Shopping local helps more money stay in our local economy, creates jobs, and strengthens our communities. Supporting local small businesses also means supporting your local community. In fact, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to nonprofits and community causes. TWO HUNDRED FIFTY PERCENT!
This list local shops, makers, and artists can help you find gifts for the most difficult person on your list. While you’re at it, you might as well add a few items to your own list.
For Living Your Best Life
Barnet Fair, 139 N Third Street, Old City
Give the gift of good hair! The hair stylists of Barnet Fair salon thrive on cultivating natural and true style. Through a shared creative journey, they discover, document, and create a look that best fits your life style. Grab a gift card for a range of services or one of their products, and maybe treat yourself to a styling before your favorite holiday party. @barnetfairhair
Mamas Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street, Washington Square West
A boutique yoga studio and wellness center that provides a range of classes, workshops, and series. They also have a boutique with essential oils, candles, custom eye pillows, handmade jewelry, teas, sage bundles, dream catchers, and more. @mamaswellnessjoint
Vitality Meditation, 1856 Frankford Ave, Fishtown
A boutique meditation studio created by sisters Anastasia and Jasmine Bailey with the mission of giving a “renewed vitality that will help you engage mindfully and step into your power.” Classes include intro to meditation, happy mind, open heart, mindfulness, deep relaxation, and a range of other classes that will help you live your best life. This might be one you throw on your own list!
Franklin & Whitman, HQ at Bok Building
The plant-based, cruelty-free skincare products of Franklin & Whitman are handcrafted right here in Philadelphia and are named after your favorite neighborhoods and parks. Their line includes all-natural care for face, lips, hair, body, men’s grooming, and pets. And 5% of all sales are donated to dog rescue organizations. They’ve done the heavy lifting for you by putting together this handy Holiday Gift Guide that includes all-natural Beard Serum and mini masks perfect for stocking stuffers. @frankandwhit
For the Drinkers
Stateside Vodka and Federal Distilling Room, 1700 N Hancock St, Olde Kensington
Gifting a premium, local, handcrafted bottle of vodka can really set a statement. Check out Stateside Vodka’s nifty store finder to help you get started. Or you can visit their full service cocktail lounge attached to their distillery in Olde Kensignton. You will not regret it. You may have already had a taste or two at our Holiday Fete this November where Stateside sponsored our signature cocktails for the night. @statesidevodka
Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N Front St, Fishtown
Offering a perfect range of beers with perfectly-crafted names. Use their beer finder to locate your closest source. You can go the extra mile and impress your beer-loving friends by picking up cans of their December releases. Our clients loved the “Trust the Process” brew we brought to our Holiday Fete.
Ploughman’s Cider, HQ Adams County, PA
From their sparkling apple peach wine to their wild fermented cider aged on pinot noir skins, the apples in Ploughman’s products are harvested from their orchards at Three Springs Fruit Farm. Pick up your favorite cider at Bella Vista Beverage, Bottle Bar East, Local 44 Bottleshop, or find your nearest retail outlet here.
For the Fashion-forward
The Geisha House, 149 N 3rd Street, Old City
Women’s boutique filled with items like clothes you can wear day and night, perfect dresses you can throw on out the door, and necklaces that you can pair with pretty much anything and look amazing. The service is top-notch and can serve as personal gift finders for you. The Philly Home Girls team recently attended their first City Influencer party where we met some of their amazing staff and stylists. Ask for Emma, she knows what is good! @thegeishahouse
Bonded Boutique and Alterations/Laundry Service, 3724 Spruce St #A, University City
A stylish apparel and accessories boutique that also offers expert tailoring and alteration services along with professional dry cleaning services. Who wouldn’t want a pre-loaded credit for wash and fold laundry service?! @bondedboutique
Littlebags.BIGIMPACT, HQ in Wynnewood
Shop sustainable and local while supporting a young female entrepreneur! Anna King uses recycled textiles that would have been thrown into a landfill to create her handmade clutches, crossbody bags, pouches, and totes. Plus, a percentage of every sale is donated to Tree House Books, a giving library and literacy center in Philadelphia. @littlebags.bigimpact
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Anethem Jewelry, HQ in Philadelphia
For anyone and everyone!
Little Baby’s Ice Cream Fishtown, Cedar Park, Center City East, University City, Cherry Street Pier & more
They call their Scoop Shops “localized manifestations of our Uniquely Babysian aesthetic.” You can really get anyone ice cream! Pick up a pint from their rotating menu to bring to a holiday dinner, or ask your scoopista about gift cards. And, of course, you might as well treat yourself to a scoop for being so gracious. @littlebabysic
Occasionette, 1825 East Passyunk Ave, Passyunk Square and Collingswood
An amazing neighborhood gift shop, curated with candles, tea towels, jewelry, bar wares, candies, notebooks, journals, photo frames, and so much more. Occasionette seeks to be an asset to its community in each neighborhood, from serving as a site host for CSA's from local farms to being the perfect place to pick up that little something for the people you love. Who doesn’t want to support that? @occasionette
The Little Apple, 4361 Main St, Manayunk
A small boutique in the heart of Manayunk with all things gifty! Think letterpress greeting cards, local art, men’s products, home decor, and kitchen gadgets. Grab one of everyone’s cult favorite Capri Blue Volcano scented candles or a Be Seen Be Heard Serena Camo Scarf. We are loving the ceramic animal booties by local artist Sarah Brett. @thelittleapplestore
For the Home
Remark Glass, HQ in Bok Building
A glassblowing studio that transforms used bottles into usable goods (that double as pieces of art) including barware, dinnerware, lighting fixtures and other home decor. A beautiful, handcrafted gift for someone special. Their products can be found on their website and at Art in the Age in Old City. @remarkglass
Farmhaus, HQ in Kensington
Farmhaus is the one man furniture studio of Ben McBrien based in the Kensington. Using salvaged wood and American hardwoods like Ash and Walnut, his beautiful pieces are made to last generations. His collection includes Dasian Modern, (a hybrid of Scandanavian and Asian styles,) shaker-inspired beds, and a bench inspired by George Nakashima.
