301 Shiloh St., Mt. Washington
This place has a terrific selection of locally-made gifts — a pierogi-adorned towel, a “Lil’ Yinzer” onesie, a 1971 World Series t-shirt, et cetera — and is just a short walk away from one of the world’s greatest urban views.
691 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. – 8 pm. Sat.; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun.
You can’t go wrong with a creative Pittsburgh themed t-shirt — like “Yinzer” in the style of Thrasher magazine logo, or the Slayer logo (with hockey sticks) — made in Pittsburgh by these expert screen-printers. They sell vinyl, too, and parking chairs. (Yes, parking chairs. Can’t get through a Pittsburgh winter without them!)
4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Wed.; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs. – Fri.; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun.
Unique gift ideas abound at this Butler Street gem which features an amazing selection of handmade and local-themed items — Pittsburgh-y mugs, dish towels, magnets, apparel and more, along with t-shirts, books, bags, jewelry and knickknacks a-plenty. Plus, they sell the cards and wrapping paper to go with them.
239-241 E Main St, Carnegie
11 a.m to 9 p.m. Tues. – Sat.
If you’re a vintage fanatic, or are gift-giving to someone who is, Flying Squirrel is the place to peruse. You’ll find kitsch of all kinds here: from toys and games to books to sports memorabilia to once-futuristic looking robotics. Best of all, while you figure out how spoil your friends, you can treat yourself to some cold comfort from Pittsburgh Ice Cream Co. & Leona’s. Everyone wins.
4415 Butler St., Lawrenceville
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tues. – Sat.; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun.
These are the most beautiful chocolates you’ll find in Pittsburgh — and perhaps anywhere — made by a chocolatier who’s worked in Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning restaurants, and a guy with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from CMU. They’re debuting a new “winter caramel” series with confections that look like snowflakes. A519 chocolates can be found at most Market District stores and other locations locally, but they’re also opening a pop-up shop at their Lawrenceville home through Valentine’s Day.
Society for Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman St., Strip District
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat.
Contemporary Craft is a gift in itself, fostering creativity and diversity within Pittsburgh and the world or makers. For the art lover in your life, they sell works from hundreds of the top craft artists in America, from jewelry to fiber to furniture.
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Rd., Mt. Lebanon
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Wed.; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun.
Located in the South Hills, The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh (you can’t miss the big green barn on McFarland) showcases a vast selection of work by 300 local and regional artists, including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustration, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and more. The 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center also offers classes, lectures, summer camps and workshops, and includes a café with space for performances and events.
2103 Penn Ave., Strip District
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed.; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs. – Fri.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun.
Just like it says on the bottle, here you’ll find all made-in-PA spirits. That includes the many-award-winning Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Whiskey Rebellion-themed whiskey from Liberty Pole Spirits and Bella Bambini Limoncello. A gift from this spot is sure to make the holidays merry.