Last-minute shoppers guide to gifts from local businesses

Plus, all of the socially distant holiday things you can do around town

by Lindsay Patross
December 18, 2020

We are just a handful of sleeps* away from the big man in the red suit sliding down your chimney. There is still time to pick up a few more gifts. We are here to help you find the perfect gift from a local artists and small business with just a few clicks. Almost all of these businesses offer shipping or curbside pickup. Many local shops will allow you to schedule a private shopping appointment.

Great Gift Ideas: Yinzer Shopping Network

We’ve put together four videos to walk you through our favorite gifts of the season. Filled with yinzer references and Pittsburgh puns, we think you will find these videos useful and entertaining.

🎁 Gifts & Ornaments – plus a Gisele Fetterman shares some of her favorite gifts from local makers

📚 Books & Games – local authors and a very Pittsburgh take on bean bag toss

🍪 Tasty Treats – don’t miss the Immaculate Reception of chocolate

👕 T-shirts, Hats and Bowties – plus everyone needs a greynbow to wear

Curbside Pickup & Delivery


The Frick Gift Shop/Point Breeze

➡️ The Frick is one of several local museums that you can browse online

Food & Drink

Market Street Grocery/Downtown


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Ornaments that give back: Here are seven shiny things for your tree that benefit local nonprofits.

The best local gift shops: These stores that offer a range of gifts from local artists. Even better, all three offer curbside pickup.

The best gifts for pets: We’ve got a round up of the finest treats and accessories for pets from local businesses. (Looking for more? Check out our guide to locally owned pet stores to support a local business in your neighborhood.

For the beer drinkers: Here is a look at gifts for beer lovers from local businesses. Prefer to buy a book for the beer lover on your list? We’ve got a list of recommended reading from Pittsburgh area brewers.

All of the local bottle shops: Pick up a six pack or two to give (or for you to try something new) and one of the 11 bottle shops around town.

Give gifts that keep coming: There is a subscription gift for everyone on your list. From cheese (yes, Penn Mac has a cheese subscription) to coffee and chocolate, local businesses can keep delivering cheer into the new year.

Spirits and snacks: We’ve got a guide to made-in-Pittsburgh vodkas and the best snacks to accompany your sipping. Don’t miss our guide to making better cocktails at home.

Don’t forget about sports: We take a look at the best black & gold gear from local businesses. Support the home team and shop local.

In the kitchen: Since this is the year everyone has been cooking at home, we’ve got a guide to the best Pittsburgh cookbooks.


Some holiday cheer from home or your car

Things to do: Beep. Beep. We take a look at all of the holiday lights you can see from your car. Plus, we’ve got a know-before-you-go guide to Overly’s country Christmas.

Things to read: The Christmas Tree Capital of the World is just an hour outside of town.

Things to watch: The “Happiest Season” was filmed right here. Hulu’s new holiday movie was filmed here in Pittsburgh, we’ve got a list of all of the local spots you’ll see in the film.


Food and drink

Outdoor beer drinking: Just a stone’s throw into Butler County is Stick City Brewing, a Mars-based brewery that’s passionate about beer and the environment. We sat down for a Q&A with head brewer Nick Salkeld to learn more.

Takeout pairings: Here are six Pittsburgh-area breweries with nearby takeout options.

Bringing the brewery home: We’ve updated our guide to beer delivery from local breweries. Like Santa, they will even bring gifts like hats, glasses and T-shirts to your door.


Jammin with Uncle Jammy’s on The Slaw

We’re closing out “Maker Month” on our podcast with a spicy conversation about sauces and dry rubs. Jamal Etienne-Harrigan of Uncle Jammy’s joins us to chat about seasonings and beer pairings and scaling up his homemade wing sauce company.

Tune in and hear about how Jamal scaled Uncle Jammy’s from small, prototype batches to being on the shelves at area Whole Foods and Giant Eagle Market District locations. He walks us through both of his Fresh Fest Beer Festival collaborations and shouts out his neighbor Dennis (from First Sip Brew Box) as being a positive influence on his business as well.

🎧 You can download this episode or listen via iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher. Join the conversation in our Facebook group for The Slaw.


*Speaking of more sleeps… Cinderlands Beer has a new beer “One More Sleep” that is the perfect gift for a parent that has had too much Elf on the Shelf.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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