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This Christmas, Shop Local in Philadelphia

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With the holidays just around the corner, the excitement of Christmas shopping is clear; picking out the perfect gift, the quirkiest decorations, and the tastiest ingredients for your home-cooked meal is a real adventure. However, running around in big shopping malls and dealing with the lines can be quite stressful. To prevent the adventure from becoming a chore and to actually enjoy the process, shop local this Christmas.

Avoid the crowded malls and supermarkets and make sure that everything you buy is exceptional by seeking out local businesses in or near your neighborhood. Not only will this ensure that the gifts you buy are unique and meaningful and that the meal you cook contains fresh, locally sourced ingredients, but it will also build a stronger local economy and a closer community.

In order to give you the best recommendations, we’ve listed our favorite local retailers in Philly. So, grab a pen and some paper, and make your list for this year’s Christmas shopping.

Food & Drinks

Di Bruno Bros. is the perfect place for anyone looking for gourmet cured meats, cheeses, olives, and oils. You’ll get to sample the different cheese varieties, and the staff will help you find the perfect one. The shop also hosts after-hours events aimed at small groups of curious clients. Those who sign up get the store all to themselves—and get to spend a couple of hours with knowledgeable cheesemongers.

Pollyodd is a unique place in East Passyunk that carries special Italian-American liqueurs. Pollyodd CEO, Joan Verratti, redefined limoncellos by creating 10 distinct flavors, including chocolate, mango, strawberry, and orange. To offer the highest quality, each bottle is made by hand in small batches, and each product contains only five locally sourced ingredients.

Another ideal spot for purchasing gifts is Verde & Marcy Blaine Artisanal Chocolates. This small boutique features artisanal jewelry and bags, clothing, and home décor items. Additionally, this shop is also the go-to place for anyone who loves handmade chocolates; here, they’re made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. At the back of the shop, you can even watch chocolatiers prepare the treats in a small kitchen.

Stationery & Books

If you’re looking for a great book—either for yourself or a loved one—but you aren’t sure which one to buy, pop by A Novel Idea. This local bookstore has a vast selection of books from new releases to used copies and encompassing fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, and graphic novels. They even carry books written by local artists and host community events for the area’s literary scene. These initiatives support their goal, which is to “build a bookstore that reflects the community’s interests, while also supporting it.”

The Papery of Philadelphia is a full-service stationery studio and gift boutique. Whatever the occasion, you’ll find the perfect gift in this delightful shop. Journals, sketchbooks, fountain pens, and scented candles are just a few of the items you’ll find here. They also have an amazing collection of charming greeting cards and unique wrapping goods—ribbons, gift bags, boxes, and wrapping papers—to add the perfect finish to each gift.


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Clothing & Jewelry

Those looking for unique clothing and accessories should definitely pop by Lila. The owners, Lisa and Laura Anne Lamprou, became fascinated with foreign fashion during their extensive world travels. Their curiosity regarding the work of artisans from foreign cultures inspired them to open this charming shop in Manayunk, where customers can become acquainted with trends from around the globe.

With its carefully curated and original selection, Egan Rittenhouse makes shopping for the ideal gift a seamless experience. This upscale boutique features designer jewelry, pottery, books, clothes, children’s toys, and even a full-service floral design boutique.


If you have children in your family or circle of friends, you may need to buy a small present for them, as well. These delightful shops in Philly are stocked with safe, high-quality toys and helpful staff.

Momo’s Tree House aims to encourage creativity with the toys it carries. Furthermore, the spacious store offers a play area and a craft table, welcoming everyone to explore the vast selection of books and toys.


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At Tildie’s Toy Box, you can find high-quality, gender-neutral toys and books intended to engage children through imagination and exploration. Children can roam free within the store and play with any and all items; then, in the end, they can choose whichever toy they enjoyed the most.


Pineapple on Main is an alluring shop in Manayunk that embraces the area’s up-and-coming artists by showcasing handcrafted home décor elements. This includes paintings, textiles, and other accessories that are perfect for sprucing up any home—and they make for amazing gifts. They also carry baby clothing and bedding made from organic cotton, in addition to other baby essentials.

Alternatively, if your decorating style is centered around antiques, pop by M. Finkel & Daughter on Antique Row. Continuing a decades-long family tradition in the antiques trade, the store is now run by father and daughter, Morris and Amy Finkel. The cornerstone of their business is a selection of antique samplers and embroideries, but they also carry a vast collection of period accessories and antique furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

By shopping small and local, you invest your money in the community and contribute to a feeling of closeness. Christmas is all about connections between people, so choose to give your loved ones thoughtful, unique gifts, while also supporting the people of your city. Transform your shopping experience into an adventure of your own. Leave your apartment and start strolling around Philadelphia; you’re sure to bump into a cute, local shop where you’ll find the perfect gifts.

If we missed any of your favorite local shops, be sure to drop us a line at We look forward to seeing your suggestions!

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Agatha Major

Agatha is a Marketing Communications Specialist for RENTCafé.com, with a background in business and personal finance. Discovering her fascination with the real estate market, she re-oriented towards researching topics pertaining to rental trends and their influence on renters’ lifestyles. You can connect with Agatha via email at

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