If you've got a freakish number of friends with birthdays in May, get them a better gift this year than say, dinner and drinks (we've done that, K?). We found two made-in-Chicago gifts certain to please anyone who shares Chicago's passions for style, and food. First up: spices from Lezzet Spices. This local company finds herbs and spices from around the world, and each one adds unique flavor (and health benefits!) to any dish your pals can dream up. The best part? They're totally affordable. Individual spices start at $4.20, but we'd recommend going big with a ten-piece gift set for $58.
If your friend has two culinary left feet, get her something cute and personal, instead. Nico and Lala is a local stationery company creating adorbs invitations and calling cards, but recently they've added another product to their roster: iPad cases. These customizable cases come in ten different patters (with so many color options), and you can add your friend's initials to the design if you like. These $65 cases are another great way to wish a girl pal Happy B-day without breaking the bank. Better still, you're shopping locally, and that's just good gift-giving karma.
Photo: Lezzet Spices image courtesy of Wagstaff, iPad case image courtesy of Nico and Lala