DUDE I LOVE HOLIDAY SHOPPING. Ok, I just love shopping. I love the feeling when you pick a gift for someone and it turns out to be JUST the right gift, and they are so happy. I love the feeling when I buy someone something and I see them use it over and over, because they love it. (Conversely, it breaks my lil heart when I buy someone something and it sits in the back of a closet. This is why Mr. Beez and I tell each other EXACTLY what to buy, so we get just what we want.)
Over the next couple days, I am rolling out a ‘burgh-centric gift guide in two parts. I planned to just write one “Gift Guide” post, but then I found way more things than I could put together in just one post. So the big plan is, Volume 1 today, and Volume 2: BOOKS, BOOKS BOOKS tomorrow! Mostly because I love books and ‘burgh authors so much that they deserve their very own post.
First up, for coffee lovers– LIKE ME– 19 Coffee Company together with PA Mug Co. offers marvelous gift sets, including wheel thrown and hand-glazed mugs and a bag of 19 Bold coffee. 19 Bold is a hearty, rich blend with a heavy aroma and wonderful notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel and butterscotch. To buy these gift packs, you need to contact 19 Coffee company directly, by emailing ellen at 19 coffee dot com or 412-527-6985.
19 Coffee also offers a COFFEE OF THE MONTH club, where they ship 2 pounds coffee fresh from the roaster directly to you each month. This combines two of my favorite things: (1) Coffee, and (2) getting things in the mail. The best.
When it comes to holiday decorating, I am terrible. I never seem to get around to it, and I would much rather focus my energies on seasonal baked goods than on hanging things around the house. Even with my attitude fast approaching the Grinch zone, I can’t help but LOVE the Gourds and Fruit wreath from Roxanne’s Flowers. in the Strip District. It’s seasonal, it’s gorgeous, and best of all, it’s not gaudy.
If you are interested in something more “holiday” than “harvest,” Roxanne’s also offers this gorgeous woodrose & pine cone wreath.
I’m always on the lookout for a perfect Chanukah Card, and Pittsburgh-based The Bird and the Beard got the right reaction with this one (ha ha, you see what I did there!)
As you gather around your Thanksgiving Table this week, you may discover that this mug from Pittsburgh Pottery is just the thing for some of your more talkative relatives.
Good old fashioned cookbooks are slowly phasing out in my kitchen, as almost all the recipes I use lately are ones I find on the internet. This Kitchen Dock,from Stak Ceramics in Pittsburgh, combines storage for your utensils with a stand for your tablet (or even a good old fashioned cookbook!) It’s stylish, simple and best of all– PRACTICAL!
After totally killing it on Shark Tank, Simple Sugars has gotten a lot of attention. Listen: it’s well deserved. This stuff is the best. The bomb dot com. Yes I just said that. Because it’s the absolute best. I included the Simple Sugars Collection in my Small Business Saturdays post last year, and I’m including them again, because OMG I love this stuff. Also, I bought a bunch of sugar scrubs on Small Business Saturday last year, but I didn’t specifically buy “The Collection.” Which needs to be fixed as soon as I get my next paycheck. In case you are just dying to buy me something wonderful, my favorite scents are almond, lemonade (only available in summer) pink grapefruit, and gingerbread. I’m also dying to try the cranberry and am sure I will love that as well. Heck, I have never had one I didn’t like.
For your favorite little Panther, this adorable Panther Crochet Hat! H2P!!!! P-I-T-T LET’S GO PITT!
(Yes, it does come in grown up sizes, too!)
I need this Biggy Smalls necklace from House of Hades in Pittsburgh. Need.
And there’s no better way to show your Steel City pride than reppin’ in races in other Cities in this Steel City Runner tank from Fittsburgh. This makes me want to run a race in Baltimore, just to show them how it’s done. (If you’re wondering, it’s done very slowly. I never claimed to be a fast runner.)
A Pittsburgh gift guide would be incomplete without a depiction of our lovely skyline. I’m loving this mod print from loosepetals.
Happy shopping, yinz!