Shop Local, Pittsburgh: 12 Gifts for Kids

It is the season of gifting, one of the five languages of love (alongside touch, time, affirmation, and action). Whether the gifts you give are tiny statements of thoughtfulness or major monuments of adoration, you can find something inspiring from local boutiques and makers. Perhaps shopping local is a sixth love language–one that speaks to lively main streets and praises vibrant Pittsburgh neighborhoods! 

The Andy Warhol Museum | North Side

A sliding puzzle of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe painting on a table.

Sliding puzzles delight the eye with Warhol-created art, and challenge the mind to reassemble the images by sliding pieces around in the frame. Perfect for brainiacs and puzzleholics of all ages. 

Carnegie Science Center | Chateau

Plates colored like various planets sit on a table in front of the item box displaying the words "Planet Plates."

Eight durable melamine plates depict the colors and patterns of the planets of our solar system. Budding astronomers and mature Trekkies alike will enjoy he chance to explore space … while seated safely around the kitchen table.

Phipps Conservatory | Oakland

Two books about birds and butterflies on a red table with a yellow felt flower.

Looking for a gift for the gardener on your list? The gift shop at Phipps is rich with possibilities, including books that might help the birds and butterflies who depend on the region’s flora to survive. We recommend a browse before or after the annual Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. 

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | North Fayette Township

Different sets of flower and mushroom earrings laid out on a black background.

The rightly named Dazzling Nights program will draw you like a magnet to the garden from November 24 to January 1. Stop at the gift shop for charming treasures like these earrings: every purchase raises money to support the organization. 

Sewickley Creek Greenhouse

Three bird ornaments including two owls and a dove.

Make a family outing to this cheerful holiday fantasyland. Bring home a woodland creature, a magnificent Santa, a Candyland streetscape, and just about everything else you need for your holiday décor. 

Molly Singer Home | Aspinwall

Phipps Conservatory | Oakland

A small tricycle with black wheels and a small basket filled with flowers on the handle bars.

Vintage-style tricycles sport vegan leather seats, rubber tires, and oak pedals. Available in several colors. Here, the trike’s wicker basket is filled with handmade felt flowers from the gift shop at Phipps.

The Picket Fence | Shadyside

Two brown patterned sweaters displayed on the back of a chair with a cloud purse.

Keep the littles stylish with a cozy long Rylee + Cru coat with notched collar for her, and a checkered chore jacket with button-up front for him. These are just two of the many delectable options at The Picket Fence. 

Ten Thousand Villages | Squirrel Hill

Two colorful sock puppets with pom pom hair on two different arms.

Handknitted sock puppets inspire home theatricals that require no electricity and no cable bill. Teach the kids to enjoy a little old-fashioned puppetry! 

The National Aviary | North Side

A bird bingo game with bird sheets is laid out on a black table.

Educational and fun, kids learn about the world’s birds while at play.

Molly Singer Home | Aspinwall

A bear flying an airplane lamp that lights up with small bulbs on the outside in front of a brown backdrop.

Light up the nursery with a bit of whimsy!

The Andy Warhol Museum | North Side

Four white notebooks of varying sizes with hand drawn hearts and images on the front.

Every budding artist needs a sketch pad or a notebook. So do all the very busy people around you!

A guitar case shaped lunch box with a red bottled drink inside and a banana beside the lunch box.

We love this guitar case-shaped lunchbox because we imagine walking into work with the strut and flare of young Robert Plant… all the while knowing our lunchtime PBJ on toast was stored safe and sound.

Story and Curation by Keith Recker, Dominika Bronner, and Melissa Swenda / Styling by Dominika Bronner / Photography by Dave Bryce

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