For the Art Lover
This one woman operation creates stunning custom woodcut and papercut maps of Philadelphia areas. Great for someone who just put down roots in a neighborhood! Get your order in now to guarantee your custom order is finished by Christmas. Sizes start at 5″x7″ and $50.
You may recognize Martha’s work from one of her infamous speech bubble murals, but her work has been used in music videos, advertising, magazines, book covers (to name a few) and her paintings have been shown in galleries across the country and internationally. Her work is spectacularly colorful and witty. Whether it is a painting, a print, or one of her bags or socks for Blue Q, everyone could use a little Martha Rich in their lives. @martharich63
Emily Taylor Rogers is Philadelphia artist whose work includes portraiture and surreal elements inspired by concepts of femininity, spirituality, nature and symbolism. Whether it’s one of her original pieces with gold leaf and diamond dust, or a fine art print, it’s sure to bring creative energy to any space. @emilytaylor.artist
Philadelphia-based studio Gina and Matt is made up of married duo Gina Triplett, illustrator and artist for a long list of prestigious clients and brands, and Matt Curtius, artist and Associate Professor at The University of the Arts. Currently on their site are the most colorful prints that would bring life to any home. @ginaandmattstudio
Also check out
Gravy Studio and Gallery, Northern Liberties
The Fairmount House, Northern Liberties
Frame Fatale, Passyunk Square
This private custom tattoo and design studio is made up of some of the city’s greatest artists. Grab a gift certificate redeemable for custom tattoos by any artist done at True Hand Society.
For the Foodies
Green Aisle Grocery, Passyunk Square, Graduate Hospital
Owned by fourth-generation South Philadelphian brothers, Green Aisle Grocery specializes in local, organic, and gourmet foods. Some great gift ideas for the foodies in your life - cookbooks, chocolates, and their house-made line of preserves, pickles, nut butters, and teas. All of their delicious foods and products are curated with consciousness of how they of benefit our planet, and support local and small business economies. @greenaisle
Primal Supply Meats, 1538 East Passyunk Ave., Passyunk Square
Butchers that source directly from local farmers who raise animals in natural, healthy environments and manage their land responsibly. Have anyone on the list that only wants practical gift? A one-time Butcher's Club Shares Package is the perfect. They start at $44 and are composed of a variety of fresh cuts of locally-sourced grassfed beef, woodlot pork and pastured chicken. You can also find their products at Riverward Produce Market in Fishtown and at Tired Hands General Store in Ardmore. @primalsupplymeats
Also check out
Riverwards Produce, Fishtown
Weavers Way, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Ambler
Mighty Bread Co, Passyunk Square
Farm Fromage, HQ Lancaster
For the Little Ones
A Whimsical line of baby one-pieces and toddler t-shirt that check all the best criteria: organic cotton, made in USA, handprinted with non-toxic inks, created by local Philadelphia artist, Julianna Lose. We suggest the Half Pint for the baby with beer-loving parents, or My ‘Lil Cheesesteak for the Philly-centric. Shop online or check out their city stock lists on their site.
by Raj Halder & Chris Carpenter, art by Maria Tina Beddia (Philadelphians!)
An atypical and alliterate alphabet book that pokes fun at the words in the English language that have rule-breaking silent letters. Co-written by Philadelphia-based rapper, composer, and producer Raj Halder, better known as Lushlife. Support your local bookstore by picking up a copy at places like Brickbat Books in Queen Village.
Minnow Lane, 2029 Frankford Ave., Fishtown/East Kensington
Natural parenting store filled with handmade and responsibly-made toys, organic clothing, organic skincare, natural remedies, babywearing, breastfeeding products, baby essentials, children's books, and more. They even have imaginative and artistic gifts in stock for kids up to 8 years old for the holiday season. @minnowlane
Also check out
Tildie’s Toy Box, Passyunk Square
Momo’s Tree House, Old City, Fitler Square
For the Earth-Friendly
Perfect family gift! Bennett Composting makes it simple to compost. Fill your bucket with organic material that can be composted, which is about 24% of our waste, and they will pick it up on your schedule. They even provide the bucket! Fill out their form online to get a quote. @bennettcompost
Community Supported Agriculture
Supporting CSA farming reduces waste created by packaging and transportation of food. Some local ones to check out.
Lancaster Fresh Farm Co-op, multiple pick up locations
Philly Food Works, multiple pick up locations
For Making a Difference
There are so many great Philadelphia nonprofits that benefit a wide range of causes. Philadelphia Magazine put together a great list of organizations that includes what each one does, their cause, and their budget. Whether your passion for giving is in animal welfare, food insecurity, literacy, legal justice, veteran support, or many others, your gifted donation can make a big impact in our city.