Handmade in Philly: A One-of-a-Kind Gift Guide

These local boutiques offer unique gifts made in Philadelphia by Philadelphians.

Planning to give a gift? Match the style of the recipient with the style of these boutiques, each offering one-of-a-kind finds handcrafted in Philadelphia.


Fun & Modern

This is not your usual souvenir shop: In Old City’s Philadelphia Independents, every item is handmade by a Philadelphia artist, and each Philly-themed item references city icons in a fresh, fun way. The iconic soft-pretzel snack gets twisted into delicate 14k gold and sterling-silver necklaces by Crossed Out Creations; a Liberty Bell sculpted in scrapple stars is the centerpiece of a Dominic Episcopo photograph; Ben Franklin turns hipster on a coaster set by Frankadelphia. 

35 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA, 267.773.7316, www.philadelphiaindependents.com

Philadelphia Independents


Earthy & Elegant

At Moon + Arrow in Queen Village you’ll find handmade and vintage items, with many made in the store. The expansive interior has an earthy yet elegant vibe that’s reflected in its offerings, such as Brian Croney’s cups and bowls made from Pennsylvania clay dug by hand and totes of buttery hand-cut leather with unlined suede interior from Arden & James. In the back, Monique Peterson carves wooden jewelry faceted like gemstones.  An apothecary section, children’s toys made of natural materials and more environmentally conscious accessories round out the selections.

754 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.469.7448, www.moonandarrow.com

Moon + Arrow


Bold & Original

At Stadler-Kahn, owner—and author, illustrator, artist, textile designer—Alex Stadler packs a wildly eclectic array into his tiny Rittenhouse Square shop. Walk down a flight of steps into his bold world: A mix of art, vintage and category-defying original creations, like Heidi Bleacher’s multicolored faux rocks and fairytale characters crafted from needle-felted wool.  As befits the “elevated five & dime” motto of the store, there’s something delightful to uncover at every price point, from Nancy Lisagor’s $380 stunningly intricate bargello needlework Heart pillows to Alex’s own $15 gouache Heart paintings that double as wall art and ornaments.

 1724 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, 267.242.7154, www.stadler-khan.com

Stadler-Khan


Charming & Witty

Every gift needs a card, and Occasionette offers about 250 of them, all from independent designers. The South Philly boutique also offers pretty home décor items and owner Sara Villari’s own line of illustrated tea towels, lunch bags, baby bibs and onesies (most printed by hand in Philadelphia). Inspired by Sara’s former career, her charming city-themed collection puts a witty spin on traditional architectural drawings, labeling landmarks like Independence Hall and Boathouse Row with little tidbits of info.

1825 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.465.1704, www.occasionette.com

Occasionette


Stylish & Sweet

For lovers of all things stylish and sweet you can’t go wrong with a gift of gorgeous, luscious chocolate. At Verde gift shop, exclusive home to Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, watch through a window at the back of the boutique as organic ingredients from the Pennsylvania countryside transform into bite-size morsels of edible art. The chocolates and the shop come from Marcie Blaine Turney and Valerie Safran, whose popular Midtown Village restaurants inspire the unique flavors here. Perhaps your sweetie will savor the Hot Lolita of canela, ancho chile and almond? An Italian Flirt of rosemary, pinenut and caramel? Or a Philly-themed LOVE Park raspberry ganache? 

108 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.8700, www.verdephiladelphia.com

Verde

Doreen Creede
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A regular contributor to WHERE Philadelphia on chic finds in Philly, Doreen Creede has been...