Stock up on locally crafted jewelry, art, home goods, clothes, food and drink and much more using our all-in-one 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, which includes 30 gender-neutral picks sure to please even the Grinchiest on your list. (Credit: iStockPhoto)
‘Tis the season to shop local. And Uwishunu is here to help.
After some serious browsing, sifting, taste-testing and evaluating, we’ve pulled together our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Rather than narrowing your options by category, we thought it would be helpful to provide one solid list of great-for-anyone gifts.
Stock up on locally crafted jewelry, art, home goods, clothes, food and drink and much more using our all-in-one gift guide, which includes 30 gender-neutral picks sure to please even the Grinchiest on your list. You’ve got two long weeks left until Christmas, so use them wisely.
Everything that you need to give locally this season, below:
1. Restaurant family gift cards: Everyone loves dining out, and here in Philadelphia we’re lucky enough to have lots of award-winning restaurants. Many of our favorite restaurants are owned by the same chefs or companies, allowing for the ideal flexible Christmas present. Snag one of these options — most available online — and your giftee gets to pick which restaurant they spend it at. Stephen Starr; Garces Group; Cook + Solo restaurants; 13th Street restaurants; Vetri family restaurants; and Royal Tavern, the Cantinas and Khyber Pass all offer joint gift cards.
2. Talula’s Table Chef Table Reservation: Are you unsure of what to get the foodie in your life this Christmas? Look no further than Aimee Olexy’s nationally recognized Talula’s Table for the foodie experience of a lifetime. After the restaurant’ market closes each day, they serve a seasonal eight-course tasting menu to just one party each evening. One group of 8-12 guests is served an elaborate menu of only the finest ingredients, sourced and prepared specifically for them. The evening is completed with an artisanal cheese course, espresso service and a stunning dessert. The current price is $105 per guest excluding tax, gratuity, and incidental supplements. Call (610) 444-8255 to book a night.
3. Academy Gold Kimmel Center membership: The Kimmel Center has debuted a new Academy Gold Subscriber Membership designed with theater lovers in mind. The $500 Academy Gold 2012/13 Broadway Subscriber Membership includes all Kimmel Center Gold Membership perks plus more exclusive benefits: access to the Academy Ballroom an hour before curtain and during intermission, private Academy of Music entrance, concessions for food and beverages, early access to free coat check, four free drink coupons, four guest passes and access to private restrooms.
4. 2013 Picture Philly Calendar: Local photographer and blogger Christian Carollo of Picture Philly developed fun 2013 wall calendars featuring some of his stunning snapshots of the city. You can customize by size, color and start and end dates.
5. Personalized slate coasters, cheese boards and lazy susans from Scarlett Alley: Personalize homewares with anything you want at Old City’s quaint Scarlett Alley. Great for the hostess with the mostest, or the newlyweds buying their first home.
6. Autographed book from Governor Ed Rendell: Governor Ed Rendell is offering up a special holiday gift for all online orders of his book, A Nation of Wusses. At no extra cost, have your book signed and if you choose to, receive a personalized written message from none other than the Governor himself.
7. The Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Philly is more fun when you sleep over, so treat anyone on your Christmas list to a two-night stay at a discounted rate in our wonderful city. The Philly Overnight Hotel Package comes with two nights at a participating hotel, free hotel parking and a With Love, Philadelphia XOXO teddy bear to remember it by.
8. Museum membership: Philadelphia is home to many great museums. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a history buff, a science lover or an art connoisseur a museum membership to any one of our acclaimed museums will be a sure home run. Each comes with fun perks, like gift shop discounts, exclusive event access and more. Choose from the The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, Penn Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum, Brandywine River Museum, National Constitution Center, National Liberty Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, Academy of Natural Sciences, Please Touch Museum, The Franklin Institute and more.
9. iPhone and iPod booksi Book Charging Dock from Studio Christensen: Center City’s chic Studio:Christensen is offering shoppers a unique way to charge their iPhones and iPods. The booksi looks like a book but is actually a charging station. Place it on your bookshelf or mantel for a stealthy way to charge your Apple products.
10. Wyebrook Farm farmer’s baskets: Give the gift of eating local with Chester County’s Wyebrook Farm’s farmer’s baskets which include farm-fresh eggs and lots of meat. Perfect for the gourmands on your list.
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11. Art in the Age cocktail kits: Old City favorite Art in the Age introduced their Peg and Awl cocktail kit just in time for the winter holidays. This is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who likes a little booze — especially if it’s made locally.
12. Kurt Halsey 2013 Calendar from Art Star: 2013 is a year that deserves a calender. Pick up the Kurt Halsey 2013 calendar from Northern Liberties’ Art Star boutique to complete your Christmas shopping.
13. Handmade mugs and tumblers from The Clay Studio: Get the art lover in your life a handmade mug from The Clay Studio. Choose from teapots, mugs, tumblers and pitchers-all handmade and unique by local Philadelphia artists.
