URBANIST’S HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2019

Who says holiday wish lists should end after childhood? While we’re not quite sure about handing out lists of things you’re coveting to your friends and family members, we’re all about writing down our own wishes for the holiday season.

We could all use a bit of indulgence (or “self-care,” if you prefer) to offset the stress of holiday shopping, family visits and insane airport travel. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or just something sweet for yourself, we’ve put together the ultimate Pittsburgh holiday wish list for that special someone — even if that person is you.

Driftwood Oven bread share. We’re all about their incredible sourdough pizzas, so naturally, we would love to snag one of these Driftwood Oven bread shares. Much like a farmers market CSA, this monthly subscription gets you a different loaf each week, including options like seeded bread, spent grain bread, porridge bread, and olive and Parmesan. Plus, the gym can wait til February, we’ll take all the bread in January.

Tickets to a Trust or City Theatre show. Theater fan? Know someone who is? Tickets to a local show make great gifts, especially if that’s not something that you (or your loved ones) would normally spring for. Starting in 2020, the Trust season includes classic shows like Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cats, while City Theatre’s season includes smaller, exciting shows from up-and-coming writers and directors.

Stak Ceramics Planter Bookend from PG&H. Downtown maker space PG&H is known for its well-curated selection of local Pittsburgh wares, and this winter, we’re especially lusting after these sleek planters from local brand Stak Ceramics. Pick up a pair for a friend with a green thumb, or as a way to spruce up your own space and offset the gloomy weather outside.

Schoolhouse Kennedy Clock. A $300 clock isn’t normally something we’d splurge on, but it would certainly make a sharp gift for your friend who always has the best home goods. And hey — if you’ve been frugal all year, we certainly wouldn’t judge you if you invested in something shiny for your own wall.

Restaurant gift card. Yes, it’s slightly boring to give, but a restaurant gift card to a place you’ve always wanted to try is pretty great to receive. Lots of places are giving out deals or bonus buys for the holidays, so it’s a win/win situation for you and your recipient alike. We’d suggest snagging a DeShantz Restaurant Group (tako, Butcher & the Rye, Fish Nor Fowl, Poulet Bleu), Union Standard or Big Burrito gift card, as every $100 you spend gets you an extra $20 or $25.

A spa day in the city. For that friend who works too much (or maybe even yourself) a pre-planned spa day is ultimate in winter indulgence. Book a relaxing haircut at Alchemy Dry Cut Lounge in Lawrenceville, a massage at the Fairmont Hotel, and a post-treatment glass of champagne once you’re coming down from your day of relaxation.

Bonus: Foodie gifts for holiday parties. And for all those holiday parties you’ll inevitably end up going to, you’ll need a thoughtful host/hostess gift. We’d love to receive a bottle of Threadbare Cider or charcuterie from Salty Pork Bits, Chef Justin Severino’s charcuterie-of-the-month subscription that’s popping up IRL for the holiday season at 2018 Smallman Street in the Strip. Even better, drop a dozen Pigeon Bagels with their incredible beet cream cheese to your host the morning after as the best thank you one could ever get (cough, cough… anyone coming to our house this holiday take note that we are everything bagel fans).