Pittsburgh Holiday Gift Guide

Pittsburgh Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local and share your love for Pittsburgh this holiday season!

The holiday season may look and feel a little different this year, but even if you can’t get home for the holidays, you can gift Pittsburgh to your friends and family. Now, more than ever, Pittsburgh’s local businesses are depending on your support. Safely shop online for curbside pick-up, delivery, shipping and gift certificate options.   

Whether it’s a pasta subscription box, a museum membership, a one-of-a-kind pottery piece or a handmade t-shirt for your furry friend, Pittsburgh has the perfect gift for everyone on your list! 

For the Foodie 

Gift the ultimate Pittsburgh foodie experience with a ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour! Choose from one of eight different Pittsburgh neighborhoods for a delightful and tasty adventure. You also can deliver a delicious present with a Forma Pasta holiday gift package featuring fresh-made pasta and homemade sauces. Located in Allentown, Forma Pasta is Pittsburgh’s first and original pasta subscription box with handmade pasta delivered to your door monthly. 

If the foodie on your list also likes to cook, be sure to check out Uncle Jammy’s for amazing sauces and seasonings. Ranging from BBQ sauces to the Happy Ranch rub and The Black N Gold Pack, you can find Uncle Jammy’s products at Whole Foods, Giant Eagle Market District or online

For the Kids

Pittsburgh is home to a variety of locally owned toy stores filled with fun for kids of all ages. S. W. Randall Toyes and Giftes is Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest specialty toy store with locations in downtown, Squirrel Hill and Shadyside. Stop by Dragonfly Castle Toys in Lawrenceville for a unique variety of European and American-made toys with no batteries or screens. 

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind toy shopping experience at Fun Buy The Pound! This toy store carries more than 20 brands of toys and features an online store and home delivery for orders in the Pittsburgh area. Add a visit to Kawaii Gifts for a collection of Japanese kawaii (cute) gifts, stationery, plush and fancy goods.

Insider's Tip: Check out Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, a locally-owned candy store with a large selection of nostalgic and international candy and eccentric gifts, for the ultimate stocking stuffers. 

For the Family 

The gift of a museum membership is sure to provide family fun and lasting memories all year long! Surprise the whole family with a membership from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh! Various Carnegie Museums membership packages are available, featuring access to four museums including the Carnegie Science Center, The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Check out the National Aviary and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for memberships that include admission and extra perks throughout the year. There are plenty of additional Pittsburgh memberships available, so be sure to contact your favorite museum or attraction to secure the perfect family gift this season. 

Insider’s Tip: Each Carnegie Museum has its own gift shop. Stop in and pick-up a Pittsburgh or museum-themed item as an extra special gift for everyone in the family!  

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For the Fashionista 

Searching for a timeless piece? You won’t want to pass up BlakBirdJewelry, hand cut, metal jewelry and Knotzland, zero waste bowties made locally and shipped globally. Both make for a perfect gift for the fashion trend-setter on your list. Also, check out Moop Shop for a handcrafted gem. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Moop Shop specializes in men’s and women’s canvas and waxed canvas bags. 

Add eye-catching stocking stuffers from Oakland Fashion Optical, including a gift card to purchase unique and fresh frames and an anti-fogging eye glass cleaning cloth. 

For the Pittsburgh-Lover 

Visit love, Pittsburgh for a wide selection of gifts designed by various Pittsburgh artists. Items in the store range from a “Little Pittsburgher” baby onesie to Pittsburgh tea towels and a Cookie Table candle. You also can send a love, Pittsburgh seasonal box for a fun and festive surprise.  

Find a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece at Pittsburgh Pottery! The locally owned store has crafted products ranging from off the wall artwork to Pittsburgh steins and shot glasses; plus, all the ceramics are food, dishwasher and microwave safe. 

If you’re on the search for Pittsburgh swag, be sure to visit Steel City for authentic, trendy black and gold attire. You’ll also want to check out the Made in PGH online store for a wide variety of chic Pittsburgh-themed clothing, hats and accessories.

Insider's Tip: Enjoy and support businesses in Pittsburgh's historic Strip District with a Shop the Strip Passport booklet! Featuring a mix of savings from emporiums, restaurants, markets and attractions, the passport is only $20 but filled with over $500 worth of savings! 

