It feels like Fall didn’t happen or I blinked and it’s gone. Now the holidays are right around the corner and will be here before we know it.
With that in mind, I decided to a gift guide on the blog. For me, a great way to shop is by buying from local stores and independent makers right here in Pittsburgh. Our city is full of so many talented folks and it’s important to support them. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.
I hope you find unique gifts for your loved ones within this list. Take a look!
Tugboat Printshop: Artwork from Tugboat are all original woodcut print editions. Each of them have so much detail and are one of a kind.
Stak Ceramics: Stak creates lovely ceramic phone docks and planters that look great on your desk.
strawberryluna: Allison and Craig design, illustrate and screen print their colorful art prints and posters. There’s so many good ones to pick from for you or your loved ones.
KerfCase: This shop has beautiful wood cases for phones in all different sizes and types of wood.
Garbella: Amy runs this small shop and produces great gift items such as tea towels, pins, mugs, apparel and more.
Knotzland: Using discarded textiles, Knotzland creates beautiful bowties for any occasion. I own a couple myself and love them.
Regal Collars: Love your pet? Why not get a custom pet portrait. Every order helps shelter animals in need at Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh.
Alternate Histories: Matt takes historic images and adds in monsters, pop culture or sci-fi items that make for fun cards, books, prints, calendars and pins. If you’re looking for a poster your city? I’m sure he has it!
Steer Queer: Steer Queer features queer fashion, decor and literature.
Everyday Balloons: Becki and Chris are constantly coming up with the interesting designs they create and screen print themselves. They offer prints, koozies, cards, apparel and more.
Collarbone Jewelry: Cat runs her local shop Collarbone which was started in Utah back in 2010 but now calls Pittsburgh home. I love the minimal aesthetic of all her pieces.
2468 Kids: Rachel has done an amazing job reimagining how items people normally see as just for “boys” can be designed for both genders in a fun way.
Worker Bird: Kim specializes in a variety of items such as textiles, tin collages and prints just to name a few.
Reconstructing Ideas: If you don’t know already, I create my own illustrations and artwork. This year I released a bunch of new pieces in my shop that I’m proud of.
Sapling Press: A local letterpress design and print shop that produces some of the funniest items that make for perfect gifts. If I need to cheer someone up, I can count on Sapling.
Etna Print Circus: Artists and screen printers producing bold new tees that I’m excited to see coming out of this area and happy to support.
KLoRebel Art: Kirsten creates these wonderful hand drawn architectural items of Pittsburgh scenes and landmarks that make you feel nostalgic.
If you prefer to pick up items in person, make sure to attend Handmade Arcade on December 8th starting at 11am and free to everyone!