There’s a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter, and festive lattes are back in coffee shops across the city. You know what that means—the holiday shopping season has arrived.
Holiday shopping is a great chance to get thoughtful gifts for your family and friends, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to shop small and support local businesses during this chaotic year.
Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up a few local gift shops that deserve your attention.
Top 3 local gift shops to shop local this holiday season
Situated along Butler Street in Lawrenceville, Wildcard is home to some wildly good greeting cards, notebooks, tote bags, children’s books and more. From yinzer-themed items to clever pop culture references, the gifts at Wildcard are sure to please the loved ones in your life (even the ones who aren’t from Pittsburgh).
To shop from Wildcard, you can either place orders for curbside pickup or try in-store shopping. Just remember to check their site for the most current hours of operation—and if you’re shopping in the store, don’t forget your mask!
Side note: If your mask collection feels a little lackluster, you can find fun new masks at Wildcard, too.
For thoughtful, locally-made gifts, check out love, Pittsburgh. From artwork and kitchen gear to keychains and hand-knit accessories, this shop has a little bit of everything. As a bonus, their products come straight from some of your favorite local makers—like Steel City Salt Company and North Ave Candles. Even if you’re planning on only getting gifts for friends and family, you might end up wanting to treat yourself!
You can find love, Pittsburgh at three physical locations: Downtown on Liberty Avenue, Mt. Washington on Shiloh Street and Penn Ave in the Strip District. But you can also virtually shop their wide selection of gifts here. Be sure to visit their site for the latest info on in-store shopping appointments and curbside pickup.
For a modern twist on the traditional bazaar, you’ll want to check out Adda Bazaar. You might be familiar with Adda from their coffee and tea shops in Shadyside and North Side…maybe you even bought a Bombabird Ceramics mug or some craft chocolate from Adda’s cafes while your latte was being made. Adda Bazaar expands the shopping component of Adda to include even more carefully-sourced products that your friends and family are sure to love.
You can find mugs, chocolate, coffee and tea at Adda Bazaar, but there’s much more to explore beyond typical cafe wares—just look at this spice mix from Jalsa by Veda. The bazaar also includes items like soap, hoodies, sunscreen and pesto.
To shop the bazaar, visit their physical location in Garfield or buy products from their site.
But Wait…There’s More!
That’s a (gift) wrap on our top picks for holiday shopping, but you can also check out The Warhol Store at the Warhol Museum in North Side or The Shop at Phipps within Phipps Conservatory in Oakland for more unique, Pittsburgh-y gift options. Happy shopping!