For the Quirky

Celebrate Pittsburgh’s quirkiness with unique gifts from local shops. Lawrenceville’s Von Walter + Funk is a lifestyle boutique featuring hand-crafted goods including planters, candles, lighting and more. The store also specializes in creative balloon installations, funk | BALLOON, a perfect addition to your holiday home décor. Complete your holiday shopping with quirky cards for everyone on your list! Located in Shadyside, Kards Unlimited carries a wide variety of festive cards, coloring books, mugs, puzzles and pins.

Be sure to add Dr. Tumblety’s™ Time Inspired SpecialtyShop to your list for tonics & trinkets, local artisan novels & novelties, cures & curiosities and vintage goods. Featured holiday items include the Christmas Magic Storybook, written by a local author, and Dr.Tumblety’s Cold Weather Kit

For the Pet Enthusiast 

Show your love for the fur kids with handmade t-shirts for dogs from Kin of Duncan! Owned by 13-year-old Jazmiere Bates, Kin of Duncan has a storefront in East Liberty and frequents pop-up markets throughout the city. Petagogy is another stop to add to your pet list as it’s a locally owned pet shop with natural foods and treats, as well as unique toys and accessories for cats and dogs. With two locations, Shadyside and Greensburg, you’re sure to find a new gift (or gifts) for your furry friends this season.

Dubbed “where the pets shop in Pittsburgh,” a stop to Wagsburgh is a must! The store carries a wide variety of pet food, treats, toys, health and wellness products and travel accessories. Gift cards and curb-side pick-up also are available.   

For the Brew or Spirits Enthusiasts

Pittsburgh is home to many award-winning craft beers and spirits! Cheers to the season by gifting locally brewed and distilled deliciousness. Brew Gentlemen’s flagship American IPA, General Braddock’s, is named one of the top-25 best beers of the decade and is now available in a 4-pack, 12 oz. cans for pick-up. Be sure to check out some of Pittsburgh’s seasonal brews including Penn Brewery’s Nut Roll Ale, a semi-sweet nut brown ale spices with cinnamon and vanilla, or East End Brewing Company’s Snow Melt, a rich and roasty winter ale.

Looking for a variety of craft beers? Check out the City Brew Tours Holiday Craft Beer Boxes! With a gift box, you can discover a new beer, participate in interactive discussions and enjoy swag and sweet treats. Hanukkah and Christmas experience boxes are available. 

Beyond beer, Pittsburgh boasts lots of great local distilleries. Wigle Whiskey is the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the U.S. and produces a wide variety of whiskeys, bourbon and even ready-to-drink cocktails with pick-up and shipping options available. Also, check out Maggie’s Farm Rum, featuring the Queen’s Share Rum, Sherry-Cask Aged Rum, White Rum and more. 

Located in the Strip District, Pennsylvania Libations is a fully stocked liquor store only selling Pennsylvania made spirits, wines, ciders, meads and beers. It’s a one-stop-shop for gifts for the bartender in your family! 

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For the Reader 

Writing about African-American youth, long-time Pittsburgh resident Sharon G. Flake takes on tough topics and shines light onto people and places in society. Her books are based in Pittsburgh and have received a number of awards and recognitions including the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adult Readers. The Night Gardner, by Jonathan Auxier, is another good read for young adults, telling a spooky moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling. Auxier earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in the city.

Enjoy poetry? You won't want to pass up In the Shadow of the Mic, featuring poetry and spoken word from more than twenty artists across three decades. For a historical fiction read, check out Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict, a story of one brilliant woman that pays homage to Pittsburgh and the Carnegie legacy. 

Insider's Tip: Shop at locally owned Pittsburgh bookstores like White Whale Bookstore and City of Asylum Bookstore to pick-up these books and more for every reader on your holiday shopping list!

For the Well-Deserved Pampering

Gift a relaxing, pampering gift for your loved ones to relieve the stress of 2020. Book a treatment at Pittsburgh Cupping & Medical Massage offing Hot Stones, Cupping and Aromatherapy with a specialty in Trigger Point Therapy Release. The Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing is an award-winning environmentally friendly wellness spa dedicated to the peace and relaxation of clients with gift certificates available.

Complete a spa-themed gift with a service or gift card to a Pittsburgh salon. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Cardamone’s Salon is a full-service hair and nail salon with over 35 years of beauty expertise offering an extensive menu of services. For facials, waxing, hair treatments and more, gift an appointment or certificate to Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar. And be sure to check out Mark Anthony Hair Salon, an upscale multicultural salon featuring hair, nail and skin care services, for a gift card and variety of products.

Did you receive a Pittsburgh-themed or locally crafted holiday gift? Share with us on social media using #LovePGH for a chance to be featured! 

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