Updated 11:20 a.m. Nov. 24
Celebrate Small Business Saturday every day by shopping local from one of the many makers in Pittsburgh. We rounded up a few of our favorite Pittsburgh-made items and organized the list by price, so you can scroll from stocking stuffers to big-ticket gifts.
Jimminy Christmas, these yinzer greeting cards are adorable. Four new cards are available for the holidays from Yinzer Cards, including a classic PennDOT jab: “Rudolph with yer nose so bright … won’t yinz help me close dahn the Liberty Tubes tonight?” The cards are the work of cartoonist Rob Robers with radio personalities Jim Krenn and Larry Richert. Cards are available online or at Giant Eagle (because of course). A portion proceeds benefits Animal Friends.
Regent Park Naturals
Yes, you read that right. Slovakian cabbage soap. This soap by Regent Park Naturals combines the anti-inflammatory properties of cabbage juice — from local cabbage — with the skin conditioning abilities of green bentonite clay. The soap celebrates the hard work of Pittsburgh’s immigrant ancestors.
Aryanna Berringer and Liz Beatty, illustrator
Designed for kids of all ages, My Place in the World follows the adventures of Atlee as “she marches in her yellow boots to the tallest mountains, deepest seas, and even the White House to discover her place in the world.” The new book is the work of illustrator Liz Beatty and Aryanna Berringer, an Iraq war veteran who recently ran for lieutenant governor. A portion of the proceeds supports The Women & Girls Foundation.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with the Counting Sheep Sleep Mask from monamona, where products are made using primarily secondhand materials. “mọnamọna is a brand that aims to provide radical femmes with one-of-a-kind statement pieces they can feel good about,” per the brand’s website.
Starting at $25
These made-in-Pittsburgh prints will brighten up any room with their vibrant colors and sense of whimsy. Check out the Underwater Bug-a-Zoo series offered in a variety of print sizes. Jarrod Edson, of Autism Draws, starts drawing each work with paper and pencil, then scans, digitizes and colorizes the works. The 19-year-old artist is a Who’s Next honoree (learn more about him here) who shares his profits with two organizations that have had a strong influence in his life: The Children’s Institute and The Friendship Circle.
Cannibal Paper Goods
For the literary lover in your life, offer a gift to inspire them to write. The covers of these journals feature excerpts from Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, and inside there’s plenty of space for note-taking, journaling, and list-making. You can pick your favorite play and favorite color for the book. Cannibal Paper Goods, a local bookbindery, specializes in turning old and abandoned books into new keepsakes, such as sketchbooks, guestbooks, and even jewelry.
Ambiance Hair & Nail Gallery
Starting at $25
Remember the booze-filled pourable Hennessy nails that went viral this year? The artist, Le’Chele Barnett, is a Pittsburgher, and while she won’t do that exact style on your fingertips, she’ll certainly polish your nails to perfection. Barnett, a Who’s Next honoree, works at Ambiance Hair & Nail Gallery on the North Side where spa manicures start at $25. Treat yourself (or somebody else) to some pampering.
Wake up each morning to a cup of coffee in these festive blue-and-white mugs from local artist Reiko Yamamoto who makes versatile and functional pottery for everyday use. Buy one or mix and match designs to make a set. Each mug holds about 10 ounces of liquid, so pair this gift with a bag of coffee from La Prima or some tea from Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange.
I Would Dye For You
These tie-dye throw pillows from I Would Dye For You are equal parts fine art and casual home decor. Dyed in khaki and black they’ll match just about any color palette. Grab one or two, and you can even pick up a blanket to go with it.
Lady Halls Beads
Sure, jewelry is always nice, but when it’s imbued with meaning, it’s truly a cherished keepsake. Described as “purposeful jewelry to inspire mindfulness and magic,” these ornate pieces from Lady Halls Beads do more than just look pretty.
A Pittsburgh experience
There’s nothing better than giving someone a happy memory. Try an experience gift this year — think tickets to an Arcade Comedy show, a season pass for the Schenley Plaza carousel, or a visit to Phipps Conservatory. With so many museums and cultural attractions in town, the possibilities are practically endless, whether you’re shopping for your Grandma, your nephew, or your friend. Remember to take some pictures, and those memories will carry you through 2019.