Looking for something special for your loved ones this holiday season? These one-of-a-kind artisanal Philly gifts will do the trick.
In Old City sits Philadelphia Independents, a gift shop filled with "Made in Philly" items from some of the city's most creative and talented artists and craftspeople. Philly-themed items like jewelry showing the city's skyline, the Liberty Bell or the ubiquitous Philly snack, the soft pretzel, fit perfectly in your suitcase. How about a coaster set featuring a modern interpretation of Ben Franklin, hand-embroidered Philly-themed tea towels, or a Philly map with highlighted illustrated landmarks?
35 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 267.773.7316
Nice Things Handmade
Trying out some of East Passyunk Avenue's hot restaurants? Stop into Nice Things Handmade. This is the neighborhood's go-to spot for Philly and American-made gifts, and has become a destination for discerning travelers. Have a niece who is having her first child? That baby will be running up and down the Art Museum steps in no time in a "Rocky"-themed onesie and doing the twist in clever baby booties. Handmade cards are perfect for everyone. The range of prices on artwork means there is something for everyone's budget. Don't miss the fabulous selection of artisan-made jewelry as well. 1731 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 267.455.0256
Art Star is a mainstay among shops for art and handmade in Philadelphia. Shop from and take home an exclusive library of original prints from Julianna Swaney. Everyone from babies to adults will want to rock Noosed Kitty's "I Fight Crime" t-shirt—who doesn't love a kitten with underwear on its head? There is always a featured artist and many limited-edition offerings as well. Art Star also hosts its Craft Bazaar three times a year, featuring a well-curated selection of gifts for every season.
623 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215.238.1557