14. Pennsylvania Holiday Snack Tower from PA General Store: Buy some local sweets and treats for your Philly-loving friend with the sweet tooth. The Pennsylvania holiday snack tower from the Pennsylvania general store at Reading Terminal includes a mix of chocolate covered pretzels, toffee peanuts and more, all iconic Philadelphia foods.
15. A taste of local craft beer: Pick up a Holiday Bottled Reserves Gift Pack from Iron Hill for any beer drinkers on your holiday shopping list. You can also opt for the Victory Standard Growler, which holds 2 liters of delicious beer and is specially made in Germany. Or what about a private brewery tour? Yards offers free weekend tours, but private tours are available for groups up to 30. You’ll get a guided tasting and insider access to where the malted magic happens.
16. Philadelphia CowShare: Share this cool concept with your friends and family this holiday season, and be the gifter talked about all year. Philly CowShare is just what it sounds like: purchase a portion of a cow and have fresh meat delivered to your doorstep.
17. Oyster House’s Oyster 101 classes: Share the gift of knowledge with Oyster House’s upcoming Oyster 101 classes. For $45 per person, attendees will learn about: Oyster Anatomy; American History of oysters; Differences in Species relating to geography, texture, flavor, appearance, growth and history; Sustainable Aquaculture; How to Pair Wine and Beer with oysters; Classic Sauces and Garnishes; and Tastings of oysters, wines and beers. Oysters 101 classes will be held on January 19 and 26 and February 9 at noon.
18. City Dining Cards: Save money at 50 of Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars and cafes with city dining cards. The stack features $10 off at each included location. City favorites like Bar Ferdinand, Honey’s Sit n Eat and Pumpkin are all included.
19. Books from Quirk Books: Quirk Books, located in Old City, has the perfect book for everyone on your Christmas list. For men, look no further than Broetry, a poetry book for bros. For the ladies, you can’t go wrong with Women Know Everything; we think the title says it all. And for the little ones, Disneystrology is sure to please.
20. Local Food and Drink Monthly Subscriptions: Some of our favorite Philadelphia places allow customers to pre-order their yummy food and drinks for a year’s worth of tasty treats. Give your friends and family a gift that keeps on giving like a coffee subscription from Rival Bros Coffee; six pints of gelati or sorbetti from Capogiro; or pints upon pints of Little Baby’s ice cream, which just launched a “community-support ice cream subscription service.”
21. Metropolitan Bakery Victory Baltic Thunder Porter Popcorn: Treat loved ones to a tub of Metropolitan Bakery Victory Baltic Thunder Porter Popcorn. This yummy treat, handmade popcorn infused with the flavors of Victory Brewing Company, is back by popular demand this holiday season.
22. Cooking classes at COOK: Gift your food-loving friend or family member with a sign-up for a class at COOK. Pick from sushi making to apple pie making and everything in between.
23. Blue Mountain Vineyards Custom Labeled Wine Bottle: Blue Mountain Vineyards at Reading Terminal Market is offering vino lovers a customized wine bottle. Stop in to design a label perfect for friends and family so they not only enjoy the contents of the bottle, but can save the bottle as a keepsake as well. So cool.
24. What Willie Wore Tee from Stadler-Kahn: Stadler-Kahn has the perfect tee for anyone. Based on the book What Willie Wore, Alex Stadler’s claim to fame, this tee is perfect for anyone from the lounger to the fashion maven.
25. Literary Note Cards from Philadelphia Free Library Collection: The Free Library of Philadelphia recently launched their awesome online store just in time for holiday shopping. Pick up their literary note cards for any bookworms on your holiday shopping list. Be sure to browse the online store for other great gifts. We’re kind of obsessed.
26. Mosaic Workshops with Isaiah Zagar: Give the gift of art this holiday season. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street are a Philadelphia staple and the offer of monthly crafting workshops with creator Isaiah Zagar are a can’t-miss experience.
27. An Engraved Brick in Franklin Square or Betsy Ross House Courtyard: Have your (or a loved one’s) name engraved in historic Philadelphia by donating an engraved brick with a special message to either the Betsy Ross House courtyard or Franklin Square.
28. Hello Home Herb Pots: The Hello Home Herb pots come in three sizes, all of which are perfect for bringing the feel of an outdoor garden to small apartments in the city. Shop local and grow local. Win-win.
29. Perfect Tea Towels: One can never have too many kitchen accessories. These perfect tea towels from Philadelphia’s own Girls Can Tell are just right for anyone on your list in need of a housewarming gift or a little flair for their home. They’re also available at tea shop Premium Steap.
30. Local Sports Apparel: Philadelphia is known for its beyond loyal sports fans. Gift anyone on your list with the power to wear their Philly pride on their sleeve — literally — with a shirt or hat from one of the city’s awesome homegrown sports apparel lines. We love the Broad Street Broad sweatshirt, No Gut No Glory tee from Philly Phaithful, Go 6ers tee from Philavania, jacquarded-striped 76ers winter caddy knit hat from Mitchell & Ness and the Birds Rule tee from South Street’s Cheeseteak Tees.
Got a great Philadelphia gift? Share it with us in the comments!