NEXTpittsburgh believes in supporting local entrepreneurs. So inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas,” we’re compiling a list of 12 gift ideas in our 2022 NEXT gift guide and releasing one each day. You’ll find unique presents and support Pittsburgh businesses and nonprofits. Check back throughout November and December as the list grows, and share your Pittsburgh pride with your loved ones.
For even more ideas, check out our 2021 NEXT gift guide.
4. Show off hometown pride with art from Greg’s Drawing Shop (aka Gregburgh)
Who wants to decorate their home with generic art from Target when they could instead hang portraits of unique Pittsburgh buildings? Deck the halls with hand-drawn prints of the Allegheny Observatory, the Carnegie Library in Oakland, the Golf Tower, Heinz Memorial Chapel and so many more. Photographer and illustrator Greg Sciulli sells his art online, at Wild Card in Lawrenceville and at various local vendor events throughout the year such as Squirrel Hill Night Markets and the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media Winter Artists’ Market on Dec. 10 at 1047 Shady Ave. Prices for unframed prints range from $6-$24, and framed prints are $20-$44. There’s even a Pittsburgh buildings 2023 calendar for $14 available in three different colors. If you’re looking for a more personalized, sentimental gift, Sciulli does custom portraits of homes or buildings for $125. – Cristina Holtzer
3. Spice up the holidays with Steel City Salt Co.
Steel City Salt Company, with shops in Millvale and the Strip District, has been flavoring dishes since 2014. While “salt” may be in the name, there are several other quality herbs, rubs and blends that also bring global tastes to Pittsburgh plates. Scoop up a few jars to mix and match for the chef of the family or purchase a gift set. A favorite package is the Taste of Pittsburgh, which has five bestsellers, all fine salts, herbs and spices. At $47 the quintet of jars pays homage to the city. Single spice jars make for great stocking stuffers or put together a larger grouping for a holiday host gift from $4.95 and up depending on the size and selection. – Abbie Synan
2. Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, Nov. 29 is Giving Tuesday, the perfect opportunity to make the place we call home even better for us all by supporting one of the many nonprofits that are the backbone of the community. Your act of generosity will build the better Pittsburgh we all want to live in. And real Pittsburghers know that charitable giving isn’t confined to one day a year. – Brian Hyslop
1. 412 and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy line of clothing and accessories
What gift shows off your Pittsburgh pride more than something from a new collection by retailer 412 and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy? Check out a range of products — from hats ($40) to hoodies ($70). A portion of the proceeds benefits the Parks Conservancy. The It’s Your Nature line is available on the 412 website and at the 412 South Side location at 420 S 27th St. – Brian Hyslop