As I prepare for formal interviews and research for Pittsburgh based homemade makers, I figured an obligatory holiday gift list was in order. Now, for last minute’s sake, these are found on etsy and are mostly pre-made which is great because -no waiting! They are all Pittsburgh handcrafted, of course (because that is what we are all about here) and gift appropriate.
Now is there anything more Pittsburgh than a dialect mug? The answer: Yes, a Pittsburgh made dialect mug. Also, on the shop are mugs with other Pittsburgh famous “words” such as my personal favorite, slippy!
Beautiful, modern, creative designs are available from the shop. They have prints, posters, Christmas cards, lunch bags, t-shirts and rock posters! THe Pittsburgh bridge print, shown on their homepage is a wonderful salute to the City of Bridges, of course made here, in Pittsburgh. Would Andy Warhol be proud? We probably will never know, but I surely think that these screen prints testify to the impact he had on the Pittsburgh community.
With scents such as “Man” and “Boss Bitch”, Etta Arlene’s shop is sure to win someone over in your life. There are also more toned down scent names such as “Merry Christmas” and “Best Friend”, however, her options go as far as a candles for bridesmaids and parents. They literally have a candle for everyone. Wrapped in a hip and chic design, they list that they use US grown soy bean for their candles. Etta Arlene is run by two sisters, Etta and Arlene.
When I am totally unsure of what to get someone, I typically default to body products. Not because I am personally such a sucker for them, but because everyone uses them and even if they do not need them right now, they will someday! I love finding really unique body products and I dabble in making my own now and again but supporting someone else’s small business is really what I strive for this time of year.
Nevermore Body Company has some really unique products. My favorite, the whiskey aftershave, is such a great gift for a dad or brother. On the shop is also a bar of soap called, “Lump of Coal”. Lump of Coal is a soap stick. I thought, “What the heck is a soap stick?” It is a bar of soap in a deodorant tube! I am so in love with this concept. I use bars of soap but they melt easily when wet. This entirely solves the problem. There are also bath bombs, gift sets, fragrance oils and so much more.
I could not praise the beautiful designs of Kirsten Lowe-Rebel, creator of KloRebel, enough. They are artistic and breathtaking. She sells beautifully designed views of Pittsburgh printed onto pillows, hand towels, decor and so much more. She also produces many other designs that are not Pittsburgh. For example, you can custom order a design she will create or you. Beautiful, custom art, made in Pittsburgh!
Creating this list was so so hard. There are so many talented people in Pittsburgh creating beautiful things. I am so excited to start spending time getting to know and promoting some of these talented artists. Please also take a look at a few honorary mentions: White Swan Studio, Naked Geometry.
Happy Winter Solstice and enjoy your holiday! Check back soon!