Happy holidays, folks!
Get an early start on your shopping with excellent, eclectic finds in our annual holiday gift guide that support small businesses, creators and marginalized communities. From Fido to Aunt Freida, there’s something for even the hardest-to-please people on your list. (Reminder: Covidvaccines — including boosters and those for kids ages 5 and up — just may be the greatest gift of all, and they’re free!)
Whatever and whenever you celebrate, we wish you the best of health, peace, and joy in the new year, and beyond.
GIFT FOR THE CITIZEN ABOUT TOWN
Grant BLVD recycles and upcycles, supports worthy causes, and makes do-good stuff you actually want to wear, like their super-useful “Really Philly” and “Disrupter” fanny packs. Perfect for running errands around town, and around the world. $26 here.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER
Ursinus College professor Sarah Kaufman spent seven years photographing Devil’s Pool in the Wissahickon, capturing folks from all walks interacting with one of the few wild places left in the city. A portion of proceeds from this stunning new coffee table book will benefit Friends of the Wissahickon. Pre-order here.
FOR THE BAKER
We devour the tasty treats from the woman-owned Manayunk bakery, and we also can’t get enough of their cutesy accessories, like these enamel whisks, spatulas, and rolling pin pins. Perfect for jazzing up your favorite baker’s apron, jean jacket, backpack, lapels…whatever. $5 here.
FOR THOSE WHO “NOSE”
The team at woman-owned Yowie promises that this special edition room spray, bottled in Philly by Redoux and created for Yowie’s anniversary with notes of Verbena, Yuzu, Neroli and more, will bring a vibe to every room. $36 here.
FOR THE FASHION LOVER
These showstopping jackets, made by a woman-owned business in nearby Lancaster and sold locally by woman-owned Sable Collective, have as their base vintage army jackets, which are then decorated with gorgeous fabrics from around the world. $140 here.
FOR ANYONE WHO MAKES YOUR HOUSE A HOME
Treat the person who warms your heart and home to an ongoing gift like this candle subscription box that benefits Project HOME, Philly’s nonprofit supporting people experiencing homelessness. Once a month, your loved one will receive a new candle along with Project HOME matches, and you’ll get the good feeling of knowing you’re supporting the organization’s important work all year long. $20 per month, here.
FOR THE LITERATI
Harriett’s continues to roll out statement-making hoodies that pay homage to the great writers and poets of our time, and this holiday season owner Jeannine A. Cook is introducing hoodies (tote bags, too!) that shout out some of the best of the best. From $47 here.
FOR THE ACCESSORY QUEEN
FOR THE ART LOVER
These exclusive Barnes Foundation socks are inspired by Horace Pippin’s Giving Thanks, on view in gallery 12 at The Barnes. “Pippin’s meticulous use of pattern and color are highlighted by the knitting process, making this scene even more enjoyable to wear than the average art sock,” Barnes’ staffers say. Plus: All Barnes purchases support the museum’s educational mission. $24 here.
FOR THE BABY
Made of 100 percent organic cotton, these darling onesies come in a classic onesie style, and in romper or long-sleeved styles too. Check out them and so many other sweet gems at Tina Spence’s Germantown boutique, or online. From $28 here.
FOR THE READER
Will Smith may be a global sensation, but his heart and his roots will always belong to Philly, and his inspiring new memoir explores his life in West Philly and beyond. Plus, Oprah said it was the best memoir she’s ever read, so… $27.60 here.
FOR PHILLY LOVERS
The nonprofit MANNA provides medically tailored meals to nurture Philadelphians with illnesses. To help them help others, buy this year’s lovely holiday gift collection, the Made in Philly box, that’s filled with a fantastic round-up of locally made goodies, like Franklin + Marshall’s face scrub and lip balm; Paul Carpenter’s LOVE tote bag; Exit 343 Philly Magnets; Rival Bros Coffee Revolver Blend; Natalie Hope McDonald’s LOVE ornament; and more. All proceeds support their work. $125 here.
FOR THE HOMEBODY
Local artists—aspiring and expert—who volunteer with Bethesda Project, the nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, permanent housing, and case management for people experiencing homelessness, are taking orders for custom home portraits, artistic renderings of your home, done in a range of styles and techniques. Portraits are $30, with the option to add a donation, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit Bethesda Project’s programs and services. Sales close at midnight on November 22, 2021, so act fast. From $30 here.
FOR THE MUSIC & ARTS LOVER 🎶
One of the hardest parts of the pandemic has been not being able to gather in community to enjoy live music and performances; now, as the city has been getting its groove back, it’s a thrill to step back through the doors of venues like World Café Live. Get the arts-lover in your crew gift cards, and check out the full calendar of events here. From $20, here.
FOR THE HOST
If you’re raising a glass for the holidays, make it Yards’ new India Pale Ale, brewed with fresh pineapple juice and Apollo, Centennial, and Columbus hops. All proceeds benefit Make The World Better Foundation, Connor Barwin’s nonprofit that improves playgrounds, parks, and outdoor spaces for our communities. Get yours at any of the citywide retailers listed here.
FOR THE TEACHERS
It’s always so hard to know what to give teachers, who so clearly deserve the world, especially after the last 20 months they’ve worked through. May we suggest a gift card to Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, where teachers have always gotten a 10-percent discount, along with these adorable bookmarks, too Bookmarks, $3, in-store only at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books.
FOR THE KIDS
Kids love putty because it’s ooey and gooey and silly and fun. We love it because the Norristown-based company employs people with disabilities and gives back to the community in countless ways. The “Present Surprise” is holiday-themed, and there are tons more options online. Get shopping, then read all about the company here. $15 here and at most local toy retailers.
FOR THE DOG
Dogs are the best, but their accessories are often so stinkin’ fugly. Not so with this chic, cozy bed from United By Blue, which comes in three sizes and is made in the U.S. with 100-percent upholstery-grade cotton and a brass zipper. Bonus: The Philly-based B-Corp removes one pound of trash from our oceans for each product you buy. From $139 here.
FOR THE SPORTY FAMILY ⛸
Send a sporty family you love to the new pop-up skating rink and winter village in Newtown Square, where Flight on Ice presents the Veterans Memorial Rink, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local veterans. Tickets here.