Shop Local, Pittsburgh: Gifts for the Home

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! 

Gather | Sewickley

Colorful rainbow champagne flutes on a black tray.

The gift of a gaggle of slim, luster-finished champagne flutes will last more than a moment:  these vivid gems will toast every special occasion for years to come. Cheers!

Weisshouse | Shadyside

Two colorfully dyed boxes on a black backdrop, one green and one marble blue.

Inside, these handcrafted boxes hide whatever needs to be hidden. Outside, mosaics of dyed cow bone delight the eye with stunning color and texture.

Farmer’s Daughter Flowers | North Side

Four cocktail glasses filled with drinks on a tray.

A layer of color is cut with precision to reveal the crystal-clear class underneath. The result: a glorious play of light and pattern that will intrigue cocktail hour guests.

Ten Thousand Villages | Squirrel Hill

Tree bark printed napkins on a table.

Block-printed by skilled artisans in India, the intricate cypress tree pattern of these napkins recalls 16th-century Mogul-era designs. Every purchase supports the good work of this global organization.

Alma Mercantile | Lawrenceville

A coffee mug modeled on a table with coffee grounds and milk.

The gorgeously tactile finish of the Sursierra coffee dripper is matched by a perfectly proportioned mug. The pair will awaken your fingertips just as the coffee they make and hold awakens the rest of you. The mug rests on a handwoven, all-cotton Guatemalan tea towel.

Splurge | Aspinwall

A golden serving bowl filled with utensils and a towel.

The splendidly golden oversized Monte Carlo serving bowl is made of high-fired porcelain. Temperature-resistant, you can serve piping-hot roasted veggies or a chilled salad. Dishwasher- and oven-safe. Pair with handmade salad tongs.

Glassworks | Shadyside

A nutcracker painted on a serving tray on a table.

The good folks at Vietri work with talented Italian artists and ceramists to create this delightful holiday keepsake platter. It will bring your table or sideboard to life with holiday spirit.

Hot Haute Hot |The Strip

Colorful bulb garland spiraled like a snake.

The bohemian appeal of Indian printed fabrics works its way into a festive holiday garland. Each round “berry” of fabric is stuffed with batting and sewn into a wonderful collage of colors and motifs. Bedeck a doorway or a mantel, or bring its elegant colors to the dining table.

Glassworks | Shadyside

Four speckled mugs stacked on top of each other help by a woman in a sweater.

The Blenheim stoneware coffee/tea mug from Juliska conveys a sense of contemplation in its oakwood grain, its comfortable handle, and in its generous 12-ounce capacity.

Molly Singer | Fox Chapel

Green, blue, and brown spiraled pepper and salt grinders set on a tabletop.

Lathe-turned wood is perfectly lacquered in delicious kitchen colors. Hidden inside are high performance grinding mechanisms that will help you salt and pepper your way to dinnertime satisfaction. Perfect for the chef in the family.

Pittsburgh Glass Center | Garfield

Three colorful, glass trees in front of a pine tree branch.

Glass artist Jason Frock makes these blown glass trees, which have their very own cult following. Each year he creates nearly a forest of them in different shapes and sizes.

Tabbara Artisan Chocolate | Point Breeze

A variety of small chocolates are laid out on a table with a box in the back.

Available at six Pittsburgh boutiques and online, this third-generation family affair makes delicious and sophisticated bonbons with recipes inspired by glamorous Beirut of the 1950s. They are perfectly giftable … if you can resist enjoying them all by yourself.

Pittsburgh Glass Center | Garfield

Two pink patterned glass ornaments that come to a drop shape at the bottom.

Crafted with ancient Venetian techniques, these Penn/Fairmount ornaments magically reflect and refract the fairy lights on your holiday tree. A limited edition only offered this season.

Carte Blanche | Aspinwall

Three patterned boxes stacked on top of each other.

Among the many stunning standouts at this Aspinwall interior design store are ikat-covered boxes. The intricately dyed fabrics tell an ancient tale of Central Asian craftsmanship.

Pittsburgh Mercantile | Shadyside

White plates with blue paint streak patterns.

Japanese-style brushstrokes of indigo-colored glaze make each plate its own little work of art.

Weisshouse | Shadyside

A lowly lit counter by a small lamp filled with fruits and bowls.

The Bellhop is a sleek, modern LED tabletop lamp from FLOS. Portable, rechargeable and wireless, it sheds an atmospheric pool of light. Available in six finishes: Brown, Burnt Orange, Grey, Grey Blue, White and Yellow.

Hot Haute Hot |The Strip

Three brown and four blue wooden mushrooms on a purple mat.

A single ‘shroom is a lovely gift for a dreamy, woodsy co-worker. A half dozen is a treasure trove of natural mystery just right for the armchair philosopher with whom you spend your tenderest evenings

Farmer’s Daughter Flowers | North Side

Two mugs with mushroom's plastered on the outside.

