A list of local gifts for everyone on your list.

🎁 The Incline’s 2021 holiday gift guide (Vol. 1)

A list of local gifts for everyone on your list.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to shop local!

We’ve wrapped our 2021 Incline gift guide (Vol. 1) into different categories to help you find the perfect present for your loved ones. Are they a nature lover? How about a nostalgic yinzer? Maybe they’re a cookie aficionado or have a knack for entertaining? Scroll for our favorite picks — and let the gift giving begin.

Reminder: The Incline will be taking a break from your inboxes tomorrow and Friday, and we hope you’ll be taking a pause to spend some time with family and friends too. Don’t miss us too much — we’ll be back on Tuesday.

🎁 Buy local in the 'Burgh.


🖼 For the nostalgic yinzer…

While we’re obviously biased, Pittsburgh truly wouldn’t be Pittsburgh without our inclines. This mini print of the Duquesne Incline by local artist Shane Henderson is sure to conjure up magical memories for anyone in the 412. Is there a Pittsburgh landmark that means something to you or your loved one? Chances are Shane has designed a stunning print for that too. Check out his orange, green, and purple prints for iconic landmarks like the Kaufmann’s Clock, the Racer at Kennywood, Three Rivers Stadium, the Allegheny Observatory, and more. Mini prints are $5 and large prints are $30.

🏞 For the nature lover…

This bandana is a part of the AAAnimals League: Allegheny Animals with Attitude All-Stars project honoring the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s 25th Anniversary by celebrating native wildlife. Local artist Mary Tremonte features different species in the design: the “Home” team is made up of regional animals while the “Visitors” includes species that have been introduced to the region. Check out the rest of the AAAnimals League line at Love, Pittsburgh, including t-shirts and totes repping the Mexican War Street Squirrels, Wild Turkeys of Mount Washington, Bloomfield Bats, Homewood Deers, and more. $20

🍜 For the foodie / entertainer…

Every cook needs to take care of their kitchenware if they want it to survive for many meals. Lovett Sundries, which just recently opened a brick and mortar in Wilkinsburg, is a small, family company that makes handcrafted soaps, grooming, and cleaning products, including conditioners for your cast iron skillet or wooden cutting board. Prices vary.

🍪 For the cookie aficionado...

Pizzelles, ladylocks, peanut butter blossoms, oh my! We’re all thinking about cookies this time of year, but, let’s be honest, Pittsburghers are studying the art of the cookie table all year long. Give the cookie aficionado in your life the Belt Cookie Table Cookbook by Bonnie Tawse, a former Atlas Obscura Field Agent, with a forward by Beth Kracklauer. Psst — It’s currently on sale at Belt Publishing for just $8.

🕯 For yinz who need a little self-care …

Tonic & Sage is a vegan, sustainable body care brand based in Wilkinsburg made by Miko DeHonisto. She uses her knowledge of herbalism to create products like Body Buttahs, herbal balms, bath bombs, and more. (Psst — I interviewed Miko a while back and decided to purchase her Element Body Buttah. I use it every day, and it always grounds me with it’s earthy aroma. You’re in luck because she’s currently running a BOGO offer on Body Buttahs.) Prices vary.

🐶 For your pals with pawsome pets…

Pittsburgh is made for pet lovers and so are these t-shirts. Gift your dog or cat-loving pal a “Pittspurrrgh” or “Pupsburgh” shirt printed locally at Commonwealth Press. Both are $15.

🐛 For the curious kiddos…

PACKPACK is bringing back the fanny pack. Pittsburgh transplant Brooke LaGrand started this local business that sells custom-printed, essential waist bags in sizes fit for kids (and adults) in hopes of inspiring little ones to gain independence and carry their treasures. She quickly learned that big kids (ahem, us adults!) want this fashionable, functional bag too. All sizes are $45.

☕️ For the coffee or tea enthusiast…

Is someone on your gift list a “jag of all trades”? If you answered yes, then you need to buy this mug by LuluZ Design, a yinzer gift and fashion shop. In addition to the mugs, LuluZ Design has shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, and more with quippy motifs like “Always claudy in Pittsburgh,” “I would cross three rivers for you,” and “Won’t yinz be my neighbor?” All mugs are $19.99.

🧩 For the homebody…

During the pandemic, it was difficult to put life’s challenging pieces together, and so many of us hunkered down inside and dug out the puzzles to keep ourselves entertained — including Puzz owner Ali Pokorny. It’s a more modern take on classic puzzles, featuring original art that captures favorite scenes like “Plant Lady,” “Wine Night,” “Taco Tuesday,” and of course, a love letter to her hometown, “Steel City.” All puzzles are $28, but word on the street is that Ali will be offering a holiday deal sometime soon, so stay tuned!

🍺 For the bud who loves beer…

If you’ve got a craft beer enthusiast on your list, First Sip Brew Box has you covered. The Pittsburgh-based subscription service delivers monthly showcases of different breweries in a box complete with beer gear, branded glasses, stickers, other swag, a delicious treat that’s hand-picked to pair, or a lifestyle item that’s crafted with malts and hops. Prices start around $24.99 per month.

🎁 The Incline subscribers are getting the first look at our 2021 holiday gift guide, but stay tuned for an extended guide next week. Got a specific category or interest for someone on your gift list? Hit reply to this newsletter and let me know what they like. I’ll do my best to find you a locally-sourced gem.

✨ Why you should become an Incline Insider 

Did you find a gift for someone on your list in our 2021 holiday gift guide? We’re big supporters of shopping local here at The Incline, and we’re jazzed to offer you ideas that will not only satisfy your loved one, but will also support the local economy.

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🍾 Cheers at Market St. Block Party with fire pits, Twisted Tea hot cocktails, and more (Downtown)

🎶 Dance your heart away at the 4th annual Black Wednesday party at Spirit, featuring live bands and performances on both floors (Lawreceville)

🍕 Eat vegan friendly food at Threadbare Cider House’s 4th annual Spare the Turkeys dinner in partnership with Humane Animal Rescue (Spring Garden, North Side)


👟Support local food banks and get running (before you get stuffed) at the YMCA Turkey Trot (North Shore)


🛍️Skip big-box stores and shop from local Black-owned businesses at The Black Market: Holiday Edition (Downtown)

✨Get lost in dazzling display at Laser Holiday Magic at Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium (North Shore)

🎄 Put on your best ugly sweater as Kennywood tries to break the record for World’s Largest Sweater Party (West Mifflin)

🚙Stay cozy in your car and admire the lights aglow at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (Highland Park)

One more thing…

Actually, a few things…

Mayor Peduto and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority are offering free parking in all parking authority-owned metered parking lots and on-street metered parking areas citywide this Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2021. So get out there and take Bike Lane Billy’s free parking offer and support the local economy!

CORRECTION: In yesterday’s newsletter, we told you about how you can volunteer as a “snow angel” by clearing and salting sidewalks for neighbors in need. We made an error and published the wrong phone number. If you’re interested in applying, please contact the city’s response line at 311, call 412-255-0846, or fill out an application. Residents who are 60 and older or have a disability are eligible for the free service. 

We’re excited to spend time with loved ones and stuff our bellies with, well, stuffing. No matter your plans for the rest of the week, we hope you get some rest, eat good food, and spend quality time with your loved ones. 

Stay safe and I’ll see yinz back here on Tuesday.

💛 Thankful for you,

— Francesca at The Incline

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