Head to Mill Creek Shopping Center or any nearby stores and you'll see that it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas 2012 in and around the Palos area.
All kinds of gift ideas are out there.
For totally local, you can go to stores any number of Palos Heights, Palos Park and Palos Hills shopping centers.
Maybe the big box stores are your thing?
Walmart has already announced it is offering layaway again this year, with the iPad and HP Ultrabook-based laptops on the list of eligible purchases.
The store has changed the policy on its open fee, which is kept if you ultimately can't pay for the item or refunded as a Walmart gift card when the item is fully paid off. That fee — or credit — has been increased from $5 to $15.