The Incline’s gift guide (Vol. 2)

🎁 Tis the season to shop local in the ‘Burgh

The Incline’s gift guide (Vol. 2)

By Francesca Dabecco

Happy Friday, Pittsburgh.

How are yinz making progress on holiday shopping? If you’re in need of some present ideas (that support local businesses), I’ve got you covered with Vol. 2 of The Incline’s gift guide below. Because guess what? Local businesses largely won’t be affected by supply chain issues, and it just feels a whole lot better to know that your dollars are supporting someone’s dream right here in the community.

Get ready to click that “add to cart” button. Let’s browse.

🎁 Buy local in the 'Burgh


🍜 For the foodie …

Who doesn’t love a consumable gift? Appeal to the taste of your buds (hah, get it?) with a jar or two of Maple Street Jam made by a mother and daughter duo right here in Pittsburgh. Take your pick from Blueberry Lemon, HoneyRum Strawberry, Apple Pie, Pepper, and more. They’re currently all sold out on their website, but you can find them in local stores like Love, Pittsburgh; the shop at Phipps Conservatory; and De Fer Coffee & Tea. $12

🎄 For the nostalgic yinzer…

Is there anything that says “holiday season in the ‘Burgh” quite like the classic Christmas star commercial from Eat’n Park? It first aired in 1982, and it still rings true year after year. Commemorate this “smiley” memory and give your loved one this Eat’n Park Christmas Tree shirt from Steel City. $32

🍊 For the wellness enthusiast …

Between all the cookies, holiday food, and more cookies, it can be difficult to get the nutrition your body needs during the holiday season. And let’s face it, we’re facing more than just a pandemic — ‘tis the season for the cold and flu. Give yourself and your health-minded friends a boost with the help of the Pittsburgh Juice Company. They’re currently running a 40% discount on shippable juice programs. $39

✏️ For the little learner…

Does your youngster know the yinzer alphabet? They will soon if you hang this Pittsburgh A to Z print from Love, Pittsburgh on the wall. They’ll be saying “P is for Pierogi” before you know it. $20

🌱 For the ones who have green thumbs…

Sharpsburg residents Ray and Val Talbert have found a way to combine their love of the outdoors, mining, and art to create one-of-a-kind geode planters. (Read more in The Incline’s interview with Tal & Bert here.) You can find these sparkling planters and a variety of other home goods at Tal & Bert Mercantile in Dormont. Prices vary.

✨ For the one who’s got style…

Looking for something truly unique? Shop for hats, fanny packs, jewelry, and more from The Woven Kente. Pittsburgh local and The Woven Kente founder Baiyinah is committed to supporting vendors and artisans that have strong ethical, social, and environmental values. Prices vary.

🛍️ For the proud Pittsburgher…

You may remember that Pittsburgh City Council recently introduced a single-use plastic ban. It’s nothing new — the ordinance has been in discussion for years and other cities have already enacted a similar rule. So encourage your loved ones to bring a reusable bag the next time they head to Giant Eagle with this perfectly Pittsburgh “Thank Yinz” tote from Commonwealth Press. $10

🖼 For the interior decorator...

Give your pal’s window a little color and brightness with a dazzling hanging glass art creation by Meghan at 1flychicken. She has a variety of designs, and she’s not short on yinzerific pieces like this adorable pierogi or this perfect little pickle. (Editor's note: I personally love the muted colors in these keystone state hangings). Prices vary.

🐛 For the newest ‘Burgh baby in your life…

Get your little one a unique stuffy friend — a Monogahela Monster. The Kreepy Doll is a part of Love, Pittsburgh’s exclusive series with Daniel Baxter. Each Mon Monster has a one-of-a-kind name and is made with upcycled fabric. $30


🛍️Find holiday gifts, take classes, and visit exhibits along Penn Ave. arts district with Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn (Bloomfield / Garfield)

🎄 Watch a holiday classic come to life at A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Byham Theater (Downtown)

🎶Experience unique light sculptures, soundscapes, and vocal arrangements by Ian Brill and Clara Kent at Aura: Reimagined at KST’s Alloy Studios, today and tomorrow (East Liberty)

🖌️ Reconnect with your inner child at Bob Freyer's new art exhibition "Childhood Bubble Gum," depicting life as a child growing up in Pittsburgh (Etna)


🎄 Support the bleeding disorders community of Western Pennsylvania with a virtual wine and chocolate tasting at WPBDF's holiday auction, Take A Bough!(Online)

🛍️Find all your holiday gifts and shop from more than 200 local vendors with Handmade Arcade at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Downtown)

🛍️ Keep on shoppin’ local with even more vendors at the 10th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market (Downtown)

🍄 Find local produce at “A Taste of Harvie” Holiday Farmers Market with Farm to Table (Lawrenceville)

🐧Waddle on over to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to watch the Penguins on Parade (Highland Park)

🕯️ Celebrate Kwanza at the August WIlson African American Cultural Center’s AWCommunity Day (Downtown)


🍪 Learn how to make delicious holiday cookies with buckwheat and rye at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus (Gibsonia)

✨Be dazzled by the holiday decorations in the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms from the comfort of your home (Online)

One more thing…


Jeet yet? Here’s your tasty tip of the week: Don’t sleep on the egg and cheese chive biscuits from My Goodness Market in Regent Square. Plus, they have so many Western Pa. goodies in stock like maple syrup, jams, olive oil, granola, soap, and so much more.

Have a great weekend. I’ll catch yinz next week.

— Francesca at The Incline

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