Great Places to Buy Gifts Traveling to Philadelphia

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The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!

If you’re traveling to Philadelphia this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!

nice things… handmade

This new boutique carries gift items made by independent artists. They feature ceramics, jewelry, clothing, prints, accessories and art. You’ll find some really fun and creative gifts at nice things… handmade.

Old City Hall Gift Shop

Supporting a major cultural institution is a fantastic way to give back to a city, and in Philadelphia, you can do that at the Old City Hall Gift Shop. While the museum portion of Old City Hall is closed until January due to COVID-19, the National Parks store in the vestibule is still open. You can find educational and historically-minded books and gifts here.

Harriett’s Bookshop

Support both Black-owned and woman-owned businesses by shopping at Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown. Named for Harriet Tubman, Harriett’s Bookshop (yes, they added a “t”) is a forward-thinking store that highlights and celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists. The store also carries gift cards and graphic slogan tees.

The Little Apple

The Little Apple is a woman-owned, family-run boutique in the Manayunk neighborhood. The shop self-proclaims as “cheeky” and carries an array of whimsical gift items such as jewelry, ornaments, fun knick-knacks, home décor, and apparel. Products carried by The Little Apple are hand-picked from local artists and small businesses across the US. Their website has a handy gift guide broken down by price point, and if you choose to order online, you can have them gift wrap your items for you. When you shop in-store, make sure to say hi to Bettie, the store’s friendly rescue chihuahua.

The Sable Collective

Another Black woman-owned business with an extensive gift selection, including locally-made jewelry and clothing, eclectic home goods, holistic body care, books, and even affirmation flag pennants, is The Sable Collective. This boutique not only curates its products especially for Black women and WOC to explore joy and wellness, but also sources its goods from BIPOC and women artisans and entrepreneurs.

Philadelphia Independents

Make a trip to Old City to buy “all handmade, all local” from Philadelphia Independents, voted Best of Philly 2016 by Philadelphia Magazine. This boutique carries all the gift-giving staples you need, like jewelry, accessories, ceramics, candles, prints, home decor, baby gifts, t-shirts, greeting cards, and more, all from over 50 different Philly makers and artisans. In-store shopping is currently limited to two customers at a time, and they’re not accepting cash. Philadelphia Independents is also offering curbside pick-up.

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