Don't get overwhelmed with holiday gift giving. These great local gift ideas are top-notch — Photo courtesy of JD Hancock
When it comes time to get that person you care about a Philadelphia-themed gift for the holidays, many people come up empty-handed. After all, you can browse the city's stores endlessly and still come up with nothing special or original, or even appropriate. Asking others can sometimes work, but what you really need is a list you can refer to with some ideas that are practical yet show you put some time and thought into the gift.
10Best comes to the rescue! These gift ideas not only support local brands, but also deliver wonderful products into the hands of your recipient.
Got a person in your life who likes cool clothing? Why not grab a shirt or an accessory from local clothier Duke and Winston? Fun and funky, this Philadelphia retailer prides himself on attire that is comfortable yet not stuffy.
Find his creations at his Northern Liberties store, and grab the goods that highlight the original person in you or your recipient. It's local without being loud or cheesy, which is always a plus.
If your eyes are drawn more towards a gift of edible delights, this city has plenty to offer in that category. Head on over to Reading Terminal Market, and treat yourself or someone you care about to a gift certificate so they can pick out the food items that strike their fancy.
They may have a tough time choosing, as this place offers delicious options galore, from all over the Philadelphia region. They're sure to have plenty to choose from.
You may also want to pick up a box of confections from this area's own Shane Confectionery. Shane's has been creating delicious pieces for generations, and they offer specialty treats that are perfect for any holiday celebration.
Grab a gift box or an arrangement of chocolates, hard candy, caramels or other collection to sweeten up any gathering.
What's inside the colorful, beautifully wrapped presents in YOUR gift bag? — Photo courtesy of Kevin Dooley
Other great ideas that keep it local to Philadelphia are participation gifts, like a certificate to a class at East Falls Glassworks so your recipient can make a gift that's uniquely their own.
You know your recipients, and we know Philadelphia. Combining the two leaves room for wonderful items that support local businesses, yet leave your special person with a gift that is like no other.
The city is full of boutique owners, local craftsmen and women, artists, designers, creators and builders who make products you'd be amazed to discover.
So delve into the city and see what you come up with for your holiday gift list!