Welcome to my first ever gift guide for bungalowners and bungalovers! I’ve included everything from bungalow art that I love to books for any vintage home owner, and a few unique ideas for fellow Chicagoans and general bungalow enthusiasts alike!
For art lovers
Top: Bungalow pin from Cape Horn Illustration, Bottom-left: Bungalow Belt poster from Chicago Neighborhoods (Image via www.thechicagoneighborhoods.com), Bottom-middle: Our First House skeleton key from East Grove Stamp Co. (Image via www.eastgrovestampco.com), Bottom-right: Bungalow village from East Grove Stamp Co. (Image via www.eastgrovestampco.com).
Find everything from Chicago bungalow pins ($10) to posters ($24), and even a ceramic bungalow planter ($150). Cape Horn Illustration also offers many great pieces of art inspired by Chicago, as well as custom work.
Flaunt your bungalow and neighborhood pride with a beautiful National Park-inspired tourism poster, $38-40. Neighborhood t-shirts are also available starting at $18.
Build your own holiday bungalow village (starting at $18), gift a new homeowner with a skeleton key ornament ($10), or treat yourself to a set of village magnets ($20). East Grove Stamp Co. also offers custom house drawings that can be turned into a variety of gifts from stamps to ornaments and magnets (there may be spots left, but if not keep them mind for your 2020 gift-giving needs).
Edit: It looks like this shop is no longer taking custom house portrait orders. She is selling her inventory and closing, please check her Etsy for what is still currently available.
Surprise a new homeowner by registering their bungalow (or any vintage Chicago home) with the Chicago Bungalow Association. They’ll receive a certificate and access to local resources and free, year-round seminars. Or check out the CBA’s Etsy shop for Bungalow art, calendars, and even a Bungalow Maintenance 101 book.
Get a jump-start on Spring 2020 by ordering a custom-made window box for your bungalow from Craeft! Craeft also offers custom radiator covers, planter boxes, and a suite of other products inspired by the Chicago bungalow.
Spread a little holiday cheer by sending someone a custom holiday container arrangement from City Grange, starting at $95. Or take one of their workshops and learn how to build your own! They also offer everything from gift certificates and seasonal plants, to classes, seasonal workshops, and other fun events!
Have someone on your list that loves a good treasure hunt or wants to get into DIY? Rebuilding Exchange offers workshops, like Woodworking 101 or spoon carving (prices vary), salvaged and reclaimed goods, and custom-made pieces. They also accept donations (materials and money) if that’s the kind of giving you’re doing this holiday season.
Consider giving a gift that will last all year long, a membership to the Chicago Tool Library! Annual memberships are available on a sliding scale, and members have access to a continually growing catalogue of tools: sewing machines, hand tools, a pressure washer, and more.
This might be a strange one to include, but maybe you have a hardcore DIY’er on your list that’s difficult to shop for! Henry Frerk Sons offers workshops throughout the year, including a three hour hands-on masonry workshop coming up in January.
For the ultimate DIY-er, check out The Craftsman Blog Store. It’s stocked with supplies, tools, materials, and restoration guide books that any vintage homeowner would love and appreciate. Know someone who wants to restore their wood windows? Treat them to a window tool kit or some Spring Bronze ($99-137).
This brand new book covers all things interior and exterior when it comes to historic home restoration… and you can even peek inside a beautifully restored Chicago bungalow between the chapters. If you pre-order now you’ll get a discount off the cover price (through Amazon). The book has an expected release date of December 10, 2019.
For something fun or unexpected, give the gift of push button switches and/or high quality switch plates from House of Antique Hardware, starting at $17. It’s the kind of gift a Bungalowner might not have on their radar, but it’s a little luxury they can appreciate for years to come.
Pennant flags are just one option here, Circa Old Houses also has stickers, pins, and t-shirts for the Bungalover and old house enthusiast on your holiday shopping list! Gifts start at $5.
For sassy old house and bungalow-themed gifts and gear, check Oldhouselove’s Etsy shop. They stock high quality mugs, magnets, sweatshirts, stickers, tote bags, and more! Gifts start at $4.
If you have a fan of FLW or Prairie Style on your list, check out the gifts from the Frank Lloyd Wright shop. A few ideas to get you started: high quality tote bags, gold foil puzzles, books, furniture, jewelry… they offer something beautiful for everyone on your list!
Looking for more Chicago-themed gifts? Here are some local businesses you should consider supporting this holiday season…
Neighborly stocks handmade, fair trade, and/or eco-friendly items.
Gifts, art, framing, and vintage can all be found at Foursided!
Col-lec-tiv offers a curated collection of products from local makers, crafters, artists, and designers.
Support a growing social movement in Chicago.
As always, the opinions expressed in this post are my own, no one paid me to be included on this list. Please shop with care this holiday season. Images that are not mine include an image credit. Thanks for reading!