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Yes, we know many of you began ticking things off your Christmas list before the Halloween pumpkins even hit the curb, but now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday shopping season officially is here. Here are 10 of our favorite Pittsburgh area lifestyle boutiques where you can go to get your gift shopping on. 

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For the ultimate in Pittsburgh love, head to one of love, Pittsburgh’s three retail locations. Owned by Kelly Sanders and Monica Yope, the shops carry locally made, handcrafted goods, including home decor, candles, artwork and T-shirts. Confused about what to get someone on your list? Let love, Pittsburgh do the choosing. The owners offer a variety of gift boxes curated specifically for the holidays.

love, Pittsburgh, 301 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412/208-1234; 805 Liberty Ave., Downtown, 412/281-1359; 1728 Penn Ave., Strip District, 412/258-6611; i">> 


You can’t get more local than PG&H’s retail flagship location. The nonprofit’s store — which launched in 2018 in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership — is dedicated to showcasing Pittsburgh’s artisans, craftspeople and makers. Items for sale include home goods, accessories, decor and gifts. As an added bonus, PG&H returns profits from sales to the creators who made them, meaning that each purchase directly supports a small business — and helps the Pittsburgh arts community thrive.

PG&H, 489 Market St., Downtown; i">> 

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Von Walter & Funk

Known for its bougie balloon arrangements, the funkadelic lifestyle shop owned by Shawn Aversa and Jamie McAdams in Lawrenceville offers up a plethora of vibrant home goods, plus unique lighting options such as handmade, custom globe lights, vintage bulb types and LED signs.

Von Walter & Funk, 5210 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/784-0800, i">>

Contemporary Craft

For the art lover on your holiday list, head to Contemporary Craft. Offering innovative exhibits, as well as artist-led workshops and community programs, the art center — housed in a former manufacturing facility in Upper Lawrenceville — features a retail shop selling handcrafted objects made by emerging and established artists from across the nation. Proceeds from the sales help to support working artists, exhibitions and education programs offered by Contemporary Craft.

Contemporary Craft, 5645 Butler St., Upper Lawrenceville; 412/261-7003, i">>

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Since 2009, Wildcard in Lawrenceville has been delighting customers with its variety of whimsical cards, clothing, original art prints and gifts for kids and babies (Lil Pierogi onesie, anyone?). Many of the items celebrate what it means to be a Pittsburgher, such as yinzer-rific T-shirts by Commonwealth Press (among them the “Pittsburgh Vs. All Yinz” T-shirts) or a tote bag featuring a complicated map of the city’s neighborhoods. There’s also, of course, a plethora of goods emblazoned with Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers.

Wildcard, 4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2651, i">>  

Songbird Artistry

Retail is a family affair at Songbird Artistry. Owned by Debbie Jacknin, the cozy, three-room shop offers handmade jewelry, screen-printed apparel, fandom goodies and vintage treasures from more than 40 local artisans. One of Jacknin’s daughters, Jennifer Orefice, creates customizable resin-work jewelry sold in the shop, while her other daughter, Jacklyn Orefice, is in charge of finding the shop’s vintage clothing. Songbird Artistry also hosts art workshops and events throughout the year.

Songbird Artistry, 4316 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville; 412/427-5500, i">>  

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Kards Unlimited

Established in 1968, the Shadyside stalwart is about as far from a cookie-cutter card chainstore as you can get. The eclectic shop is jam packed with books, teas, jewelry, games, mugs, apparel and, as the name suggests, lots and lots of fun cards for every occasion.

Kards Unlimited, 5522 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/622-0500, i">>  

Hot Haute Hot

There’s something special to marvel over in every corner of Hot Haute Hot in the Strip District. Opened in 1999, the shop is known for its mix of furniture, home decor, jewelry, textiles, lighting and vintage goods. If you’re looking to brighten up your home for the holidays (or give a cool gift to a decor-loving relative), be sure to check out Hot Haute Hot’s collection of colorful Kantha throws and one-of-a-kind vintage rugs.

2124 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/338-2323, 

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Una Biologicals

After smoke damage from a fire at a neighboring business earlier in 2021 chased Una Biologicals from its original location in Lawrenceville, the organic body-and-beauty brand found a new home farther down Butler Street this fall. Founded by Jessica Graves in 2008, Una Biologicals makes its own line of lotions, salves, lip balms and other beauty and self-care products (hint: these all make good teacher gifts). Since moving to the new digs, Graves has started offering artisanal soaps and expanded her inventory of crystals. Also worth noting: In addition to its organic ingredients, all Una Biologicals products are wrapped in recyclable or compostable packaging.

Una Biologicals, 3707 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/621-4126, i">>  

Contemporary Concepts

From babies to brides, Contemporary Concepts has been making gift registry wishes come true for more than 40 years. The family-run business sells trinkets, accessories and plateware from a number of name-brand sources, including Jay Strongwater and MacKenzie-Childs. The store also carries Pittsburgh-based Riverside Design Group’s Plates with Purpose. For each plate design sold, 15% of the proceeds go to the nonprofit that the different plate supports, including the Oncology Nursing Society, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.

Contemporary Concepts, 6343 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/441-4438, i">> 

Coming Soon : Located in a former bank, Lawrenceville Market House

is tentatively slated to open before the end of the year. The co-working retail hub along Butler Street will include nine vendors focused on home goods, art, fashion and food, among them Black Cherry Design Shop, Storehouse Neutral, Shop Emily M, Authentically African by Moa, Fat Cat Chocolates and Oliver’s Donuts.     

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Outside the City:  

There are plenty of great places to shop outside the city borders as well. Here’s a roundup of local boutiques around Pittsburgh that are definitely worth a visit.  

Tal & Bert (Sharpsburg and Dormont)

Blue Snail Gift Shop (Crafton)

The Nue Look at Home (Zelienople)

Splurge (O’Hara)

Molly Singer Home (Blawnox) 

House15143 (Sewickley)

Gather (Sewickley)

Modern Mercantile PGH (Carnegie)

Gifted Hands (various locations)

Allison Glen (Pine) 

Studio PDP (Millvale) 

Emma + Jane Shoppe (Sarver)

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