Check out all the exciting holiday shopping spots in Pittsburgh, and shop local this year!
The holidays are here, which means the hustle and bustle is upon us. Finding the perfect gifts for friends and family can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be a chore, especially if you visit all the exciting holiday shopping spots in Pittsburgh. From the pop-up stores of Market Square to the independent businesses of the Strip District, Pittsburgh shopping has its own unique character and flavor. While we're celebrating the holidays, let's take a moment to also celebrate all the ways to do your holiday shopping, Pittsburgh-style.
Contemporary Craft is a museum that showcases the work of craft artists in exhibitions featuring metalwork, embroidery and ceramics. From now until January 30th, you can also shop at the Contemporary Craft Store's CRAFTED showcase, which sells handcrafted cups, plates, mugs, bowls, and tumblers made by ceramic artists from around the world. These items aren't just your average dishware—they're pieces of art lovingly crafted to "encourage people to reflect on the relationship between the food we consume and the objects that hold it." Putting CRAFTED on your holiday shopping list will add a personal touch to your gift-giving festivities this year.
Moop is an online retailer that specializes in waxed canvas bags that are designed and manufactured in Pittsburgh. They are committed to doing creative work through hand manufacturing and have recently joined up with similarly minded local businesses to create Vignette, a holiday pop-up store located on Liberty Avenue downtown. In addition to Moop's bags, you can get women's clothing and accessories from Pavement, men's clothing from Vestis, and vintage home goods from Toll Gate Revival. They're open until December 23rd, so be sure to stop by soon to get your loved ones holiday gifts that have that special handmade touch.
If you're downtown for holiday festivities, there are a few experiences you just can't miss—skating at the Ice Rink at PPG Place, taking in the Nativity Scene at U.S. Steel Tower, and strolling through the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. In its sixth year, it is fast becoming a Pittsburgh tradition. From now until December 23, Market Square is transformed into a traditional European holiday market inspired by the Christkindlmarkts of Germany. Shop for jewelry, folk art, handmade cookies, Christmas ornaments, and other quaint items housed in Alpine-style wooden chalets while enjoying live music. Donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and you can even take a complimentary photo with Santa! You'll get some quality shopping done and make some great holiday memories at the same time.
If you're looking to have a very Pittsburgh Christmas, our welcome center in Fifth Avenue Place is the perfect spot to find gifts that show your passion for the City of Bridges. While you're picking up some Pittsburgh souvenirs, you can enjoy some fun holiday-themed events we have planned for the month of December. On Saturdays we have Creation Station, where kids can craft their very own holiday decorations, along with Welcome Center coupons for free ornaments given out on Molly's Trolleys. Join us on December 16th for a muffin tasting with MaryMac’s Bakehouse Muffins. If hot sauce is more your thing, we're hosting a Hot Sauce Tasting with Pittsburgh's Original Sports Sauce on December 22nd to stave off the winter cold. We've also got all the information you need to know to make your Pittsburgh holiday as special as can be.
This is the place to go for gifts with the kind of character and flair you can only find at local independent stores. Candy makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Why not get some delicious confections at Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop or Mon Aimee Chocolat? Know someone who loves to read? Bradley's Book Outlet has a ton of cool books. Wigle Whiskey and Maggie's Farm Rum offer plenty of gift options for those interested in some holiday spirits. Whether you're shopping for someone who loves bicycling, pottery, jewelry, or craft decor, the Strip District has everything you're looking for and more. If you want to buy local, the Strip District is the quintessential place to enjoy the kind of shopping you can only do in Pittsburgh.
Matt Henderson is a marketing intern at VisitPITTSBURGH and a current graduate student at Point Park University. In addition to his marketing work, he’s active in the Pittsburgh theatre scene as an actor and playwright.