The Ultimate Pittsburgh Gift Guide - Holidays 2018

Ready or not, it’s the holiday season again!

And with that, I guess it’s about time I update my Pittsburgh Holiday Gift Guide.

When I first published this guide in 2017, it took everything out of me. I spent hours ( and I mean hours) formatting/flighting with Squarespace to get it published.

But it ended up being worth it! A year later, it’s still super relevant and helpful! I don’t need to rewrite it again this year because…. well, yeah! It’s still right here.

I couldn't be more proud... and by that I mean proud of my city! We are SO lucky to live in a place with this many talented residents! 

As this is a "Pittsburgh Holiday Guide," every single item on this list was either made in Pittsburgh, or specifically relates to the city (or both!)  

I provided links for online ordering, but many of these items can be found in different shops across the city. If you see something you like, use the brand's website and see if they can be found in any local shops. 

What’s your favorite local gift? Leave it in the comments below!

Without further ado....

My Favorite Pittsburgh Holiday Gifts - Christmas 2018

Section 1 -Trinkets:

Sapling Press

Various cards, napkins, magnets, ect with hilarious sayings

Shop Sapling Press.

Natter Doodle

natter doodle  wine bag

natter doodle wine bag

Tons of calligraphy/lettering items. Stationary, posters, trinkets, ect!

Shop Natter Doodle


Quirky shirts.

Shop HarajukuThreads


Pins, stickers, ect.

Shop YeahYelhsa.


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onesie - garbella

Screen printed Pittsburgh items.

Shop Garbella.

Simple Sugar

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photo: simple sugars

Locally made, all-natural scrubs.

Shop Simple Sugars online.

Printer Punch

felicia - printer punch

felicia - printer punch

Hand-painted wine glasses and mugs

Shop Printer Punch.

Simon's Granddaughter

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Kitschy plates with funny sayings.

Shop Simon's Granddaughter.

North Ave Candles

Candles with scents based on popular books.

Shop North Ave Candles.

Gridlock Lacquer

Pittsburgh-themed nailpolish.

Shop Gridlock Lacquer.


Various stickers, pins, and magnets.

Shop Emily.

Fiber and Gloss

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Mugs, prints, stickers, magnets, ect.

Shop Fiber and Gloss.

Cricket Lane Studio

Mugs, calligraphy prints, ect.

Check below for local coffee suggestions to pair with these mugs! 

Shop Cricket Lane Studio

Kerf Cases

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Shop Kerf Cases.

Stitchburgh Boutique

Section 2 - Experiences:

Popcraft Classes

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Pop up craft classes - make something artsy with the Popcraft folks. Classes change frequently and include mosaics, reclaimed wood art, hand lettering, and much more.

Book a Popcraft class online

21 Course Tasting Menu at The Twisted Frenchman


The Twisted Frenchman restaurant in East Liberty offers a 21-course chef's tasting menu inside of the kitchen of the restaurant.  

I got my parents this experience for their 30th wedding anniversary. My parents live & breath food, attend Food Network festivals, and have been to countless Michelin Starred restaurants. They say the meal was unlike anything they have ever experienced.

This tasting menu is easily the ultimate food experience currently available in Pittsburgh. 

The Twisted Frenchman. Call (412) 665-2880 for reservations. 

Candle Making at The Candle Lab

Pick an empty jar (prices $16 - $31) that can later be brought into the store to make a custom candle. Choose from dozens of scents to make a completely personalized candle. Each candle can combine up to three scents.

The Candle Lab is located at 4409 Butler St. 

A519 Chocolate Making

Pittsburgh's too-pretty-to-eat boutique chocolate company, A519 chocolate, offers a personalized, three hour truffle making class with their nationally acclaimed head chocolatier, Amanda Wright. 

A519 Truffle Making.

Beer Making at Copper Kettle


Copper Kettle Brewing Company offers guests the opportunity to purchase a fun, educational brewing experience. For $200, a CKB brewer will guide you through the brewing experience, bottles, caps, cases and generic labels.  The experience takes 2 hours. A few months later, you'll receive 4 cases of beer.  

Book a brewing experience at Copper Kettle

Porter Tours Beer Tour


Give the gift of a beer tour around Pittsburgh. Hang out on the stylish Porter bus and get a tour of several breweries around the city. 

Book a beer tour

Tech Class with HackPgh

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photo: hackpgh

Hack Pgh hosts fun tech classes like "Build a LED Flashing Xmas Tree." Keep your eye on their schedule for something that interests you. 

Book a Hack Pgh Class

Workshop PGH DIY School

WorkshopPGH in Garfield has a consistent rotation of unique art classes including fringe jewelry, wreath making, wooden benches, and much more.

Book a WorkshopPGH class. 

Section 3 - Food:

Canned Beers from Local Breweries

Many breweries in Pittsburgh have "can release days" where customers can purchase canned varieties of their favorite local beers. This is great for friends and relatives in and out of Pittsburgh. Many beer fans outside of the city would have no chance to try these brews otherwise. (Personal favorites include Hitchhiker and Dancing Gnome). 

Sugar Bakers

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photo: sugar bakeers

Shop Sugar Bakers.

Chip and Kale Local Meal Delivery

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photo: chip and kale

Chip and Kale meal delivery is like Blue Apron... but local and healthy. The business offers 100% plant-based gourmet food delivery. They deliver within a 20 miles radius of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Order Chip and Kale Meal.

A519 Chocolates

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photo: a519 chocolate

A519 Chocolates can be ordered online

Beautiful Bread from Mediterra Bakehouse

Mediterra Bakehouse.

Country Hammer Moonshine

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photo: country hammer moonshine

Funky flavor moonshine - Birthday Cake, Butterscotch, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese’s Cup, ect. 

Country hammer has two locations in Pittsburgh.

Leaf & Twig Tea

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photo: leaf and twig tea

Shop Leaf and Twig tea.

Gingerbread Bar - Nathan Miller Chocolate

(Okay, yeah... this is closer to Philly... but c'mon! Gingerbread chocolate??)

Shop Nathan Miller Chocolate

Yummyholic Cookies

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Threadbare Cider.

Local Coffee

Pittsburgh has dozens of local coffee roasters. Check the vendor list for Rise + Shine festival for a list of Pittsburgh roasters. 

Ultra Matcha

Shop this Lawrenceville-based Matcha company.


Jenna Vanden Brink

Shop Jenna Vanden Brink.

Brian Giniewski

(Okay he is Philly, but shhhh)

Shop Brian Giniewski.

Margaret Haden Ceramics

Shop Margaret Haden.

Reiko Yamamoto

Shop Reiko Yamamoto.

Docks from STAK Ceramics

Shop STAK Ceramics.

White Swan Studio

Shop Camp Copeland.

Section 4 - Artwork:

Stoop Kid Creative

Stoop kid creative

Stoop kid creative

Shop Stoop Kid Creative

Red Robot Creative

Red Robot creative

Red Robot creative

Shop Red Robot Creative.

Reconstructing Ideas


Shop KloRebel.

Baxter and the Bear

Shop Baxter and the Bear.


(cut maps)



Shop Mapsburgh.

Strawberry Luna

Abbie adams

Abbie adams

Reach out to Abbie for information on her prints, or to order a custom house portrait.

Section 5 - Jewelry:

Samantha Skelton Jewelry

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Samantha Skelton has a shop on Penn Ave in Bloomfield.

Frost Finery

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Shop Frost Finery.

What section was your favorite? Please let me know in the comments below! 

If you buy any of these gifts, please leave tag me in your pictures in Instagram


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