For the Friend Who’s Always Cooking and Entertaining
They’re always the first to suggest “Why don’t we stay in and do it at my house?” and they’re always the host with the most. Now’s your chance to be the guest with the best. Bonus points: if you bring their hostess game to the next level, you may very well be on the receiving end of the gift you gave during their next shindig or little get-together!
Abbondanza Gift Box ($80) from Di Bruno Bros has it all: rustic charcuterie, original recipe cheese spreads, and aged New York Cheddar. If you aren’t Italian, you’re sure going to feel like it by the end of this meal, you know what i’m saying cuz? (I hate me for making that joke too. Get the box anyway).
The Cheese Map of Europe ($40) Hand-illustrated by designer Mark Adams of Hog Island Press, this print celebrating the many magnificent cheeses of Europe is as beautiful as it is informative — not to mention it’s a phenomenal conversation starter.
ZAHAV Cookbook by Michael Solomonov ($35) We promise you, your hummus will never taste the same (in the best way possible). Other bomb cookbooks from beloved Philly chefs that will inspire your friend in the kitchen: Marc Vetri’s Mastering Pasta, Joe Beddia’s Pizza Camp: Recipe from Pizzeria Beddia and Laurel by Nick Elmi
Striped Wood Cutting Board ($40) This board is 9” x 13”, sleek, and made from reclaimed, locally-sourced wood. Great for “slicing and dicing” or presenting some of the meats and cheeses you got in your Abbondanza Gift Box (see above).
For the Little Ones
When the “Dear Santa” letter isn’t particularly legible, let this gift guide encourage your kiddos creativity, inspire imagination, and spark adventure!
Cheesesteak Baby Onesie ($20) Available in 6 or 12 months sizes, this is a solid gift for your sister’s new addition to the fam. Recommended gift pairing: The WonderPhl World Coloring Book, just in case there’s a slight chance they don’t have anyone teaching them that Philly is the best place in the world.
Pattern Puzzle – Arc ($36) This puzzle from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designed by Dusen Dusen, is cool enough to double as a piece of art once it’s completed.
I Love Naps But I Stay Woke Kids Tee ($25) The Outrage is a Washington, D.C. hub for activism with a location in Old City, at 3rd and Arch. Bonus items from The Outrage: There is No Planet B Button and RBG Action Figure.
Buddha Board Mini ($15) From Momo’s Treehouse, kids (and adults) love this board because you can create countless beautiful designs with water and then slowly let it evaporate. Creativity without the mess.
For the Active Friend
We all have that one friend: athleisure is their daily uniform, they’re balanced as they come (which, to them, means heading to the next yoga/barre/Orangetheory class before the bar), they know all the latest fitness trends, and can always be counted on for a hike over happy hour. Your fit friend will be sure to love these gifts.
Adaptation: The Salve ($60) Gentle enough for any skin type and strong enough to deal with most skin problems, we love this CBD-infused salve. This blend is also great for aches and inflammation.
Obsidian Command the Day Duffle ($158) Lululemon x Barry’s mash-up bag is unisex, organized, superfunctional, and water-repellent. Sold online or at the new Barry’s Bootcamp in Center City.
10 Class Pass at Vitality Meditation ($109) Vitality Meditation in Fishtown offers a variety of classes to fit every taste: intention setting meditations, mindfulness classes, chill out yoga, and much more.
Trout Soap On A Rope ($12) from United By Blue is biodegradable, safe for outdoor use, cruelty free — and on top of that has a great peppermint and eucalyptus scent! Your hiking bud will be stoked when they see it.
Missed part 2 of the Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide series? Check it out here!