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Cooper’s Hawk Winery gets in the spirit with a boozy Advent calendar gift set.


Season’s Eatings

By Ariel Cheung

Photo Courtesy Cooper’s Hawk


As the holidays approach, CS has the scoop on delectable gifts to thrill the libation lovers in your life.

Cooper’s Hawk Advent Calendar
Looking to get in the holiday spirit a little early? Cooper’s Hawk Winery, based in suburban Orland Park, has just the advent calendar you need. Packaged in a gold-accented case, the 12 Nights of Christmas gift set contains a dozen of the winery’s favorites, from almond-infused bubbles to a premium “lux” cabernet sauvignon brimming with notes of plum and spice. Each demi bottle holds just over two glasses of wine, making sampling all the more fun. For a gift that will last long after the last bottle has been opened, Cooper’s Hawk also offers a visually stunning decanter ($190) buoyed by a water-filled glass bubble that ensures every drop is beautifully aerated. $99, various locations

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Collections
There’s more to celebrate than just the holidays at the city’s top luxury chocolatier. As Vosges turns 20, founder Katrina Markoff has unearthed some of her favorite truffles from the past two decades and assembled them in The Vault Collection. Along with the classics comes a truffle made with the exclusive ruby cacao—and Vosges is among the first chocolatiers to get it. Other holiday items include an advent calendar ($140) filled with decadent caramels and exotic chocolate bars, and the Enchanted Holiday Truffle Collection ($58) featuring 17 chocolates from faraway places. $150, 951 W. Armitage Ave., 773.296.9866

Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Mugs
When your glassware is as whimsical as the drink it holds, your bar experience is twice as fun. Three Dots and a Dash has its cocktail presentation down with unique mugs with unmistakable flair—and fans can now get their own versions of the mugs to stir up fun at home. Find the small-production mugs at Three Dots and online, and act fast if you’ve got a favorite—the limited-edition mugs are only around for so long before new styles are introduced. $75 each, 435 N. Clark St., 312.610.4220


Chiya Chai Gift Set
Few things are as comforting during winter as a steamy cup of chai, and Logan Square’s Chiya Chai cafe knows that all too well. Its make-your-own chai set makes it even easier to get your hands on the perfect cup with three bags of chai tea leaves and a bottle of its original concentrated masala chai. Sip and savor. $35, 2770 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.360.7541

Wayward Growler Werks UKeg
Make the day of your favorite home brewer or craft beef aficionado with this gallon-sized pressurized growler that serves as a transportable beer keg. The double-walled, vacuum-insulated container is made with stainless steel and features a customizable tap handle and a gauge to keep tabs on when you’ll need a refill. Beer stays fresh and chilled with a VPR cap and food-grade carbon dioxide cartridges to regulate pressure. While the UKeg comes in several colors, it’s the black matte accented by the brass handle that caught our eye. $229, 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872.772.7062

Apologue Liqueur Gift Set
These all-natural liqueurs—crafted by an alum of the illustrious Violet Hour lounge— are popular picks for mixologists around Chicago. Using ingredients from regional farmers and unique blends that elevate any cocktail, the aronia berry, persimmon and celery root liqueurs come together in a newly released gift set, which includes cocktail recipes to boot. $40, Binny’s, various locations