BRIDGEPORT — When it comes to holiday shopping close to home, there's no shame on the South Side.
In Bridgeport, there's no shortage of neighborhood-made gifts between 31st and 35th streets. Here are some of our gift picks for Bridgeport area shoppers.
Neighborhood Candles, Bridgeport Candle Company
The neighborhood's newcomer products run between $14 and $26. You'll find a nice selection of stylish candles — some fashioned from beer bottles — at Hardscrabble Gifts, 3335 S. Halsted or the Bridgeport Candle Company's studio in the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St.
Chicago Flag Earrings, Hardscrabble Gifts
Sure, you could rep your city with a ball cap or t-shirt. These Chicago flag earrings have been flying off the shelves at Hardscrabble Gifts. They come in silver and gold and cost $19.95 for a pair.
Chicago Sports Ugly Sweaters, Grandstand Sports
If you're sick of boring festive patterns and crazy cat prints on ugly Christmas sweaters, head to Grandstand Sports, 600 W. 35th St., where you'll find ugly Christmas sweaters ($64.99) themed after Chicago's most popular sports franchises: the Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears.
Neighborhood Coffee, Bridgeport Coffee
Got a coffee hound in the family? Why not give them the gift of java? At Bridgeport Coffee, 3101 S. Morgan, you'll find the heavy "Bubbly Creek" blend ($12), the medium-floral "Mayor's Blend" ($12), complexly rich "Stockyard" ($13) and the "Hardscrabble" ($13), a creamy-spice blend. Pick up your beans at the shop, or order online.
Quirky Folk Art At Taco Erendira
In the window of the Mexican restaurant at 3207 S. Halsted St., you'll find an assortment of odd items — everything from foreign busts of unnamed men to ancient gadgets to yard art fashioned from rusty scrap metal. You'll also find a "FOR SALE" sign. Yes, it's all up for grabs. Find the owner, Gabe Solis, and make an offer.