• Elise Hofer Shaw


Chic candles, cool Chicago items, female empowerment tomes, statement jewelry, trend-forward entertaining goodies and clever greeting cards for days… The Fig Tree has it all. “We specialize in unique items and greeting cards not found in big-box stores or from Hallmark,” says owner Ann Sinclair. The Fig Tree also specializes in belly laugh-inducing paper goods and presents for brides-to-be that will garner you top gifting honors at any bachelorette party.

A recent trip to Sinclair’s boutique on Madison Street in the West Loop left us in stitches. From a not-so-subtle card by Smitches that reads “I’m looking forward to celebrating the union of you and the person who destroyed our friendship” to colorful socks emblazoned with “Same [insert eggplant pic] Forever,” the options are hilarious—if you know your audience, that is. Not quite the right tone? The Fig Tree also has an abundance of elegant gifting options like wooden picture frames by Mud Pie, sweetly scented candles by Illume and Bridgewater Candle Company, and his-and-her Champagne toasting flutes.

For spring/summer 2020 bachelorette bashes that lean more riotous than prim and proper, Sinclair has selected the following—and she’ll gift wrap it all on the house, too. All you have to do is don your feather boa, slip into your drinking shoes and paint the town.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating the union of you and the person who destroyed our friendship.” card (blank inside), $5.50, by Smitches

“Shit Just Got Real” decorative ring tray, $10, by Fringe

“Same [eggplant pic] Forever” socks, $7.95, by Hot Sox

Cosmo’s Sexy Sutra: 101 Epic Sex Positions from the Editors of Cosmopolitan, $19.95, by Chronicle Books

“Classy Bitch” and “Welcome to the Shitshow” wine glasses, $14 each, by Chez Gagne

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