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Not to sound all Scrooge-y, but we don't rank holiday shopping up there with spa visits in term of relaxing activities. Luckily, a new activation at the 900 Shops can help knock out some of our Santa-duty pet peeves (i.e. minimal sitting around; lots of wrapping annoyance.)
Dubbed the Chic Holiday Suite (and for good reason), the spot was designed by party-planning pro Debi Lilly and has all the sparkly trappings of DIY gift wrapping. There's also a lounge area, a coat check, and a station for tots to color while you tie snowflakes onto bows. So, is there a catch?
The minimum purchase to wrap one present is $150; if you spend $300, you can wrap 3 gifts, and a $500 purchase lets you wrap up—you guessed it—five packages. But, there's no purchase necessary to access the lounge area or the comp coat check, which are both pretty awesome amenities for haggard gift seekers. And listen up, last-minute shoppers: The suite is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 23.
· 5 Spots for Last-Minute Thanksgiving Shopping, From a Party-Planning Pro [Racked Chicago]
· 900 North Michigan Shops [Official Site]
· Debi Lilly [Official Site]