Fresh flowers. Zany ornaments. Thoughtful gifts. A friendly hello. You’ll find all of these here, in addition to hand-sculpted mushroom mugs and chock-full-of-herbs teas to calm your nerves.

Pittsburgh Mercantile | Shadyside

A variety of vintage esc plush ornaments on a pine branch.

Old-school quilting and embroidery techniques meet up to date styles and motifs. The result: new keepsake ornaments you’ll keep forever.

Ten Thousand Villages | Squirrel Hill

Two patterned framed with pictures of older women in them.

Hand-crafted mosaics of varying materials are fashioned into picture frames which allow you to display beloved family photos with the care and esteem they deserve.

Ceremonial | Point Breeze

Three moon face pillows placed on a chair.

Hand-crafted visions of the moon in all her phases. Use them as cushions…but they’re really works of art.

City Grows | Lawrenceville 

A white pig and mouse planter with green leaf plants inside.

A delicious little plant with extraordinary leaves makes a perfect gift when housed in a whimsical animal pot. Perfect for a coworker or a family member with a green thumb and a bit of sunny windowsill.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Oakland

A variety of yellow felt flowers in a vase

Little felt flowers are offered individually or in sets so that you can form your very own bespoke bouquet…and gift it to someone or keep it yourself! Either way, they will brighten any day they touch.

TONS | East Liberty

Dog silhouette pattern on various products placed on a chair.

World famous Aesop brings its top-quality approach not just to personal care for humans, but also for our four-legged best friends.

Fallingwater | Mill Run

A red striped and blocked pattern on a blanket and purse modeled on a chair.

After a week in residence at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, London-based designer and weaver Eleanor Pritchard created Pfenestr, a pattern inspired by the colors, materials, and fenestration of this renowned residence. The design refers to the oxide-red metal window frames and their horizontal design that often run directly into Fallingwater’s stone walls. Limited-edition blankets and cushions are available solely through the museum’s store and website.

Contemporary Craft | Lawrenceville

Wicker baskets filled with blankets and TABLE magazines on a chair.

Dan Brockett, co-owner of Foggy Blossom Farm, weaves willow twigs into intricate and functional baskets. The natural luster of willow bark, and the wit and wisdom of the maker, make each piece an heirloom.

Asian Influences | Lawrenceville 

A handwoven basket on a white background.Japanese ‘farm’ basket of woven reeds reinforced by a bamboo design around the body and on the bottom.

Il Buco Vita

A white ceramic cutting board with cocktail.

A delightful little cheese board cleverly crafted of ceramic. The lively edge and simple coloring make it a must-have for the dinner table (to serve butter, or perhaps to hold votive candles) or cocktail hour (when it can serve up cheeses and other nibbles).


Penhollows | Shadyside

Patterned trays with animals on them on a green table.

Sumptuous colors and motifs of the Far East blend in these lacquer trays by Caspari. They will elevate your next drinks party, and many more to come.

Carte Blanche | Aspinwall

Four paperweights with pictures inside and round glass overtop. A hand reaches for them.

Witty little paperweights highlight the imaginative absurdities of the human imagination. They also hold your papers down.

Rosie’s Workshop | Lawrenceville

A vintage style stand up radio sits in a highly decorated room.

A nostalgic glow emanates from this 1938 floor radio. Meticulously refinished and kitted-out with state-of-the-art Bluetooth wireless technology and a gorgeous sound system, you can enjoy your music choices in style.

In the Kitchen | Strip District

Two coffee moka pots, one light blue and one pink beside a bowl of coffee grounds and a spoon.

Coffee lovers worldwide acknowledge the excellence of Italian caffè. Brew your own with these Made in Italy moka pots, available in pink or mint in 12-, 9-, 6-, or 3-cup sizes. Sip liberally. When someone asks you how you are, you’re bound to respond with a lively benissimo

Mix Candle Co. | Lawrenceville

Three holiday candles sitting around a holiday-themed gift box.

Visit Mix Candle Co. in person to create a bespoke candle in a container of your choice or choose a ready-to-go candle or candle set. There’s a wittiness (and some nice scents) in the air, so you’re sure to enjoy both experiences.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | 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.

Twin Pine | Sewickley

Candles in various checkerboard pattern containers are styled around a chair.

Packaged in classic checks, Twin Pine candles are offered in two scents: Earth & Mint and Citrus & Stone. Dive into the scent of your choice with a 110-ounce size, or gift a 14-ounce or 7-ounce version to your far-flung mishpoche.

Sewickley Creek Greenhouse | Sewickley

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.

Today’s Home | Scott Township

A dining room set up using various light brown stains.

Set a fresh stage for family meals with the Edge Collection from Vanguard. A range of stains and painted finishes allows you to create a dining room that’s truly your own


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

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