This week I stopped for lunch at Junction City, and took the a few moments to walk down the boardwalk to Anecdotes, 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria Heights.
This gift shop is filled with fun home decor, gifts and more. I saw many items I've admired from the Uncommon Goods catalog and also on http://bobsyouruncle.com (a bit of backstory: "Bob's your uncle" became one of our catchphrases when we saw a sign on the Interstate for Bob's Your Uncle pizza. Bob is StfRon's uncle, so we got a kick out of it. We researched the phrase, and found it to be equivalent to "and there you have it." Shortly after that, I found the web site, Bob's Your Uncle, which had some great products featured).
Back at Anecdotes, I even saw some coasters made from old records, a fun item I haven't run across before. These would look great in a mod home bar or on the coffee table of your hip friend.
I didn't have time to fully delve in, but I know Anecdotes will be a great stop to look for gifts for my friends and family.