The holidays will be a little different this yearand many of us will celebrate without the people and traditions that normally mark the season.
The good news: giving is a tradition that can easily overcome the distance between us and our loved ones. And it’s a great way to support your favorite local manufacturers and small businesses.
Read on for some of our favorite 2020 gift ideas – and let the giving begin.
For the extrovert who can’t wait to get back to town
🎞 Rent a cinema for a private screening. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville’s leading independent film house, rents its theater to families / pods of up to eight people, with more than 400 films to choose from. The cost is $ 99 for premium movie club members, $ 129 for regular movie club members, and $ 149 for everyone else. Book your experience here and be warned: slots are going fast – and in some cases they are already gone.
🖼 Museum memberships are the gift that is given over and over again. Carnegie museums work with COVID-19 protocols, but you don’t have to go anywhere to get anything out of membership during this pandemic. That’s because Carnegie museums host many virtual events, often with discounted prices or free access for members. Here is a list of the currently member-only events and more information on membership rates and options.
🧀 Spread a good mood with sausages and the picnic people with ceiling and board. No, it’s not picnic weather right now – but what better way to ward off a winter of discontent than with a gift certificate for one of Blanket and Board’s fantastic and artistic spreads. And if you can’t wait, just bring one of the picnic baskets to your home and eat it there. Find out more about blankets and meals here and request a gift certificate by emailing them here.
🎟 You don’t need a passport to visit the Strip District, but your family and friends will want this one. For $ 20, shop The Strip: Passport Booklet offers deals for 75 companies in the Strip District, including BOGO cocktails at Kingfly, free hotcakes at Pamela’s P&G Diner, deals on Parma sausage and much more. The brochures are available at Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange, Pennsylvania Market, Grandpa Joes Candy, and others. You can also download one online here.
🛍 Grow your favorite Oakland stores and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as a bonus with the Shop2Help Oakland Gift Card Program. How does it work? Spend $ 25 and get a value of $ 35. 25 meals will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. That’s what we call a win-win situation on vacation. Find out more here.
For the gourmet who has baked way too much bread this year
Forma Pastas Christmas package. (📸: @formapastapgh)
🍝 Give away handmade noodles from the folks at Forma Pasta – who just opened a new retail store in Allentown. However, you don’t have to leave the house to order the 2020 Holiday Bundle, which includes four pounds of dried pasta, three jars of homemade sauce, and the fresh noodle box of the month of January. Shop here. The retail price is $ 75.
🍿 “Pittsburgh Pothole Filler” is the gift that is given over and over again – Especially in spring. No, it’s not a real cold patch, it’s popcorn dipped in dark chocolate and a team effort from Pittsburgh Yinzer Greetings and Sarris Candies. The packages are an added bonus with artwork from cartoonist Rob Rogers. Buy from Giant Eagle, select Hallmark stores, or online here. A 6-ounce package costs $ 9.95.
📬 Send out a sample of Pittsburgh’s most famous foods from the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Tour to someone you know. Your purchasing department directly supports seven small local businesses. The retail price is $ 60. Shop here.
🥃 Give a personal cocktail kit from Kingfly Spirits in the Strip District. It has everything the cheerful mixologist could ask for in your life – local liquor, bar tools, and more. Kits can be purchased online here and start at $ 60.
🍺 When you have a craft beer enthusiast on your list, First Sip Brew Box got you covered. The Pittsburgh-based subscription service features monthly display cases of various breweries in a box of beer equipment, branded glasses, stickers, other pouches, a delicious treat hand-selected to pair, or a lifestyle item made with malt and hops . Find out more here. Prices start at $ 24.99 per month.
☕️ Adda Coffee and Tea House is making it easy this year. They have subscriptions to locally made coffee, tea, home-made snack baskets, and more. Browse here. The prices vary.
For the fashionista who still believes in accessories
Handmade and recycled masks from Knotzland. (📸 :: @knotzland)
💝 Buy a handmade mask (or bow tie) for someone you love from Homewood’s own Knotzland. Shop here. The prices vary.
🔨 Check out Braddock’s own Studebaker Metals for hand-forged cuffs, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, keys and more. Shop here. The prices vary.
😃 Buy something nice from Blakbird JewelryHere, artist Selima Dawson uses recycled metals and more to create unique jewelry for every occasion. Browse here. The prices vary.
✡️ Check out pajamukkahs from Chosen Threads out of Pittsburgh or handcrafted and personalized mezuzah from Pittsburgh-based designer Cathy Frank. Learn more here with the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle’s 2020 Hanukkah Gift Guide.
👛 Browse reusable handcrafted limited edition bags (for eco-friendly gift wrapping), zippered bags that can be used for cosmetic and fiber art projects, reusable fabric face masks, and special home accessories from Pittsburgh’s own OakAndArbor. Browse here. The prices vary.
🛍 Find something portable at Handmade Arcade, “Pittsburgh’s Largest Vacation Crafts Show.” The popular marketplace for local makers, artists and craftsmen is back this year and is going virtual. That means you can browse ceramics, clothing, jewelry, toys, and more from the comfort of your home. Start shopping here. The prices vary.
For the Pittsburgh people who have their city pride up their sleeves
💛 Show some love to Pittsburgh makers by purchasing a box of Pittsburgh gifts from Love, Pittsburgh. Shop here. The prices vary.
🍵 Celebrate Turner’s Tea – everyone’s favorite drink and one with a surprisingly strong merch game. Search the entire collection here.
👟 Steel City has quite a few Mister Rogers Fan shop. From socks to shirts to masks. Browse here. The prices vary.
📸 Support Pittsburgh artists this holiday season by buying their work. May we suggest the photographer Carla Cardello, whose work you have seen many times in this newsletter under the Instagram handle @CityLifeAdventures. Check out Carla’s Etsy shop here. The prices vary.
It takes some love for the stocking
Hand-cut bronze jewelry from Blakbird Jewelry – also a great gift for stockings. (📸: @blakbirdjewelry)
🛁 Fill these stockings with vegan and vegetarian, lightly scented and environmentally conscious soaps and candles from Pittsburgh’s own Pip & Lola’s. Shop here. The prices vary.
💌 Get your greeting cards and more at 1FlyChicken, a local maker of handcrafted gifts, art, cards and “various magic”. Shop here. The prices vary.
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