URBANIST HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016
The holidays are stressful whether it’s from traveling to visit family or decorating or just trying to get to all the get-togethers. We want to take one thing off your to-do list: trying to figure out what to buy everyone this holiday season. We have gifts at every price point for everyone on your list from your dad who just wants to watch Penguins hockey to your fitness-obsessed friend — with of course some Pittsburgh favorites thrown in too.
Moop Backpack no. 1 ($197)
Handmade in Pittsburgh, this is the ultimate backpack for journeys near and far. It has plenty of room for extra clothes, a water bottle and of course — snacks for the trails ahead.
Glamping at Whispering Pines ($130/night)
A short 45-minute drive from Pittsburgh, your favorite urban hiker can spend a weekend fishing on the private pond, relaxing in a canoe and of course, hiking on the rails to trails.
Glacier National Park Blanket ($199)
Even when they can’t get outside they can dream of days exploring the great outdoors again. Plus, all Pendleton blankets are woven in their Oregon mill and are 100% wool. Pick one up locally at Jonathon Moran Woodworks in the Strip.
If your urban hiker doesn’t need a full Yeti cooler (or one just isn’t in the budget!) you can still gift them the epitome of outdoor cool with this mug that will keep drinks hot and cold for the longest of hikes.
Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set ($62)
Dad might never buy nice grooming products for himself which is why exactly you should hook him up. The scrubs slough away dead skin cells and leave skin primed for the Energizing Moisture Treatment — a must for East Coast winters.
Raise It T-Shirt ($20)
Win child of the year award by gifting dad tickets for you both to a Pirates game this summer along with this tee from local screenprinter Commonwealth Press.
Undercover Camo S’well Bottle ($35)
S’well bottles are well worth their price point — they keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. You can find S’well bottles at Ragged Row in Bakery Square and in Sewickley.
Anything from Shop 412 (varies)
Shop 412 carries the coolest Pittsburgh-branded gear in the city. Grab dad a t-shirt, hoodie or a hat (can’t forget stocking stuffers!) so he can rep the city in style.
Wiggle Whiskey Distillery Tour ($25)
Spring for the private tour of Wiggle Whiskey’s distillery in the Strip District. You and Dad will learn how they go from organic, local grain to full flavored, award winning whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka. It includes a cocktail to start and a seated tasting, too.
For $100, you can gift a membership for dad and a guest (you!) to all four Carnegie Museums — the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Science Center. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your dad on a snowy Saturday or Sunday.
Book of the Month Subscription ($14.99/month)
For the discerning reader, we suggest a Book of the Month subscription. Each month, the giftee can choose from one of five highly-curated books. Voracious reader? You can add in more books each month for a small fee.
Union Cuff from Studemaker Metals ($248)
Local metalsmiths Michael Studebaker & Alyssa Catalano released this brand new sterling silver and copper polished metal cuff just in time for the holidays. You can also find their wares at Vestis and Von Walter & Funk in town.
In the Company of Women ($21)
Grace Bonney of the popular blog Design Sponge sat down with over 100 female entrepreneurs, artists and makers to collect their life advice that’s applicable for any age.
In addition to all the awesome things in this highly-curated gift set (MAST Chocolate Bar, Alma Truffles, The Little Market Twisted Wood Salad Servers, Formulary 55 Day Dream Soap, Wild Hart Tea Towel ,Rifle Paper Co. Market Notepad and a Gratitude Collaborative Air Plant, this box also gives meals to 25 children in need within the US.
Gift Card from Pavement (varies)
Don’t worry about having to take anything back to the store when you buy Mom a gift card from Pavement on Butler Street. She can choose from a highly-curated selection of American-made designers and fashion brands, home goods and more.
Treat Mom to one of the country’s largest wine festivals where she can sample wines from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Australia, Germany, Chile, New Zealand, not to mention California, Pennsylvania and the Pacific Northwest. Food and entertainment are on deck as well. Tickets go on sale December 1st and sell out quickly!
Capture Your Style ($20)
Fashion blogger and influencer Aimee Song didn’t get over 4 million followers on Instagram for no reason. Her new coffee table book will up anyone’s IG account stat — because what’s the point of traveling if you’re not going to Instagram it?
Lovett Sundries (from $8)
Save the traveler in your life from bad hotel toiletries (sometimes you win, sometimes you lose). Lovett Sundries is all made from all natural ingredients and they have shampoo bars perfect for traveling, salt scrubs, lip tints and more. Pop into their Wilkinsburg store on Saturdays or Sundays or browse their wares at West Elm in Bakery Square.
Travel Pillow Set ($50)
Give the gift of some zzz’s en route with this wool and cashmere travel pillow and eye mask set.
Carry On Cocktail ($26)
Drinks are on you next trip! This FAA approved kit contains all the ingredients needed to create two cocktails mid-flight. Just add the hard stuff! Pick one (or two) at Kinsman in Lawrenceville.
All You Can Eat Press Food Map ($8)
Let’s be real — the best part of traveling is finding the best slice of pizza in NYC or the best croissant in Paris. Make it a little easier with one of these guides.
Mattress Factory Museum Membership ($70)
A membership to the Mattress Factory is one way to entice them to stay in Pittsburgh a little more often. There’s art installations from artists around the world and interactive exhibits which are sure to impress anyone.
When they’re working up a sweat their favorite hot yoga studio, things can get… slippy. Yogitoes soaks up sweat instantly and is a great barrier if they are traveling or need to rent a mat.
Activewear from Ragged Row (varies)
The team at Ragged Row has curated one of the best fitness and athleisure fashion collections in the city. Besides workout leggings and cute tops for the gym they also carry all the accessories you’d ever need (S’well bottles, gym bags and all natural-body products) for the gym.
Dona Jo Fitwear Leggings (from $72)
Designed in Pittsburgh and handmade in Brazil, bright Dona Jo leggings can be spotted in many a barre, yoga or spin class in town. You can find them at studios across the city (find a full list here).
Packing a lunch never looked so chic. Help them keep their health goals on track with this stylish lunch box.
Month Pass to Their Favorite Fitness Studio (price varies)
Give the gift of fitness when you gift them a month pass to their favorite studio. Most studios (cycling, yoga, CrossFit and Pilates) offer class passes or monthly memberships — call to check. In Pittsburgh, we love Amazing Yoga, Cycletique or The Barre Code.
Vooray Gym Bag ($50)
Sometimes all the motivation someone needs to get to the gym is cute workout gear. She’ll want to hit up her favorite class or WOD with this pretty bag from Vooray.
Sarris Candy (various prices)
One of our favorite ways to make an amazing gift basket is to load up on treats from the Sarris Candy Factory in Cannonsburg. Fill a basket up with a mix of milk and dark chocolate, chocolate covered pretzels and roasted nuts… and grab something to go for yourself, too.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream ($48 for four pints)
Even if that special foodie in your life doesn’t live in Pittsburgh they too can enjoy Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. Millie’s now ships four pints of their house-churned goodness anywhere in the US. Choose from Vegan, Classic, Nut Lovers or Taste of the Seasons.
We have an abundance of great house-roasted beans in Pittsburgh but sometimes you gotta switch things up. Mistobox is a monthly subscription service that will send you new coffees curated to your taste and price level weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. There’s over 300 choices in coffee to keep things interesting.
Bon Appetit Box ($30)
Maybe you can’t afford to send them to France but you can give them the best of France’s culinary offerings with this box. Package it up with a bottle of wine for extra brownie points.