It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and with it comes the busiest shopping day of the year. And though this year’s Black Friday looks different than, say, any other Black Friday in history, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, right?
That said, shopping during a global pandemic does mean that we should try to support local, small businesses when we can. So whether it’s for a friend or a “friend”—shopping for yourself? We’re not judging!—we rounded up 15 of our favorite made-in-Chicago gifts to pick up.
1. Chicago Comb Model 6 Carbon Fiber Comb
Get ready for your next Zoom meeting with Chicago Comb. Made from carbon fiber composite, the comb is strong yet light and naturally anti-static and comes with a Horween leather or waxed canvas sheath.
2. Circa Ceramics “Do No Harm, Take No Shit” Tumbler
Why wear your heart on your sleeve when your coffee cup can do the talking? From tumblers to spoonrests and planters, Circa Ceramics has been making pop culture pottery since 2001. Pick this one up to let people know not to mess with you, or be damned.
Made in: Ravenswood
3. DEFY Ultimate Overnighter
Planning a weekend away? Made of ballistic nylon, this weekender bag is durable, water-resistant, and ready for anything.
Made in: Ravenswood
Empty Bottle Tee
Remember what going to concerts was like? Me neither. Before we can all dance and sing together again, support local music venues like The Empty Bottle by buying merch. Their Artist Series tee features a bunch of local designers, with Bill Connors’s design currently for sale.
Made in: Ukranian Village
Federal Moto “Between Your Legs” Shop Tee
Whether or not you’ve got a Federal Motorcycle between your legs, the custom bike shop has got your back with apparel. Pick up one of their tees before your next ride.
Made in: West Town
Field Notes Journal
For the doodler, note-taker, or diarist in your life, a Field Notes journal is a beautiful blank canvas. Many of the designs are limited edition, which means that the outsides of the notebooks can be just as memorable as the scribbles inside.
Made in: West Loop
Ghost Eyes Chicago Hotdog Pin
Every Chicagoan and non-Chicagoan alike knows that a classic dinner in the city is formed around either of two meals: pizza and hot dogs. And Ghost Eyes’ Chicago hotdog pin comes with all the right fixings and no ketchup, thank God.
Made in: Humboldt Park
Jessi Woska Custom Flannel Pet Bandana
Chainstitcher Jessi Woska is here to make your pets even cuter this holiday season. Customize a super soft, 100% cotton flannel bandana for Fido or Tigger so they can get in on the festivities.
MAKOKOMO URSLI Barstool
Inspired by the simple shop stool, the URSLI is made with American ash and powdercoated steel and hand-oiled with a non-VOC finish. The final result is a sleek-yet-industrial stool perfect for any kitchen, studio, or bar room.
Metric Coffee Subscription
Leaving the house these days is already a no-go, so why not skip the Starbucks line and get local brew delivered straight to your door? Whether espresso, dark roast, or a blend is your caffeinated poison of choice, subscribers can choose their coffee style, ground type, and delivery frequency so you never have to be without a good cup of joe.
Made in: West Town
Muirwood Terrazzo Geo Soaps
Muirwood sells everything from planters to bottle openers made from railroad nails. Made with plant-based oils and butters, these gem-like soaps will give your skin a soft, gentle cleanse that will leave you ready to lather, rinse, and repeat.
Ryan Duggan 2021 Shitting Dogs Calendar
Printer and illustrator Ryan Duggan is back with his beautifully illustrated calendar of dogs taking a dump. Let’s just hope 2021 isn’t as shit as 2020.
Sideshow Gallery Ritual Altar Candle
Spooky season may be over, but there’s no time like the present for seance, right? (RGB, are you there?) Made with organic beeswax, hand carved, and dusted with gold, this skull candle is sure to light a fire in anyone looking to bring a little grunge home.
Made in: Bucktown
Straight to Hell Bullitt Gloves
Does the man in your life have dry, roughed up hands? Straight to Hell’s Bullitt gloves are made of soft leather that conform to your hands and keep phalanges, palm, and all safe and smooth during your next ride.
Made in: Palmer Square
You Are Beautiful Beanie
Be it for warmth or a fashion statement, You Are Beautiful’s beanie is a nice reminder that you are perfect just the way you are—even on bad hair days.