If it’s the thought that counts with gift giving, we’re got a few thoughts for you to keep in mind while picking out presents: Local, handmade and unique. Here are a few items to get you started. Happy gifting!
You can’t go wrong with DiBruno Bros.’ bestseller, the Abbondanza gift basket ($74.99). Send someone an antipasti feast, with house-aged provolone, roasted peppers, Abbruzze sausage, Black Lava cashews and other Italian goodies, packed in a rustic wooden crate. Or treat the aspiring brewmaster in your life to the Beer Lover’s Cheese Collection ($99.99), a mix of artisan cheeses that pair perfectly with suds.DiBruno.com
Select from an array of student and alumni artwork at The Art Shop at Moore College of Art and Design, like these Philly-themed pillows ($70) by Megan Reitz, class of 2010. Or give someone’s tree a crafty twist with crochet-covered glass ornaments ($11.75 each) by Suzanne Kopko, class of 1993.Moore.MyShopify.com
Give a devoted coffee drinker a whimsical vessel with Katherine Hackl’s rabbit mug ($50), sold through The Clay Studio. Or go for a handcrafted item you should probably not pour coffee into: Jordan MacDonald’s woven clay basket ($125). TheClayStudio.org
Make cocktails look smarter with Yardsale Press’ screenprinted Scrabble coasters ($6), available at Nice Things Handmade. Alternatively, get a little weird with the boutique/gallery’s offerings and go with a Tick Tack Toe Dino Jar ($20) by Karith. It’s a jar of wood tic tac toe tiles, topped with a dinosaur who has a plant growing out of its back.Facebook.com/ NiceThingsHandmade
Ward off the evil eye with a sterling silver necklace ($79.99), ring ($89.99) or pair of earrings ($49.99) designed with the traditional Mediterranean amulet, from Zeyzani on Boutique Row at the Moorestown Mall. Or keep someone’s feet cozy with hand-embroidered suede and fur slippers.Zeyzani.com
Is it a book or is it a purse? No one knows! Actually, Urban Princess Boutique is pretty sure it’s a purse. The store is selling Novel Creations’ leather-bound, book-inspired clutches ($85-$115). UrbanPrincessBoutique.com
After you've picked out presents for everyone on your list, do something nice for a stranger. Help give inner-city kids a summer at Camp Herrlich in Upstate New York with Tremper T, a line of trendy T-shirts created by Philadelphians (and sisters) Alicia Gentile and Michelle Christensen, along with their siblings Nicole and Greg. They grew up at the non-profit camp, which their parents run, and came up with Tremper T as a way to support it. All of the proceeds from the shirts go to the camp. TremperTApparel.com