While avoiding the mall is reason enough to support local businesses this holiday shopping season, you’ll also love discovering unique, handmade items instead of the usual chain store generics.  If you’re planning on hitting the streets in your neighborhood for your holiday shopping, we put together a gift guide to help you shop for everyone in your life. Whether you’re looking for the perfect baby gift or something special for a new love, here’s where to find meaningful items from our favorite Pittsburgh retailers.

For the Style Maven… 


Vegan Leather Bag – Ruhling Woven While everything in this perfectly curated, pastel dream of a boutique would make a welcome gift, the vegan leather circle bags fly off the shelves — and for obvious reasons. In your choice of mustard yellow or lavender, this one is a gift that any stylish lady would love.

Tweed Ballcap – Kinsman This warm ballcap by The Hill-Side is just one of many long-wearing accessories that you’ll find at Kinsman menswear shop, but we think it makes a particularly great gift for its practicality and its timeless style.

Cozy Winter Loungewear – No. 14 Boutique For those long days in around the holidays, No. 14 carries luxurious loungewear separates that are much more stylish than the usual baggy sweats. It’s not always easy to buy clothes for someone else, but everyone appreciates a great pair of cozy PJs!

For the Little One 

Mr. Rogers Trolley Tee – Steel City  For toddlers or big kids, this trolley tee from Steel City is the perfect blend of Pittsburgh pride and fun kids’ style. Plus, we’re always thinking the world could use a bit more Mr. Rogers in it.

Bandana Bib – Otto Finn Keep the baby in your life looking sweet and stylish with these colorful bibs made from Otto Finn’s handcrafted textiles. You can shop these and the brand’s other wares at their communal maker space, Make + Matter.

For the Outdoorsy Type… 


Wood + Metal Phone Case – Kerfcase Just try breaking your phone when it’s dressed in one of these wooden and metal phone cases from local maker Kerf. With an aluminum alloy frame and your choice of wood inserts, it’s perfect for the friend who’s always on the go and needs some extra phone protection.

Kinto Coffee/Water Thermos – Moop Our favorite purveyors of fine canvas bags made in Pittsburgh also sell these beautiful and functional thermoses made for coffee, water or any liquid you like (maybe even a little wine for a cold hike). The Kinto Travel Thermos is pretty enough to bring with you to your favorite coffee shop, but durable enough to tote along on a Frick Park hike.

For the Food Enthusiast…




Charcuterie Subscription – Salty Pork Bits Acclaimed Chef Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla offers a charcuterie subscription (yep, you read that right) that could, quite possibly, be the best gift possible for any meat lover. Salty Pork Bits is a three-month subscription service that delivers “transcendent salami” straight to your door, or a one-time holiday box delivered to anywhere in the country. But act fast, only a few more subscriptions for the year are being offered on 12/5 and you will be fighting with folks from California for them.

A Beautiful Cookbook (or Cocktail Book) – Von Walter and Funk Von Walter and Funk carry a wide selection of gorgeous kitchen wares, but we’re especially fond of their ever-changing cookbook selection. Whether your loved one is into French cooking or mixing the perfect cocktail, there’s a book for every occasion (and every entertaining style).

Bottle(s) of Cider or Mead – Threadbare Cider With local pick-up or delivery to anywhere in the country, Threadbare Cider’s locally made ciders and meads are delicious gifts for the wine or beer connoisseur. The bottles only get better with age, so this is a gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Mesa Bowl – Oatmeal Beloved Pittsburgh ceramics brand Oatmeal is known for its recognizable knot necklaces, but the newer Mesa Bowls are just as beautiful and useful. These handmade serving bowls are slip cast from hand-poured porcelain — and are practically begging to be displayed on your holiday table.

Coffee & A Mug – Redhawk Coffee & PG&H Where else in town can you sip Redhawk Coffee while shopping locally produced goods? Visit PG&H’s new downtown storefront and pick up a bag of Redhawk Coffee newest addition to their lineup, house roast beans (from their Sharpsburg roastery!) and a to-go ceramic tumbler from Jowdy Studios to create the perfect gift duo for the coffee lover in your life.

For the Homebody… 

Hamilton Tickets – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Even the city’s biggest homebody would venture out in the cold for Hamilton! The biggest Broadway sensation in recent years comes to Pittsburgh this January, and tickets are a seriously hot commodity. If you want to snag some, keep an eye on the Cultural Trust website — and start saving now.

Records & Palo Santo Sticks – Mello & Sons Lawrenceville’s resident denim slingers also sell a great selection of vintage records for everyone on your shopping list. Pair them with a bundle of Palo Santo sticks and bam! — it’s like a cozy night in, all in one gift.

Pittsburgh Signs – hot haute hot These cool, vintage-inspired signs are great for gifting, whether your loved one is decorating their Pittsburgh apartment or bringing a piece of home to a far-flung city.

Ion Lamp: Pittsburgh Edition – Schoolhouse Electric Are you as excited as we are to add Schoolhouse Electric to our list of “local” shops? The mega-popular Portland-based company just opened its doors in Pittsburgh this fall, and it already put out a Pittsburgh version of the beloved Ion Lamp, a petite but still impactful fixture that any stylish homebody would love to receive.