the colder months. Shop all products here.
For the beer connoisseurs:
Taste foraged, farm-crafted beer and the homegrown dining options that await you at Scratch Brewing Company in Ava:
Every ingredient is farm-gathered—the walnuts and black trumpet mushrooms, sassafras and vanilla leaves, even the natural spring waters used for brewing, everything indigenous to the region. online here.
Each of these unique gift options are crafted locally by makers and artisans that are members of the Illinois Made program launched by the Illinois Office of Tourism in 2016. The Illinois Made program promotes authentic travel experiences throughout the state and encourages visitors to discover hidden gems off-the-beaten path.